CHAIDEZ SUPREME COURT HEARING MAY ALLOW TO APPLY PADILLA RETROACTIVELY

By: Margarita Baldwin* On November 1, 2012, the US Supreme Court heard the oral arguments in Roselva Chaidez v. United States, (USSC No. 11-820, cert granted 4/30/12) to determine whether the Padilla v. Kentucky, 130 S. Ct. 1473 (2010) should … Continue reading

Statistics Emphasize the Dangers of Over-Simplifying the Deportation Process

By: Helena Coric* The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) recently released some striking information about U.S. federal immigration enforcement. The data is effectively broken up by nationality, geographic location, year and type of immigration charge. It provides a better understand … Continue reading

BACKLOGS AND DEPORTATIONS GROWING DESPITE PROSECUTORIAL DISCRETION

A year after the Morton’s memo on prosecutorial discretion, which intended to prioritize removal of criminals when deciding which illegal immigrants to deport, the backlog of cases in immigration courts reached new heights. In a recent article published by Texas … Continue reading

Obama vs. Romney: the Immigration Battle

By: Lusine Lisyanova The November presidential election will have a drastic effect on the lives of immigrants living in the United States. The two candidates’ views on immigration are as different as night and day. Consequently, should Romney win, it … Continue reading

Deportations Continue Despite U.S. Review of Backlog

After seven months of an ambitious review by the Obama administration of all  deportations before the nation’s immigration courts, very few of them have been halted, disappointing immigrants President Obama hopes to court for his re-election bid. Read the full … Continue reading

Senate Dems To Obama: Stop Deporting DREAM Act Students

Posted April 14, 2011 from Huffington Post WASHINGTON — Leading Senate Democrats, including Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.), called on the president on Wednesday to stop deporting undocumented young people who grew up in the United States. A letter signed … Continue reading

Morton Promises to Investigate ICE Racial Profiling in Detroit

Community activist Angela Reyes said ICE Director John Morton promised to do a case-by-case and systemic review of the agency’s enforcement policies. Ruben Torres, 45, a Detroit Public Schools engineer, also told of being stopped by an unmarked ICE vehicle … Continue reading

Voluntary Departure Requirements

Voluntary departure is a form of relief for an alien who is subject to removal. While voluntary departure carries the advantage of avoiding detention and allowing an alien, if eligible, to apply for admission at some future time, a violation of a voluntary departure order will result in stiff penalties. Before requesting voluntary departure an alien in deportation proceedings should consult with an experienced immigration attorney.

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