News on DACA and DAPA Causes Panic

News on DACA and DAPA Causes Panic

I have been receiving calls and emails from many clients who where confused and scared by the media coverage regarding the block on applications for expanded DACA and DAPA.  On Tuesday February 17th, 2015 Judge Hannen decreed an injunction on the new expanded DACA and DAPA processes.  The Department of Homeland Security was anticipating accepting
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Obama Announces Immigration Action

Obama Announces Immigration Action

Yesterday, Thursday November 20, 2014, President Obama announced executive actions on immigration policy that has the potential to positively impact up to 5 million immigrants, not to mention their families.  The current executive action will have the following impact: stay deportations of unlawfully present immigrants who are parents of US citizen or legal resident children; remove the
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Victim children at our mercy

The issue of unaccompanied minors and mothers with small children fleeing persecution from their home countries is growing rapidly, both in the sheer numbers of these individuals and in public notoriety.  These victims are seeking refuge in the US, but in doing so are causing a great deal of strife at the US/Mexico border.  Border
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AILA Annual Convention

We recently returned from the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) annual convention.  For me this was my 8th year in attendance.  It was wonderful to network with other immigration attorneys around the country and touch base on how other offices and cities handle their clients’ cases.  Without any immigration reform having gone through, there were
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DACA Renewals

We have all been looking forward to the chance to file our DACA renewals for our clients.  It looks like the new I-821D forms are up and ready for use.  Be sure to use the most recent form, published on June 4, 2014.  The filing fees are the same as before, $465.  USCIS is advising
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New Website Unveiled

We are proud to show off our new website!  We have polished a few things, taken your suggestions to heart, and hope this website will be as fun for you to navigate as it was for us to build.  Please feel free to leave comments or feedback, as we may not be aware of bugs
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USCIS and Government Shutdowns

USCIS will not be substantially impacted by the government shutdowns that started today, Tuesday October 1st.  The USCIS website states that all their field offices will remain open nation wide, and all scheduled hearing and interviews will continue as planned.  This is good news to people, including several of my clients, who have life changing
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Austin, TX – Unauthorized Immigration Organization Shut Down

The organization known as Cristos Vive has caused substantial harm to many foreign nationals and their families.  The organization now has a final judgement and permanent injunction against it for providing unauthorized legal services in the Austin area.  None of the employees/founders of the non-profit were licensed attorneys nor were any accredited to offer legal
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King’s Inflammatory Words

Rep. Steve King has the House all ruffled up today due to his highly inflammatory remarks regarding immigration.  The Iowa Republican Representative spoke his mind regarding the DREAM Act.  He stated that the overhaul of the immigration laws would grant legal status to drug runners more than valedictorians.  The statement that hit the strongest emotional
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DOMA and Immigration

The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) has opened up a new area for USCIS regarding family sponsorship.  USCIS has stated it now recognizes same-sex marriage valid to confer immigration benefits, so long as the marriage took place in a state where the marriage is valid.  This
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