Archive for 2019

It’s a complex world. Just look at Venezuela and Arizona.

Sunday, June 9th, 2019

Problems at borders are nothing new. As an immigration lawyer, this is essentially my job – dealing with peoples’ problems at the border, including the literal border, or airports and the problems of people trying to get permission from U.S. consulates to enter the United States or people in the United States who want to remain here. In the news are two border struggles. One is about the provision of humanitarian aid to Venezuela by the United States. The “American”…

AG Barr disrupts long-standing dichotomy in immigration law in asylum custody case.

Sunday, April 21st, 2019

In a week where many of us are debating buying Crazy Glue to put our “Mueller Time” mugs back together after smashing them three weeks ago, there has been a curious development in immigration law – the detention of asylum seekers. Yes, Virginia, America routinely detains asylum seekers in jail facilities when coming to the border to seek asylum. (Imagine how much longer the Sound of Music would have been if the von Trapps were detained and spread out around…

There are two ways of looking at immigration and they result in different conclusions.

Sunday, April 7th, 2019

Asylum is in the news. There is the “border crisis” at our Southern border where increasing numbers of families and unaccompanied minors are coming to the border in search of safety. Then, less reported, are events in the courts revolving around Iraqis facing deportation to their country. Starting first with Iraq. In June 2017, Immigration and Customs began rounding up Iraqis in the United States to deport them. Reports are that the people arrested were chiefly Iraqi Chaldeans, the primary…

USCIS modernizing itself into a disaster bureau.

Sunday, March 3rd, 2019

With all the present attention to the wall and asylum seekers at the border and caged babies and deaths while in U.S. immigration custody, our attention is concentrated on Customs and Border Protection (I am not one for zero tolerance, but any journalist who calls it Customs and Border Patrol should be fired, as here and here.) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Skirting intense scrutiny, the other bureau in the immigration triumvirate is U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services which has…