The erroneous statistics of the Justice Department and the pointless detention of Haitians

Sunday, September 25th, 2016

In August 26, 2016, the Justice Department informed the Supreme Court through letters that it provided it with erroneous statistics that formed the basis of the government’s victory in a 2003 case, Demore v. Kim, which upheld the government’s position that the mandatory detention statute at INA § 236(c) required the detention of aliens for an unlimited period, even years, for aliens fighting their cases in immigration court and such prolonged detention was constitutional because it was rare. The department,…

Mandatory detention of asylees is back, though no one will say it out loud.

Sunday, May 22nd, 2016

I recently read a New Yorker article  by Adam Gopnik where he started the article and ended the article quoting Alexander Pope. Good article, but why quote a guy I did not even know was Pope? My article will quote someone a little more approachable, Billy Joel. Here goes, “Honesty is such a lonely word / Everyone is so untrue.” Who am I referring to? Our government and its treatment of Middle Eastern asylum seekers. The problem – though the…

Two bureaucracies are “better” than one when it all “ends well.”

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

I recently wrote about how USCIS eschews interaction with attorneys and severely limits the ability of attorneys to interact with it during the adjudication process. Combine USCIS with the Department of State, and the inaccessibility of the bureaucracy is more frustratingly apparent. Here’s my recent example. A Mexican family (Mexican-ness is important to the story. It is not a gratuitous detail.) came to see me about a long-pending visa petition filed twenty years ago by a parent for his son….

I’m tellin’ a story to a man named Jeh.

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

President Obama on Thursday ordered his Homeland Security Secretary, Jeh Johnson,  to review the government’s immigration policies to determine ways to make them more humane, a response, some speculate, to mounting pressure from advocates to stem deportations of illegal immigrants. Here’s the problem. There are lots of people in the United States who have entered the United States with visas and overstayed them and lots of people who entered illegally. Most came to work. Many married and started families, started businesses, bought homes. Some…