Supreme Court Will Hear Case on Pres. Obama's Immigration Programs

Posted on January 19, 2016 by Kathryn N. Karam

The New York Times reports that the U.S. Supreme Court will consider the case against President Obama's Executive Immigration Programs. President Obama announced his executive immigration programs, including Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA), in November 2014, but the state of Texas and several other states sued to block their implementation. The Supreme Court's decision to hear this case means that the previous decision by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, which held the programs to be impermissibe and temporarily blocked them from being implemented, may be overturned.

Supreme Court Issues Decision on Reopening Cases Due to Ineffective Assistance of Counsel

Posted on June 16, 2015 by Kathryn N. Karam

The United States Supreme Court issued a decision in Mata v. Lynch, noting that an individual may request that his/her case be reopened even if the Motion comes after the filing deadline if he/she received ineffective assistance of counsel from a prior attorney.

Supreme Court Will Hear Visa Refusal Case

Posted on October 03, 2014 by Kathryn N. Karam

The Supreme Court has granted certiorari in the case of Kerry v. Din, in which a U.S. Citizen wife had petitioned for her husband. When her husband went to his immigrant visa interview at the U.S. Embassy is Islamabad, Pakistan, he was told he should receive his visa in two to six weeks. However, the Embassy ultimately sent a decision denying him the visa. The Embassy refused to provide specific reasons for the denial but indicated that it was due to terrorist activities. The Supreme Court held in 1972 that there is no constitutional right to obtain a visa. This case was brought in the 9th Circuit, where the is precedential case law distinguishing the denial of a visa where the denial affects a citizen's protected liberty interest in marriage.

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