USCIS Set to Accept DACA Requests on February 18 DACA, USCIS

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) just issued an awaited announcement that it will begin accepting requests for what is called “expanded DACA” on February 18, 2015. When the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was originally instituted by the Obama administration back in 2012, applicants could obtain an eligibility card for a period of two years. Under the revamped program which President Obama announced in November of last year, applicants will be able to obtain…

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Trend Protecting Rights Of Undocumented Immigrants Continues

Across the country, judicial and executive officials are taking actions which – at least in some states – will shield some undocumented immigrants from potential detentions and arrests. In Illinois, the governor issued an executive order which prohibits the state police authorities from using immigration status as a sole reason to detain someone. In Arizona, a recurring battleground of immigration battles, a federal judge blocked the use by local law enforcement of the criminal offense of “identity theft”…

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Extension And Redesignation Of Syria For Temporary Protected Status

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced today the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) is extending the designation of the Syrian Arab Republic (Syria) for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months, from April 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016, and redesignating Syria for TPS for 18 months, effective April 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016. The extension allows currently eligible TPS beneficiaries to retain TPS through September 30, 2016, so long as they otherwise continue…

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The Shulman Law Group Prevents Deportation Of Kidney Broker

In what appears to be a case of first impression, a Brooklyn, New York  resident previously convicted of trafficking human kidneys for patients, who were languishing on lengthy kidney transplant lists, was released from federal custody without being placed into deportation proceedings. Back in 2011, Levy Izhak Rosenbaum became the first man in the United States convicted of violating a 1984 law which banned the sale of human organs. After finishing the 2 ½ year sentence…

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Obama’s Executive Order Also Affects Families Of Stem Workers

Since the President made his announcement concerning steps his administration is taking with regards to changes in the current immigration system, most of the emphasis has revolved around the political controversy it has spurred and what it means for the millions of family members who may be able to avoid deportation and work legally in this country at least for a three-year duration. Less discussed have been the impact on STEM workers and their family members.…

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“Deporter-in-chief” Or Lax Enforcer Of Border Security

The leaders of some immigrants’ rights groups contend that President Barack Obama earned the moniker “deporter-in-chief” because his administration deported so many undocumented immigrants for much of his time as the head of the Executive Branch. But to many of his political opponents, the President has been too lax in his enforcement of immigration laws in this country. Both of these things cannot logically be true. In order to truly analyze the policies of this administration…

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Foreign Nationals Of Ebola-stricken Countries Seek Temporary Protective Status

The federal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) possesses executive authority under the Immigration and Nationality Act   to create special programs for immigrants coming from some countries or areas where unique circumstances have imposed difficult burdens on natives of those countries. Earlier this year the DHS had announced formation of a temporary program to reunite Haitian immigrants with their family members in the United States. Now, in the wake of the spread of the Ebola virus in…

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In-state Tuition Of Undocumented Immigrants Available For New Jersey Students Fo

It has now been about one year since Governor Chris Christie signed in to law a bill that has allowed a portion of New Jersey’s undocumented residents to be eligible for in-state college tuition starting in January 2014. In taking that step, New Jersey became the 16th state in the country to permit such immigrants the ability to access in-state tuition rates at its public institutions of higher learning. Two other states allow undocumented immigrants to pay such rates…

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Symbolic Vote By House Against President’s Immigration Plan

The House of Representatives in a party-line vote passed a resolution rebuking President Obama for issuing an executive order providing deportation relief to millions of undocumented individuals. Although the measure won approval by a 219-197 vote, it is unlikely to have anything more than symbolic value for Republican congressmen who promised to oppose the President’s unilateral action. The Senate, still under control of Democrats until 2015, will not entertain the resolution during the balance of this…

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Actress From Orange Is The New Black Provides Moving Account Of Her Parents’ Deportation

For many Americans, the notion that their parents may be detained and deported by immigration officials, such as ICE (Immigrations and Customs Enforcement) agents, on a moment’s notice is difficult to comprehend. It is for this reason that the appearance by Dianne Guerrero, who plays Maritza Ramos on the popular Netflix program, Orange is the New Black, on the MSNBC show All In with Chris Hayes was so remarkable. On the program she detailed what it was like at age 14…

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