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In Last Ditch Effort Senators Consider Overruling Parliamentarian in Bid to Enact Immigration Policy

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Dec 17, 2021 | 0 Comments

100 people sit in the United States Senate, yet two of them hold the actual power for the latest bill that could provide a path to citizenship for thousands of undocumented immigrants in the United States.  The Senate Parliamentarian is the one with all the power right now, and some senators are thinking of overruling her decision. Read our latest blog to learn about this situation.

Federal Judge Finds DACA Unlawful Leaving New DACA Applicants in Limbo

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Jul 26, 2021 | 0 Comments

A federal judge in Texas recently blocked the Biden Administration from approving new DACA applications, leaving the 55,550 applicants who are waiting for approval in limbo. U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen found that DACA is unlawful because it should have been subjected to formal notice-and-comment under the Administrative Procedure Act and because it exceeded powers Congress granted to executive branch agencies. Read our latest blog to learn what this means for current DACA recipients and applicants.

Supreme Court Takes a Conservative Approach to Rule in Favor of Undocumented Immigrant Fighting Deportation

Posted by Hugo Valverde | May 08, 2021 | 0 Comments

In the case of Niz-Chavez v. Barr, we wondered whether the conservative justices on the Supreme Court would stay true to their principles of statutory interpretation even though it would result in what some would consider a “liberal” outcome.  On Thursday, April 29, 2021, the Supreme Court confirmed that it would. Read our latest blog to learn about what this ruling means for Notices to Appear.

Supreme Court’s New Ruling Shifts the Burden of Proof Making It More Difficult for Individuals Fighting Deportation

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Mar 12, 2021 | 0 Comments

We are used to hearing “innocent until proven guilty” suggesting that the government has the burden of proving a defendant’s guilt. This is in the criminal context. However, this is not always the case in deportation proceedings which are considered civil proceedings. At least, that’s what the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) communicated this last week when it decided in Pereida v. Wilkinson that an undocumented immigrant has the burden to prove that a criminal conviction does not make him ineligible to have his deportation canceled. Read our latest blog to learn about the ruling and its impact.

Supreme Court Rules on the Asylum Ban

Posted by Hugo Valverde | Sep 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

In an unexpected turn of events, the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 to lift an order blocking the Trump Administration's enforcement of a policy to ban asylum for migrants entering the Southern border who have traveled through another country en route to the U.S.  Although the ruling is technically tem...