Hill & Piibe, Immigration Attorneys Blog

Ninth Circuit Criticizes The BIA For Failing To Exercise Thoughtfulness When Analyzing New Evidence In An Ethiopian Torture Case

Last Friday, the Ninth Circuit ruled on a case that gives good guidance on two potentially complex issues.  In Agonafer v. Sessions, the Court first examined its jurisdiction to consider a late-filed Motion to Reopen a removal/deportation case for… Read More
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More Details on How Ice Will Target Immigrants for Arrest/Deportation

In a recent meeting with attorneys from the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), ICE answered questions and clarified how it is interpreting President Trump’s new directives for increased immigration enforcement. Hill & Piibe’s ea… Read More
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Ninth Circuit Judges Sound Off In Two Cases, Highlighting The Debate Over Justice And The Future of Immigration Law And Policy

On Tuesday May 30, 2017 the Ninth Circuit published two decisions, wherein two judges on opposing sides of the spectrum weighed in with their opinions and comments to underscore different viewpoints of immigration policy. Habitual Drunkards, and How… Read More
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Ninth Circuit Revokes Asylum Status After Complicated Analysis of the Effect of a Criminal Conviction for Attempted Sexual Abuse

Asylum status protects a person from being sent back to a country where he would be persecuted.  However, that status can be revoked due to subsequent criminal behavior that amounts to an “aggravated felony” as defined by immigration law.  In … Read More
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New BIA Case on "Family" as a Particular Social Group for Asylum Persecution: Hatfields Versus McCoys?

Today’s decision from the BIA is a head-scratcher.  In Matter of L-E-A-, the BIA examined the claim of a man who was persecuted because his father owned a grocery store.  The persecutors were members of La Familia Michoacana, a criminal cartel… Read More
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Another BIA Decision on Persecutors: How Much Proof is Needed

The “persecutor bar” prevents immigration benefits from being granted to applicants who persecuted others in the past.  Today, the immigration appellate court (BIA) confirmed just how far the government must go to invoke the bar. In Matter of M… Read More
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New BIA Case: Guarding a Tortured Prisoner is "Persecution," Even If You Had No Intent To Harm

The Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) is the first appellate court for all deportation/removal cases nationwide.  Today in a decision titled Matter of J.M. Alvarado, it denied a green card to a man who served in the El Salvador National Guard, bec… Read More
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Drunk Driving (DUI) Has a Wide Effect in Immigration Laws

DUI’s are bad.  And immigration law has little tolerance for them.  The level of danger depends on the severity of the DUI conviction, the number of DUI convictions, and the immigrant’s status in the U.S. (documented or undocumented). DUI’s c… Read More
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How Easy Is It To Get A "Work Visa?"

The answer is: “not very.”  The immigration system is designed to protect American workers, and U.S. employers are expected to hire Americans first.  Foreign workers need specific work permission, and we frequently hear people refer to the term… Read More
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How is Your Case Different with an Immigration Lawyer?

How can an immigration lawyer make a difference in your case?   “It’s just filling out forms. . .” is what many people think.  In fact, the immigration system can be very complex to navigate, with laws being cross-applied from several sources… Read More
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