Archive for the ‘ General ’ Category

An example of how a court deals with contrary precedents in making a decision.

Sunday, May 21st, 2017

It has been a while since I have blogged. My apologies. Between executive orders and all the other shenanigans (if high crimes and misdemeanors are shenanigans), I have been distracted. Having not been to a demonstration since I was 16 years old, I have recently been to three. They take away from blogging time. One topic I like to blog about is important or interesting cases. Sometimes I deal with a case where holdings are ignored, such as Momeni v….

It sure is difficult to represent someone detained in San Diego.

Sunday, January 29th, 2017

On Friday afternoon, President Donald J. Trump issued an executive order barring citizens of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen, who are not also United States citizens, from entering the United States, initially for 90 days. People arriving at U.S. borders after the order was signed have been detained and some removed. On Saturday night district court judges stayed their removals – a New York judge stayed all removals – and a Virginia judge permanent resident removals. Lawsuits…

The USCIS fee increase inanity

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

USCIS ushered out the old year and welcomed the new in some bizarre moves regarding fees and forms. At the end of October, USCIS announced that fees would go up on December 23, 2016.  The announcement indicated that the fee applied to “applications and petitions postmarked or filed on or after Dec. 23.” The announcement also noted that one form, the N-600, would go up from “$550 or 600 to $1,170.” The changes are posted here. On top of this,…

Some tough thoughts about immigration

Monday, November 28th, 2016

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems…they’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.” Donald  Trump was wrong. Of course “Mexico” is  not sending people. Mexicans are coming, or at least used to. But, are there drug traffickers among them? Criminals? Rapists?  Of course. Are some good people? Of course.  The proportions don’t matter. The “problem,” people feel, is that they came…