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July 01, 2019
Jeffrey Cohn

Mandatory Detention

A. What is mandatory detention? On September 30, 1996, President Bill Clinton signed the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (“IIRIRA”), which mandated detention, without release, for virtually all foreign nationals who have committed certain crimes. The...

April 25, 2019
Jeffrey Cohn

Consequences of Reentry After a Prior Final Order of Removal (Deportation)

There are serious consequences for foreign nationals reentering or attempting to reenter the U.S. after receiving a prior final order of removal (deportation).  The consequences include ineligibility for immigration benefits and the risk of criminal prosecution for immigration violations. Removal...

Supreme Court Ruling Allows More Immigrants to File for Cancellation of Removal

On June 21, 2018, the Supreme Court ruled in an 8-1 decision that a Notice to Appear (the charging document given to immigrants in removal proceedings) that does not contain a time or place for a removal hearing will not...

Take it from a former judge: Quotas for Immigration Judges are a Bad Idea.

On March 30th, the U.S. Department of Justice and Attorney General Sessions announced that Immigration Judges will now be subject to case completion quotas. This unprecedented change will be effective October 1, 2018, and starting then, immigration judges will be...

November 27, 2017
Hon. Robert Vinikoor (Ret.)

What To Do if You Have a Prior Final Order of Removal (Deportation)

Immigration seems to be in the news a lot since President Trump has been in office, but one area that has not received as much attention is the significant change to the treatment of foreign nationals with prior final orders...

March 12, 2015
Stephen Tarnoff

Full Enforcement of Immigration Laws Would Cost U.S. $400-$600 billion

A recently published research paper underscores that “full enforcement” of U.S. immigration laws by removing undocumented immigrants and preventing immigrants from illegally entering the country would result in enormous costs to the nation and have devastating effects on the economy. The...

Many Inadmissibility Grounds Waived for SIJ Children

The rise in the number of undocumented children coming to the United States has been widely reported this year. Research shows that the cause for the dramatic increase in children traveling to the United States is the result of the...

May 16, 2014
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan

A second chance at my case in Immigration Court, based on my same-sex marriage?

Until the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on June 26, 2013, foreign nationals in deportation proceedings were not able to rely on their same-sex relationship to help them stay in the U.S. (Read our previous blog post on the Court’s decision...

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