SCOTUS Grants Certiorari in Trump Travel Cases and Stays Injunctions in Part

The Supreme Court issued today a per curiam order, in which it agreed to the government's request for certiorari and partially granted the government's application to stay preliminary injunctions in two recent circuit court decisions that enjoined, in part, provisions of Executive Order 13,780, captioned "Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrori

Defining Immigrants, Noncitizens, Aliens, Nonimmigrants, and Nationals

Who's Who in Immigration Law?

Two recent events prompted me to think about the use of nomenclature in immigration law.

One was a tweet criticizing a colleague for using the word "alien". The second was my review of Moncrieffe v. Holder, 133 S. Ct. 1678 (2013), a case involving the application of the term "aggravated felony" under section 101(a)(43)(B) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).

MS-13 and Immigration Policy Priorities

On June 21, 2017, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the activities of the infamous Salvadoran gang MS-13. Their presence in the United States has raised alarm as they have engulfed local communities in bloodshed and crime. One need look no further than their motto — "kill, rape, control" — to understand why the presence of MS-13 in the United States is dangerous.

The Immigration Debate: A Battle for Nuance

With an issue as sensitive and complicated as immigration, emotion and confusion are bound to cloud the complexities of the debate. There is no shortage of lenses through which to view the topic, from libertarianism to compassionate liberalism, from pragmatic enforcement to hawkish neoconservatism. And no shortage of actual immigration areas upon which to focus those lenses: border security, visa issuance and overstays, interior enforcement, refugee, or asylum seeking, to name a few.