CAFC May Hear Immigration Cases

American_apple_pieThe Senate Judiciary committee is discussing Senate Majority Leader’s proposal (S.2454) to add immigration issues to the docket of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. According to the proposed amendment to 8 U.S.C. 1252(b), review of deportation (removal) orders would be vested in the CAFC rather than in the various regional appellate courts.

In other CAFC news, the fee for filing an appeal has been increased from $250 to $450 effective April 9, 2006.

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    Patent lawyers ought to be concerned about this. Right now, patents are the focus of the court’s jurisdiction, and the White House has increasingly been appointing patent lawyers to the Federal Circuit. If S.2454 passes, the court will become a political battleground, and there will be strong pressure in both parties to appoint ideologues with a particular view of immigration.

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