Supreme Court Decision Allows Travel Ban to be Fully Enforced

In a surprising move on Monday, the Supreme Court granted President Trump’s request to fully enforce another version of his highly disputed travel ban. Legal challenges continue in lower courts regarding the travel ban, which applies to residents of eight countries, six of which have Muslim majorities. The move was seen as a White House […]

Immigrants Face Increased Risks Involving DUI Convictions

The consequences of a DUI conviction are often life-changing. This is even more concerning for those without citizenship. A citizen found guilty of a DUI may face jail time, loss of driver’s license and expensive fines. For non-citizens, there are additional consequences: possible deportation and the loss of opportunity for naturalization. Because individuals seeking naturalization […]

The U.S. Department of Justice Lays Out Plan to Cut in Half Backlogged Cases at Immigration Courts

According to a Department of Justice official, the DOJ is planning to cut immigration court cases in half by 2020.  The plan includes adding more immigration judges, upgrading technology, and refusing to postpone case hearings.  These efforts are part of the Trump’s administration’s plan to increase and expedite removal of undocumented immigrants.  According to the […]

Land of the Free, Home of the Hardworking

The following essay by Ms F. H. Hamidi is the 2017 winner of the Law Office of Givi Kutidze Immigration Law Scholarship.  The views expressed in the essay are Ms. Hamidi’s and do not reflect my own position or opinion on the issues discussed. Immigration is a frequently visited topic within the Hamidi household. After […]

USCIS Takes a Drastic Approach to the H-1B Program

As you might know, the H-1B visa program is created by the U.S. government to assist U.S. companies with recruiting highly-skilled foreign workers when they cannot find qualified U.S employees in the country.  Two-thirds of visas under the H-1B program are used by tech companies and 70% of the applicants are Indian nationals. Today, April […]

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 […]