The season of gift giving is upon us once more and, like everyone else, crimmigrationistas love a meaningful gift. To help guide folks who have a special crimmigrationista in their lives, I’ve put together a short list of topical gift ideas that cover every price range.
Electronic Statute, Regulations, and Rules Handbook
The laws that crimmigrationistas deal with are a complicated mess. The Immigration and Nationality Act plus the bevy of regulations that operationalize it have been described as “‘second only to the Internal Revenue Code in complexity.’” Castro-O’Ryan v. INS, 847 F.2d 1307, 1312 (9th Cir. 1987) (quoting Elizabeth Hull, Without Justice For All 107 (1985)). Add to this the need to cross-reference criminal statutes and rules of criminal procedure and a veritable mess erupts. It’s impossible to remember the exact text of all these provisions and attempting to do so is treacherous. Yet no one can carry all these books around with them.
Enter the e-book version of the Immigration Law Handbook, 2014 Edition. Published by LexisNexis, this $49 gift makes easy access to the INA, Title 8 of the CFR, the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, and key federal criminal statutes possible from any computer or mobile device.
Even armed with all the legal texts, crimmigration law is fast-changing and broad reaching. As Justice Alito put it in his Padilla v. Kentucky, 559 U.S. 356, 1488 (2010) (concurring, Alito, J.), “determining whether a particular crime is an ‘aggravated felony’ or a ‘crime involving moral turpitude [(CIMT)]’ is not an easy task.” To help attorneys and advocates everywhere, there’s no better resource (if I don’t say so myself) than crImmigration.com! Subscriptions are free, available to everyone, and ensure that your favorite crimmigrationista is up-to-date on crimmigration happenings year round! Just direct them to crImmigration.com where doing nothing more taxing than entering an email address into the “Subscribe” box will start emails arriving every time I update the blog (Tuesday and Thursday mornings throughout the year).
Pay it forward
Give the gift of travel to Denver Law students in my colleague Lisa Graybill’s Immigrants’ Rights Lab hoping to continue the work they began this fall with immigrant mothers and children seeking asylum who were detained by ICE in Artesia, New Mexico. The women and children housed there are being moved to a facility in Karnes, Texas that has recently been the subject of complaints of sexual assault. Additionally, the government is preparing to open a new, 2400 bed facility for women and children in Dilley, Texas. Existing pro bono providers in Texas are overwhelmed by the sudden expansion of family detention. Working in collaboration with AILA and local advocates, the students will provide pro bono assistance to women preparing for reasonable and credible fear interviews and bond hearings. To donate, please contact Ricki Kelly at email@example.com and let her know your contribution should be earmarked for DU’s Immigrants’ Rights Lab.
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