By Sarah Bronstein

In a recent decision by the Board of Immigration Appeals, the court revisited the issue of what constitutes a conviction for immigration purposes.  The court also looked at the circumstances under which a conviction relating to possession of a controlled substance can trigger the drug trafficking aggravated felony ground of deportability.   Matter of Cuellar-Gomez, 25 I&N Dec. 850 (BIA 2012).

By Kristina Karpinski

Last month CLINIC held its annual visit to the National Visa Center in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  During the visit, NVC Director Kimberly Kelly and staff gave participants a tour of the facility and held an informative question and answer session.  Summarized below is information obtained during the visit.

Electronic Processing Program

By the Staff of the Office of Special Counsel

The U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division has an office dedicated to ensuring that employers are not discriminating against work-authorized individuals based on their national origin or immigration status.  It is unlawful to fire or refuse to hire certain workers because of where they are from or because they are not U.S. citizens.  The law also protects workers where employers discriminate against them by asking for too many work-authorization documents or by rejecting valid documents. 

By Nicholas Hittler*

Despite the lack of evidence of widespread voter fraud by immigrants, several states recently have implemented policies to remove ineligible voters from registration rolls and to prevent them from voting on election day.  Many advocates consider these restrictive policies to be efforts to suppress minority voting.  Recently, the USCIS granted the state of Florida access the federal electronic Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements program (the “SAVE” program) to verify its voter registration rolls.