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SHULMAN LAW GROUP FOUNDER INVITED AS PODCAST SPEAKER

National Immigration Lawyer Edward Shulman, founder of the Shulman Law Group, an immigration law firm located in Elmwood Park, New Jersey was invited as a podcast speaker on July 11, 2018. The digital-audio netcast which is available on youtube, Sound Cloud and iTunes is called Live from America Podcast and the particular segment in which Attorney Shulman participated is entitled The Immigration Situation. The weekly political podcast is the brain child of Noam Dworman, owner of…

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THE ADVERSE IMPACT OF NEW TRUMP FAMILIAL SEPARATION IMMIGRATION POLICY

The United States government, under a new Trump administration policy, has already separated nearly 2,000 children from their parents under a "zero tolerance" ruling on immigration, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) confirmed on Friday. Most disturbing is the fact that they are being placed in separate holding facilities likened to the Japanese internment camps, without any clear procedure for their reunification. Without any seeming sense of humanity, Attorney General Jeff Sessions proudly described the new…

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JOURNALIST UNCOVERS IMMIGRANT BACKGROUNDS OF ANTI-IMMIGRANT PUBLIC FIGURES

In a world where many public figures have felt free to broadcast their anti-immigration views and share aloud their pejorative claims and prejudices against immigrants, Jennifer Mendelsohn, a journalist and genealogist has been highlighting these people's ancestral immigration histories to illustrate the obvious hypocrisy. Her genealogy facts have garnered public attention, have gone viral, and are being re-tweeted by the thousands as the apparent double standard seems to viscerally resonate with people. Mendelsohn began her quest…

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NEW YORK SENATOR INTRODUCES A BILL TO INCREASE ACCOUNTABILITY OF BORDER PATROL AGENTS

In an effort to provide more protections to individuals entering the United States and to increase accountability on the part of border patrol and immigration enforcement agents due to recent reports and online social media videos showing use of unnecessary force and violations of human rights, Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York just introduced a bill to address these concerns. Under this bill, which is co-sponsored by Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Tom Udall (D-NM), and…

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SUPREME COURT ALLOWS IMMIGRANTS MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO AVOID DEPORTATION FOR LOW-LEVEL OFFENSES

Yesterday, the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) invalidated a section of federal law that requires the mandatory deportation of immigrants who have been convicted of some "crimes of violence." The decision, which was produced by a 5-4 majority, holds that the current law is flawed, unconstitutionally vague, and has raised questions about variability in interpretations regarding deportable offenses. In particular, the ruling, written by Justice Kagan, said that ambiguity surrounding the crimes of violence provision created confusion in…

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DEPORTED ARMY VETERAN BECOMES US CITIZEN AFTER PARDON

A decorated former U.S. Army paratrooper serving the United States from 1995 to 2001 and whose work on behalf of deported veterans drew widespread attention to his cause became a U.S. citizen Friday, after having been deported to Mexico eight years ago. Hector Barajas, who was deported in 2010, due to a 2002 conviction, was granted a pardon by California Governor Jerry Brown due to his honorable military service, his advocacy work, and his remorseful behavior.…

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TRUMP ADMINISTRATION PROPOSES A NEW QUOTA SYSTEM FOR IMMIGRATION JUDGES

Instead of hiring new Immigration Judges to tackle the profound immigration backlog of approximately 685,000 cases pending or expanding the court, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Trump administration will now be pressuring current Immigration Judges to process cases faster by establishing a quota system tied to their annual performance reviews. In particular, starting in October, Immigration Judges will be expected to clear at least 700 cases a year to receive a “satisfactory” performance rating, a standard…

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TV HOST JOHN OLIVER SHINES SPOTLIGHT ON IMMIGRATION COURTS

TV Personality, Political Comedian, and Late Night Show Host John Oliver shines a luminous spotlight on the condition of Immigration Courts in a recent segment on his wildly popular show Last Week Tonight (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fB0GBwJ2QA&sns=em) . While a comedic lens was employed to skewer the Immigration Court System in the United States, Oliver does successfully highlight some sobering points about why the immigration system is so dysfunctional. In particular, he presents four major flaws in the current…

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BILLIONAIRE KOCH BROTHERS TRY TO INFLUENCE TRUMP ON IMMIGRATION

Charles and David Koch, oil magnates, owners of the second largest privately owned business in the United States, and mega-donor influential supporters of the Republican party, have been vocally weighing in on immigration issues. As unlikely as it appears and contrary to what their otherwise conservative political affiliations would suggest, the Koch brothers have been adamant in their support for mass immigration and DACA in addition to announcing last month their opposition to Trump’s effort to…

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First Dreamer Admitted To New Jersey Law Bar

Last week, New Jersey welcomed its first DACA recipient to the New Jersey Law Bar.  Parthiv Patel, a 27-year-old immigrant from India who came to New Jersey when he was five years old, became the first “DREAMer” to join the cadre of lawyers in the State, sworn in by State Attorney General Grewal.  Patel, who graduated from Drexel University’s Thomas R. Kline School of Law  in 2016 and subsequently passed both the New Jersey and Pennsylvania…

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