9th Circ. Judge Pans 'Hot Mess' Of Immigration Case Law

Law360 (November 19, 2020, 7:12 PM EST) -- A Ninth Circuit judge has criticized the court's immigration jurisprudence, saying the "absurd" precedent controlling a Mexican couple's deportation case exposes the court's willingness to do whatever it takes to thwart the Board of Immigration Appeals.

U.S. Circuit Judge Lawrence VanDyke's takedown on Wednesday came in a dubitante opinion — invoked when a judge is doubtful about a proposition but does not dissent — accompanying a majority ruling in which Judge VanDyke and two other judges gave the asylum-seekers another shot at challenging a deportation order, issued after an unlicensed legal counselor told them to skip their asylum hearing.

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