4 02, 2014

Immigration Reform Update: Boehner Floats a Plan, Senate Republicans Run For Cover

By |2014-02-04T11:09:24-06:00February 4th, 2014|Categories: Amnesty for Immigrants in the U.S., Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Green Cards, immigration reform, Lawful Permanent Residence in the U.S., U.S. Immigration Law and Legislation, Undocumented Immigrants and Workers in the U.S.|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Published:  February 4, 2014 Not since the days of the “I was for it, before I was against it” explanation, have I gotten such a chuckle from our nation’s political theater.  Given the tragic human costs at stake in this conversation though, maybe tears would be the more appropriate response.  Over the zany, decade-plus road our politicians and multiple Presidents have kicked around the immigration football, we have seen oppositional behavior from the major players on both sides of the aisle, with neither side wanting to give the other a victory.  With the perception that such posturing is rewarded in today’s media-on-steroids environment, prominent political players in the current immigration arena have assumed predictable […]

19 02, 2013

Approvals Continue for DREAMERS: Deferred Action/Employment Authorization Processing for DREAM ACT applicants

By |2013-02-19T11:31:00-06:00February 19th, 2013|Categories: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Employment Authorization / Work Cards in the U.S., Removal / Deportation Proceedings and Court Hearings, U.S. Immigration Law and Legislation, Undocumented Immigrants and Workers in the U.S.|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Published: February 19, 2013 As of February 19, 2013, more than 438,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (“DACA”) applications have been received by U.S. Department of Homeland Security. DACA applicants are also known as “DREAMERS” since they make up the demographic that would presumably benefit from previously proposed legislation known as the DREAM Act – i.e. young adults brought to the U.S. as children and who have remained in the U.S., through no fault of their own, for an extended period. The vast majority of DACA applicants have been scheduled for, or have completed, their biometric fingerprinting process. Importantly, to this […]

1 12, 2012

DEFERRED ACTION AND EMPLOYMENT AUTHORIZATIONS CONTINUE TO BE APPROVED FOR “DREAMERS”

By |2012-12-01T10:23:47-06:00December 1st, 2012|Categories: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Employment Authorization / Work Cards in the U.S., Removal / Deportation Proceedings and Court Hearings, U.S. Immigration Law and Legislation, Undocumented Immigrants and Workers in the U.S.|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Published: December 1, 2012 As of November 15, 2012, a total of almost 300,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (“DACA”) applications have been received by U.S. Department of Homeland Security. DACA applicants are also known as “DREAMERS” since they make up the demographic that would presumably benefit from previously proposed legislation known as the “DREAM Act” – i.e. young adults brought to the U.S. as children and who have remained in the U.S., through no fault of their own, for an extended period. The vast majority of DACA applicants have been scheduled for, or have completed, their biometric fingerprinting process. Importantly, […]

12 11, 2012

Obama Victory = Comprehensive Immigration Reform?

By |2012-11-12T09:09:45-06:00November 12th, 2012|Categories: Amnesty for Immigrants in the U.S., Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Employment Authorization / Work Cards in the U.S., Lawful Permanent Residence in the U.S., Removal / Deportation Proceedings and Court Hearings, U.S. Immigration Law and Legislation, Undocumented Immigrants and Workers in the U.S.|Tags: , , , , , |

Published: November 12, 2012 According to many of our nation’s leading pundits and political commentators, it was the “Hispanic Vote” that made President Obama’s reelection possible. What exactly is the “Hispanic Vote”? It seems to have a variety of meanings, although the common theme would be that it is the demographic composed of U.S. citizens with origins in Mexico and Central and South America. President Obama won an overwhelming majority of this segment of our electorate, and no doubt that was as much as result of what President Obama made clear he stood for, as it did with what Candidate Romney’s […]

3 07, 2012

US Supreme Court Strikes Down Most of Arizona’s Controversial Immigration Law

By |2012-07-03T10:24:36-05:00July 3rd, 2012|Categories: DHS / Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), DHS / Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Employment Authorization / Work Cards in the U.S., Immigration and Criminal Law / Detainees, Lawful Permanent Residence in the U.S., Removal / Deportation Proceedings and Court Hearings, U.S. Immigration Law and Legislation, Undocumented Immigrants and Workers in the U.S.|Tags: , , , , |

Published: July 3, 2012 To address the various issues presented by the hundreds of thousands of undocumented individuals living in their state, including the security of their state’s border with Mexico and the drain on state coffers, the State of Arizona took the extraordinary step of enacting a state law criminalizing violations of U.S. immigration law. Specifically, the Arizona law was designed to empower state law enforcement agencies with the authority to arrest and criminally prosecute immigration law violators present in their state, with violators turned over to federal authorities for the initiation of removal proceedings after serving a state sentence. […]

18 06, 2012

Obama’s Brilliant Political Move: Employment Authorization – although Not Green Cards – for Qualified Undocumented Young Adults

By |2012-06-18T21:15:16-05:00June 18th, 2012|Categories: Amnesty for Immigrants in the U.S., Employment Authorization / Work Cards in the U.S., Lawful Permanent Residence in the U.S., U.S. Immigration Law and Legislation, Undocumented Immigrants and Workers in the U.S.|Tags: , |

Published: June 18, 2012 The “DREAM Act” Inspired Program In A Nutshell: Young adults who: A) have completed high school, their G.E.D. or were honorably discharged from the U.S. armed forces, B) have lived in the U.S. for more than 5 years, C) have no significant criminal records and D) are under the age of 30…..…… will now have an opportunity to remain in the U.S. and obtain an employment authorization document, thanks to a new executive directive announced by President Obama last week.  Intake procedures and processing logistics have yet to be implemented, but it appears the launch of this program […]

4 01, 2012

My Take on Republican Takes on Immigration

By |2012-01-04T09:44:28-06:00January 4th, 2012|Categories: Amnesty for Immigrants in the U.S., Customs and Border Patrol / Travel to and from the U.S., DHS / Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Employment-Based Immigration Law, Green Cards, Lawful Permanent Residence in the U.S., Non-Immigrant Visas for Temporary Workers / H-1B, Removal / Deportation Proceedings and Court Hearings, U.S. Immigration Law and Legislation, Undocumented Immigrants and Workers in the U.S.|Tags: , , , |

Published: January 4, 2012 President Obama has always made it known that he favors the enactment of some form of comprehensive immigration reform to allow for a “path to citizenship” for at least some of the approximately 12 million living in the U.S. without legal immigration status. During his term, it’s been a Republican Congress that’s been the main obstacle to getting any type of immigration reform initiative passed, whether it be the DREAM Act, or more comprehensive reform proposals. If you are wondering how the Republican candidates for President would approach the issue – below are direct quotes attributed to […]

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