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New Immigration Policy: Administrative Closure of Select Deportation Cases

The Obama Administration recently announced a new policy allowing discretion to close certain removal (deportation cases).  The policy allows US Immigration Courts to stop action against aliens in removal proceedings.  Department of Homeland Security ("DHS") prosecutors now have discretion to recommend administrative closure in deportation cases if the alien meets certain criteria including: a) absence of criminal history, b) length of time in the USA, c) family contacts in the USA, and d) employment prospects in the USA.  The policy also allows the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services ("BCIS") to issue work permits for aliens whose deportation cases are administratively closed.  Contact an immigration attorney for more information on the policy.         


Federal Courts Advised: Check Attorney's Credentials
Federal courts nationwide are being advised to do more to make sure the people who seek permission to represent clients in them are in fact licensed lawyers.


Most Class Action Plaintiffs Don't Seek Certification

A recent study shows that plaintiffs in most diversity cases never asked a judge to "certify a class" of those covered in the suit. 


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