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Unlawful Presence Bars

In a major development on June 24, 2022, USCIS announced changes to the agency’s interpretation of the 3-year and 10-year unlawful presence bars under INA § 2129(a)(9)(B). This change is basically the result of the pending class action Velasco v. USCIS which questions...

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Prosecutorial Discretion

The Biden administration over the last year and a half has been working to lighten the immigration court load to prioritize resources. This is like a policy that the Obama administration also pursued. The primary difference being that when the Obama administration...

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All Clubs LA

In my free time I like to ride a bike – the kind without a motor. In the last few years I’ve been fortunate to participate in activities and events organized and sponsored by an organization called All Clubs LA. All Clubs LA, as the name implies, is a group that works...

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Faith in the System

Last week I had an increasingly rare “faith in the system” affirming experience in immigration court. I had a hearing for a Vietnamese woman who was taken advantage of by a Vietnamese American man about 15 years ago. He met her in Vietnam; they were married and...

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Marriage Based Green Card Interviews

The primary concern with most green card applications based on marriage to a US citizen is the possibility of fraud. Obtaining a green card through marriage to a US citizen is sort of the platinum card of immigration. It’s the easiest way to get a green card and as a...

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Expedited Removal

Border patrol is really a police department that has the power to act as judge, jury and executioner. They can issue issue removal orders called “expedited removal orders” at the border even if your pretty clear that you are legally presenting yourself for admission....

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Patricia G and her U-Visa

I met Patricia in 2012 after she was detained by immigration authorities. Patricia is a citizen of MX and had lived in the USA since arriving as a child. She was also the victim of repeated domestic violence inflicted by a former partner. She had reported the abuse to...

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