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PRESIDENT BIDEN TO SIGN DAY ONE EXECUTIVE ORDERS TO REVERSE TRUMP IMMIGRATION POLICIES

President Joseph Biden is forecasted to invoke his executive authority during his first day in office to start reversing Immigration Policies from the last four years under the Trump administration. This is a welcome change for intending immigrants whose lives have been laying in the balance due to Trump-era anti-immigrant policies. Reportedly, one memo will order both the Departments of Justice (DOJ) and Homeland Security (DHS) to re-institute DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). Another memo…

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THE SHULMAN LAW GROUP WELCOMES OUR NEWEST ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY

Mary Lamberti, our newest Associate Attorney, graduated from Boston University School of Law in May of 2020 and is licensed to practice law in the state of New Jersey as of January 11, 2021.  Throughout her legal training, Mary has specialized in Immigration Law and has committed herself to advocating for the rights of immigrants. Over the past several years, she has worked as an Immigration Law Intern at Catholic Charities’ Bishop Francis Center for Legal…

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U.S. SUPREME COURT DECIDING TPS ADJUSTMENT

On Friday, January 8, the United States Supreme Court agreed to hear the case of Oscar Ernesto Melendez v. Kevin K. McAleenan et al. which would decide if beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) can adjust their status in the United States if they initially entered without inspection, known colloquially as EWI.  Temporary Protected Status is given to eligible nationals of designated countries who are present in the United States and whose home countries have been…

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ALEX PADILLA MAKES HISTORY AS CALIFORNIA’S FIRST LATINO U.S. SENATOR

In an historic political appointment by California Governor Gavin Newsom, Alex Padilla has been selected as California’s First Latino U.S. Senator-designate, taking Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris’ Congressional seat. The 47-year-old Padilla is the son of Mexican immigrants who came to the United States and worked as a cook and a housekeeper.  Padilla began his political career and activism as a member of the Democratic party in response to California’s Proposition 187, which excluded illegal immigrants from…

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DACA VICTORY: NEW DREAMERS CAN NOW APPLY FOR DEFERRED ACTION

Federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis of the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York officially ordered the Trump administration to restart DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). Indeed, he ordered the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to post a public notice by today, December 7, 2020, to accept first-time applications and ensure that work permits are valid for two years.  He also ordered DHS to process renewals and advance parole requests based on Obama-era…

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FIRST IMMIGRANT AND FIRST LATINO TO POSSIBLY HEAD THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Alejandro Mayorkas, former Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and former Director of the USCIS during the Obama administration, has been proposed by President-Elect Joe Biden as a leading contender to become both the first Latino and the first immigrant to lead the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the third largest federal department in the United States. Indeed, Mayorkas, who was born in Havana, was forced to flee Cuba during Fidel Castro’s 1959 Revolution.…

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EXCITING NEWS ABOUT DACA: FEDERAL JUDGE RULES DACA SUSPENSION INVALID

On Saturday, November 14, 2020, U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis of New York ruled that because the acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Chad Wolf, assumed his position unlawfully, his suspension of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, was consequently invalid. In Judge Garaufis’s ruling, he wrote that the DHS failed to follow the appropriate mandated order of succession when then-secretary Kirstjen Nielsen resigned in April 2019. The legal battle, partisanship,…

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BIDEN AS PRESIDENT: NEW HOPE FOR IMMIGRANTS

President-elect, Joe Biden’s victory has signaled a new and more hopeful era for immigrants.  Biden’s pro-immigration stance has translated into his well-articulated pledges to reverse the sweeping anti-immigrant policies and xenophobic changes President Trump has made to the American immigration system.  Indeed, Biden’s position paper on Immigration contains 51 bullet points that fill 22 pages where he explicitly states his mission to reenact pro-immigrant Obama-era policies. According to a July 2020 report set forth by the…

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A HEARTFELT THANK YOU TO OUR SUMMER LAW INTERN, KAYLAN PURISIMA

At the Shulman Law Group, we would like to take the opportunity to recognize and express our gratitude for this year’s summer Immigration Law Intern, Kaylan Purisima.  We wish to extend a sincere thank you to Kaylan for her stellar work ethic, her passion for the field of immigration law, and her exceptional analytical and writing skills.  Particular appreciation is extended to Kaylan for her assistance with conducting research and writing blogs for our firm’s website…

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PRIMER – MILITARY PAROLE IN PLACE (PIP)

Parole in Place is a discretionary option of relief for the families of U.S. military members, veterans, and enlistees on decided on a case-by-case basis for “urgent humanitarian reasons” or “significant public benefit.” Those who are granted PIP are given authorization to stay and work in the United States. Moreover, they are considered “paroled” into the U.S., which affects their eligibility to apply for a Green Card inside of the United States. Those granted Parole in…

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