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Our Immigration Law Blog

By The Grotas Firm, PC

Tentative Deal Reached on Border Security Which Is a Key Part of Immigration Reform

Last night Senators reached a tentative deal on new border security measures which may allow immigration reform. This deal would 700 more miles of fences across the border and double the number of border agents. This deal could pave the way for more Senators to support bill. Border security is one of the big snags […]

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The Supreme Court of the United States Strikes Down DOMA and What it Means for Immigrants

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States held that the Federal Defense of Marriage Act violated the Constitution. In doing so, SCOTUS held that the federal government can no longer deny same sex couples more than 11,000 benefits which heterosexual couples enjoy. One of the benefits which same sex couples will enjoy is the […]

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Important Immigration Law Update: BIA holds that the intent to distribute proceeds of a drug enterprise is not an aggravated felony

The intent to distribute the proceeds of an unlawful drug enterprise in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1952(a)(1)(A) (2006) is not an “aggravated felony” under section 101(a)(43)(B). This  change in legal precedent  provides a safe haven for federal defense attorneys to advise clients of an offense that will not ensure automatic deportation. A plea to an aggravated […]

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Winning Writs of Habeas Corpus After Sylvain and Hosh: Using 9th Circuit Precedent

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals and the Fourth Circuit held that immigrants are subject to mandatory detention regardless of when they are released from criminal custody. ( The Third Circuit in Sylvain and the Fourth Circuit in Hosh). Prior to Sylvain , I filed twenty writs for clients who were picked up after being released from criminal […]

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