Archive for March, 2009

The scope of 212(c) relief placed in doubt by Ninth Circuit Decision in Abebe v. Mukasey.

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

On November 20, 2008, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, in Abebe v. Mukasey1,  put the jurisprudence regarding 212(c) relief into a time machine and transported it back to 1976 before Francis v. INS2, by holding that an alien in deportation proceedings cannot seek 212(c) relief. The Court of Appeals held that allowing arriving aliens to seek 212(c) relief but not aliens who have been admitted, is a rational. This ruling overturns Francis, which held that a person placed in…

Chicken speak English

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

Immigration law is not all struggle and disappointment. There are also many, many millions of people who enjoy great benefit from a generous immigration system that permits people to immigrate to the United States and enjoy the fruits of our freedoms and prosperity. If there is any proof that immigrants make important contributions to American society, one is the large numbers of foreign-born Americans who work for the Department of Homeland Security in immigration functions for USCIS, ICE, and CBP. …