A big obstacle in the road of voluntary departure.

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

Sometimes I am kind of naive. Having just returned from a conference of immigration lawyers, I expected lots of discussion and commentary on some recent 9th Circuit cases. Instead, I heard nothing. I will address them here. Today, Corro-Barragan v. Holder,  decided on June 10, 2013. The case concerns voluntary departure. Voluntary departure is a common relief in removal proceedings. If one is granted voluntary departure, the person is allowed to leave the United States in lieu of being removed….

Beware of secondary source errors when conducting legal research.

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

Something very big is happening in May at a U.S. Consulate abroad. More details later, but rest assured, if all goes well, it could be a highlight of my career. To prepare, I had to do some research today. What I learned is that sometimes writers can be very careless. They write things that just are not so, or at least appear not to be so. The issue I was researching is the effect of the 10-year bar at INA…