Saturday, April 28, 2012

Past Present and Future of Immigration

One of my main tasks at work is to help the attorneys find previous case decisions that give precedence to current court cases. This is common with all types of law, but in a sense gives a background to how and why immigration to the United states has changed so much over the years. In my next few blogs I will discuss some for the cases that I had worked with over the past semester.

One of the first cases that I had to deal with, was in regards to a woman who was going to be deported for criminal charges, but her daughter had citizenship. She worked with a criminal lawyer, who advised her to plea guilty on the charges at hand. Unfortunately, he did not look into how the decision to plea guilty could affect her immigration status in the US. Her daughter had many medical issues, and was unable to receive proper treatment in their native country. Also, they had no family members in the US that would be able to care for the girl, so the mother was obviously stuck in a large predicament. One of the cases that the Immigration attorney was looking at was Andrews v. United States Attorney General (3d. Cir. April 15, 2011) pretty much this case dealt with a women who also had some criminal convictions, but was also incorrectly advised by her attorney. The result of her case changed quite a bit following the appeal. In a sense, this just details the importance of an attorney having some degree of ability in multiple fields of law, because without it they could severely affect many aspects of their clients life.

I think previous court documents are very important historically, obviously like most history majors have learned legal doctrines and decisions are a large part of US history on many issues. I cant even remember how many times I have learned about decisions like Roe V Wade, or Brown V Board in my history classes. That is why I believe immigration law also has so much to do with history.

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