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USCIS Issues Reminder Concerning DACA Renewals

USCIS Issues Reminder Concerning DACA Renewals

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a reminder to individuals with DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) permits that certain forms need to be submitted in order to effectuate renewal or to apply initially.  Back in 2012 the agency commenced the process of issuing DACA permits to so-called “Dreamers” who were brought to this country as children by parents who are undocumented immigrants. The original duration of DACA permits was for a period…

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Senate Democrats Demand Clean Homeland Security Bill

Senate Democrats Demand Clean Homeland Security Bill

It did not take long after President Obama made his announcement in November rolling out his executive order concerning before his political opponents began to threaten to stop it. A few wanted to shut down the government. Others wanted to add conditions to a needed budget deal that would invalidate the President’s order. Eventually the budget did pass but it only funded the department charged with overseeing the immigration order for two months instead of a…

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Newly Licensed Immigrant Drivers

Newly-Licensed Immigrant Drivers in Colorado May Lose Privileges

Over the last few years approximately ten states have begun to issue driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants residing in those states. Having a driver’s license provides the ability and security for these new licensees to travel to work and maintain their employment so they can provide adequately for their families. But in at least one state, this capacity to drive legally may soon be undermined. Since it started issuing driver’s licenses in August of last year,…

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Stop Signal

Injunction to Stop AZ Ban on DACA Recipients Getting Driver’s Licenses Made Perm

United States District Court Judge David G. Campbell made permanent an injunction against the enforcement of Arizona’s ban keeping DACA recipients from qualifying for driver’s licenses.  The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was instituted back in 2012 by the Obama administration to allow certain children brought here through no choice of their own by parents who were undocumented immigrants to receive a temporary deferral from deportation and a work permit for that same duration.   Subsequently,…

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DHS Funding

DHS Funding Bill Intending to Block Obama’s Immigration Measures Fails Part Two

The attempt by members of the Republican majority in both houses of Congress to use the annual budget of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a tool to reverse the immigration measures taken by executive action of President Obama last November may be running out of steam. At first House Republicans floated the idea of shutting down the government in December unless provisions which accomplished such action were not part of an omnibus budget bill…

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Migration Children

New Study Debunks Notion that DACA Triggered Migration of Children from Central

Last summer the national media began to focus on the migration of unaccompanied children from the Central American countries of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras to the southern border of the United States seeking out border agents so they could be apprehended just before crossing the border. One of the reasons frequently cited for this influx of youngsters was the President’s decision in 2012 to institute the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Opponents of…

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Number Of Immigrant Businesses

Number of Immigrant Businesses Should Rise in Wake of Executive Order

According to firm that provides loans to small businesses, the company currently has to turn away hundreds of applications each year because the applicants cannot comply with Small Business Administration (SBA) rules that require such loans only to go to individuals who have the legal status to work in this country.   According to many experts including Ramit Arora of Bix2Credit, New York City potentially could see a surge of hundreds or thousands of new small businesses…

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US H2B Visa

USCIS Announces Semi-Annual Cap Met for H-2B Visas

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services just reported that, as of January 26, 2015, the congressionally mandated H-2B cap for the first half of fiscal year (FY) 2015 has been reached. H-2B Visas are issued to temporary non-agricultural workers from foreign countries every year. The program enables employers having difficulty finding employees for positions available at their firms to fill them with workers from overseas that have the requisite skills for the job. January 26, 2015 was…

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President Executive

Half of the States Seek Injunction to Halt President’s Executive Order

Attorneys for the State of Texas went in to federal court this week to argue that President Obama’s executive action on immigration, announced last November, is illegal and that immigration officials who enforce the new measures will be breaking the law. Along with about half of the states, the attorneys for the large border state had the opportunity for oral argument in the U.S. District Court in Brownsville, Texas which itself resides on the southern border with Mexico.…

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Homeland security

DHS Funding Bill Intending to Block Obama’s Immigration Measures Fails

The United State Senate failed for the second time to pass a bill funding the Department of Homeland Security which also contained provisions which would undo President Obama’s executive order issued last November regarding immigration. This bill, passed originally by the House of Representatives as a means to reverse the President’s directives opening up the opportunity for many undocumented immigrants to stay and work in the United States on a temporary basis, did not secure the…

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