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Immigration agency will expand fingerprint program

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By New York Times News Service Published: May 12. 2012 4:00AM PST Obama administration officials have announced that a contentious fingerprinting program to identify illegal immigrants will be extended across Massachusetts and New York next week, expanding federal enforcement efforts despite opposition from the governors and immigrant groups in those states. In blunt emails sent […]

AILA Resources on the Violence Against Women Act

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“AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 12050742 (posted May. 7, 2012)”   Enacted in 1994 and reauthorized twice in 2000 and 2005, VAWA has a long history of uniting lawmakers with the common purpose of protecting survivors of domestic violence. When VAWA was first conceived, Congress recognized that the noncitizen status of battered immigrants can make them […]

Punishing Immigration Lawyers in Arizona by Requiring Additional CLE

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This past April, Alabama Senator Holley recently introduced Senate Bill 543 (SB543) that would require attorneys who practice immigration law in the State of Alabama to complete an additional 50 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) hours on top of the requisite 12 CLE hours already mandated by the Alabama Supreme Court each calendar year.   Assuming a law could be […]

Cinco De Mayo 2012: Why Politicians Swarm Cinco De Mayo Festivals

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Reprinted from Huffington Post: 05/05/2012 9:28 am Updated: 05/05/2012 10:50 am With the intersection of Cinco de Mayo and an election year in which Latino voters are likely to play a definitive role, President Barack Obama’s quick pivot this week from a party to immigration policy isn’t unique. For candidates across the country, the act […]

Executive Order Suspending Entry of Certain Syrians, Iranians

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  “…I hereby find that the unrestricted immigrant and nonimmigrant entry into the United States of aliens determined to meet one or more of the criteria in subsection 1(a) of this order would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, and I hereby suspend the entry into the United States, as immigrants or […]

Obama Administration Refuses to Allow Court Review of Asylum Seekers’ Detention

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Reprint from Heartland Alliance March 22, 2012 The Department of Justice has refused to issue regulations that would allow immigration judges to decide whether to detain asylum seekers who are determined to have viable cases and pose no threat to society. The administration released its decision in response to a petition for rulemaking submitted by […]

CBP Global Entry Program Arrives at Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport

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Reprinted from US Dept. of Homeland Security website (03/06/2012)   On a typical chilly Minnesota morning, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently launched the Global Entry program at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, interactive Global Entry kiosk demonstrations and tours of the new MSP Airport Global Entry enrollment center for […]

Who Can Apply for an Immigration Visa?

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Generally, to be eligible for a U.S. immigration visa, you must either be sponsored by a family member who is a U.S. citizen, or by a U.S. employer. The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program also makes a limited number of permanent resident visas available each year. A family-based immigrant can be any one of the following: […]

Detainee Transfers Bounce People Around

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The Latest Impediment for an Immigrant’s Right to Legal Counsel By William Shwayri – Law student Intern for Beach-Oswald Immigration Law Assoc. PC Although US and international human rights law allows for detained immigrants to have access to legal counsel, several impediments exist with regards to a detained immigrant’s rights to appropriate legal counsel. In […]