Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Ninth Circuit Judge Speaks on His Immigration Experience and Possible Reform of Immigration Appeals Process

In an address to the Board of Immigration Appeals and Immigration Judges in August, the Honorable Carlos T. Bea of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit tells about his immigration history:  "Every immigrant has a story. You see before you an immigrant who was once under an order of deportation. You might be interested in the story and how I came to be ordered deported, but obviously was not."  Judge Bea, an immmigrant from Spain via Cuba, at one point faced deportation for a technical violation of the immigration laws and recounts how the fact that he played college basketball for Stanford helped him obtain relief from deportation.  Judge Bea notes that the Ninth Circuit today handles almost half of all immigration appeals and offers a proposal for reform of the appeals process in which appeals raising similar issues and involving noncitizens from the same country would be consolidated before a panel of judges.  For more, see Download bea_address_to_bia_and_ij_2007_annual_convention.pdf    

KJ

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