No Date-No Time-No Go: Pereira v. Sessions Case Note

In a decision that should help immigrants around the country, the Supreme Court ruled that a defective Notice to Appear that lacks time and place of proceedings cannot be used to stop the accrual of time for Cancellation of Removal purposes. This decision, Pereira v. Sessions, should lead to relief for many immigrants, including ones I…

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Hablamos Espanol? Welcome to Removal Proceedings!

I saw, with a real sense of disgust, the videos that have circulated recently on the internet. First, I saw the video of the attorney, who has taken an oath to protect rights, rail at a restaurant because other patrons were speaking Spanish. Second, I saw the Border Patrol agent speak to two United States…

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We Are Simply Losing Our Humanity

I was seven or eight years old, fleeing, on foot, from civil war. The best elementary school my parents could afford was in the middle between Christian and Sunni factions in the Lebanese civil war. I was starving, it was before first recess, and my mom came to pick us up when the bombs started…

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Sessions v. Dimaya: Relief at Last

Today, the Supreme Court ruled in Sessions v. Dimaya, that the crime of violence statute allowing removal of aggravated felons unconstitutional. This will have grave consequences for people currently in removal proceedings for “crimes of violence” and those with removal orders for these crimes. What is a “Crime of Violence” Aggravated Felony? The Immigration and…

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Let Our Experience in Removal Defense Defend You

Removal defense threatens your American Dream™.I have recently met with many families with family members detained by ICE. The story goes like this: my husband, son, a friend was detained by ICE after a minor infraction; my husband was asked for identification, and when he could not produce it, ICE detained him. With this aggressive posture,…

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Free Consultations to DACA Recipients. The Dream Is ALWAYS ALIVE!

We are offering free phone consultations to DACA recipients. The offer is open to the first 50 DACA recipients who schedule a phone consultation before 3/1/18. Use code DACA2018. Many advocates have shown disdain to the budget deal that was struck last week. We averted a long government shutdown. However, the fate of DACA recipients…

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Board of Immigration Appeals Issues Decision on Particular Social Groups

The Board issued a new decision regarding “particular social group”. The Board ruled that an asylum applicant must delineate a “particular social group” before the immigration judge to be eligible for asylum. The decision is Matter of W-Y-C & H-O-B, 27 I&N Dec. 189 (BIA 2018). The Facts The Respondents, in this case, are a…

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