Immigration Law Blog

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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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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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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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URGENT: DACA has changed! If you are a dreamer you need to read this NOW

Dreamer Applications (also known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) have been in the news a lot lately, with President Trump’s administration talking about ending the program, but now also claiming they will preserve the close to 800,000 youth currently protected by the program in the United States. If you currently hold DACA you…

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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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How humility is your best asset in business

Over the years, many of the young lawyers I’ve come in contact with – both as a teacher and as an employer- ask me what it takes to be a top lawyer. The answer that I give is never one they expect: no matter how high up the ladder you…

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Extraordinary Ability? How to be approved in 15 days for a US visa

Getting a work visa through employment is tough these days. Ask anyone in any industry. If you are a highly skilled foreign professional, athlete, or artist – who is not currently seeking a job change – you may want to consider applying for an “extraordinary ability” visa to get into the United States. This visa…

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The 3 Worst Mistakes Made by the Immigration Service (and how to fix them)

As a rule, I believe that the people at Immigration try their best. Most of them are reasonable and well-intentioned. Many years ago, I heard one Director say, “People need to remember what the word ‘Service’ means. We serve the public.” That said, our immigration system isn’t perfect. There are common mistakes that we…

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4 Main Problems (and Solutions) in Same Sex Marriage Green Card Cases

It’s now been a few years  since same sex marriage has been considered legal in the United States Let’s address some of the common problems and solutions for same sex marriage Green Card cases. Now, same sex marriage green cards between citizens and immigrants may form the basis for legal immigration. Here are…

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Facing Deportation? Here’s what you can do

It’s many people’s worst nightmare. You – or your loved one – receive a notice to appear in removal proceedings and are threatened with deportation. As I always remind people, the word was changed more than 20 years ago to “removal” by Congress. Then, President Bill Clinton signed the law. But…

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PROSECUTORIAL DISCRETION: every immigrant is now high priority for deportation

Since President Donald Trump took office in January 2017, he has implemented three executive orders that have had a significant impact on immigration and specifically affecting an immigration policy known as “prosecutorial discretion.” In February the government implemented changes that essentially make everyone who is an undocumented immigrant a priority for deportation, as well…

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