Immigration Law

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CA8 on CIMT: Ortiz II (Obstruction)
Posted on 24 Jun 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Ortiz v. Barr "[In Ortiz I, this] Court determined that a conviction under Minn. Stat. Ann. § 609.50, subdiv. 2(2) [obstruction of legal process, arrest, or firefighting] is not categorically a crime of violence—and, thus, not an aggravated... Read More

See Up-To-The-Minute Case Developments: Wa. & Minn. v. Trump (CA9 - Updated)
Posted on 6 Feb 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

The Ninth Circuit has a dedicated web page for this case. Here are the latest filings: 02/06/2017 Link to oral argument live stream 02/06/2017 Order clarifying live streaming oral argument 02/06/2017 Order re live... Read More

New Twist to Racial Profiling: Hunting While Brown?
Posted on 7 Dec 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Hispanic hunters say they were targets of racial discrimination." - Star Tribune, Dec. 6, 2013 . "All Plaintiffs requested to produce a hunting license produced a facially valid hunting license. ... Pursuant to Minn. Stat. §97A... Read More

Miss Minnesota 2012: A Lao-American refugee
Posted on 12 Feb 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Ask most folks in my home state to conjure up an image of Miss Minnesota and they will most probably come up with a tall, blonde, blue-eyed beauty who looks something like this: This year, however, Minnesotans chose a woman named Nitaya... Read More

Minn. 'Notario' Taken Down by ICE, Local Cops
Posted on 12 Feb 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Chris LaRiche seduced undocumented immigrants with lies, but he had a secret of his own." - Gregory Pratt, City Pages, Jan. 11, 2012 . Read More

Minn. Attorney General Sues Immigration Scammer
Posted on 13 May 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Minnesota Attorney General's Office has filed a lawsuit against against a woman and her companies for allegedly posing as an attorney and charging immigrants thousands of dollars for legal work on immigration matters that she was not authorized... Read More

Minn. Ct. App. on IRCA, preemption, I-9s, perjury: Reynua
Posted on 6 Dec 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The federal Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA), 8 U.S.C. § 1324a (2006), preempts state prosecution of a job applicant for perjury or forgery involving the I-9 federal form for employment-eligibility verification." - State v. Reynua... Read More

Habeas Victory in MN: Nhean v. Brott
Posted on 10 Aug 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU, Aug. 8, 2017 - "After years of being in jeopardy of deportation and spending a total of 484 days in jail, Sameth Nhean has finally been released from custody by a federal judge . The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota and his immigration... Read More