Friday, January 31, 2014

Immigration Issues for Justin Bieber?

Justin Bieber's travails bring us two interesting legal issues: on what grounds can a non-U.S. citizen be deported, and do those petitions to the White House really work?

CNN asks "What crimes lead to deportation?" Though they provide some illustrations, as an attorney, you know you have to look for more formal sources than a news story. The news story is simply a source of keywords to get your research started. A legal research guide on immigration is one great place to begin your research, and Pace Law has two good ones. The Ohio State Bar Association has useful CLE info (which we have in our collection) on the topic. You could also try an e-book: The Social, Political and Historical Contours of Deportation.

Outside the normal course of immigration law, can American petition to have Mr. Bieber deported? CNN again brings us the story: "A petition calling for the deportation of Canadian-born Justin Bieber surpassed the 100,000 signature threshold, meaning the White House must, by its own rules, issue a response." Petitioning the government for redress has been an option for a while, but the electronic format is new.

For an historic look at examples of Americans petitioning the government, check out our new collection of online, searchable bills through ProQuest. Our newsletter has more on this great new resource.