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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Deported Legal Residents Can’t Get Back In


“Under the [Supreme Court] ruling last month, which echoed decisions by four federal circuit courts, including the one covering New York, legal residents with minor drug convictions are eligible to have an immigration judge weigh their offenses against other factors in their lives and decide whether to let them stay. But deportees who were denied such a hearing have no means to get one now. The Board of Immigration Appeals says it has no jurisdiction over any case after deportation. Government regulations prohibit any motion to reopen the case of someone who has left the country….” (New York Times, Wednesday)

Devoured by bad law and hopeless bureaucracy

FEE Timely Classic
“Free to Migrate” by Sheldon Richman