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  • July 8, 2007
    Tadesse v. Gonzales is one of several cases the National Immigrant Justice Center has litigated to challenge the government's denial of basic legal rights, such as the right to present evidence. After the war between Ethiopia and Eritrea in the late 1990s, Ethiopians of Eritrean heritage were…
  • July 30, 2007
    Circuit court judges throughout the nation have sharply criticized the immigration courts’ failure to protect due process and uphold fundamental rights.  These decisions have played a significant role in the immigration debate. Tchemkou v. Gonzales is one of several asylum cases the National…
  • August 21, 2007
    The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals found that Ms. Oyekunle, a permanent resident seeking asylum in the United States to avoid undergoing female genital mutilation (FGM) in Nigeria, was denied a fair hearing by the immigration judge. The court said that the immigration judge who denied Ms.…
  • August 27, 2007
    In this case, the Government argued that a finding by the Board of Immigration Appeals that Mr. Klementanovsky was an aggravated felon was not reviewable.  National Immigrant Justice Center pro bono attorney Morgan Hirst, of Jones Day, succeeded in persuading the Court to reject this argument…
  • September 11, 2007
    The National Immigrant Justice Center contributed to an amicus brief in Lopez v. Gonzales, in which the Supreme Court decided that a state felony drug possession offense does not constitute an aggravated felony under immigration law. The Supreme Court came to the common sense conclusion that…
  • September 11, 2007
    In light of the Supreme Court's decision in Lopez v. Gonzales, the next question for the courts is whether a second drug possession offense is a drug trafficking offense and thus an aggravated felony. The Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) has never issued a published decision on this question…
  • September 12, 2007
    In this case the Seventh Circuit recognized that asylum seekers fleeing persecution based on their sexual orientation face particular obstacles when they begin the process of seeking asylum in the United States. Dominic Moab, a Liberian man living in Chicago, sought asylum in the United States…
  • September 13, 2007
    The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals found that the immigration judge and the Board of Immigration Appeals did not properly consider the evidence in a petition for withholding of removal and protection under the Convention Against Torture. Mr. BinRashed’s father was active in a government…
  • September 13, 2007
    In Walji v. Gonzales, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the U.S. government's attempts to prevent naturalization applicants whose cases have been delayed by a backlog in FBI background checks from taking their cases to federal court. Shabir Hussein Walji, a Ugandan native and…
  • September 19, 2007
    The National Immigrant Justice Center has filed a series of mandamus cases to challenge the government's delay in adjudicating our clients' citizenship applications. We plan to continue filing these cases to highlight the need for the government to fix problems caused by lengthy delays in FBI name…