Family & Removal Blog



8 February 2019

SGG in the News

On February 1, 2019, Nora Phillips, a lawyer at the forefront of providing legal services to asylum seekers and deportees in Tijuana, was detained and deported by Mexican authorities for reasons that the Mexican government has yet to specify.  At 11:30AM, when the call went out to immigration attorneys in ... Read More

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24 January 2019

Ninth Circuit Rejects Collateral Attack on Removal Orders

Amy Lenhert

The Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently published a decision upholding convictions for illegal reentry after removal despite the fact that the defendants were no longer removable as charged in their administrative proceedings. USA v. Martinez-Hernandez involves two men, Jose and Oscar, who entered the United States without ... Read More

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14 December 2018

USCIS Intensifies Focus on Denaturalization

Many people think that once they obtain U.S. citizenship through naturalization, their status as a U.S. citizen can never be lost.  It will come as a surprise to some to learn that U.S. citizenship can in fact be taken away or revoked by the government under certain circumstances. And the ... Read More

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14 December 2018

Detention of Minors: The lasting impact of Flores v. Reno

Amy Lenhert

Earlier this year, the Trump administration announced a so-called “zero tolerance” policy on illegal entry into the United States, requiring the criminal prosecution of all individuals who enter the United States without authorization.  The results of this draconian policy were cruel and severe.  Thousands of children were forcibly separated from ... Read More

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14 December 2018

SGG Fights Recent Changes to Asylum Policies

Taiyyeba Safri Skomra

In August 2014, the Board of Immigration Appeals issued a decision that allowed a woman to seek asylum based on the years of extreme domestic violence she suffered. That violence rose to the level of persecution, and it was on account of her membership in a particular social group of ... Read More

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14 December 2018

Court Order Temporarily Halts Termination of TPS

Amy Lenhert

On October 3, 2018, a federal judge in Northern California issued an order temporarily halting the government’s decision to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for El Salvador, Haiti, Sudan and Nicaragua. TPS for these countries is set to terminate on various dates in 2018 and 2019; the earliest being Sudan ... Read More

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11 October 2018

Changes to USCIS policies – Shifting cases to Immigration Court

Taiyyeba Safri Skomra

This summer, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (“USCIS”) issued a new policy increasing the scope of people who may receive a Notice to Appear (“NTA”) in removal proceedings, and also a new policy increasing an officer’s power to deny petitions or applications without issuing a Request for Evidence (“RFE”). Together, these ... Read More

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8 October 2018

Board of Immigration Appeals Undermines Benefit of CA Law

Amy Lenhert

In 2015, the California legislature changed the state criminal laws regarding punishment for misdemeanors.  The state law previously said that misdemeanors were punishable by up to 365 days in county jail.  Under new section 18.5 of the California Penal Code, misdemeanors are now punishable by up to 364 days.  And ... Read More

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5 October 2018

COURT ORDER TEMPORARILY HALTS TERMINATION OF TPS

  A federal judge in Northern California has issued an order temporarily halting the government’s decision to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for El Salvador, Haiti, Sudan and Nicaragua. TPS for these countries was set to terminate on various dates in 2018 and 2019; the earliest being Sudan which was ... Read More

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27 April 2018

Board Revisits Crime of Stalking

Taiyyeba Safri Skomra

The Board of Immigration Appeals overruled its prior decisions, and held that a conviction under California Penal Code §646.9(b) is not a ‘crime of stalking’ for purposes of INA §237(a)(2)(E)(i). Matter of Sanchez-Lopez, 27 I&N Dec. 256 (BIA 2018). Under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) “Any alien who at ... Read More

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