Sessions Continues his Immigration Power Grab in Matter of M-G-G

Attorney General Sessions has continued his unprecedented immigration power grab. Sessions has recently issued three opinions that take away from the immigration judges’ ability to terminate, dismiss, cases or to issue continuances in cases. In his latest decision, Matter of M-G-G, he has asked the Board of Immigration Appeals to refer a case to him,…

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Duress as an Exception to the Persecutor Bar

The Board of Immigration Appeals ruled recently that duress may be an exception to the persecutor bar of inadmissibility. This ruling may help many asylum applicants who were previously denied asylum for their role in foreign armed forces. What is the Persecutor Bar? The persecutor bar is found in INA Section 101(a)(42), which exempts any…

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Judge Kavanaugh on Immigration

President Donald Trump nominated Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Judge Kavanaugh’s rulings regarding a plethora of issues, including immigration, will come under scrutiny in the coming months. During his confirmation, Judge Kavanaugh’s immigration rulings will be analyzed, and will undoubtedly play a role in the process. In this post, I will analyze his rulings…

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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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Did Melania Trump Deserve the Einstein Visa?

There are multiple news stories discussing Melania Trump’s immigration history, and whether the First Lady deserved the EB-1 visa under which she received her permanent residence. In this post, I will discuss the EB-1 criteria, and analyze whether the first lady qualified for the visa. This analysis, however, will be based only on her public profile,…

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Case Note: Jennings v. Rodriguez

Yesterday, the legal community, and immigration advocates especially, were shocked by the Supreme Court’s decision in Jennings v. Rodriguez. The Supreme Court ruled that arriving aliens do not have the right to periodic bond hearings to assess the conditions of their detainment. I will sum up the plurality’s opinion in this post. The decision is…

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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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#GovernmentShutdown Affecting Your #AmericanDream™?

So now that we are in the midst of a #governmentshutdown, you may be wondering what will happen to your pending case before #USCIS. You might have a case before the #immigration_court and wonder if you should appear, or you have a case before the consulate in your country and wonder if you should appear…

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DACA Ruling Deals Another Blow to the Administration

Late last night, a federal judge in the Northern District of dealt yet another loss to the Administration. This time it was Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Several entities, led by the University of California, sued the Administration over its decision to nullify the Obama Administration’s 2012 order establishing the program. I will discuss…

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