Archive for December, 2011

US Supreme Court to Weigh Arizona Statute on Immigration

The Obama administration  sued to block four parts of Arizona’s immigration law.

The challenged provisions include the following: a requirement that state law enforcement officials determine the immigration status of anyone they stop or arrest if officials have reason to believe that the individual might be an illegal immigrant. A requirment that the immigration status of people who are arrested be determined before they are released.The law makes it a crime under state law for immigrants to fail to register under a federal law and for illegal immigrants to work or to try find work. In addition, it allows the police to arrest people without warrants if they have probable cause to believe that they have done things that would make them deportable under federal law. This last provision is especially controversial because many believe it will result in ethic and/or racial profiling.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in San Francisco, had previously blocked all four provisions. Arizona is part of the Ninth Circuit and subject to that court’s decisions on the constitutionality of it’s laws. The Supreme Court will be reviewing the lower court’s decision to block the law.

Online Visa Application Site is Down

The Department of State has advised that the DS 160 sit is down.

The online Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC) required to complete the DS-160 is down. The Visa Office has advised AILA that they are working to resolve the problem but no further information has been provided. Watch here for more details.

Bar exam pass rate holds steady at 54.8 percent


The pass rate for the July exam had been steadily rising since July 2004, when it hit a low point of 48.2 percent, until 2008, when it peaked at 61.7 percent. The pass rate was 48.8 percent in 2005, 51.8 in 2006 and 56.1 percent in 2007. It dipped again in 2009 to 56.4 percent.

The number of applicants also declined, from 8,667 in 2009 to 8,562 in 2010 and 8,456 this year. Nearly 72 percent — 6,080 — were first-time test takers and they scored a pass rate of 69 percent. The pass rate for the 2,376 repeaters was 18 percent.