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DACA’s End Is Looming

DACA or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is currently in place and accepting applications. The program was created by former president Obama in 2012 to assist folks who were brought to the United States as children. It’s serves as a bar to deportation and...

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TPS for Venezuelans

TPS is Temporary Protected Status – a sort of immigration status granted by the United States government to citizens of various countries as a result of conditions in their homeland. Historically this has been granted to Salvadorans, Hondurans and most recently to...

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Reuniting Families

It was big headlines during the administration of the former guy. They were separating children from their parents and holding them in cages. It was pretty well accepted that cruelty was part of the strategy; and that’s not a surprise in light of the personality of...

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Biden’s Immigration Plan

President Biden ran on a platform of policies that were generally diametrically opposed to our past president. This includes immigration. A hot button issue for Americans on both sides of the aisle. But like many issues from the past administration there is a lot of...

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Trump’s Travel Ban Doesn’t Hold Up

On Feb 22nd, six more countries were slated to join President Tump’s U.S. travel ban: Sudan Tanzania Eritrea Myanmar Kyrgyzstan Nigeria It should come as no surprise, too, that each of these countries has a considerable Muslim population, which further aims to...

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It’s Not A Trick Question

This is not a trick question. I heard this from immigration officials twice in one day last week. First in the morning at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Service during a green card interview. Then in the afternoon during an Immigration Court hearing. Both times it...

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Retirement Ripoff

An undocumented retiree of 65 years old recently visited my office. He had worked his entire adult life in the United States. When he first arrived here he applied for political asylum and was given a work permit and valid social security number. Unfortunately his...

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Relief Under the Convention Against Torture

  Last week I had a final hearing on an asylum claim for a client from Guatemala. He entered the United States in 2011 and had been waiting eight years for his claim to be heard. Some on the Right would say this is ridiculous however keep in mind that his wife...

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Stripping “Undesirables” of U.S. Citizenship

The Trump administration has drastically increased our nation’s efforts to strip folks of their citizenship. In the past denaturalization was limited to war criminals and human rights violators. Now we’re going after Latino grandmothers for making an error on their...

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