A ruling in the defendant’s favor could complicate the Trump administration’s effort to step up prosecutions for those who aid illegal immigrants. | Charles Reed/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement via AP
A federal law that makes it a crime to encourage or induce foreigners to enter or stay in the U.S. illegally may run afoul of the First Amendment, a federal appeals court suggested in an unusual order Monday.
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A 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel asked federal public defenders and immigrant rights groups to submit amicus briefs arguing that a San Jose, California, woman was improperly convicted because the law is vague or overbroad.
Immigration consultant Evelyn Sineneng-Smith was convicted at a jury trial in 2013 of
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