Archive for August, 2009

Go USA!

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

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Telltale sign that mandatory detention must go

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

A few years ago, the method of paying fees for relief in immigration cases changed. By way of background, foreigners sent to immigration court are sent because the government considers them removable from the United States. Sometimes the government is wrong. The foreigner and the government then argue about whether the person is actually deportable in legal briefs followed by a decision by the immigration judge. Sometimes a person is deportable but is eligible for relief. That relief may be to…

Long term detention is the norm.

Sunday, August 16th, 2009

Many times I have made reference to Julie Andrews to illustrate a problem with immigration detention. The reference is actually to Maria von Trapp, her character in “The Sound of Music.” You may recall that in addition to spinning dervishly on a mountaintop meadow and singing about whiskers on kittens, she and the family she was the governess for, and then stepmom for, fled Austria to Switzerland. The story ends with the family hiking safely into Switzerland. This is where…

Immigration system’s weak link, understanding translation’s limits

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

Courts of appeal have criticized immigration courts for their skills in adjudicating asylum cases, including the alarming observation, “…the adjudication of these cases at the administrative level has fallen below the minimum standards of legal justice.” The criticisms suggest incompetence by immigration judges, They are generally unsympathetic to the difficultly of the job immigration judges do. In four hours or less, an immigration judge must listen to the testimony of witnesses, integrate the testimony with written material presented by the…