Immigration Law Blog

How does a government shut down affect immigration? Government shut down sign

How government shutdowns impact immigration

While the Trump shutdown lasted only a weekend, many of our clients were asking: how does this impact our immigration case? For any future shutdowns, we have created a general list of what is affected, and what maintains the status quo. When the government is in shutdown mode, many government…

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DACA “not dead yet”: renew DACA now!

Federal judge William Alsop in San Francisco has blocked Trump’s administration from ending DACA. Claiming that the move to rescind the program was based on “a flawed legal premise,” he ruled that the program must be left in place until the litigation to remove it has been decided. Dreamers’ lives…

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Green card: marriage vs employment

Getting a Green Card: Marriage vs. Employment

You have a handful of choices when seeking permanent residence in the United States. Most people usually choose between getting a green card through family, particularly marriage, or looking at employment visas. There are varying waiting times for many immigrants in different relative classifications, from siblings of citizens to the…

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What is “chain migration”? Director of USCIS refers to legal family immigration as “a problem”

Over the weekend Fox news published an article entitled: White House releases ‘explosive’ tally of green cards issued in ‘chain migration’. In this “Exclusive” about chain migration, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Lee Cissna is quoted as saying: “For years, we’ve known that large numbers of immigrants have been coming based…

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What is DACA

What is DACA and why should you care?

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was officially terminated in September of 2017, and has been in the news a lot since then. What is DACA, what has changed? And why should you care? The history of DACA In the summer of 2012, following 2 years of protest and…

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Dirty Immigration Lawyers? Not that I know of

Attorney General Jeff Sessions just had his Remarks to the Executive Office for Immigration Review published today. Sessions placed the blame for the US immigration problems firmly on the shoulders of “smart attorneys” who create “fraud and abuse in our asylum system” and “exploite(d) loopholes in the law, court rulings,…

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UPDATE: Military families: Parole in place & DACA remain

The Department of Homeland Security has begun implementing Trump’s Executive Order entitled “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States,” issued by the President on January 25, 2017. While the language in the memo seems to target Parole in Place,  according to the BBC news they were contacted by spokeswoman from the Department of…

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Trump and immigration: Separating truth from fiction

Adapted from a recent article I published in NJ.com The most notable public perception of President Donald Trump and immigration policy has manifested in daily stories about deportations. These heartbreaking pieces — parents detained and removed from their kids; husbands and wives permanently separated; and adults returned to nations where they…

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Four facts you may not know about Mexican Immigrants

In the United States there is a lot of talk about Mexican immigrants…and a lot of assumptions about who they are, and what that means. According to the Migration Policy Institute there were approximately 11.6 million Mexican immigrants in the United States in 2015, representing just about 27% of all immigrants in…

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