Archive for April, 2008

New medical form means more doom

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

In the earlier days of my practice of immigration law, everything seemed possible when it came to helping foreigners to stay in the United States. Waivers were readily available for many grounds of inadmissibility, cases could be reopened based on changed circumstances, appeals could be taken to fight injustices, and laws often changed, either by legislation, regulation, or judicial rulings, to make things easier, not harder, for foreigners. The rules of the game have gotten steadily worse over the years…

What if he was a foreigner?

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

Charlie Sheen Charlie Sheen, also known as Carlos Estevez, was convicted by virtue of a no-contest plea to a charge of battery with serious criminal injury on June 10, 1997. He received a sentence of confinement of one-year, which was suspended. If he were a foreigner, he would be deportable on two separate grounds. Firstly, for having committed a crime of domestic violence, INA § 237(a)(2)(E), as he was dating the victim, for which a pardon under INA § 240A(a)…

Join the Border Patrol

Sunday, April 13th, 2008

The other night I was watching television and saw a recruitment commercial for the border patrol. Officers were moving at high speed on horseback, dune buggy, truck, and helicopter. Curiously, while the voice-over discussed generally the role of protecting the border, it was hard to figure out what the officers were running and riding around doing. At one point it looked like they were putting someone or something in an ambulance. Few would argue that the Border Patrol does not…

What if he was a foreigner?

Sunday, April 13th, 2008

Tim Allen Tim Allen, star of Home Improvement, was convicted of conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance on November 26, 1979. Because his crime was a drug trafficking offense, he would be deportable both for a controlled substance violation, INA § 212(a)(2)(A)(i)(II), and pursuant to INA § 237(a)(2)(A)(iii), an aggravated felony. Because the crime is an aggravated felony, he would be ineligible for the current relief, Cancellation of Removal. Because his conviction was before April 24, 1996, he would be…