Implications Of Ramirez-Villalpando V. Holder

Law360, New York (December 12, 2011, 1:08 PM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has described the deportation of an individual from the United States as a “particularly severe penalty” and the “equivalent of banishment or exile.”[1] The severity of deportation is often intensified by the inability of many individuals in these proceedings to speak English, much less afford an attorney. Despite the high stakes, the government often deports these individuals based upon unreliable and potentially erroneous clerical documents that these individuals have never before seen. In a case now pending at the Supreme Court, the...
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