14 06, 2013

Would We Really Want to Round Up and Deport 12 Million People?

By |2013-06-14T13:55:21-05:00June 14th, 2013|Categories: Amnesty for Immigrants in the U.S., DHS / Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), DHS / Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Immigrant Visas for Spouse / Fiancee / Child Visas, immigration reform, Undocumented Immigrants and Workers in the U.S.|Tags: , , , , , |

Published:  June 14, 2013 House to house searches.  Bullhorn calls to assemble and gather for deportation processing.  Mass detention facilities.  As millions of families prepare to be torn apart, you will witness the tears and deafening wails of old and young, grandparents and parents, sons and daughters.  No doubt, these scenes will be unavoidable components of the mass round-up and deportation of 12 million undocumented foreign nationals.  For the folks who refuse to give an inch and forgive immigration law breakers, it’s a path to deportation, not a path to citizenship that is the right and only option.  However, as our elected officials […]

15 04, 2013

The Semantics of Immigration Reform; Never Mind the Details…..For Now

By |2013-04-15T07:59:18-05:00April 15th, 2013|Categories: Amnesty for Immigrants in the U.S., Customs and Border Patrol / Travel to and from the U.S., U.S. Immigration Law and Legislation, Undocumented Immigrants and Workers in the U.S.|Tags: , , , |

Published:  April 15, 2013 A draft of proposed immigration reform legislation has been released by the Gang of 8, that bipartisan group of U.S. Senators who have been attempting to style a legislative solution to our society’s current immigration related ills.  The details contained in the bill may or may not be of much relevance for the moment because A) the proposal is NOT law yet and B) the actual legislation signed into law, if and when that happens, may very well bear little resemblance to the draft bill released to the public this week. In general, most expect any new law to […]

1 04, 2013

Marco Rubio, Gang of 8 and Other Washington Immigration Players: Will The Talk Ever Turn to Action?

By |2013-04-01T08:20:38-05:00April 1st, 2013|Categories: Amnesty for Immigrants in the U.S., Green Cards, Lawful Permanent Residence in the U.S., U.S. Immigration Law and Legislation, Undocumented Immigrants and Workers in the U.S.|Tags: , , , , |

Published:  April 1, 2013 For the past two decades as a practicing immigration lawyer, I have come to be a student of everything immigration law – the actual laws, the way the laws are applied, the mindset of the powerful decision-makers who preside over immigration or deportation proceedings, the psychological/sociological state of the wide spectrum of immigrant groups I represent, and of course, the politics.  About today’s politics I know this – the significant losses sustained by Republican candidates in our most recent elections, including Mitt Romney, are in large part attributed to the views they espoused when it came to immigration.   Whether it be “kick em all out” […]

18 01, 2013

Driver’s Licenses for Illinois’ Undocumented

By |2013-01-18T11:51:48-06:00January 18th, 2013|Categories: General, U.S. Immigration Law and Legislation, Undocumented Immigrants and Workers in the U.S.|Tags: , , , , , , |

Published: January 18, 2013 In recent weeks, the State of Illinois passed legislation to allow the state’s population of roughly 250,000 undocumented drivers to obtain driver’s licenses. The bill, which is expected to be signed by Governor Quinn, will make Illinois the 4th state in the U.S. to issue driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants. The drivers licenses issued under this program confer no right or status, beyond authorizing the holder the right to drive. The debate surrounding driver’s licenses for the undocumented pretty much mirrors the national debate over how our nation should address the overall issue of having 12 million people living […]

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 […]

23 10, 2012

Romney Says He’ll Mess With DACA, But Not DACA Applicants

By |2012-10-23T08:52:54-05:00October 23rd, 2012|Categories: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Employment Authorization / Work Cards in the U.S., Undocumented Immigrants and Workers in the U.S.|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Published: October 23, 2012 Just when it seems I have a grasp of where presidential candidate Mitt Romney stands when it comes to immigration policy, he contorts to a new position. According to statements made by him in recent weeks, including during presidential debates, Mitt Romney would do away with the current Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program which allows certain undocumented immigrants who arrived here as children to obtain a 2 year deferred action status and employment authorization document. But, Romney also stated he would not undo any 2 year deferred action approvals issued for applicants, or take adverse, […]

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