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Clinton Proposes Formation Of New Office Of Immigrant Affairs

Presidential hopeful and Democratic Primary Front-Runner Hillary Clinton announced yesterday that if elected President, she would create a new "Office of Immigrant Affairs."  She explained that she would dedicate a place in the White House in which to coordinate integration policies across the Federal Government, explaining that her goal would be to ensure that "immigrants, refugees, and children become fully integrated members of their communities and country."  The New York State Immigrant Action Fund, who has…

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Speculations About How Chief Justice Roberts Will Rule On DAPA And Expanded DACA

Later this month, when the Supreme Court hears oral argument in United States v. Texas, the challenge to President Obama’s executive action on immigration, all eyes will be on Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.  Although Roberts is a conservative and there is some suggestion that the Justices will rule along their traditional conservative versus progressive lines, there is also speculation that Chief Justice Roberts may actually rule in favor of DAPA and expanded DACA.  If…

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New Study Shows Daca And Dapa Eligible Populations Contributory To U.S. Society

A new paper published in the Journal on Migration and Human Security, and released in March of 2016 by the Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS), offers a statistical analysis of the potential beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) program, the original Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program implemented in 2012 (“original DACA), and the expanded DACA program announced in 2014.  Most striking was the finding that the majority of…

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How Supreme Court Nominee Merrick Garland Stands On Immigration Issues

Judge Merrick Garland is President Obama's nominee for the vacant Supreme Court seat.  Given that the high court is set to rule on President Obama's executive orders on immigration in June, the question that presents itself is: What are Merrick Garland's views on immigration and how might he vote on expanded DACA and DAPA?  With Justice Scalia's passing, one vote can make an enormous difference, impacting the fate of Obama's Immigration actions significantly.  Immigration clients eligible…

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Immigration Detention Facilities Undergoing Inspections

Immigrant rights groups and private immigration attorneys have long discussed the oft-times deplorable conditions in many immigration detention facilities.  Due to growing evidence pointing to the prevalence of inhumane conditions of detention, this week the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of Inspector General (OIG), revealed that a new program will be put in place wherein unannounced inspections will be made of detention facilities in an effort to begin a remediation program to correct deficiencies and…

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College Scholarship For First-generation American High School Seniors In NJ

The Shulman Law Group is awarding a $1,000 college scholarship to one deserving NJ high school senior who authors a winning essay about their experiences as a first generation American student. As immigration lawyers, we have had the honor of helping many families navigate the complex U.S. immigration system and successfully move to America. As a result, we also understand more than anyone else the myriad of challenges that first generation American students may face, particularly…

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Immigration Detention Explained

The United States uses detention as a means of dealing with undocumented or otherwise removable immigrants after their arrest. When a friend or loved one has been placed in detention, it can be confusing and scary.  This immigration blog aims to explain the detention process and how to help a friend or family member who has been detained. An individual may be detained because he or she is in the United States illegally and it is…

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New Policy Allows Battered Spouses Of Non-immigrants To Work

A new USCIS Policy, which actually serves as an amendment to the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), expands eligibility for employment authorization to battered/abused spouses of certain non-immigrants.  The nonimmigrant visas applicable to INA section 106 employment authorization eligibility are: A-1, A-2, and A-3: Foreign government diplomats and officials and immediate family members and their attendants, servants, and personal employees; E-3: Australian specialty occupation workers; G-1, G-2, G-3, G-4, and G-5: Employees of foreign governments and…

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Nj Police Lab Misconduct May Impact Immigration Cases

A New Jersey lab technician, employed at a Little Falls State Police Laboratory, has been suspended, pending an investigation over potential falsification of drug reports.  Indeed, the technician reportedly faked results in a suspected drug case which has drawn into question 7,827 criminal cases on which he worked, according to state officials.  Specifically, it was alleged that the technician spent an insufficient amount of time analyzing a substance to determine if it was marijuana and reported a…

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Priority-2 (P-2) Direct Access Program For Iraqi And Syrian I-130 Beneficiaries

The Priority-2 (P-2) Direct Access Program for Iraqi and Syrian beneficiaries of I-130 Petitions is an avenue for Iraqis and Syrians to apply for refugee resettlement in the United States through the U.S Refugee Admissions Program, known as USRAP. It is available to approved I-130 beneficiaries of Iraqi or Syrian nationality and their derivatives. Derivatives are spouses and unmarried children who were less than 21 years of age on the date the beneficiary’s I-130 petition was…

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