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Obstruction Of Law Not Enough For Deportation: 3rd Circ.

Obstruction Of Law Not Enough For Deportation: 3rd Circ.

A Third Circuit panel on Aug 10 ruled that a Mexican national’s conviction for obstructing the administration of law in Pennsylvania is not an inherently immoral crime rendering him eligible for removal, while simultaneously denying the Board of Immigration Appeals’ request to remand without a decision. The opinion – written by Massachusetts District Judge Richard Read More

Groups Urge BIA To Continue Approach On ‘Moral Turpitude’

The American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Immigrant Defense Project and the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild have urged the Board of Immigration Appeals to continue using the so-called modified categorical approach in determining whether underlying criminal incidents are “reprehensible” and therefore subject an individual to deportation. Responding to a call by the Read More

Trump-Backed Immigration Bill Would Nix 4.6M Jobs: Study

An immigration bill praised by President Donald Trump could result in 4.6 million jobs being lost by 2040 along with a small dip in per-capita GDP, according to a study released by the University of Pennsylvania on Aug 10. The analysis from Trump’s alma mater, Penn’s Wharton School, found the Reforming American Immigration for a Read More

Immigrant Removals Under Trump Jump 28%, DOJ Says

Between the time President Donald Trump took office earlier this year and the end of July, nearly 50,000 unauthorized immigrants were ordered removed from the U.S., a 28 percent increase over last year, according to statistics released Aug 8 by the immigration review branch of the U.S Department of Justice. The DOJ’s Executive Office of Read More

Giving Police False Name Not Cause For Deportation: 7th Circ.

An unauthorized immigrant was wrongfully placed in expedited removal proceedings for the earlier offense of giving his brother’s name to a police officer at a traffic stop, the Seventh Circuit said Aug 1, because that crime does not constitute an “aggravated felony” under the Immigration and Nationality Act. Flaviano Victoria-Faustino was convicted of felony obstruction Read More

Trump Pushes Points-Based Immigration System Bill

President Donald Trump on Aug 2 joined two Republican senators to tout a bill that targets family-based immigration and seeks to create an immigration points system, while also capping annual permanent residency numbers for refugees and ending the diversity visa lottery. Speaking from the White House, Trump joined Sens. Tom Cotton, R-Ark. and David Perdue, Read More

Asylum Status Ends With Green Card, Immigration Board Says

The Board of Immigration Appeals held Aug 3 that a person who has been granted asylum and then gets a green card effectively loses his or her prior asylee status. The ruling came in a case sent back to the BIA from the Fifth Circuit, in which the board was considering whether an unnamed Pakistani Read More

Immigration Judges Get Warning On Rescheduling Cases

Citing a crushing backlog of cases, the country’s top immigration judge has warned immigration courts not to routinely allow for delays in cases, otherwise known as continuances, unless there’s a good reason. In a memo posted publicly by the U.S. Department of Justice on Aug 1, Chief Immigration Judge Mary Beth Keller told immigration judges Read More

Dem Sen. Wants To Know If CBP Turns Away Asylum Seekers

The Senate Judiciary Committee’s ranking Democrat has joined the ranks of liberal lawmakers concerned about reports that U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents are turning away asylum seekers at the border who should be entitled to an interview and determination of their status. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., wrote to acting CBP Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan, Read More

House Judiciary Approves Bill To Upend US Asylum Program

The House Judiciary Committee has moved forward a bill seeking to stifle asylum protections in the U.S. for refugees who fear returning to their home country, as well as roll back Obama-era applications of immigrant parole rules. At the end of a daylong markup session, the committee voted 19-11 to approve the Asylum Reform and Read More

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