On May 17th, the Ninth Circuit published Olivas- Motta v. Holder, overturning the Attorney General's method to determine if an offense is a "crime involving moral turpitude" ("CIMT"). The court limited which offenses would be categorized as CIMTs, and also restricted the documents which the government can review to make that determination.
If Comprehensive Immigration Reform ("CIR") passes, millions of people without immigration status will have the opportunity to greatly improve their lives. By applying for a "provisional" immigrant status, they would be able to live and work here legally, eventually with the chance to become permanent residents and later citizens. Those opportunities, however, will not be cheap.