Whitmer signs bills offering more alternatives to jail time for traffic offenses, low-level crimes

January 6, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday signed bipartisan legislation aimed at providing more alternatives to jail time for offenses that don’t pose a public safety risk, among other reforms to the state’s criminal justice system.

Immigration: Trump Administration Executive Orders are Overruled by Federal Courts

December 11, 2020

In the recent weeks there have been a series of federal court decisions overruling illegal Executive Orders promulgated by the Trump Administration. Attorney Carlos E. Sandoval explains that these decisions are considered major victories for many immigrants whose legal stay in the United States depends on certain programs.

Criminal Record Expungement Bill

December 2, 2020

LANSING, MI – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday signed a bill package that provides a framework for thousands of Michigan residents to seal prior criminal records from public view.

“Crime of Violence” is Unconstitutionally Vague

April 17, 2018

The U.S. Supreme Court declared a clause in federal law, requiring the deportation of immigrants convicted of a “crime of violence,” unconstitutionally vague. Read More at NPR.org Read the full opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court here.

National Immigrant Justice Center Response to RFI from ICE

October 26, 2017

Original Press Release found on ImmigrantJustice.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Tara Tidwell Cullen, NIJC, (312) 660-1337, ttidwellcullen@heartlandalliance.org U.S. Government Issues RFI for New Immigration Detention Facilities; Advocates Respond with Information about Escalating Due Process and Civil Rights Violations WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 26, 2017) – As U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) seeks new sites for immigration detention […]

Governor Signs Law Limiting Illinois Police On Immigration

August 30, 2017

Originally from ABC News: “Illinois will limit how local and state police can cooperate with federal immigration authorities under a plan signed into law Monday by Gov. Bruce Rauner, a move that puts the first-term Republican at odds with his party on immigration issues. The narrow measure prohibits police from searching, arresting or detaining someone solely […]

Updates to current USCIS forms for 2017

August 29, 2017

There have been recent updates to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services forms below.

Rescission of Memorandum Providing for Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (“DAPA”)

June 19, 2017

Source On June 15, Department of Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly, after consulting with the Attorney General, signed a memorandum rescinding the November 20, 2014 memorandum that created the program known as Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (“DAPA”) because there is no credible path forward to litigate the currently […]

Supreme Court Deems Consensual Sex with Person 16 or Above is Not Aggravated Felony

May 31, 2017

ESQUIVEL-QUINTANA v. SESSIONS, ATTORNEY GENERAL CERTIORARI TO THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE SIXTH CIRCUIT No. 16–54. Argued February 27, 2017—Decided May 30, 2017 Petitioner, a citizen of Mexico and lawful permanent resident of the United States, pleaded no contest in a California court to a statutory rape offense criminalizing “unlawful sexual intercourse […]

Criminal Law- A valid registration card is not dispositive concerning § 4 immunity

May 23, 2017

By: Agenique Smiley in Criminal Law, Michigan Court of Appeals, Michigan Court of Appeals, Most Important Opinions May 11, 2017 A party is entitled to § 4 immunity only if he or she is in full compliance with the MMMA, which includes its definitions of both a “patient” and a “caregiver.” If a party’s status […]