Travel Ban Halted by Two Federal Judges

On Wednesday, March 15, federal judge Benjamin Watson of Hawai’i issued an order blocking President Trump’s revised travel ban.  The ban was set to take effect the following day.  The revised travel ban, much like the President’s first attempt, would primarily have affected travelers from the predominantly Muslim countries of Iran, Somalia, Libya, Syria, and Yemen. […]

The Sanctuary Policies and Sanctuary Cities

Sanctuary policies refer to a class of policies aimed at tailoring a city, county or state’s resources to provide adequately and safely for all residents, including immigrants of varying immigration statuses.  These policies range from municipalities providing identification documents to all residents, to training local law enforcement on the impacts of convictions on an individual’s […]

Leaked Memos on Immigration Enforcement

There are leaked memos circulating on the internet.  One is titled Implementing the President’s Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements Policies and the other is titled Enforcement of the Immigration Laws to Serve the National Interest.  The content of the memos is not officially confirmed and therefore is not reliable yet.  However, here is a summary of the […]

600 Arrested by Immigration Officials Across the United States in One Week

Over 600 individuals (across approximately 11 states) were arrested by Federal immigration officials last week. According to law enforcement agents, of the 600 people arrested, 40 were detained in the New York City area. It is unknown whether the measures taken by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials were a part of ongoing work to round […]

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What To Do if You Encounter Immigration Enforcement

Even if you are an undocumented immigrant, you still have rights under the law. The following slides will give you information on what you should and should not do when you encounter federal or local authorities. If you are arrested, ask for a lawyer and do not say or sign anything until after you have […]

Trump’s executive orders will not solve immigration crises

Today, January 25, 2017, Donald Trump signed two executive orders to initiate enforcement of his promised immigration efforts.  The first executive order is an initial step to commence building the wall between Mexico and the United States at its Southern border.  The second executive order, among other things, purports to strip federal funding from sanctuary […]

USCIS Final Rule on Parole for Start-Up Entrepreneurs

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has recently published a new rule, effective July 17, 2017, which adds new provisions regarding the use of parole on a case-by-case basis with respect to entrepreneurs of start-up entities who can demonstrate that they will provide a significant public benefit to the United States. In the U.S. immigration […]

EB-5 Investor Visa Alternatives: Business Immigration to the U.S.

Business immigration to the United States is frequently associated with the EB-5 investor visa program, which allows foreign investors to obtain a Green Card by investing at least $1 million (or $500,000 in highly unemployed or rural areas) in U.S. commercial enterprises linked with regional centers approved by USCIS.   While the EB-5 investor visa might […]

Obama’s Executive Actions on Immigration

Today, President Obama announced highly and long anticipated executive action on immigration. While it doesn’t substitute for immigration reform, it will certainly provides huge relief for many immigrants and their families who live in constant fear of being deported. The main purpose of this executive action is to prevent the deportation of immigrants who came […]

President Obama Lays out Plans for Immigration Reforms

In a video posted on Facebook as well as on the White House website, President Obama announced his plans to address the nation on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 8 pm ET. In his address, President Obama is expected to roll out new executive orders that could potentially grant legal status to millions of illegal […]

Obama under Pressure from Republicans on his Unilateral Immigration Order

Pressure is building up on President Obama, thanks to a letter from various Republicans in the House which recommends that he be prevented from taking any kind of unilateral decision on immigration. The letter, organized by Matt Salmon, a Republican Representative from Arizona, hints at combined decision making on immigration policy, as opposed to decisions […]

Obama Administration Weighing Options on Criteria for Choosing Illegal Immigrants for Protection

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Obama administration is looking at the bases on which it might possibly choose illegal immigrants in the country who could be protected from deportation. The main criteria are reported to be the minimum duration which they have spent in the country, and existing ties with family members legally […]

Immigration Plans at White House only Preparatory

The White House has clarified about the new federal contract originating from the Homeland Security Department which sought a veritable 34 million residency cards and work permits for immigrants over the ensuing 5 years, as largely preparatory in nature. In other words, the contract does not point towards any definite plans on the part of […]

New York Considering State Citizenship for Undocumented Immigrants

On Monday, state Senator Gustavo Rivera introduced a bill that aims at giving almost the same benefits to illegal and non-citizen immigrants residing in the State of New York as the ones enjoyed by U.S. citizens.  If passed, this bill will allow undocumented and non-citizen New Yorkers to obtain state driver and professional licenses, participate in state and municipal elections, and apply […]

Supreme Court Decision Means More Waiting Time for “Aged-Out” Immigrants

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an important immigration-related decision.  In Scialabba v. Cuellar de Osario, the Court deferred to the Board of Immigration Appeals’  (BIA) interpretation of immigration law with regard to certain aliens who lost their immigration benefits because they “aged out” of their immigration status while waiting in the queue for an […]

USCIS Renews Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program

Starting today, USCIS will accept renewal applications from individuals who currently benefit from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. USCIS will also continue to accept new applications from those who have not previously enrolled in the program. “Despite the acrimony and partisanship that now exists in Washington, almost all of us agree that a […]