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New Voice-activated Virtual Assistant On USCIS Website

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently installed a new computer-generated, voice-activated assistant program, called "Emma" to provide the public with a new process for asking and obtaining answers to immigration-related questions.  In order to operate "Emma," all you need to do is to click the “Ask a Question link in the upper right corner of the USCIS home page or type the following into your search engine bar: https://www.uscis.gov/emma.  "Emma" will always type…

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Raids Target Undocumented Immigrants

Approximately 120 undocumented individuals from Central America were arrested this past weekend and are currently in the process of being deported to their home countries, the Department of Homeland Security announced yesterday.  Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said the undocumented immigrants were primarily arrested in the States of Georgia, Texas, and North Carolina.  Reportedly, the weekend raids focused on those who arrived recently, mainly from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. Immigration advocates and activists are trying to educate the public…

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Edward Shulman Honored For Outstanding Practice Of Immigration Law

Immigration Attorney Edward Shulman, Principal and Founder of the Shulman Law Group, LLC, in Paterson, New Jersey, has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers for 2016 in the field of Immigration Law. Mr. Shulman has 20 years of professional expertise in all aspects of U.S. immigration and nationality law. He specializes in complex deportation, as well as family and employment cases. Former chairman of the New Jersey chapter of the American Immigration…

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Uscis Approves 10,000 U Visas For 7th Straight Year

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has approved the maximum of 10,000 petitions for U-1 nonimmigrant status (U visas) for the fiscal year 2016. This marks the seventh straight year that USCIS has reached the statutory maximum since it began issuing U visas in 2009. U visas are available for victims of certain qualifying crimes who have suffered substantial mental or physical abuse and are willing to help law enforcement authorities investigate or prosecute those crimes.…

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DHS Planning Nationwide Raids In January

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is planning nationwide raids aimed at deporting thousands of undocumented adults and children. The raids will be carried out by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and are said to begin in January, 2016.  While a Homeland Security Spokesperson said that they will be focusing their efforts on "individuals who pose a threat to national security, public safety, and border security," there is some suggestion that ICE agents will initially target…

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Attorney Edward Shulman Meets With President Obama

The Shulman Law Group's firm founder, Edward Shulman, Esq., was invited by special invitation to the White House on Wednesday, December 9, 2015.  During his visit to the White House, Mr. Shulman had the rare and special opportunity to personally discuss the importance of immigration reform with the President.  President Obama told Mr. Shulman that he remains confident and hopeful that the Supreme Court will hear the case and overturn the injunction, allowing his proposed Executive…

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Marco Rubio Is The Most Pro-immigrant Conservative Candidate

During the latest Republican debate, Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Texas Senator Ted Cruz were at odds over whether or not to grant immigrants a path to citizenship. While Cruz and Rubio, both sons of Cuban immigrants, agreed that securing the border was a national priority, it was abundantly clear that Rubio is pro-immigration and Cruz is not.  In fact, Cruz adamantly stated "“I have never supported legalization and I do not intend to support legalization." …

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Democratic Presidential Debate: Candidates Support Immigration Reform

During the Democratic Presidential Debate, it was made clear that all of the candidates support comprehensive immigration reform, including a pathway to citizenship.  Interestingly, it was noted that the debate's location, in Las Vegas, Nevada, was significant due to the fact that Nevada proportionately has one of the largest undocumented populations where immigration issues loom large over the hospitality industry. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton commented that, unlike her Republican counter-parts, whose race has been characterized…

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Paul Ryan Will Likely Back Obama’s Executive Immigration Action

Representative Paul Ryan has a long history of being pro-immigration and has been a main GOP promoter of the amnesty-and-mass immigration bill.  In fact, he has been called the "most open borders" member of Congress.  His immigration journey reportedly began during a college internship where he developed a close rapport with Cesar Conda, Marco Rubio's former chief of staff and one of the nations' premier conservative pro-immigration lobbyists and strategists.  Ryan, a Wisconsin lawmaker, has support…

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U.S. Immigration Options For Syrians

The United States has always taken pride in responding to humanitarian crises around the world and to providing, as applicable, a safe haven for refugee victims of civil warfare.  In the case of Syria, due to a prolonged civil war with an estimated death toll as high as 310,000, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has officially designated Syria as a country entitled to special immigration protection which allows eligible Syrian nationals in the United States…

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