Monday, June 20, 2011

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Podcast: A view from Canada

Kevin L. Zemp, Canadian attorney and AILA member and partner at Bennett Jones LLP in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, shared with us interesting news about recent changes to Canadian immigration law.

Courtesy of Bender's Immigration Bulletin - Daily Edition.

Podcast: Angelo at AILA AC, San Diego, June 2011

The always engaging Angelo Paparelli took a few minutes out of his busy AILA conference schedule to share his thoughts with Bender readers/listeners.

Courtesy of Bender's Immigration Bulletin - Daily Edition.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Unpub. BIA suppression victory

Anne Pilsbury writes: "Central American Legal Assistance just got a 100% well-written approval of one of our many suppression cases.  Last week we got one going opposite way.  BIA is really split on this issue."

More decisions at

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Remarks by Michael J. Ortiz

Michael J. Ortiz of Los Angeles, Directing Attorney of the Immigration Unit of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA,) is the recipient of the 10th annual LexisNexis Matthew Bender Tenth Annual Daniel Levy Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in Immigration Law.  He gave the following remarks at a reception in his honor in San Diego on June 15, 2011. - Courtesy of Bender's Immigration Bulletin - Daily Edition.

Monday, June 13, 2011

An Open Letter to TX Gov. Rick Perry and the Texas Legislature re S.B. 9

Jesus said, "Be not afraid." Joe Pendleton said, "There's nothing to be afraid of." Real Texans are not afraid of anyone or anything. S.B. 9 is based in fear, fueled by fear and intended to create fear.  Real Texans in the 82nd Leg. should "Just say No" to S.B. 9.  If fearful, fake Texans pass this bill, Gov. Perry - if he's a real Texan - should veto it. - Daniel M. Kowalski, June 13, 2011.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

AAO I-601 Extreme Hardship Victory; Honduras; Crime

In a decision dated May 12, 2011 the AAO cited the 2010 State Department Country Specific Information-Honduras report, to wit: "Crime is endemic in Honduras... ."  The AAO concluded that the USC spouse would suffer extreme hardship whether she stayed in the U.S. or joined her spouse in Honduras; waiver granted.

Hats off to Carol Pelton of David Ware & Associates.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

2011 Honoree: Michael J. Ortiz - LexisNexis Matthew Bender Daniel Levy Memorial Award

LexisNexis® Matthew Bender®
Tenth Annual Daniel Levy Memorial Award
for Outstanding Achievement in Immigration Law

2011 Honoree: Michael J. Ortiz

Michael J. Ortiz, Directing Attorney, Immigration Unit, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA), supervises and handles matters in areas of naturalization law, and supervises staff and directly assists clients in cases arising under VAWA, asylees and refugees and victims of human trafficking and torture. Members of LAFLA’s Immigration Unit have worked alongside Mr. Ortiz on behalf of low-income immigrants on various projects: from drafting comments to published USCIS Memoranda that will impact portions of the immigrant community at large, and LAFLA clients in particular, to naturalization workshops serving anywhere from a handful to hundreds of people; from receiving technical assistance from him on writing motions and appeals to co-writing them. His commitment and focus never wavers. This quiet, consistent commitment to low-income immigrants and their struggles is inspiring to others and has changed the lives of many in Los Angeles and beyond.

Award Presentation Reception
AILA Annual Meeting
Wednesday, June 15th, 2011, 8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M.
America’s Cup, B-D, Fourth Level, Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
Refreshments Served

A member of the Editorial Board of Bender’s Immigration Bulletin, Daniel Levy died at the age of 48on September 14, 2001, in Los Angeles after a long battle with cancer. Mr. Levy was a prolific author, litigator, and scholar, and was widely known and loved by many in the immigration bar. With this annual award Matthew Bender® seeks to honor an individual who emulates the values that informed Mr. Levy’s life and work:
- enthusiastic advocacy on behalf of immigrant clients;
- deep scholarship in immigration law; and
- an expansive vision of justice.