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Understanding Trump’s Proposed “merit-based” Immigration System

Political forecasters are predicting that, if immigration reform were to take place in any formalized capacity during the Trump administration, there would be an extreme ideological shift in the way the immigration system functions.  Historically, for the last half century, the primary basis of entry was for familial unification/re-unification, where preference was given to those individuals with relatives who are U.S. citizens.  The merit-based system proposed by Trump and certain members of the GOP would essentially…

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Sekaran’s “Lucky Boy,”: A Compelling Immigration Story

Award-winning author Shanthi Sekaran's "Lucky Boy," is a timely new book nominated by the Global Nation Book Club, an Amazon Best Book for 2017, and has received starred reviews by the Library Journal and Kirkus for its courage and realism in descriptively telling the gripping story of an immigrant experience.  The story is about a young, undocumented girl named Soli from Mexico's southern state of Oaxaca who leaves her home for a perilous journey to the…

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U.S. Representative Gutierrez Handcuffed During Ice Protest

Undocumented immigrants should know that there are many individuals who actually support them and are willing to take critical measures to advocate for their rights and protections.  On Monday, U.S. Representative Luis Gutierrez (D-Illinois) and a dozen immigration advocates facilitated a ‘sit-in’ at Chicago’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) headquarters to protest their deportation procedures under the Trump administration and to send a message that he considers the procedures “egregious, unfair and morally bankrupt.” After a…

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Moving To A New Location

After 22 years in the same location, the Shulman Law Group has moved! Our new address and phone number are as follows: 619 River Drive Second Floor, Suite 220 Elmwood Park, NJ 07407 Tel:  (201) 773-0100 Fax: (201) 773-9240

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A Day Without Immigrants

Immigrants in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Austin, Albuquerque, Phoenix, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, and other major U.S. cities plan to stay home today as part of a protest called "A Day Without Immigrants." The goal is to demonstrate the import of immigrants to society, as the Trump administration continues to pursue anti-immigrant Executive Orders.  The strike, being facilitated and promulgated by social media and immigration advocates, seeks to show the adverse and disruptive community, familial, and economic impact of…

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Be Prepared, Not Scared: 8 Things Immigrants Should Do To Protect Themselves

Because of the unpredictability of the current immigration situation in the wake of President Trump's Executive Order and due to fears about upcoming anti-immigration actions set forth at the Federal level, at the Shulman Law Group, LLC, we are advising our clients of the following steps they should take to protect themselves.  Importantly, these recommendations pertain to Lawful Permanent Residents (e.g., green card holders), Visa Holders, DACA and Undocumented Immigrants alike.  Our immigration law firm strongly…

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Edward Shulman’s Article On Immigration Law Published In Nj Lawyer Magazine

Edward Shulman, Esq., Founder and Head Immigration Attorney of the Shulman Law Group, LLC, was a featured author in the February 2017 edition of the prestigious New Jersey Lawyer Magazine.  The New Jersey Lawyer Magazine is an award-winning professional journal that showcases informative articles by experts in specific fields of law and is affiliated with the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA). Mr. Shulman's four-page article, included in a special Immigration Law issue, is entitled: "Consequences…

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Top Companies File Opposition To Trump’s Immigration Ban

Apple, Facebook, Google, Uber, Spotify, Netflix, and Kickstarter are just a few among 97 of the United States' most influential and dynamic companies who have officially filed an "Amicus Brief" in the State of Washington, as opposition to President Trump's Executive Order on Immigration.  The order, signed on January 27, suspended for 90 days entry of immigrants and non-immigrants into the United States from the following seven countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.…

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5 Reasons For Immigrants To Have Hope Despite President Trump’s Executive Orders

In a climate of understandable confusion, fear, paranoia, and demoralization in the wake of President Trump's Executive Actions, there are five reasons for immigrants to have hope.  In particular, those immigrants who dread being caught by immigration enforcement officers and who fear being deported from the United States, there are both protections under the law and people poised to advocate for immigrants rights. 1. In a long standing precedential decision, the United States Supreme Court held…

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Democratic Lawmakers Urging President Obama To Pardon Certain Immigrants

In response to President-Elect Trump's campaign promises to deport millions of immigrants with criminal backgrounds and in an effort to protect deportable individuals with only minor crimes, two Democratic Representatives, Nydia M. Velázquez (D-Brooklyn) and José E. Serrano (D-Bronx) are leading an urgent effort to persuade President Obama to take action in his final days of office.  In particular, these lawmakers are requesting that President Obama exercise his pardoning powers to pardon Lawful Permanent Residents (i.e.…

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