Archive for May, 2012

Foreign VAWA beneficiaries and special treatment.

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

While immigration is often in the news, the nitty gritty of immigration law, which I write about in this blog, is not. Now, the nitty gritty is in the news with the raging debate about VAWA (Violence Against Women Act). The Republican House of Representatives seeks to modify the current version of VAWA, or the package of laws and amendments that make up the protections for battered people (VAWA does not just apply to women, but to all battered spouses…

Wouldn’t you like to be a parolee too?

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

The usual outcry from people concerned about “illegal aliens” in the United States benefitting from legislation such as a DREAM-like Act, amnesty, or comprehensive immigration reform is that those that benefit from such legislation will end up going to the head of the line to the detriment of those who played by the rules. The fallacy of the argument is that illegal aliens face severe penalties that not only force them to the end of the line but create situations…

Ninth Circuit takes Oshodi v. Holder en banc

Friday, May 4th, 2012

On January 29, 2012, I wrote about a Ninth Circuit decision, Oshodi v. Holder, decided by a three-judge panel consisting of Judges Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain, Johnnie B. Rawlinson, and  Robert E. Cowen (a senior circuit judge in the Third Circuit), and written by Judge Rawlinson. In the January 29, 2012, posting, I discussed and gave some analysis of the case. My concern was the change in the law the case made regarding providing corroborating evidence in asylum cases. On May 3, 2012, the Court…