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The immigrant origins of Christmas

Dec 21, 2018
Paola Flores-Marquez and Leya Speasmaker

Many of the traditions that we typically associate with Christmas have their origins in other countries. Immigrants, eager to celebrate a familiar and important holiday in their new home, shared their customs with neighbors who adopted them and added their own. Here are a few examples of beloved Christmas traditions integration has given us.

BIA tries to restrict Supreme Court holding of Pereira

In late August, the Board of Immigration Appeals issued a precedential decision, Matter of Bermudez-Cota, which interprets the scope of the recent Supreme Court decision in Pereira v. Sessions. Bermudez-Cota limits the application of Pereira’s holding to the stop-time rule in cancellation of removal cases. Bermudez-Cota’s narrow interpretation of Pereira is certain to lead to further federal litigation.