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ICE Posing as Local Police to Avoid Warrant Requirements & Arrest Immigrants

By Dysart Willis |

There have been recent reports of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents purposely misidentifying themselves as local police, members of narcotics squads, or  using other disguises, including here in North Carolina, in order to pursue and detain immigrants throughout the community without first obtaining valid warrants. While ICE has indicated that it is within… Read More »

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Appeals Court Creates New Fourth Amendment Rights For Criminal Defendants & Those Subject To Immigration Detainers

By Dysart Willis |

In September, the Ninth Circuit made two decisions which arguably created new Fourth Amendment rights for every defendant charged with crimes when surveillance practices lead to evidence being used against them, as well as those who are subject to immigration detention, determining that ICE’s decisions must be reviewed by a neutral magistrate because those… Read More »

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When Physical Discipline Turns into Child Abuse Charges in North Carolina

By Dysart Willis |

There is no question that parenting during the pandemic has been difficult for a number of people, especially for divorced or otherwise separated parents who disagree about certain issues, such as how to discipline their child. In fact, disagreements over issues such as corporal punishment have even led to false accusations of child abuse … Read More »

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Murder Charges Brought Over Miscarriages & Stillbirths

By Dysart Willis |

One prosecutor’s choice to charge women with murder after their pregnancies end in stillbirths has sent a panic around the country due to the precedent it could set for civil and reproductive rights, as well as the potential to criminalize the choices that pregnant women make. Specifically, the current prosecution of criminal defendant Chelsea… Read More »

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Upcoming USCIS Furloughs Expected to Shut Down Legal Immigration. If You Are Facing an Immigration Issue, Speak with an Immigration Attorney Right Away, Before They Do

By Dysart Willis |

Upcoming USCIS furloughs, which could bring legal immigration to a halt, make it clear that if you are currently facing obstacles when it comes to immigration issues, such as visa or green card applications, it would behoove you to speak with an immigration lawyer as soon as possible in order to ensure that they… Read More »

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Immigration Law Update: Trump Violates Supreme Court Order by Refusing to Process DACA Applicants & Rumors Circulate of More Changes On H-1B Visas

By Dysart Willis |

Following the US Supreme Court’s decision blocking the Trump administration’s attempt to revoke the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, in August, the Trump administration made several decisions that will also have an impact on immigration law, including refusing to process any new DACA applicants and limiting renewals to one year instead of… Read More »

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Wrongful Convictions, Who They Affect, & Legal Roadblocks Thwarting New Evidence

By Dysart Willis |

The issue of wrongful conviction has long been of concern in North Carolina and at the federal level, and not only disproportionately impacts certain minorities, especially Blacks and Latinos, but in addition, the criminal justice system as a whole is simply not designed to allow for faulty convictions to be overturned, even when the… Read More »

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New Study Proves That A “Persistent Racial Bias” Exists in All Police Traffic Stops & Searches, And This Significantly Affects Drug Stops & Arrests

By Dysart Willis |

In accordance with statistics previously released by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation demonstrating that minority drivers are much more likely to be searched by police officers during traffic stops than white drivers here in North Carolina, a new study published in Nature Human Behaviour has revealed that police decisions to stop and… Read More »

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Appeals Court Rules That Administration’s “Third Country Asylum Rule” Effectively Barring Immigrants from Central America Is Illegal

By Dysart Willis |

In July, a three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals or the Ninth Circuit struck down the administration’s 2019 Interim Final Rule barring immigrants seeking asylum from entering the US if they failed to first apply for protection from persecution or torture “where it was available in at least one third country outside… Read More »

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US Supreme Court Blocks Administration’s Attempt to Revoke DACA Program, Opening The Door to Applicants

By Dysart Willis |

In a major victory for immigrants, in late June, the US Supreme Court struck down the Trump administration’s revocation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, blocking the administration’s plans to open up the potential deportation of an estimated 700,000 “DREAMers” who have been in the US since they were children, many… Read More »

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