New Immigration Policy Guidance

Here’s the new policy guidance from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. It provides that:

[The] violation of federal controlled substance law, including for marijuana, established by a conviction or admission, is generally a bar to establishing [Good Moral Character] for naturalization even where the conduct would not be a violation of state law[; and]

An applicant who is involved in certain marijuana related activities may lack [Good Moral Character] if found to have violated federal law, even if such activity is not unlawful under applicable state or foreign laws.

In other words, if immigrants work in businesses that are legal under state law they will nonetheless be viewed as lacking Good Moral Character under Federal immigration law.

5 thoughts on “New Immigration Policy Guidance”

  1. Liberals love federal regulation, except when their ox is gored. How about fighting for liberty for all, as a principle?

    1. An interesting comment but I fail to see liberals as having some kind of fault here, particularly since liberals neither created this policy nor (insofar as I’m aware) have they been speaking out in support of it.

    2. I could write an equally trolling comment about conservatives and accounting control fraud, or sexual assault, or conspiracy with enemies of our nation, or …..

  2. It’s an interesting situation since, as Tommy Chong will tell you, everything about marijuana totally illegal under federal law so the judgement about the moral character of people working for business trafficking in marijuana isn’t entirely absurd or arbitrary.

    This also highlights something that I’ve been warning about for a long time. The federal laws against marijuana are still on the books and they, along with related banking crimes, can easily be used by conservatives in a wide variety of situations to appeal to the base of the Republican Party. The pretense can (and I predict will) be shattered by any politically ambitious Republican prosecution or law enforcement officer looking to make a name for herself or himself in right wing circles.

    Another, completely question that’s actually unrelated to marijuana is the question of who makes these moral judgements and whether the law in this regard consists of nothing more than the personal prejudices of whoever is in charge. Here’s a question for anyone familiar with immigration law:

    Could an applicant for naturalization working as a prostitute in a legal brothel in Clark Country, Nevada, be considered to be lacking in “good moral character” for purposes of immigration law?

  3. The beauty part about deregulating weed and, say, air safety, is that pilots could fly when they’re high. That would make the trip much more mellow, and probably result in some pretty colorful descriptions of the passing landscape.

    Although airtight geometric logic supports either deregulating everything or regulating everything, I still wonder if there might be a place for regulating MJ for purity and THC content, while disposing of all other laws and regulations. The sweet taste of freedom, like the sweet taste of Taco Bell, is better under the influence. And if, heaven forbid, a loved one should perish in a plane crash, or as a result of eating a little e. coli, a little MJ would surely ease the pain.

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