Carlos T. Bea, a judge of U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, was put on the court by George W. Bush. I don't expect much from such appointees. But I can be wrong. Bea has not forgotten his immigrant experience and he recently told immigration judges [pdf] how easily even a Stanford-attending newcomer can fall afoul of the complicated regulations that govern new arrivals.
Interpretation here: inadvertently, despite being a Stanford student on the way to a law degree, the complexities of the various immigration statuses available to him tripped him up and he ended up on a deportation track! The rest of his story is, basically, that he would have been tossed out of the country if an appeals judge had not been intrigued to interview this Stanford basketball player and later upheld his appeal.
The rest of Bea's speech is almost as interesting as this anecdote.
- He points out that the Gonzales Department of Justice appealed to Congress to create more immigration judgeships -- and then left 6 of 15 slots unfilled.
- He presents some serious thinking about how to reorganize immigration appeals so judges would have a chance of really thinking about them, while appellants receive an automatic stay of their deportation orders.
- He urges the judges to police the lawyers of the immigration bar. Apparently Congress gave the Attorney General the job of issuing regulations for judges to follow in sanctioning attorneys for both the state and the immigrant appellants, but these have not been issued
- He's distressed by what he sees in pleas about whether immigrants should be deported as felons.
- He admonished the immigration judges
Via The State of Opportunity.