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ICE Proposes Changes to SEVP for International Students

Immigration and Customs Enforcement

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By Danielle Beach-Oswald On November 20, 2013, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued a News Release announcing proposed changes to international student programs. According to ICE’s website, “ICE is proposing changes to the requirements governing its Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) that are intended to improve management of international student programs and increase […]

TPS for the Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan

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By Danielle Beach-Oswald Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is an available form of temporary, humanitarian relief for those who are in the United States from countries that the currently facing ongoing armed conflict or an environmental emergency. According to USCIS, “The Secretary of Homeland Security may designate a foreign country for TPS due to conditions in […]

Immigrants Closely Tied to Military Get Reprieve

Immigrants in Military

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“The Obama administration issued a new policy on Friday that will allow immigrants in the United States illegally who are close relatives of active military troops and veterans to stay and move toward becoming permanent residents. The long-awaited memorandum, coming after three years of deliberations by Department of Homeland Security officials, was an effort to […]

DHS Softens the Blow of the False Claims to Citizenship Bar

Immigration Reform

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With the enactment of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA), Congress introduced a permanent bar to visas, lawful permanent resident status, and naturalization for all noncitizens who make false claims to U.S. citizenship for the purposes of receiving immigration benefits. In the years since its enactment, the academic and legal […]

Newest Information on Immigration Reform Bill (HR15)

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H.R. 15 October 24, 2013 Immigration reform is one of the most prominent discussions throughout the United States. Advocates are calling for a comprehensive plan that lays out a viable pathway towards citizenship for the roughly 11 million undocumented individuals that currently reside in the United States. One of the central issues for policy makers […]

Obama Urges House Republicans to Act on Immigration

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By MICHAEL D. SHEAR, New York Times Published: October 24, 2013 WASHINGTON — President Obama on Thursday renewed his call for an immigration overhaul, telling an audience of activists at the White House that the fate of a bipartisan Senate bill now rests with Republicans in the House. “Anyone still standing in the way of this […]

DC Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month 2013

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By: Samantha Howland *Legal Assistant at BOILA PC From September 15, 2013 to October 15, 2013, the District of Colombia, along with the rest of the United States celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month. This month is a time to celebrate the diverse cultures, traditions and heritages of Hispanics and Latinos in the United States. It is […]

The Government Shutdown and Immigration

How .Government Shutdown Affects Immigration

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By: Danielle Beach-Oswald The current U.S. government shutdown is having adverse impacts on the immigration process for both immigrants in the U.S. and U.S. citizens. A brief discussion of how the immigration process is being impacted is detailed below. Due to the fact that the fact that the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) is […]

California Gov. Brown Signs Immigration Bills

immigrant rights

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“As advocates rally across the nation today to urge Congress to adopt comprehensive immigration reform, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed legislation to enhance school, workplace and civil protections for California’s hardworking immigrants. “While Washington waffles on immigration, California’s forging ahead,” said Governor Brown. “I’m not waiting.” Immigration reform advocates are rallying today in cities […]

Cold as ICE: Government Detainers failing to Target Serious Criminals

Immigration and Customs Enforcement

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By: James Sellars JD/MA Candidate, American University In a 2010 agency-wide memo describing the Obama Administration’s approach to immigration enforcement, former ICE director John Morton stated that “the removal of aliens who pose a danger to national security or a risk to public safety shall be ICE’s highest immigration enforcement priority.”  Despite the Obama administration’s […]