Archive for July, 2010

The Ninth Circuit Advantage is Waning

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

At immigration lawyer conferences, it is not unusual to hear attorneys speaking on the arcana of immigration law to comment on the Ninth Circuit. Those from it gloat about how the law is “better” there for foreigners and those not from it bemoan that they are not there. Quite often attorneys will call me from parts of the country outside of the Ninth Circuit asking if it would be advantageous for a client to move here. It sometimes is, or…

Tchoukhrova citations show there is life in the case.

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

In the mid-2000’s, I was involved in a case, Tchoukhrova v. Gonzales, 404 F.3d 1181 (9th Cir. 2005), vacated and remanded by Gonzales v. Tchoukhrova, 549 U.S. 801, 127 S. Ct. 57, 166 L. Ed. 2d 7 (October 2, 2006). The case stood for three propositions. The first was a relatively unexciting issue for the general public regarding judicial review of an administrative decision. The court held that when the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) adopts the decision of the…

Retraction to earlier posting

Monday, July 12th, 2010

On March 28, 2010, I posted a commentary, “The Ninth Circuit Issues a Counterpunch to Aden in Chawla.” in which I expressed an opinion about the motives of some of the judges of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Recently, I received a letter from a judge on the court taking me to task for this observation. I concluded that the judge was right and I was wrong. I wrote the judge to admit that I was wrong.  What follows…

Time Magazine mini-scandal highlights unexplored dimension to immigration debate

Sunday, July 11th, 2010

We are all likely familiar with the concept of the “culture wars,” wherein people debate the changes in the culture including issues like guns, sexuality, homosexuality, drugs, religion, and morality. Concerns run from whether to take your hat off indoors to gay marriage. Current manifestations are clear with the Tea Party and Sarah Palin’s soccer moms versus John Stewart and Steven Colbert. Often unnoticed in the media is that immigration is a front in the culture wars.