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The Government Shutdown and Immigration

How .Government Shutdown Affects Immigration


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 […]

Stepping Up: Federal Immigration Agencies begin Implementing Windsor on LGBTQ Issues



By James Sellars Earlier this month, Lexology published an article discussing the recent steps taken by federal agencies to align the Nation’s immigration policies with the recent Supreme Court ruling in U.S. v. Windsor. The article, written by Helen Pihlstrom, gave an in-depth analysis on the preliminary efforts taken by various governmental agencies to ensure […]

Benefited Not Burdened: Immigrants’ Impact on the DC-VA-MD Area

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Immigrants, both authorized and unauthorized, contribute greatly to the economies of the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Maryland. With close to 1.8 million immigrants in the DC-VA-MD[1] area, immigrants are helping to revitalize the economy through entrepreneurship, consumer spending, and by contributing to the tax base. Economic activity, consumer spending, and job creation are extremely […]

Traveling for DACA Recipients

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By: Margarita Baldwin* The memorandum of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals prevents deportations of illegal immigrants who were brought to the US as children. Many of them already obtained a 2-year work permit. However, will they be able to travel? Depending on what source they rely on, the answers vary, and it can be very […]

Sanchez-Herbert – Failure to Appear/In Absentia Complications


By: Helena Coric* An overwhelming amount of sources discuss the backlog problems our immigration system is facing. In deportation proceedings, the difficulties become more apparent as hearings are delayed and one is left to simply wait it out. For those individuals that feel they do not have a strong case or lack the funds for […]



By: John Nicholas Mandalakas* In a recent court case a federal judge ruled against the USCIS, finding the agency in violation of requirements under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The case was based on a dispute that lasted almost ten years. Mirsad Hajro, who was the primary plaintiff of the case, was denied naturalization […]

TPS Registration Deadline for Syrian Nationals


Secretary Napolitano has announced that Syrian nationals are now eligible to apply for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). This action by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is in response to chaotic and violent upheaval and the current deteriorating situation in Syria. The TPS designation for Syria is effective for eighteen months – from […]

Anticipation: Prosecutorial Discretion – What happens next?


Is ICE trying to implement prosecutorial discretion which I thought had always been exercised and a prerogative or is this a “show and tell” display to meet a mandate? Specifically, ICE’s efforts have been focused on a pilot program in two cities for illegal immigrants whose cases fall under the jurisdiction of the Baltimore Immigration […]