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CA4 on Social Group, Former (MS-13) Gang Membership: Martinez v. Holder

"[W]e conclude that the BIA erred as a matter of law in its interpretation of the phrase “particular social group” by holding that former gang membership is not an immutable characteristic of a particular social group for purposes of § 1231(b)(3)." - Martinez v. Holder, Jan...

The Immigration Law Nerd Channel: Categorical Analysis of Immigration Consequences

A 6-minute intro to the strict categorical analysis that determines whether a state (or other) conviction will have federal immigration consequences under United States immigration law. By Maureen A. Sweeney , University of Maryland Carey School of Law, Immigration Clinic, July 21, 2014 .

Unpub. BIA Suppression Victory (Remand) in Baltimore

Prof. Maureen A. Sweeney writes: "I thought your readers would be interested in our recent unpublished BIA suppression victory , which rejected an IJ's reasoning that DHS was absolved from any legal repercussions of an allegedly illegal arrest simply because the arrest was carried out by state...

Supreme Court Oral Argument Previews: Mellouli v. Holder

REVISIONIST HISTORY: THE GOVERNMENT’S LATEST ATTEMPT TO IGNORE THE CATEGORICAL APPROACH IN MELLOULI V. HOLDER - By Alina Das RETHINKING REMOVABILITY FOR POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA (AKA A SOCK) - By Jennifer Lee Koh DRAWING OUTSIDE THE LINES - By Nancy Morawetz OF SOCKS, CATEGORICAL...