Written by attorney Carl Michael Shusterman

CSPA Heads Toward the Supreme Court (213) 623-4592 Former INS Attorney Carl Shusterman (1976-82) explains the CSPA national class action lawsuit which was decided by the US Supreme Court in 2014. Schedule a legal consultation (by Zoom, telephone or in person) at

Even though Attorney Shusterman won the case during an 11-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, the Supreme Court reversed the decision of the lower court by a 5-4 margin.

The Court ruled that the language that Congress used in writing the statute was not clear, and choose to defer to a restrictive decision, Matter of Wang, by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA).

The case concerned the ability of "aged-out" children to immigrate to the US together with their parents under CSPA's "automatic conversion" and "priority date retention" clause.

Attorney Shusterman is now working with members of Congress to clarify the language in CSPA in order to keep immigrant families intact.

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