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New Video Called “Immigrants” Released For Immigration Heritage Month

June is Immigration Heritage Month so it is only fitting that Lin-Manuel Miranda, multiple award winning playwright and composer, has just released a powerful new video that he executive produced called "Immigrants: We Get the Job Done."  The video which is part of a mix-tape associated with the show Hamilton addresses a range of issues confronting immigrants, ranging from ICE raids to the plight of refugees.  Poignantly, the video highlights the critically important and wide-ranging contributions…

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Supreme Court Grants Second Chance To Immigrant Facing Deportation

On Friday, the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of a lawful permanent resident who received faulty immigration advice from an attorney.  Indeed, the Justices, in a 6-2 decision, concluded that it was reasonable to think that a green card holder, named Jae Lee, could have avoided deportation if his attorney had not incorrectly advised him that pleading guilty to a drug charge would not lead to his deportation. The attorney's injudicious guidance regarding the…

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May 1 “Day Without An Immigrant” Planned

Today is International Labor Day, a national public holiday in several European, South American, African, and Asian countries, and a day selected for the second of a series of 2017 scheduled boycotts called "A Day Without Immigrants," or "Un Dia Sin Inmigrantes."  The goals of the national strike are essentially fivefold: 1) to change the conversation on immigration; 2) to increase awareness about the import of immigrant workers; 3) to gain permanent protection for immigrants living in…

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Six Things To Ask Your Prospective Immigration Lawyer

Immigration law is complex, nuanced, and ever changing.  As such, is it critical for you to find the best lawyer possible to obtain a favorable result and to prevent any avoidable problems, processing delays, or denials of your case.  Finding the right lawyer means finding someone who is experienced, skilled, and competent in addition to being organized, running an office in an efficient manner, answering questions clearly, and communicating effectively. In preparing to meet with a…

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Will I Be Arrested At My Green Card Interview?

There are certain circumstances which would increase the possibility of an arrest during a green card interview.  The chances of an arrest depend upon whether the individual is considered a removal priority and, in particular, if there is a criminal history and/or an outstanding order of deportation.  Even if someone is married to a United States Citizen in a bona-fide relationship, there are eight (8) situations in a person’s history that would render him or her…

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Trump’s Pick For Economic Advisor Is Pro-immigration

President Donald Trump has nominated Kevin Hassett to become chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors, pending approval by the Senate's banking committee. The position is essentially that of the Chief Economist of the White House.  Although a conservative, Hassett is reportedly well respected by both sides of the D.C. political aisle and has an incredible resume, with noteworthy accomplishments including holding a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania,  having been a Professor of…

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Senate Democrats Met With Secretary Of DHS Kelly To Discuss Immigration Policy

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly met with Senate Democrats for more than an hour last Wednesday on Capitol Hill to discuss the Trump administration's immigration policies. While the feedback and reviews of the meeting were mixed, with some members calling it frustrating and others saying that it was helpful, there was agreement about one hopeful outcome.  Reportedly, Kelly stated that he does not intend to separate mothers and children at the border and denied…

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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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