41 San Diego L. Rev. 819 (2004)
The Deferred Action Program of the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services: A Possible Remedy for Impossible Immigration Cases

handle is hein.journals/sanlr41 and id is 831 raw text is: The Deferred Action Program of the
Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration
Services: A Possible Remedy for
Impossible Immigration Cases
LEON WILDES*
TABLE OF CONTENTS
I.     INTRODUCTION  ................................................................................................... 820
II.    WHICH CATEGORIES OF ALIENS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR DEFERRED
A CTION  STATUS? ................................................................................................ 827
III.   WHY Is DEFERRED ACTION STATUS RECOMMENDED? ........................................ 829
A .  P hysical A ilm ents  ..................................................................................... 831
B .  M ental  Illness  ........................................................................................... 833
C.   Separation  of  Fam ily  ................................................................................ 834
D .  Potential Negative  Publicity  ..................................................................... 835
IV.    THE EFFECT OF LEGISLATION  CHANGES .............................................................. 835
A.   The  Violence Against Women  Act ............................................................. 836
B .  D rugs  ........................................................................................................ 836
V .    C O NC LUSIO N  ...................................................................................................... 838
*   B.A. Yeshiva University; J.D. and L.L.M., New York University School of
Law. The author has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo
School of Law for the past twenty-three years, where he teaches Immigration Law and
runs an immigration clinic. A past national president of the American Immigration
Lawyers Association, he represented John Lennon and Yoko Ono in their five-year long
battle with the Immigration Service and has published four other law review articles on
aspects of the case which have affected immigration litigation. The author expresses his
acknowledgement of the contribution of Debra Kobrin, a student in a dual degree
program of law and social work at Fordham University Law School and Fordham
Graduate School of Social Service who assisted in the preparation of this Article.

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