Immigration Law Section

This section provides members the opportunity to exchange information with other immigration law practitioners and provides a newsletter to members on both federal and State immigration laws. It also provides annual CLE programming on immigration law.

Olsen Law Firm
735 Broad Street, Suite 708
Chattanooga, TN 37402
Immigration Law Offices of Steven...
P.O. Box 60920
Nashville, TN 37206

800+ Immigrants Mistakenly Granted Citizenship

The U.S. government has mistakenly granted citizenship to at least 858 immigrants from “special interest countries” – those with national security concerns or with high rates of immigration fraud – according to a Department of Homeland Security audit released Monday. The department’s inspector general found that the immigrants used different names or birth dates to apply for citizenship and were not caught because their fingerprints were missing from government databases. The report also found that fingerprint records are missing for as many as 315,000 immigrants with final deportation orders or who are fugitive criminals. WRCB-TV has the story from the Associated Press.

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Justice Department Made Error in Data Provided to Court

The U.S. Justice Department has told the Supreme Court that it made “several significant errors” when providing information about immigrant detentions for a 2003 case, the ABA Journal reports. The department recently reviewed statistics for an upcoming case and discovered it had underestimated the time some immigrants spend in detention. It now says the time is closer to one year rather than the five months originally claimed. The court called the five-month period a “very limited time of detention” and relied on that fact in deciding it was constitutional to deny bail to immigrants with criminal records who were being held while appealing their deportation order.

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