Immigration Law Blog

Bust the fake immigration lawyers

We have been dealing with these hack notarios for years in NJ. The New Jersey Lawyer Newspaper interviewed me awhile back on this very topic. USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas discussed the initiative with a group at the National Association of Attorney General conference in Washington. Mayorkas asked the attorney generals…

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Billions and billions in tax revenue from paperless immigrants

MANY PEOPLE without green cards have been doing this for many years: paying their taxes. We have represented thousands of people who did so for a decade or more before getting lawful residence. The government issues ITINs much more easily than working papers: Illegal immigrants are pouring into tax-preparation offices…

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Luckier Than Most Lawyers

We are very, very lucky. We love what we do. We love winning. We chose this work, many years ago. People need us. There’s no greater look than the one on the person’s face when he gets his permanent residence or she takes the oath of citizenship. It’s wonderful to…

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More Green Cards Ordered this year

LaserCard Corporation announced receipt of an order for approximately $8.6 million for optical security media cards to be issued under the Department of Homeland Security’s US Permanent Resident Card (“Green Card”) program. Delivery is scheduled for completion in August, 2011. “The Green Card has set new standards in security and…

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International Human Trafficking in the news, again

Note: The story below is about events in Canada; if a similar situation arises in the US, the victims are eligible for T visas. under Trafficking Victims Protection Act. Among the community of migrant farm workers in Kingsville, the van-load of Thai women stood out from the crowd. It was…

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¿Qué Pasa, USA? The first bilingual sitcom celebrates 40 years

Steven Bauer may play tough guys in movies like Scarface, may have changed his name from Rocky Echevarría, married and fathered a son with Melanie Griffith, but before all of that he played in the sitcom ¿Qué Pasa, USA? The Cuban-American teenager, Joe, trapped in a culture clash with his…

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Tom Ridge: We’re not sending 12 million people home so legalize them

Speaking at Georgetown to celebrate the 8th anniversary of the US Department of Homeland Security, former secretary Tom Ridge said he hopes “sometime in the future” the US government takes a serious look at immigration policy. “We’re not going to send them home, so let’s just figure out a way…

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Immigration has a way of making nations irrational, if not suicidal.

The French have banned burqas in defiance of their liberal tradition. The Swiss have banned new minarets despite their reliance on Arab bank deposits. The Japanese have shut off most immigration though they grow demographically decrepit. Perhaps the most self-defeating act is taking place in the UK. Last summer, the…

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The all time deportation record

The US deported more illegal immigrants than ever before during the first 2 years of President Obama’s administration. “In both fiscal years 2009 and 2010, Immigration and Customs Enforcement removed more illegal immigrants than ever before, with more than 779,000 removals nationwide in the last 2 years,” Homeland Security Secretary…

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Where you live affects your chances of deportation

The Obama administration says its top immigration enforcement priority is deporting illegal immigrants who pose a threat to the community–namely, convicted criminals. But local law enforcement officers have employed part of the 1996 law that lets them enforce federal immigration law–a provision known as 287 g–without recourse to that standard,…

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Number of undocumented unchanged

There were an estimated 11.2 million undocumented immigrants living in the US in March 2010, the Pew report finds, a number statistically unchanged from the year before. “The US economy is still doing better than the Mexican economy, and the figures suggest these immigrants are finding enough here to hang…

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Deportation Costs $12,500 Per Person

Immigration and Customs Enforcement Deputy Director Kumar Kibble has announced that cost at a House subcommittee hearing. The hearing focused on whether the Obama Administration is doing enough to round up people working illegally in the U.S. ICE deported almost 393,000 people from the US in 2010, an alltime record….

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The NJ State Bar Foundation asked me …

to speak at a school. So I did it. It was very cool. They handed me a microphone and put me in the auditorium and I spoke for 90 minutes and answered questions about Immigration Law (I know, shocking). I am used to talking to lawyers and professionals, which is…

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2010 in review

The stats helpers at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and the Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.  Crunchy numbers: A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 7,700 times in 2010. That’s about 19 full 747s.  We have over 900 followers on Twitter, as…

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Columbus was a Polish Immigrant

He is celebrated as the humble Italian weaver who ended up discovering the Americas. But the conventional wisdom relating to Christopher Columbus is under threat after academics concluded the explorer was actually a Polish immigrant. An international team of distinguished professors have completed 20 years of painstaking research into his…

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Interns Needed Now! Law & college students

INTERNS NEEDED NOW! Law & college students, preferably with Spanish and Polish language skills sought. Get your own office (not just a desk) and gain valuable experience at a top rated law firm. 973.642.1111

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Monetizing the Green Card

Many companies face difficulty in obtaining financing today. When traditional sources of financing are unavailable, Companies can turn to an unexpected resource to acquire capital — immigration law. Specifically, the EB-5 immigrant investor visa program can provide U.S. companies with an innovative source of financing. The EB-5 program enables foreigners…

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immigration law and gay marriage

Under US immigration law, gay Americans don’t have a right to sponsor their foreign partners for green cards. Instead, these couples must separate or leave the country, forced into exile because their families are not recognized under federal law. In San Jose, Judy Rickard will spend Thanksgiving without her partner…

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Thanks to all of you for reading our blog

Feel free to contact us on any Immigration Law matter. We understand Immigration Law. It is all we do. We know that you work hard. So do we. We will answer your questions in a way that you can understand, without complicated legal jargon. We charge reasonable fees. Attorneys work…

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About Harlan York

Listed in both Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers, Harlan York is Former Immigration Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association. For fifteen years, Mr. York has practiced exclusively in the area of immigration law. Mr. York notes among his most memorable cases: o   Visa petitions for winners…

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