Circuit Courts' Scholarship
As part of producing Immigration Daily, we read hundreds of opinions by the federal judiciary each year. It's been our privilege to read this large number of opinions since May 2000. Over the course of the years, we have seen some patterns in the opinions which we would like to share with the immigration law community.
The overall standard of writing in circuit court opinions is very high, and should make all of us proud to be Americans with such an eloquent and articulate federal judiciary on the circuit courts. While individual opinions from every circuit are exceptionally well-written, the 9th and 7th circuits manage to produce high quality writing on a very consistent basis. This is particularly interesting since these two circuits are generally regarded as being of opposite opinions on many legal issues connected to immigration. We are happy to note that scholarly writing is found at both ends of the legal spectrum on immigration law. We are constrained also to note here that the overall standard of legal writing at the 4th circuit is weaker than at its sister circuits.
The internet age has brought much larger readership to federal court opinions as a consequence of these opinions being posted on the court websites. We are proud to be part of the dissemination of the fine writing exhibited by our federal judiciary.
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Immigration Law News
Republic Of Marshall Islands Citizens No Longer Require EAD Docs
The USCIS announced today, effective immediately, an unexpired Republic of the Marshall Islands passport with unexpired documentation showing admission under the Compact of Free Association is valid proof of work authorization for citizens from the RMI. For the press release, see here. For the Office of Business Liaison Bulletin, see here.
Key Informant In Immigration Fraud Case Takes The 5th
NY Newsday of Long Island, NY reports "A key informant in an immigration fraud case said she would invoke her right against self incrimination and would not testify in the case after allegations surfaced that she improperly skimmed more than $500,000 during the course of the undercover probe."
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Letters to the Editor
The National Immigration Forum issued the following press release.
National Immigration Forum
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service issued the following press release.
Ralston H. Deffenbaugh, Jr.
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
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