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Two Crimes As A Single Offense: BIA Addresses Exception To Controlled Substance Deportability

By Susan Schreiber

Imagine you receive a frantic call from your client's family telling you that their 22-year-old LPR daughter is in ICE custody.  Apparently, their daughter was picked up by ICE after pleading guilty to possession of 10 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, in this case the baggie containing the marijuana.  After contacting ICE, you learn that your client is considered ineligible for bond under INA § 236(C)(1)(B) because, per ICE, she is deportable for a controlled substance offense under INA § 237(a)(2)(B). 

Customs and Border Protection Liaison for Non-Governmental Organizations

By Allison Posner

Did you know that Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has a liaison for non-governmental organizations (NGOs)?  Meet Anna Hinken.  She serves as CBP’s principal liaison to non-governmental faith-based and advocacy groups. It is her responsibility to facilitate dialogue between CBP and the NGO community, and other federal agencies as appropriate.  Ms. Hinken serves as the voice of NGOs.  She is the first ever NGO liaison at CBP.

The Holy Father’s Message for 2013 World Day of Migrants and Refugees

Pope Benedict XVI released his annual message for the 99th World Day of Migrants and Refugees, which will be celebrated on January 13, 2013. The theme of his message this year is “Migrations: Pilgrimage of Faith and Hope.” The 2013 World Day of Migrants and Refugees celebration coincides with the celebrations of the Year of Faith, the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, and the sixtieth anniversary of Exsul Familia, Pope Pius XII’s Apostolic Constitution on migration.

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