Author Archives: Jill Family

Even Worse, Again

by Jill Family — Monday, Feb. 11, 2019

Ten years ago, I wrote about how the problems with immigration adjudication were even worse than previously acknowledged.  Today, the problems are even worse than the even worse of ten years ago.  Substantive immigration law remains harsh as it continues to limit immigration adjudicators from dispensing proportional consequences.  What is even worse:  further diminishment of […]

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A Broad Look at Immigration Adjudication

by Jill Family — Monday, Sept. 17, 2018

This American Life has produced a broad look at the state of immigration adjudication, from asylum applications to criminal border crossing prosecutions and from applications for legal status to refugee admissions. The discussion about the notebook— a hand-written list of people waiting in line in Mexico to even approach the border– is especially intriguing.  The […]

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Justice Gorsuch, Immigrants, and Administrative Law

by Jill Family — Friday, Apr. 20, 2018

This week the Supreme Court voided a federal statute for vagueness.   In his concurring opinion, Justice Gorsuch agreed that the statute is unconstitutionally vague.  To support this conclusion, he emphasized his concerns about separation of powers principles. His use of separation of powers concerns in an immigration law case is a signal that Justice Gorsuch […]

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Due Process, Fair Notice, and Individual Liberty for Immigrants Too?

by Jill Family — Thursday, Mar. 1, 2018

The balance of power in immigration law is heavily tilted toward the government.  As the Supreme Court’s decision this week in Jennings v. Rodriguez shows, the exact constitutional limits to the government’s power are still unclear.  Foreign nationals do have some rights, but they often feel the weight of government power to an exceptional extent.  Individuals […]

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Removing the Distraction of Delay

by Jill Family — Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017

The Department of Justice is developing a new strategy to reduce a huge backlog in the immigration courts. A recent report of this plan contains this sentence: “DOJ officials criticized immigration lawyers, saying they ‘have purposely used tactics designed to delay’ immigration cases.” Raising claims of delay tactics is a recurring theme in certain efforts […]

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Fair Process in Name Only

by Jill Family — Monday, Nov. 6, 2017

[This post is co-authored by Jill Family and Lenni Benson, Professor of Law, New York Law School] Our legal system should not provide fair process in name only. On paper, our immigration system provides procedural protections in an administrative hearing where the outcome defines lives. For those facing the full weight of government power in […]

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Keeping Up with Immigration Law

by Jill Family — Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017

With the deluge of immigration law news, it is hard for every development to get the attention it deserves. Here I hope to draw some attention to a lawsuit filed on September 19, 2017 that challenges the Trump Administration’s delay of a start date of an Obama-era notice and comment rule. Days before President Trump […]

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When Adjudication is Avoiding Adjudication

by Jill Family — Monday, July 31, 2017

Immigration law is tasked with determining who should be removed (deported) from the United States. Theoretically, that adjudication takes place before an immigration judge, who works for the Department of Justice. A lawyer for the Department of Homeland Security represents the government. There is a good chance the foreign national has no attorney, especially if […]

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Immigration Law at AALS- 2 Calls for Papers

by Jill Family — Friday, July 28, 2017

The Immigration Law Section has out two calls for papers for AALS 2018.  San Diego!  In January!  Both calls are posted below.  One is for works in progress, the other is for the section’s main program at the conference. AALS Immigration Law Section Call for Papers for Works-in-Progress Session at AALS San Diego, CA Saturday, […]

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