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Several police chiefs and sheriffs groups back the legality of presidents immigration order

Police Chiefs & Sheriffs’ Groups Back Legality of Obama’s Immigration Order

Prior to last week’s hearing in Texas where attorneys for half of the country’s states asked a federal judge to find that President Obama’s executive order pertaining to immigration is illegal, two national police chiefs' associations and 27 individual police chiefs and sheriffs filed a brief supporting its legality. The amicus (friend of the court) brief was signed by the police chiefs of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Boston, Philadelphia and Denver, and the sheriffs of Dallas County…

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Travelling Away from the United States as a Permanent Resident

Travelling Away from the United States as a Permanent Resident

Immigrants to America who have achieved permanent residence status can travel abroad but those leaving for lengthier periods, particularly over one year, may face difficulties reentering the United States at the end of their travels. Those permanent residents going overseas will need to present a passport from their country of citizenship or their refugee travel document. The foreign country to which the resident is travelling may have additional visa requirements. When returning to the country, they…

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Obama’s Executive Order Seeks to Keep People with LPR Status with Family Members

One of the lesser discussed aspects of President Obama’s unilateral initiative to reform the country’s immigration system involves the component which affects individuals currently enjoying or applying for lawful permanent resident status (LPR). Under current law, there are many situations in which family members get separated from the individuals who are American citizens or who have already achieved LPR status under American law. The executive order the President announced in November of last year addresses this…

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Making Permanent Residency Actually Permanent For Family Members

Making Permanent Residency Actually Permanent For Family Members

While many immigrants come to the United States to marry their American husband or wife, those spouses who have been married for less than two years at the time immigration authorities officially bestow legal status, may merely obtain conditional permanent residency. Federal immigration law sets this initial durational limit on the practice of gaining permanent residency through marriage as a means to deter people from using the institution of matrimony strictly as a pretext to become…

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Recent Executive Actions by President Obama Not Yet Implemented

Recent Executive Actions by President Obama Not Yet Implemented

As the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) makes clear on its website, the actions ordered by President Obama relating to immigration have yet to be implemented. On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced a series of measures which (1) expands the population eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, (2) allows parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents who have been present in the country since January 1, 2010, to request…

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Encouraging Outside Investment in to the United States

Encouraging Outside Investment in to the United States

The United States has a long history of immigrants who have come to the United States and established important businesses. The inventor of the telephone, Alexander Graham Bell, emigrated to the United States from Scotland and later started the family of Bell companies now generally known as AT & T. More recently Sergey Brin came to America from Russia. Once here he and his business partner, Larry Page formed Google, the search engine giant which is…

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U.S. Employers Can Hire Foreign Nationals From 68 Countries To Fill H-2A And H-2

Federal immigration law provides that where certain fields of employment lack sufficient available workers to fill needed job spots, such defined positions may be filled by foreign workers on a temporary basis.  Specifically, the H-2A and H-2B Visa programs allow U.S. employers to bring foreign nationals to the United States to fill temporary agricultural and nonagricultural jobs, respectively. USCIS only approves H-2A and H-2B petitions for nationals of countries the Secretary of Homeland Security has designated…

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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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