It all depends on how you look at it.

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Sometimes when a court issues a decision, its rendition of the facts helps reinforce the decision it makes. What the court stresses and the order it presents the facts suggests the conclusions that will follow. Often, you can tell the outcome of a case just by reading the court’s statement of the facts. A different court will choose and arrange the facts a different way and come to a different conclusion. A new case out of the Ninth Circuit published on February…

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…

Another frustrating day at the USCIS races

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

It may seem like I have been concentrating a lot on USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) these days. With all the bad things that happen to people – like prolonged detentions, abuse at the border, laws that separate families forever – the problems with USCIS may pale in comparison. However, immigration customers most often deal with USCIS which is probably the largest component of the DHS (Department of Homeland Security) immigration triumvirate (C.P., ICE, USCIS) which grants all immigration…

New medical form means more doom

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

In the earlier days of my practice of immigration law, everything seemed possible when it came to helping foreigners to stay in the United States. Waivers were readily available for many grounds of inadmissibility, cases could be reopened based on changed circumstances, appeals could be taken to fight injustices, and laws often changed, either by legislation, regulation, or judicial rulings, to make things easier, not harder, for foreigners. The rules of the game have gotten steadily worse over the years…