Here at D&N Law Group, we handle a lot of immigration cases. In fact, it’s one of our main practice areas. We see a lot when it comes to immigration. This experience helps us help our clients, and cases like the following set precedents that the courts and lawyers can follow as they navigate further into immigration law.
We thought it would be helpful to discuss some of the top immigration-related cases that have recently been in the news:
Jennings v. Rodriquez
This case poses a challenge of the Ninth Circuit Court ruling that immigrants can’t be detained for more than six months — unless immigration authorities are able to prove the immigrant is either: a danger to society or a flight risk. The justices were split on a ruling, and ordered a re-argument of the case.
Hernandez v. Mesa
With the potential for far-reaching implications on policing, immigration and international law, this case involves the government’s argument that when a Border Patrol Agent (named Jesus Mesa Jr.) killed a 15-year-old teen named Sergio Hernandez Guerec, the protections against unlawful death by law enforcement were not applicable. This is because not only was Hernandez Guerec not an American citizen at the time, the event didn’t occur on American soil.
Sessions v. Dimaya
This case involves a federal immigration statute which allows non-citizens who have committed aggravated felonies to be deported. An immigration court ruled that burglary is a “crime of violence,” but the Ninth Circuit Court reversed this decision, saying the term “crime of violence” is vague and un-Constitutional.
Lee v. United States
The petitioner, Lee, asked for and was granted permission to vacate his plea, saying he received ineffective assistance from his lawyer who told him he should forego trial and plead guilty. He had been facing charges of possession of ecstasy. He thought that if he copped to the charges and took the plea, he would not be deported. Lee says if he had known he could still be deported, he would have served his time in a United States prison to be closer to his family. The Supreme Court ruled in his favor and he was allowed to stay in this country.
Maslenjack v. United States
The U.S. Supreme Court argued that citizens can’t have their citizenship taken away for lying on their immigration paperwork. The plaintiff – a Serb who fled violence in Bosnia — applied for refugee status before she became a citizen in 2007. In her application, she stated falsely that her husband had been persecuted for avoiding serving in the Bosnia Serb military. It turns out, he had indeed served. The couple was deported to Serbia. However, the Supreme Court sent this case back down to lower courts, saying the government must apply a stricter standard for stripping citizenship and that lies must be relevant to the acquisition of citizenship.
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If you have an immigration matter, please contact D&N Law Group right away at 972-252-0886. We specialize in removal/deportation defense as well as many other facets of immigration law.