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Buzzkill: USCIS Set to Deny Citizenship for Immigrants Working in the Legal Marijuana Industry
Buzzkill: USCIS Set to Deny Citizenship for Immigrants Working in the Legal Marijuana Industry

Are immigrant cannabis workers risking deportation? It’s a mantra in our office to warn immigrants that “legal” marijuana is not “legal” in the topsy-turvy world of immigration. As long as cannabis remains banned on Schedule I of the Federal Controlled Substance list, a ...

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    • Thanks to I-601A Expansion, Employers Can Now Help Fix America's Broken Immigration System, One Worker at a Time

      The Obama Administration on July 22, 2016 published a final rule expanding I-601A provisional unlawful presence waivers for individuals inadmissible ...

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    • Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA; Gay and Lesbian Married Couples to Receive Equal Treatment under Immigration Law

      Today the U.S. Supreme Court in United States v. Windsor took a giant step forward in defense of the human rights of gays and lesbians, striking down ...

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    • Hello, RPI: "Senate Gang of 8" Releases Latest Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill

      "Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act" Would Create New "Registered Provisional Immigrant (RPI)" Status On the ...

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    • Top of the Ninth: Part two: DACA

      Part II: DACA This past week, the Ninth Circuit upheld a nationwide injunction enjoining the Trump Administration from rescinding DACA for current ...

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    • Top of the Ninth: UACs and Persecutor bar

      Who wakes up in the morning and says to themselves, "How can I make life even more difficult for the most vulnerable populations in the world? How can ...

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    • Top of the Ninth: Injunctions and 18.5

      It’s been such an interesting week to be practicing immigration law in California. The Northern District of California issued a preliminary injunction ...

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    • Top of the Ninth: Part two: DACA

      Part II: DACA This past week, the Ninth Circuit upheld a nationwide injunction enjoining the Trump Administration from rescinding DACA for current ...

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    • Weekly Case Updates: May 04, 2018

      This week Texas and six other states filed a lawsuit in Federal District Court in Texas moving the court to enjoin DACA. The Trump administration is ...

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    • Weekly Updates: Apr 27, 2018

      This week we had oral arguments in the travel ban case in the Supreme Court and a District Court’s decision to reinstate DACA in its entirety. I will ...

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    • Top of the Ninth: Immigration Crimes Involving Moral Turpitude. What exactly is a single scheme of misconduct? When does one crime end and a second one begin?

      When discussing immigration deportability for two or more crimes involving moral turpitude, when does one scheme of misconduct end and another begin? ...

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    • Top of the Ninth: The Ninth Circuit Again Holds that an Immigration CIMT is not Unconstitutionally Vague

      “It is time to recognize another failed enterprise.” Islas-Veloz v. Whitaker , No. 15-73120, slip op. at *27 (9th Cir. Feb. 4, 2019) (Fletcher, J., ...

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    • Top of the Ninth: The Ninth Circuit Rules Pereira Doesn't Apply to Immigration Court Jurisdiction - So What Now?

      The Ninth Circuit issued its Pereira decision this week and I, for one, am very disappointed. The Ninth Circuit basically allows the Department of ...

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    • Buzzkill: USCIS Set to Deny Citizenship for Immigrants Working in the Legal Marijuana Industry

      Are immigrant cannabis workers risking deportation? It’s a mantra in our office to warn immigrants that “legal” marijuana is not “legal” in the ...

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    • Top of the Ninth - Guest blog: The Science Behind Lorenzo v. Whitaker and Lorenzo v. Sessions

      In order to better understand Lorenzo v. Whitaker , I asked our trusted guest blogger Sean Patrick McGinley a third-year law student at Boston College ...

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    • Top of the Ninth: Isomer Explanations for Lorenzo v. Sessions, 902 F.3d 930 (9th Cir. 2018)

      This week we have a guest blog by Sean Patrick McGinley a law student at Boston College. Sean Patrick explains the scientific reasoning behind the ...

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    • Top of the Ninth: The Ninth Circuit Reissues an Interesting Immigration Decision on Adverse Credibility in Asylum Cases

      This week a rather bizarre immigration case came down from the Ninth Circuit. Not that the case itself is bizarre, but rather the posture of the case ...

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    • Top of the Ninth: Immigration Crimes Involving Moral Turpitude. What exactly is a single scheme of misconduct? When does one crime end and a second one begin?

      When discussing immigration deportability for two or more crimes involving moral turpitude, when does one scheme of misconduct end and another begin? ...

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    • Top of the Ninth: The Ninth Circuit Again Holds that an Immigration CIMT is not Unconstitutionally Vague

      “It is time to recognize another failed enterprise.” Islas-Veloz v. Whitaker , No. 15-73120, slip op. at *27 (9th Cir. Feb. 4, 2019) (Fletcher, J., ...

      View More
    • Top of the Ninth: Part two: DACA

      Part II: DACA This past week, the Ninth Circuit upheld a nationwide injunction enjoining the Trump Administration from rescinding DACA for current ...

      View More
    • Top of the Ninth: Injunctions and 18.5

      It’s been such an interesting week to be practicing immigration law in California. The Northern District of California issued a preliminary injunction ...

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    • Top of the Ninth: The Travel Act & Lawful Permanent Resident Cancellation

      This week the Ninth Circuit held that a federal conviction under the Travel Act may be a federally controlled substance offense because the statute is ...

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    • Top of the Ninth: Isomer Explanations for Lorenzo v. Sessions, 902 F.3d 930 (9th Cir. 2018)

      This week we have a guest blog by Sean Patrick McGinley a law student at Boston College. Sean Patrick explains the scientific reasoning behind the ...

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    • Top of the Ninth: Convention Against Torture (CAT) and 245k

      This week I am blogging from the AILA California Chapters’ Conference in San Diego. I am so happy to be surrounded by like-minded immigration lawyers ...

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    • Weekly Updates: Apr 27, 2018

      This week we had oral arguments in the travel ban case in the Supreme Court and a District Court’s decision to reinstate DACA in its entirety. I will ...

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    • Applying for Naturalization to United States Citizenship

      There are many requirements in place to qualify for naturalization and the process of applying can be complex. It is helpful to have an experienced ...

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