Three Reasons to Preserve Birthright Citizenship

The last two weeks have been very life-changing. Our office has a new location in Beijing, China. I was also sworn to the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States. However, the best day of the past two weeks was last Friday. We received THREE approvals for well deserving clients. Two of them…

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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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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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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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Four DACA Alternatives You May Not Know About!!

The deadline for extending Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is fast approaching. There appears to be bipartisan support for renewing the program, and perhaps making it permanent. Despite such support, the very deserving DACA recipients are stuck in the political wrangling. I meet with DACA recipients often, and this made me think about the…

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5 Things to Say to the Alien Among Us!

This week, one of the most discussed stories was one letting us know that we are not alone in the world. A secret CIA program had been established to keep the aliens in check. The program’s main goal was to study the existence of aliens and the national security implications of such creatures. The story…

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