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Split Decision on Nebraska Immigration Law

"Though a federal judge struck down a portion of the controversial Fremont, Neb., immigration ordinance Monday, the wrangling is not over. Both sides claimed victory. Though U.S. District Court Judge Laurie Smith Camp threw out portions of the ordinance that barred landlords from providing...

Matter of A-S-J-, ID 3765, 25 I&N Dec. 893 (BIA 2012)

Matter of A-S-J-, ID 3765, 25 I&N Dec. 893 (BIA 2012) - An Immigration Judge lacks jurisdiction to review the termination of an alien’s asylum status by the Department of Homeland Security pursuant to 8 C.F.R. § 208.24(a) (2007).

Chicago Immigration Judge Denies Reprieve Motion

"A Chicago judge denied an immigration prosecutor’s request last week for an “administrative closure” of a deportation proceeding against Sebastian Pineda, a Mexican immigrant whose case was chronicled by The Chicago Reporter in August. The decision threw a wrench into the U.S...

'Padilla' Advisal Added to Fed. R. Crim. P. 11(b)(1)

"Effective December 1, 2013, an amendment to Rule 11(b)(1) takes effect that requires a [federal district court] judge, during a plea colloquy, to inform the defendant and ensure that he understands that "if convicted, a defendant who is not a United States citizen may be removed from the United...

Dallas IJ Sims Booted from Juvie Immigration Court Docket

"A Dallas immigration judge known for tough enforcement is no longer handling cases involving minors. Michael Baird has replaced Deitrich Sims in overseeing the juvenile docket in North Texas. Local immigration attorneys said the change could reduce tension and add flexibility to cases involving...

Immigration Judge: Courts Overwhelmed & Under-Resourced

"In Washington, the tug-of-war over our country's immigration laws drags on. Comprehensive efforts at reform have stalled in the House, and until Congress passes new legislation the immigration court system, and the immigrants within it, continue to suffer. It's estimated that there is backlog...

Federal Judge Rebukes Sheriff Joe Arpaio

"A federal judge strongly rebuked Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County and one of his chief deputies on Monday, saying that they had defied and even mocked the judge’s order last year to stop singling out Latinos during routine patrols, traffic stops and workplace raids. “Whether or...

Did Media Coverage Help Get a Dallas Immigration Judge Reassigned?

"The day the little girls in pink saw their cases dismissed, at the insistence of ICE and over Sims' clear frustration, most of the kids got what they asked for. In fact, after that long morning of hearings, a few lawyers mentioned how smoothly their cases had gone, and a couple wondered whether...

Immigration Judge: Death Penalty Cases in a Traffic Court Setting

"What many Americans are just beginning to realize is that a high-stakes drama is being played out in a courtroom near them right now. Not only is this storyline nonfiction, but it often involves life and death consequences. The courtrooms are located in our nation's 58 immigration courts, whose...

Rogue Jurist Questions Executive Action on Immigration

"A federal judge in Pittsburgh ruled Tuesday that President Barack Obama overstepped his authority and violated the Constitution when he issued an executive order last month to delay deportation for millions of people living in the U.S. illegally. In an opinion issued in a local case of a Honduran...

BIA on Adverse Credibility: Matter of R-K-K-, 26 I&N Dec. 658 (BIA 2015)

Official Headnotes: (1) Significant similarities between statements submitted by applicants in different proceedings can be considered by an Immigration Judge in making an adverse credibility determination if certain procedural steps are undertaken to preserve the fairness of the proceedings. ...

Dallas Federal Judge Quickly Denies Texas' Second Bid to Block Refugees

Dianne Solís, Dallas Morning News, Dec. 9, 2015 - "A federal judge in Dallas denied a state of Texas request for a second temporary restraining order to halt the settlement of Syrian refugees here. The move came after Texas Attorney General Kenneth Paxton made the second request today on...

Experts Weigh In On Judge Weil Deposition Controversy (Updated Mar. 8, 2016)

In the wake of Jerry Markon's March 5, 2016 Washington Post story ( Can a 3-year old represent herself in immigration court? This judge thinks so ), experts have responded. Here are some excerpts: Former Immigration Judge Eliza Klein writes : "No rational person actually believes a three...

Federal Judge Encourages New Citizens to Shape Future of USA

Judge Sarah Evans Barker, a senior judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, appointed to the federal bench in 1984, delivered the remarks below to the 68 new citizens during a naturalization ceremony Nov. 17, shortly after the nation’s recent elections: "For...