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March 2006Vol. 7, No. 2Guidance on Immigration Law for State Court Judges

Although State court judges do not have jurisdiction to make decisions on immigration issues, the decisions they make can affect a person’s immigration status and have implications for children adopted through intercountry adoptions.

A recent publication, Immigration Benchbook for Juvenile and Family Court Judges, provides guidance to State court judges and other legal professionals on the intersection of Federal immigration law with many of the cases a State court may decide. Chapter 5, in particular, focuses on specific issues related to intercountry adoption.

The book was written by S. Kinoshita and K. Brady of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center and is available online: (Editor's note: This link is no longer active. To view the 2010 version of the book, visit