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Reflections on Watson v. Holder: The Dog That Didn’t Bark

Reflections on Watson v. Holder: The Dog That Didn’t Bark , By Laura Murray-Tjan, October 22, 2012: "The Second Circuit’s 2011 remand in Watson v. Holder , now pending before the Board of Immigration Appeals (the “Board”) for more than a year, raises issues of profound significance...

A Tale of Two Typos

"As members of Congress struggle to reconcile their opposing views on immigration reform, rapid-firing amendments and counter-amendments across the aisle, we all should remember the successes and failures of our last immigration law overhaul in 1996. If the current attempt at reform succeeds, legislative...

Immigration Law: Raise Your Hand If You Understand It

"These days everyone, no matter her political stripe, apparently despises U.S. immigration law. It's either too enforcement-heavy or too soft; too cruel or too generous to immigrants. But can we pause for a moment to talk about another, very basic problem? Immigration law is almost impossible...

Citizenship Games: Prof. Laura Murray-Tjan

"It is ... troubling that government attorneys find it appropriate to interpret citizenship statutes differently depending on what reading would lead to a denial of citizenship -- and ultimately deportation. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has correctly labeled this practice "unfair...

How the Supreme Court Got Cuellar de Osorio Wrong: Laura Murray-Tjan

" Back in February, I wrote about the complexity of immigration law, and described how a federal court conflated immigration provisions in an important case . Now it turns out that immigration law stumps even the Supreme Court. The Court's recent decision in Scialabba v. Cuellar de Osorio is...

DHS: Arizona Solicitation Statute Not Divisible, Not a CIMT

Laura Murray-Tjan writes: "I appealed pretermission of a non-LPR cancellation of removal claim to the Ninth Circuit, arguing that (1) the client's Arizona solicitation conviction can't be a CIMT ground of inadmissibility, as the agency had held; and (2) the underlying offense isn't a...

Refugee Status is a 'Special' Special Circumstance re Withdrawal of Guilty Plea: Commonwealth v. Lavrinenko

"The issue on appeal is whether a noncitizen defendant, admitted into the United States as a refugee, is entitled to withdraw his guilty plea to a complaint charging assault by means of a dangerous weapon, where his attorney did not make a reasonable inquiry regarding the defendant's citizenship...