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"According to the study, which analyzed records from October 2008 -- before Obama was in office -- to July 2011, 46,734 undocumented immigrants were released within that three-year span. Of those, 7,283 or 15.9 percent, recommitted crimes within three years of their initial arrest and release. To...

Why the Average Visa Applicant Can't Be Expected to Recognize a 'Crime Involving Moral Turpitude'

" In a fascinating recent decision (courtesy of attorney Stephen Heller ), the Office of Administrative Appeals determined that a visa waiver applicant is not expected to know the meaning of a “crime involving moral turpitude” (“CIMT”), with the welcome recognition that “the...

Amnesty Will Boost The Economy And Reduce Crime, So Just Get Over It!

"Throughout the country, foreign-born newcomers have revived beaten-down neighborhoods as immigrant entrepreneurs have opened small businesses and immigrant families have put down stakes. Immigrant workers have played a vital role keeping a number of industries competitive, such as agriculture and...

Admission of Pot Use, Ever, May Bar Entry Into U.S.A.

"Ever try pot? Answer yes to a border agent, and foreigners could face permanent consequences even if they haven't used marijuana in years. More and more Canadians are learning the hard way that admitting to U.S. border agents that you smoked pot can bar you from entering the country forever...

Report: Fearing Police Links to ICE, Latinos Less Likely to Report Crimes

"Many Latinos say they are less likely than before to report crimes because local police are increasingly involved in enforcing immigration laws, leading to a sharp increase in deportations, according to a new study. About 44% of Latinos surveyed said they were less likely now to contact police...

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Guatemalan Immigrants 'Soft Targets' in New Bedford, Mass. Crime Wave

"Several years ago, in the city of New Bedford, community volunteers started noticing that members of the city’s newest immigrant group were being attacked. The victims were Mayan Guatemalans, violently assaulted and often robbed by hooded assailants. The attacks have continued, and, though...

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More Deportations Follow Minor Crimes, Records Show

"With the Obama administration deporting illegal immigrants at a record pace, the president has said the government is going after “criminals, gang bangers, people who are hurting the community, not after students, not after folks who are here just because they’re trying to figure out...

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Troutman Sanders Wins Insurance Coverage Dispute in California Federal Court Proving that Crime Really Doesn’t Pay

By Eileen King Bower Troutman Sanders recently obtained summary judgment on behalf of Continental Casualty Company in an insurance coverage dispute in the Northern District of California, [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ]. In this case, the plaintiff, a court-appointed receiver...

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Booker Variances are More Common in Tax Crimes. Why? And Do They Disproportionately Benefit the Rich?

Readers of this blog should be familiar with the name Ty Warner. He is the billionaire who cheated on his U.S. taxes big time (the financially big can cheat big) and, in addition, willfully failed to file the FBARs. He pled guilty to a reduced set of charges. He was sentenced to no incarceration. The...

Reminder: Know Your Contractor Licensing Rules

In the course of my construction law practice , I have the pleasure of speaking with and talking to contractors and subcontractors that are based in Virginia and also based in other states. With the more nationalized construction landscape due to the constricted construction economy, I have more and...

Deportations Have 'No Observable Effect' on Crime Rate

"Six years after the federal government opened an immigration enforcement program intended to improve public safety, deporting hundreds of thousands of people, many of them convicted criminals, a new study has concluded that the program has had “no observable effect on the overall crime rate...

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Go Directly to Jail, Do Not Pass Go: Arson-for-Profit Doesn’t Pay

Arson is probably the dumbest form of insurance fraud. With modern municipal fire departments arson fires seldom totally destroy the premises, evidence is always left for arson investigators to review, and firefighters and the public are exposed to danger of injury and death and, as a result, judges...

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Realtor Murdered During Home Showing: Time For A Change?

Should The Real Estate Industry Change The Way Agents Do Showings and Open Houses? What other industry requires unaccompanied female (and male) agents to meet perfect strangers in empty houses? None. One would think this is a recipe for disaster. It is. Last year, authorities found the body...

INTERPOL Environmental Crimes Unit

International environmental wildlife and pollution crimes are attracting growing attention from INTERPOL , partly because many of them are committed by organized crime. For example, in response to the recent surge of ivory tracking, INTERPOL formed a dedicated environmental crime team in Africa. As...