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Return to the United States after removal to Haiti: Another U.S. citizen returns home! On a motion from FIAP, the Board of Immigration Appeals vacated its erroneous removal order. After negotiation and litigation spanning two years, the client arrived at JFK Airport in early July 2017--to cheers and handshakes from DHS officers. Go figure.

Immigration: The Other Predators

by Laura Murray-Tjan, January 12, 2017

Return to the United States after removal to Honduras:
Almost three years after a client was deported to Honduras, FIAP succeeded in providing that he is a derivative U.S. citizen. The client is now back at home in New York with his family, just in time for Christmas 2016.

From exile in St. Lucia to permanent residency in the United States: Success in criminal court! Following testimony from Laura Murray-Tjan, a previously deported lawful permanent resident was able to win back his green card where two judges found prior criminal proceedings unconstitutional. 

Fantastic news for a gay Cameroonian client: In Cameroon, being or appearing gay can result in a prison sentence of up to five years. FIAP took this client's case following a denial of asylum by an Immigration Judge and then the Board of Immigration Appeals. FIAP filed a Second Circuit appeal and a Motion to Reopen before the Board, ultimately winning a remand to the Immigration Judge. The client won relief from removal on June 20, 2016.


by Laura Murray-Tjan, May 15, 2016

Laura Murray-Tjan interview on asylum and refugee law. derivative citizenship, and the immigration consequences of criminal convictions, Part I

Laura Murray-Tjan interview on asylum and refugee law. derivative citizenship, and the immigration consequences of criminal convictions, Part II

Laura Murray-Tjan to Speak at AILA's Annual Conference: Attorney Murray-Tjan will present on a panel addressing asylum trials, credible fear, and reasonable fear at AILA's national annual conference in June 2016.


by Laura Murray-Tjan, December 15, 2015


by Laura Murray-Tjan, December 10, 2015

Victory at the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts: On October 5, 2015, the SJC found that refugee status is a "special" "special circumstance" when evaluating whether plea bargains were knowing and voluntary. FIAP co-authored the amicus brief in the case with the Committee for Public Counsel Services.

We bid a fond farewell to wonderful summer associate Thomas Yabroff, who has returned to Yale to continue his studies in philosophy. We welcome attorney Yoana Kuzmova, a 2014 graduate of Boston University School of Law, who has experience in many areas of immigration law, including F-1 status, OPT, asylum and refugee law, and H1B's.

Removal Proceedings Finally Terminated for U.S. Citizen Client: On August 19, 2015, a Haitian-American client's long travails with ICE finally ended when an Immigration Judge terminated removal proceedings because the client is a U.S. citizen. FIAP took the client's case after he had been ordered deported and immediately before he was removed to Haiti. FIAP is now working hard to bring the client back to the United States.


by Laura Murray-Tjan, July 29, 2015

Victory at the Ninth Circuit: Shortly after the government submitted a response to FIAP's motion for panel rehearing in a new case, the court reversed itself and granted the petition for review.

FIAP Wins Large Settlement in FTCA Claim: On July 16, 2015, FIAP won a six-figure settlement for a U.S. citizen who had been unlawfully detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Thank you to the Law Offices of David Rosen for coming on board after FIAP filed the complaint in the client's Federal Tort Claims Act case.

Interim Success at the Ninth Circuit: After taking a case that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit had denied, FIAP submitted a motion for a panel rehearing. Instead of the quick denial that such motions usually receive, the Court has ordered the government to respond. The case involves complex issues surrounding the immigration consequences of criminal convictions.

Success at the First Circuit: On June 19, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit granted a stay of removal to a FIAP client.      

Citizenship Victory: On June 15 2015, the Board of Immigration Appeals reversed itself to find that a FIAP client is a derivative citizen. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit had previously granted a stay of federal court proceedings for the client to pursue reconsideration before the Board. The next task is to bring the client back to the United States following his unlawful removal.


by Laura Murray-Tjan, May 8, 2015


by Laura Murray-Tjan, April 3, 2015



Immigration Law Professors Blog, February 27, 2015


Whoops! The Department of Justice Admits That It Misunderstood U.S. Citizenship Law


by Laura Murray-Tjan, February 26, 2015


Success at the Board of Immigration Appeals: On December 31, 2014, the Board reopened and remanded a FIAP client's case to the Immigration Judge, following a remand from the Ninth Circuit.


Laura Murray-Tjan, The Tragicomedy of Legitimation Jurisprudence After Watson v. Holder, 14-12 Immigration Briefings 1 (December 2014), available on Westlaw at 14-12 Immigrbrief 1


Is Obama's New Immigration Policy a Law Enforcement Bonanza?


by Laura Murray-Tjan, December 11, 2014


Success at the Board of Immigration Appeals: On November 24, 2014, Thanksgiving Eve, a FIAP client won a motion to reopen before the Board based on worsening country conditions for gay Cameroonians. The victory moots a previous appeal submitted to the Second Circuit.


Citizenship victory: On November 10, 2014, a FIAP client received a U.S. passport from the State Department following years of litigation over his citizenship status.


FIAP wins motion for EAJA fees: On October 28, 2014, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit granted a motion for costs and attorney's fees in Case No. 13-70681. Because the government's position was not "substantially justified" in ordering the FIAP client removed, she was eligible to make the motion under the Equal Access to Justice Act. 


DHS Moves to Remand FIAP Case


from LexisNexis


by Laura Murray-Tjan, September 25, 2014


In Praise of Mark Krikorian's Honesty: Let the Child Migrants Die


by Laura Murray-Tjan, August 30, 2014



co-authored by Sarah Sherman-Stokes, August 2014


by Carol Rose and Adriana Lafaille, July 21, 2014.


Obama's Impossible Immigration Promise


by Laura Murray-Tjan, July 9, 2014.

Raise Your Hand If You Understand Immigration Law: Take Two


by Laura Murray-Tjan, June 25, 2014.


Citizenship Games


by Laura Murray-Tjan, May 15, 2014. 


by Laura Murray-Tjan, April 2014

Immigration Law: Raise Your Hand If You Understand It


by Laura Murray-Tjan, Feb. 12, 2014.

Immigration Puzzle of the Week: Do We Deport People for Being Mentally Ill?


by Laura Murray-Tjan, Jan. 10, 2014.

When Will We Stop Deporting U.S. Citizens?


by Laura Murray-Tjan, Sept. 18, 2013.


A Tale of Two Typos


by Laura Murray-Tjan, July 8, 2013.