USCIS adjudicators administer laws they do not understand.

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

When I was a kid, I remember watching an interview with the then-current crop of Nobel Prize winners on television. The concept was that these men and women were the world’s brightest people and their insights on things outside of their professional expertises would be valuable. The Physics prize winner kept saying all kinds of non-mainstream things that made him seem odd compared the others whose views were within the norm, at least to my then-child’s mind.  One thing he…

Immigration law changes since 9-11

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

Probably no area of law saw more changes after 9-11 than immigration law in San Diego and around the country than immigration law, except maybe suitcase law. Here is a completely noncomprehensive list of changes we have seen in immigration law since 9-11: 1. The formation of the Department of Homeland Security and the division of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). In 2003, the Department of Homeland Security was formed — the last influence of Joseph Lieberman before he…

ICE Deportions in LA, is anybody home?

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

An irony in representing aliens before the immigration bureaus, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), is that the bureau that is the least hard-nosed and enforcement oriented, USCIS, at least in San Diego, is also the one hardest for an attorney practicing immigration law to make meaningful contact with. Even the Department of  State, which handles overseas visa issuance and has in the past been the hardest to have meaningful…

EOIR Backs off a Bad Idea

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

On August 30, 2010, the Executive Office for Immigration Review, the body that contains the immigration courts and Board of Immigration Appeals announced that it was changing the way people can access court information through their telephone number, 1-800-898-7180. The way it is done is by calling and entering an aliens identification number, their “Alien Number,: also called their “A-number.” Then you could hear about court dates for pending cases and outcomes in concluded cases. The implementation of the system…