Professor Margaret Taylor among law professors filing amici brief in Mellouli v. Holder

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Professor Margaret Taylor is one of 89 law professors across the country filing an amici brief to support the petitioner of the Mellouli v. Holder case, which is currently pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.

The case aims to answer the question of whether to trigger deportability under 8 U.S.C. § 1227(a)(2)(B)(i), which provides that a noncitizen may be removed if he has been convicted of violating “any law or regulation of a State, the United States, or a foreign country relating to a controlled substance (as defined in section 802 of Title 21) . . . ,” the government must prove the connection between a drug paraphernalia conviction and a substance listed in section 802 of the Controlled Substances Act.

The brief filed by the law professors argues that the categorical approach has long been applied by courts and the agency  to evaluate the immigration consequences of convictions, including drug convictions, and that the U.S. government’s position conflicts with this approach.

Taylor has done extensive research on immigration detention policy and the deportation of criminal offenders. She has testified on immigration detention before Congress and the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform.  She served as chair of the AALS section on Immigration Law, was appointed to the American Bar Association’s Commission on Immigration, and served on the Advisory Board of the Appearance Assistance Program of the Vera Institute of Justice. She has also published numerous papers on immigration policy.

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