The shadow rule and naturalization

Sunday, September 5th, 2021

With the United States reeling from a military defeat, a flooded East, and infected South, a parched and burning West, and a rogue judiciary, let’s get into the nitty gritty of naturalization, acquiring United States citizenship. To naturalize, except for exceptions, a person must have held permanent residence for the requisite period (five years or three if married and living with a United States citizen,8 USC § 1430), have resided in the United States for this period (and after applying),…

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Republican legislatures around the United States are passing laws to restrict voting by the poor and minorities that are more likely to vote against Republicans. An example of how untruthful these people are – they are largely acolytes of a former president lied far more than he told the truth  – and based on his big lie, they mask their disenfranchisement movement as a way to protect election integrity and to make it easy to vote. A major component of…

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I remember while in law school reading a contracts case penned by Robert Jackson or Learned Hand some other famous guy (I’m sure it wasn’t Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., as he was dead by the time it was written and I understood what the case said) in 1944 or so. I thought to myself how odd that the world was consumed by war, millions were dying all over, and the courts still engage in figuring out who has to pay…

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The Supreme Court and a Bright Line

Sunday, February 14th, 2021

The end of the Trump presidency hopefully means the end to the war on legal immigration. It also means undoing the damage done, a difficult task.  While putting Humpty Dumpty together again will take some time, in the spirit of “back to normal” I would like to take a look at Department of Homeland Security v. Thuraissigiam decided June 25, 2020. Thuraissigiam is about expedited removal. Expedited removal is a process whereby immigration officers, not immigration judges, order removal when…

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