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USCIS Program Permits Lawfully Present Parents to Request Refugee Status for Minor Children Residing in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras

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The Department of State and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently established a new program to provide a safe and legal route for children living in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to travel to the United States. Through the Central American Minors (CAM) Refugee/Parole Program, qualifying parents who are lawfully present in the United […]

President Obama’s Executive Actions on Immigration Blocked!

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A federal Judge in Brownsville, Texas has ordered a temporary injunction to President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. While U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen of Texas did not rule on the specific legality of the executive action he stated that there was enough merit to warrant an injunction while the case is properly adjudicated. Last […]

Second Circuit Holds that Aliens who Attain Permanent Resident Status after Being Admitted to the U.S. are Eligible for 212(h) Waivers

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In Husic v. Holder, issued January 8, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that an alien who adjusted to legal permanent resident (“LPR”) status after being admitted to the United States is eligible to seek an inadmissibility waiver from the Attorney General under Section 212(h) of the Immigration and […]

How to Seek Prosecutorial Discretion from ICE

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In November 2014, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced two new memorandum clarifying priorities on prosecutorial discretion and enforcement priorities. These policies are to be implemented by all DHS agencies, including USCIS, when deciding which aliens to arrest, detain, and remove from the US and when and how to exercise prosecutorial discretion. What follows is […]

Religious Persecution May Include Non-Physical Forms of Harm

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Huang v. Holder is an Eleventh Circuit case on appeal from a Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) denying Huang’s application for asylum after finding that the abuse he suffered in his native country of China did not constitute religious persecution.  The Eleventh Circuit vacated and remanded to the BIA because it was unclear from the […]

It is H-1B Season! Do Not Delay! The Deadline to File is April 1, 2015

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Do you have a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent? Will you be working in a specialty occupation? Will you be earning a wage? The H-1B visa has an annual numerical limit, or cap, of 65,000 visas each fiscal year. Cap numbers are often used up very quickly, so it is important to plan in advance […]

House Votes to Reverse Obama’s Immigration Executive Order

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On January 14th, the House of Representatives voted to try and block President Obama’s Executive Order relating to Immigration announced last November.  In a 236-191 vote, the House of Representatives passed a spending bill aimed to defund major parts of President’ Obama’s plan.  The vote triggers negotiations with the House and the Senate over the funding […]

No Travel under Obama’s Executive Action

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President Obama stressed the importance of family unity in his Executive Action on November 20th, however that may pertain only to families within the United States and does not allow families divided between the United States and their home-states to be reunited.  For Immigrants all over the world, a main priority of theirs is the […]

Dispossession through Deportation

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A recent report released by the humanitarian advocacy group, No More Deaths  states that of the 400,000 people deported from the United States during the fiscal year 2013, nearly one third were deported without their personal belongings and money.  This is a serious issue that often goes unreported and continues under the radar, since these […]