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Recent BIA Decision Provides More Clarity on “PSG” Claims, But at What Cost?

by: Juanita Solis In Matter of W-Y-C-& H-O-B-,[1] decided January 2018, the Board of Immigration Appeals held that an applicant seeking asylum based on membership in a particular social group must first establish the exact delineation of a proposed particular social group before an Immigration Judge. Even for experienced immigration attorneys, however, delineating what it means […]

Discretion and Discrimination: Civil Citations versus Arrests for Marijuana Possession

by: Regan Woodbury On June 30th, 2015 Miami-Dade commissioners voted “to let police treat marijuana possession the same way they do littering and loitering—by issuing a citation with a $100 fine that keeps the offense out of the criminal justice system.”[1] The measure passed by a 10-3 margin and allows for this arrest-alternative in possession […]

The Lies we tell Underprivileged Communities: The Façade of the Community Redevelopment Agency in the City of South Miami

by: Brittany Thomas Marshall Williamson is a neighborhood in within the City of South Miami. The area is named after Marshall Williamson, an early African-American settler of South Florida. [1] The neighborhood is one of the first African-American communities in South Florida and maintains the African-American heritage today. In 1997, after years of neglect, the […]

A Sweeping Ban Causes Tension Within Federal Government

by: Roman Sarangoulis With the stroke of a pen, President Donald Trump’s Executive Order established a ban on immigrants seeking refuge in America.[1] The Executive Order will be suspending the entry of all refugees attempting to enter the United States for 120 days.[2] Syrian refugees specifically will be barred indefinitely, and entry into the United […]