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…

What a difference a panel makes.

Sunday, December 5th, 2010

People who study tests, whether they are good tests are not, use the concept of “reliability.” A reliable test is one that measures the knowledge of material consistently across time, individuals, and situations. So for example, if you give a history test on Monday and 20 percent get A’s and 20 percent get F’s, and then you re-test the next Monday and a different 20 percent get A’s and F’s, the test is not reliable. In the immigration context, people…

“The law can’t be that ridiculous.”

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

These were the words of Judge Richard A. Posner of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of Sabri Samirah v. Eric Holder during oral argument  in Chicago on September 8, 2010. Having gleaned my understanding of the case from the oral argument, these are apparently the facts of the case.

If you leave, there’s no coming back.

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

In 2005, immigration lawyers were all embroiled in advocacy and outrage over REAL ID legislation pending in Congress. The media covered the major purpose of the bill, requiring the states to issue drivers licenses and other identification only to documented aliens. The fact that undocumented aliens now cannot get drivers licenses or renew existing licenses in most states is attributable to the REAL ID Act. Immigration lawyers were not that involved in ID issues. Rather there were other aspects of…