Archive for February, 2010

Our Mistake: Please pay $585

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

In the normal experiences of most of us, if someone makes a mistake and it costs someone else money, the person who makes the mistake reimburses the person who is out the money. Certainly, the victim does not have to pay more money to correct the mistake. Such is not the case with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, USCIS. USCIS charges hefty fees for the services it provides. For example, the fee for an application to adjust status to…

Court deference in asylum case leads to another sad decision

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

It seems when I am not discussing detention issues, I am griping about Ninth Circuit decisions. The mainstream media, like Fox News, will often characterize the Ninth Circuit as a liberal court. Students of the court will tell you that if this was true in the past, it is less true now. At least in the immigration context, during President Bush’s eight years in office new judges have taken their place on the court who you can count on ruling…