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PRIMER – IMMEDIATE RELATIVES AND PREFERENCE RELATIVES

In U.S. immigration law, immigrants can gain legal resident status through relatives who are either green card holders or U.S. citizens. There are two classifications of relatives: immediate relatives and preference relatives. An immediate relative is the spouse of a U.S. citizen, the unmarried child under 21 years of age of a U.S. citizen, or the parent of a U.S. citizen (if the U.S. citizen is 21 or older). Therefore, if you are any of these…

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U.S. SUPREME COURT DECIDES TO CONTINUE DACA

The United States Supreme Court has decided that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, otherwise known as DACA, will continue. DACA was an executive order President Obama put forth in 2012 to give temporary legal status and provide protection from deportation to many undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children. There are currently around 700,000 DACA recipients. The program provides work permits and allows drivers licenses to people who qualify. It does not provide…

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SUPREME COURT HEARS IMPORTANT CHALLENGE TO REMOVAL PROCEEDINGS

Agusto Niz-Chavez, a citizen of Guatemala, arrived in the United States unlawfully in 2005. In 2013, he received a Notice to Appear (“NTA”). An NTA is a document an immigrant may receive placing him or her in Removal Proceedings.  The NTA instructs the intending immigrant to appear before an Immigration Judge at a certain place, date and time. When one receives this document, it commences removal proceedings. However, in Niz-Chavez’s NTA, no time or place for…

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HOW COVID-19 IS AFFECTING IMMIGRATION

COVID-19 has greatly impacted the immigrant community both legally and medically. Almost all immigration appointments and hearings have been postponed. The limited Immigration Court hearings that are proceeding are exclusively for immigrants that are detained and can only be conducted via teleconference. In addition, the State Department has canceled all routine immigrant visa appointments at the Consulates and Embassies, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) had shut down all of its offices until June 4, 2020,…

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SUPREME COURT HEARS DACA CASE TODAY

At 10 AM this morning the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the DACA case, as the fate of some 700,000 “DREAMers” stands in the balance. The case relates to the Trump administration‘s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program which was initially set forth via executive order by President Obama in 2012. The program has allowed individuals, brought to the United States as children, to apply for temporary status…

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TRUMP IMPLEMENTS INITIATIVE TO DEPORT NON-MEXICAN ASYLUM SEEKERS AT SOUTHERN BORDER

The Trump administration, in a joint effort between the Department of Homeland Security and the Justice Department, has been in the process of implementing an experimental pilot program along the Southern Border of the United States designed to fast track the processing and deportation of asylum seekers from all over the world. The goal is essentially to render non-Mexican immigrants ineligible for asylum when they reach the United States. Reportedly, this new initiative is part of…

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ATTORNEY EDWARD SHULMAN FILMED FOR IMMIGRATION DOCUMENTARY

On Thursday, October 10, 2019, film crew for an upcoming Documentary entitled Motherland visited the Shulman Law Group, a prominent Immigration Law Firm, located in Elmwood Park, New Jersey. Head Immigration Attorney and firm founder, Edward Shulman, was filmed to provide contextual perspective and legal insights regarding the main subject of the documentary who was a former immigration client of Attorney Shulman. Motherland is a heart-wrenching and powerfully compelling documentary that chronicles the life, struggles, and…

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IMMIGRATION ATTORNEY EDWARD SHULMAN ASSISTS IN OBTAINING PRESIDENTIAL CLEMENCY FOR RONEN NAHMANI

New Jersey-based Immigration Attorney Edward Shulman, founder of the Shulman Law Group and Immigration Counsel to the Aleph Institute, assisted in obtaining Presidential Clemency for Ronen Nahmani, a non-violent first-time offender who was convicted in 2015 of selling synthetic marijuana. After analyzing the fact pattern and circumstances of the case, Mr. Shulman wrote a key memorandum of law explaining the salient immigration issues and specific immigration relief for which Mr. Nahmani would and would not be…

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ACTING COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION RESIGNS AMID CONTROVERSIES RELATED TO MALTREATMENT OF MIGRANT CHILDREN AT THE BORDER

With a growing crisis related to abhorrent conditions at the southern border, John Sanders, a top US border-enforcement official quits. As acting head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), he submitted his resignation to acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan without a reason for his departure. Having said that, insiders and people familiar with the agency’s frequent changes in personnel and policy direction, could not help but speculate that the resignation was dually related to…

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JULIAN CASTRO EMERGES AS THE MOST PASSIONATE PROPONENT OF IMMIGRATION REFORM DURING FIRST OF DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL DEBATES

Political pundits and commentators are not only touting Julian Castro as the winner of the first Democratic presidential debate, but the most informed and outspoken proponent of comprehensive immigration reform among the large field of candidates. Noteworthy is the fact that Castro was the first presidential candidate to put forward a comprehensive immigration plan and to define immigration as central to his campaign. In fact, when asked about what he would do in his first hundred…

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