Latest Search Term Used to Find This Site: “not guilty no fingerprints on gun”

My wordpress sitestats application tells me that yesterday, the top search terms used to find this site were “not guilty no fingerprints on gun”.  If you are searching for those terms, you (or someone close to you) are probably in a world of trouble.  And unfortunately, I have bad news for you: a jury can …

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Am I Eligible for Asylum?

There are many facts that an experienced immigration and asylum attorney would want to know before he/she could advise you. For example, have you been persecuted in the past and why?  Why do you think the government (or other groups) want to persecute you? The question of whether a person can apply for asylum turns …

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Cancellation of Removal for non-Permanent Residents Checklist

Under certain circumstances, some people put into removal proceedings who are not Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) may be eligible for a form of relief called “Cancellation of Removal”, which allows certain non-LPRs to “adjust status” and become an LPR.  In plain English, Cancellation of Removal allows some non-green card holders to ask the Immigration Judge …

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Public Service Announcement – If You Have Temporary Protected Status, Don’t Plead Guilty to Those Minor Misdemeanors

If you are an immigrant here in the US with temporary protected status (TPS), you will lose this status if you are convicted of two misdemeanors.  INA §244(c)(2)(B).  And even if you have been in the US a long time and have US citizen children, you will not be allowed to stay unless your citizen (or …

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Asylum for Draft Dodgers

Not too long ago, I helped a Jehovah’s Witness who was persecuted for refusal to serve in the military get asylum in immigration court.  In some countries, conscientious objectors are treated very poorly (including torture).  The US will generally not grant asylum to people who fear harsh punishment for refusing to serve in the military, but …

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Counter to Claims of Border Failure, Studies Show Drastic Reduction in Mexican Immigration

In another example of reality undercutting the hysterical claims by anti-immigration proponents that border failures and a flood of new illegal immigrants require discriminatory state laws to “fill in the gap,”  the Immigration Policy Center reports that immigration from Mexico (the largest source of immigration) has decreased by 60% since 2006!  But this does not mean that …

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Medical Malpractice Mediation – Procedural Nuisance or Avenue for Plaintiffs to Accomplish Real Goals?

I was talking with a very experienced local medical malpractice attorney not too long ago about the mediation requirement for MedMal cases in DC –  DC Code § 16-2821.  In her experience, most mediation for MedMal cases is worthless – counsel for the parties simply call in and say that there hasn’t been discovery yet, so …

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9th Circuit Reiterates that BIA’s 30-Day Appeals Deadline is Non-Jurisdictional

Please, no one take this as an excuse to blow off the Board of Immigration Appeals deadlines, but the 9th Circuit recently restated its holding that the BIA’s appeals deadline is not jurisdictional, overturning (in that circuit) the BIA’s attempted overruling of circuit precedent.  In a decision found here, the 9th Circuit called the 30-day …

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