That’s a strange way to tell me I’m not inadmissible for a false claim to citizenship.

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

If you were to ask me what was one of the worst “reforms” of the immigration laws in 1996, I would say high on the list is a portion of the “reform” statute passed by Congress and signed into law by President Bill Clinton that made a non-citizen making a false claim to U.S. citizenship both inadmissible to, INA § 212(a)(6)(C)(ii), and deportable from, INA § 237(a)(3)(D), the United States. What is the scope of this removability ground? Does it…

What if he was a foreigner?

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Martin Lawrence Martin Lawrence was born in Germany, but is a U.S. citizen by derivation. He apparently was convicted after he was caught in the Burbank Airport while attempting to board an airplane with a 9 mm. Beretta in his carry-on. He got two years probation for this according to media reports. Firearms offenses are deportable offenses. INA § 237(a)(2)(C). News reports note a long criminal record yet no other convictions are noted in the media despite allegations of domestic…

What a difference a day makes.

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

Creating a minor buzz is a recent development in the State of Washington. On April 15, 2011, the governor of Washington, Christine Gregoire, signed a bill which reduces the maximum sentence for a gross misdemeanor to 364 days.  The punditry has commented that this is an important law for aliens because it stops many crimes from being classified as aggravated felonies. This is an important effect of the law, but not the most important one. More important is that it…

What if she was a foreigner?

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Paris Hilton Paris Hilton, great granddaughter of Conrad Hilton, and famous person in her own right, pled guilty to misdemeanor cocaine possession in Las Vegas on September 17, 2010. She was sentenced to one year probation, 200 hours community service, $2,000 fine and ordered to complete a drug abuse program. Possessing drugs is a deportable offense under INA § 237(a)(2)(B)(i). It is waivable for a permanent resident if the permanent resident has resided in the United States for the past…