News of Immigration Law

Hearing on the Situation of Human Rights in the United States Deportation System

October 7, 2013

In July 2010, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights issued a ground-breaking decision in Smith & Armendariz v. United States, Case No. 12.562 (IACHR 2010), a case brought by Gibbs Houston Pauw and the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL).

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International Travel Requirements

April 1, 2013

This article discusses some common examples of when a person must apply for and obtain permission to return to the U.S. before leaving.

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Benefits to Domestic Violence and Crime Victims

February 22, 2013

New immigrants, whether in lawful or unlawful status, are often vulnerable to abuses. The special cultural, economic, and legal background of the immigrants also sometimes creates difficulties for immigrants to protect their rights when they are victimized. Read more

Judge Rejects Hosh and Rojas

December 14, 2012

Many readers may be familiar with the Board of Immigration Appeals’ 2001 decision in Matter of Rojas, where the Board held that individuals who are charged with removability on the basis of a state conviction and detained by the Department of Homeland Security at some point following their release from state custody are nonetheless subject to mandatory detention under I.N.A. § 236(c). Read more

Prosecutorial Discretion

April 23, 2012

Process to Administratively Close Deportation Cases Pending Before Immigration Courts.

The main immigration enforcement agency (ICE) has been reviewing over 300,000 pending deportation cases. Cases that are not a high priority for removal are proposed for administrative closure. Likely candidates for closure are individuals who have been in the United States for many years, have immediate family members who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and do not have a criminal record. If a case meets the standards, ICE and/or the foreign national may move the court to administratively close it. A major limitation at present is that administrative closure normally does not include work authorization, nor grant any long-term status.  However, for some individuals, this may still be a useful option, rather than expending funds on legal defense, or risking a final order of deportation.
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