Showing posts from November, 2014

Immigration for Lunch - November 24, 2014

Here's a look at your mid-day headlines: Lawful or not?   Scholars analyze Obama's immigration action Is there a way for the GOP to defuse the immigration issue? Obama's immigration plan may give him the upper hand for now What will be the effect of the immigration plan on the economy ? Obama launches sales mission on immigration Immigration row fuels early 2016 presidential race Workers in Silicon Valley weigh in on Obama's immigration order Bigger than immigration? SNL mocks Obama's immigration orders Several states take legal action against the new immigration policy

Immigration for Lunch - November 21, 2014

Executive Action style: Obama's immigration action has precedents, but may set a new one Obama spurns GOP with expansive immigration orders The Department of Homeland Security's authority to prioritize removal of certain aliens Obama enforces immigration overhaul Obama's immigration plan: Too far or not far enough ? Divided GOP grapples with what comes next on immigration Boehner: " We will stand idle " on immigration Republicans savage Obama on immigration

Immigration for Lunch - November 20, 2014

Here's a look at your mid-day headlines: Obama's executive action on immigration unlikely to include health benefits Immigration has Republican governors seething At long last , immigration action What to watch in Obama's speech The legal battle over Obama's immigration plan

Immigration for Lunch - November 19, 2014

Here's a look at your mid-day headlines: Immigration action likely, but will be far from perfect Artesia is closing Top Republican floats new attack plan for Obama's immigration action White House prepares activists for Obama's immigration order Will Obama's announcement come on Thursday ?

The Term 'Moral Turpitude' is Perhaps the Quintessential Example of an Ambiguous Phrase

In a recent decision , the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals found that a conviction of felony endangerment in Arizona is a crime involving moral turpitude (CIMT).  Although the Arizona statute only requires "reckless conduct," the act required for conviction is "endangering another person with a substantial risk of imminent death or physical injury."  Arizona Revised Statute § 13- 1201 (2006). The Ninth Circuit agreed with the BIA's analysis that the creation of a substantial, actual risk of imminent death is sufficiently establish a CIMT, even though no actual harm need occur. This is important to remember in analyzing potential CIMTs.  It is tempting at times to think that because a statute requires nothing more than a reckless mens rea , it is unlikely to be a CIMT. Unfortunately, the mental state is not the only prong of the analysis.  You need to consider both the state of mind and the level of harm required to complete the offense.

Immigration for Lunch - November 18, 2014

Here's a look at your mid-day headlines: Would Obama be reversing a long-held stance if he were to take executive action on immigration? Senate Dems to Obama: "We're with you on immigration" Executive action on immigration would have a big local impact Orange is the New Black actress pushes Obama on executive action Pro-immigration reform Republicans urge Obama not to act alone on immigration

Immigration for Lunch - November 17, 2014

Here's a look at your mid-day headlines: The president defends executive authority on immigration The missing immigration memo With no immigration reform, states are stepping in Romney slams Obama on immigration Senator Lee: No government shutdown over immigration Texas sues immigration scammers

Immigration for Lunch - November 10, 2014

Here's a look at your mid-day headlines: Obama, GOP brace for political war on immigration Homeland Security braces for flood of immigrants seeking working permits Obama defends plan to act on immigration What should Obama do about immigration ? Another Arizona immigration law struck down
Here's a look at your mid-day headlines: Boehner warns Obama on immigration .... does Condoleezza Rice ..... .....while John McCain pleads with the president to not act alone Obama: If GOP passes immigration reform, the executive action I take goes away Should Obama's executive action spur Congress on immigration reform?

Immigration for Lunch - November 6, 2014

Here's a look at your mid-day headlines: Was immigration delay Obama's biggest mistake ? Immigration reform in 2015 ?  We could use the money Was the election a rejection of Obama's immigration strategy?  Senator Jeff Sessions seems to think so President Obama discusses immigration reform with new congress Rubio urges Obama to wait on immigration action Is executive action on immigration a bad idea?

Deportation Tales

Attorneys who consciously make the decision to defend immigrants in removal proceedings and immigration litigation are a special breed.  The work is hard, the hours long and the anxiety crippling. This work is not for the faint of heart or the thin of skin.  Mistakes are made, misunderstandings are common, criticism flies freely and the laws, rules and regulations dealt with every day defy common sense. Just when you think you have it figured out, something comes along and makes you realize you don't even understand the basics.  If you feel differently, you are probably not doing it right. No time has been more illustrative of this reality than the time of the Trump Administration. The immigration courts are not independent. They are an executive agency subject to the whims of a political actor - chiefly the Attorney General and, by extension, the President. The purpose of this blog is to explore the world of "deportation law" and immigration litigation, specifically

Immigration for Lunch - November 5, 2014

Here's a look at the mid-day headlines following a very eventful election Tuesday: Do the majority of Americans want immigration reform? What the election means for the future of immigration reform Election leaves immigration activists frustrated with Obama Did the Washington Post miss the point on immigration enforcement ? Gutierrez is wasting no time in making a push for White House action on immigration