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The Fifth Circuit determines that Texas burglary is a crime of violence under the U.S.S.G.

In United States of America v. Felix Uribe, No. 15-51223 (5th Cir., Oct. 3, 2016) (published), the question before the Fifth Circuit was whether a conviction for Texas burglary (Tex. Penal Code 30.02(a)) is a "crime of violence" under U.S. Sentencing Guidelines Section 2L1.2. The Court had previously held that it was in United States v. Murillo-Lopez, 444 F.3d 337 (5th Cir. 2006) (though the Court does not point out that case involved California burglary), but sought to determine whether the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Mathis v. United States, 136 S.Ct. 2243 (2016), changed that outcome of that decision. The Court held held that it did not. The U.S. Sentencing Guidelines create a 16 l

The National Interest Waiver: A Surprisingly Versatile Permanent Residency Self-Petition

***This post is addressed to attorneys and was originally submitted as a guest blog to the State Bar of Texas*** David is a foreign lead engineer for a major oil and gas company. His successful U.S.-based career has followed a familiar path: perhaps he attended an American university on an F-1 visa, took advantage of Optional Practical Training to get his foot in the door with a great company, and was lucky enough to get sponsored for an H-1B (not an easy proposition these days). David’s star is rising fast. But as he climbs, he also approaches a black hole: his days on an H-1B or an L visa are numbered, and when he reaches the limit, he may have no choice but to leave the U.S., and his p


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