With Immigration Reform looming in the forefront of news reports and White House speeches, it is no wonder that Immigration Law has become so blurred that many citizens, and non-citizens alike, do not know or understand what is going on with immigration in the United States. The crImmigration blog is sponsored by Garcia & Garcia Attorneys at Law, PLLC. This blog attempts to define some of the obscurity in Immigration Law and fill in some of the gaps that are not covered on the nightly news or featured in the daily newspaper. The blogger, César Cuauhtémoc Garcia Hernández, is an attorney at Garcia and Garcia and is a visiting professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. In 2012, the ABA Journal announced that crImmigration was one of the top 100 law blogs of the year. There are also a number of academic articles written by César that are available through hyperlinks on the blog site. These articles cover an array of immigration topics from a book review on Social Control and Justice: CrImmigration in the Age of Fear to Due Process and Immigrant Detainee Prison Transfers. The articles date back as far as spring of 2009, and could be used as secondary sources during research for immigration issues.
The content of the blog itself is very detailed and packed full of information. César started the blog in 2009 and has actively provided current and relevant information regarding immigration in the United States. He blogs about once or twice a week and also posts information about events and conferences that are taking place throughout law schools in the United States regarding immigration, human rights, and crimmigration laws. There are a number of topics centered on immigration issues and criminal consequences against immigrants. César even has actual footage posted on the blog site of drones that are being used for patrolling the U.S. border. Along with the footage, there is an explanation on how the Customs and Border Protection unit of DHS (Department of Homeland Security) is considering equipping the drones with non-lethal weapons for the sole purpose of immobilizing the men, women, and children trying to cross the border undetected. César provides information about current issues being addressed by the BIA (Board of Immigration Appeals) and Homeland Security, and there are a number of cases hyperlinked throughout the blog postings that can be used for further research—such as Padilla v. Kentucky, 559 U.S. 356 (2010).
CrImmigration also has informational postings and pertinent articles from other legal sources and individuals that are available for referencing. From the comments added to the blog, most of the viewers are attorneys specializing in Immigration and/or Criminal Law, professors, or law students. This site shows the visitor statistics and how many viewers it has for any given period of time. The blog does not attract a lot of commentators, but from its total views, it seems that visitors often look to it for immigration updates and current news that typically are not covered elsewhere. Another key feature of this blog is the ability to receive updates through email or Twitter. One only has to subscribe to the blog and once it is updated, a notice is sent to the subscriber. If email notification is chosen, the full posting is sent, which alleviates the need to actually pull up the website to view the updates. Another nice feature of this blog is that César provides his email and telephone number on the site. This gives César more creditability than some other bloggers because he is not anonymous with his blog posts, opinions, or the articles he posts by authors whose views he supports.
For those looking to read an uninhibited perspective on Immigration Law and how Criminal Law is impacting this segment of law that is neither civil nor criminal, crImmigration provides a good overview of the immigration situation in the United States. The site is user friendly and easy to view; however, to read the older postings, one has to either go to the bottom of each page and click on “Older Postings,” or use the “Search Only in Titles” search bar located on the right hand side of the web page. With almost four years of information on one blog site, crImmigration can help attorneys, professors, law students, and others analyze important immigration issues and topics—it is almost a one-stop-shop for immigration information and links to other immigration legal resources.
~ Carol Naples, L’15 ~
Class Advisor – Cory M. Lenz, Esq.