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Almanza-Arenas v. Holder (Immigration Consequences of Crimes)

Immigrants’ Rights Clinic students, Pat Gutierrez ('14) and Mia Crager ('14), filed an amicus brief on behalf of various immigrants’ rights organizations in Almanza-Arenas v. Holder, a case pending before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The brief concerns the intersection of immigration and criminal law—the Ninth Circuit is considering whether a noncitizen should be precluded from securing  humanitarian immigration relief based on his or her criminal record, even though his or her prior criminal records do not conclusively demonstrate that the noncitizen is subject to the legal bar.  In the brief, the Clinic argues on behalf its clients that the Ninth Circuit should revisit an earlier ruling that was unfavorable to noncitizens, in light of the Supreme Court's recent decision in Moncrieffe v. Holder (another case in which the Mills Legal Clinic was deeply involved).