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Miley Cyrus Can Teach Us About Immigration Reform

Miley Cyrus Can Teach Us About Immigration Reform

About a year ago, Miley Cyrus tweeted the following: “Don’t waste the talents of undocumented youth. Tell Congress it is time for immigration reform.” Congress has yet to listen to Miley Cyrus’ plea for immigration reform. Currently she has 17.6 million Twitter followers. So maybe they should pay attention on…

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Why We Love Immigrants (And You Should, Too!)

Why We Love Immigrants (And You Should, Too!)

Everybody comes from somewhere. The people who arrive first make the rules. Immigrants who enter afterwards are subjected to restrictions and being deemed “illegal.” In the 18th Century, Benjamin Franklin warned his fellow British colonists of the impending threat of the German immigrants to America. Later in our history, we…

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Immigration Reform vs. Immigration Reality

In tonight’s State of the Union, President Obama said: “Finally, if we are serious about economic growth, it is time to heed the call of business leaders, labor leaders, faith leaders, and law enforcement – and fix our broken immigration system.  Republicans and Democrats in the Senate have acted.  I…

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Immigration Reform: 7 Things You Must Know

It has been lurking in the news for years, but over the last ten months or so, immigration reform has truly stayed among the biggest stories. Here’s everything you must know, based on my 18 years of experience in the immigration field and countless studies, both long term and in…

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George W. Bush emerges again on Immigration Reform

Former President George W. Bush spoke out this week – to push Congress to do what he repeatedly favored throughout his time in the White House – to reform immigration. Bush spoke of fixing the “broken system” and giving people “respect.” The fact that reform never passed during his eight…

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The Effect of US v. Windsor on Immigration Law for Same-Sex Couples

Since the US Supreme Court’s ruling was issued today against DOMA, it looks like same-sex couples will be considered for marriage-based green cards. Applications – previously denied only because a couple is gay – should be granted. A marriage in a state or country where that ceremony is legal should confer eligibility to apply for lawful permanent…

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A Very Important Immigration Decision from the 6th Circuit

“This case illustrates the archaic and convoluted state of our current immigration system.” So begins a very important June 5th decision from the 6th Circuit, which has authority over immigration cases in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, and Tennessee. In Flores, et al. v. USCIS, et al.  the ruling is that border…

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While we wait for reform, here’s what we can do under current immigration law

Asylum. Grant rates are higher than ever. We have won a number of complicated cases recently based on religious beliefs, social groups, and political opinion. Business immigration. Plenty of opportunities, even with current regulations. Citizenship. Too many green card holders procrastinate filing for naturalization. Do not put it off, any…

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A Look at the Senate’s New Immigration Plan

I have been a proud member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) for well over 15 years. AILA has done excellent work in many areas, advocating on behalf of foreign nationals from all over the globe. This week, AILA took a look at the bill known as the Border…

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Immigration Reform and Same Sex Marriage

Two of the most anticipated developments this year are what Congress will do about immigration reform and how the Supreme Court will rule on same sex marriage. It is very significant that there is much intersection between these issues, despite little connection being drawn publicly between them. If the High…

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A Change Is Gonna Come

I have written and spoken for years about how our representatives favor certain ideals.  The media sometimes distorts things, but it is now clearer than ever that we are starting to see a change coming. Today, a group of conservative members of the House voiced agreement with Tea Party member…

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Latest on Immigration Reform

Here is the most up-to-date information on proposed immigration reform. There is most definitely a sense of urgency. The Senate should see a new bill – several hundred pages long no doubt – within a month. If nothing is introduced by then, the House of Representatives will try to move,…

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Anything Is Possible

As we stand closer to immigration reform, I talk to many people who are disillusioned and unsure. “We have been here for more than a decade,” they say, “and we work hard, pay taxes, have US born kids, but still we await our green cards.” I reply to them that reform may be…

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Immigration: What Now?

Well, with a Republican-controlled House, Democratic Senate, and a second term for the President, what to expect on Immigration? Microsoft, Intel and Hewlett-Packard, among others, have pushed to expand H-1B visa availability from its current 65,000 annual limit. So, will immigration reform be a place for a deal between Obama…

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DREAM Act will not go away

What does the DREAM Act mean? Legalization for youth who came here at least 5 years ago, before age 16 and who wish to complete 2 years of college or military service. The Congressional Budget Office estimated the DREAM Act will result in $1.4 billion in deficit reduction over the…

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