During the presidential campaign, president-elect Donald Trump said he plans to do away with the DACA program. Trump has provided no specifics, and has not said when this might happen. DACA was authorized in 2012 by the Department of Homeland Security. Eligible undocumented persons who came to the U.S. as children got work authorization, protection from… Read More »
Are you afraid that a drug crime (like sale or possession of a controlled substance) will cause you immigration problems? Are you in immigration court because of it? Is the government trying to deport you? You still may have a winning case. Recent decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court and federal appeals courts have repeated… Read More »
Police chiefs, sheriffs and their organizations around the U.S. favor President Obama’s Deferred Action Policy which will give limited and temporary immigration benefits (such as the ability to temporarily stay and work in the U.S. with a federal ID card) to parents of U.S. citizens and green-card holders. They hope to persuade the Supreme Court… Read More »
Dallas County says NO to ICE’s immigration holds. As reported today by The Dallas Morning News, Dallas Co. Sheriff Valdez will no longer comply with ICE “detainer” requests to hold non-citizens for immigration. We have fought this battle for our clients for years, as we’ve previously posted. The holds were based on what law enforcement often called a… Read More »
ICE claims its highest deportation priority is someone who poses serious threats to public safety or national security. But 4 out of 5 immigration holds (“detainers”) were used against non-citizens who have either no criminal conviction, or had at most a misdemeanor or petty offense. An immigration “detainer” is an ICE request that a local, state or… Read More »
50,000 immigration prosecutions in the first half of FY 2013 make this a record year for bringing criminal charges against aliens who illegally enter – or try to – and get caught. Texas leads the way. The Southern District (Houston) and the Western District (San Antonio) rank #1 and #2, followed by Arizona, New… Read More »
April 23, 2012 SUPREME COURT Decision: A state marijuana distribution conviction that does not involve remuneration, or involves only a small amount, is not an “aggravated felony” under the Immigration and Nationality Act. The 7-2 Supreme Court’s opinion was written by Justice Sotomayor. Justice Alito joined Thomas’ dissent. This decision overturns the contrary ruling… Read More »
For certain green card holders with criminal convictions, deportation relief that previously was wrongly withheld is now available, as intended by Congress. On May 2, 2012 the Matter of E.W. Rodriguez decision by the immigration appeals court ruled that persons who became permanent residents through “adjustment” (meaning “fixing” ones papers in the U.S.) are eligible for a certain waiver. This is true whether the person initially entered the U.S. lawfully or not.