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Top Hispanic Congressman Slams Herman Cain’s Electric Border Fence

"After Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain told a campaign audience that he believed the federal government should erect a deadly, electrified, 20-foot border fence to help stem the flow of illegal immigration, one of the top Hispanic lawmakers in Congress slammed the GOP hopeful...

The I-9 Gets a Make-Over

"With the passage of the Immigration Reform and Control Act, since November 6, 1986, all employers throughout the U.S., small or large, have been obliged to complete a form I-9 to record identity and work authorization documents for every new hire. The government has released six major editions...

Unpub. BIA Agg. Fel. Remand: Matter of Lucio Chavez

"[T]he respondent expressed an intention to apply for a waiver under former section 212(c) of.the Act, 8 U.S.C. § I I 82(c) (1988), but in a very brief decision the Immigration Judge found him ineligible for such relief on the ground that his 2011 conviction for assault on a public servant...

Class-Action Lawsuit Filed Against ICE Over Illegal Detention of American Citizens

"Seeking to end the government’s practice of placing immigration holds on individuals without probable cause, the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California (ACLU/SC), the National Day Labor Organizing Network (NDLON), and the law firm Kaye, McLane, Bednarski & Litt filed a...

OCAHO 'Publishes' the CA9 Ketchikan I-9 Decision

"The Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer publishes decisions that have been selected for and may be used as precedent pursuant to 5 U.S.C. section 552(a)(2). Each decision has been given an OCAHO Reference Number for publication purposes." - OCAHO On Aug. 6, 2013 the U.S....

BIA Reopened and Terminated Proceedings After IJ Abuse of Discretion (Unpub.)

Raed Gonzalez writes: "The IJ denied a sua sponte motion to reopen a case for an individual ordered removed on 2000 prior to Chapa Garza, whose motion to reopen was filed on 2013 after the 2012 5th Circuit decisions of Lari and Carias. The IJ denied creating a new rule finding that since the 5th...

The Unethical Use of Immigration Status in Civil Matters

"[T]he Washington Supreme Court unanimously adopted a formal Comment to RPC 4.4(a) to provide guidance on the use of immigration status in civil matters. The comment became effective on Sept. 1, 2013. The comment notes that “[i]ssues involving immigration status carry a significant danger...

Justices Told CA5 Is Solo On Immigration Appeal Stance: Mata v. Holder

"Several immigration organizations have filed amicus briefs in a Mexican man’s U.S. Supreme Court appeal of a Board of Immigration Appeals' dismissal of his deportation case — tossed after his lawyer missed a key filing deadline — saying the Fifth Circuit’s finding that...

High Court Could Help Immigrants Saddled With Bad Lawyers: Mata v. Holder

" The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday on whether a federal appeals court can review the Board of Immigration Appeals’ refusal to toll bids to reopen cases based on faulty lawyering, with experts saying the case could bolster due process for vulnerable immigrants. The high...

Justices Skeptical Of 5th Circ.'s Decision in Mata v. Lynch

"The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday on whether a federal appeals court can review the Board of Immigration Appeals' refusal to toll a bid to reopen a removal case based on poor lawyering, with Justice Stephen Breyer expressing skepticism at the Fifth Circuit’s finding that...

Judge Dismisses 'Unfair' Charge of Illegal Re-entry: U.S. v. Gonzalez

"The failure to tell an immigrant who was in the country illegally about his right to seek voluntary departure from the United States has led a federal judge to dismiss a charge of illegal re-entry. Southern District Judge Jesse Furman ruled that it was "fundamentally unfair" that Teodoro...

Unpub. BIA Exceptional Circumstances Sua Sponte Reopening Victory

Raed Gonzalez writes: "This client was ordered removed in absentia in 2001. In 2014, a lawyer filed a motion to reopen asserting lack of notice. The lawyer filed a patently deficient one-paragraph motion to reopen. When this motion was denied, we filed an appeal of the denial of the motion to reopen...