As anyone who has tried to adjust immigration status knows, whether or not one entered the United States with inspection is a sticking point that can very often seal one's fate. Those who entered with temporary visas and overstayed illegally stand a far better chance of adjusting to legal status, say through marriage, than those who entered illegally in the first place.
But depending on how it's interpreted, an obscure 2010 immigration court ruling could change things for some who are relatives of U.S. citizens, the Sacramento Bee reports today. The ruling occurred in the case of Graciela Quilantan, a woman facing deportation who entered without documents - but did so by car. From a legal perspective, it's fascinating stuff. The story, which chronicles a recent case study that benefited, reads: