Immigration Law

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PASSES BILLS FOR DREAMERS AND FARM WORKERS

Yesterday, the House of Representatives approved two immigration reform bills known as the American Dream and Promise Act and the Farm Workforce Modernization Act.  These bills would provide lawful status for individuals known as Dreamers and for Agricultural Laborers, providing more long-term hope for these two categories of intending immigrants.  While many Dreamers are currently protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, they remain at risk of deportation and lack permanent status. Notably,…

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BIDEN ADMINISTRATION GRANTS TPS TO VENEZUELANS

The Biden administration announced yesterday that it will start granting special status to Venezuelans living in the United States due to the well-documented fact that the country is enduring a dire humanitarian crisis. Indeed, the Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas designated Venezuela as eligible under Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for the safety and security of individuals fearing return to a country embroiled in extraordinary socio-political turmoil. Noteworthy is a tyrannical regime, under the toxic dictatorship…

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ICE IMPLEMENTS NEW PRIORITIES TO REDUCE DEPORTATIONS

The Biden administration set forth new instructions to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) field officers restricting the causes for initiating deportation.  In accordance with interim guidance measures issued by the President, ICE agents have been explicitly directed to focus only on arresting immigrants who pose a threat to national security due to terrorism or espionage, public safety concerns, or those who illegally crossed a U.S. border after November 1, 2020.  The enforcement priorities signify a pivotal…

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WHITE HOUSE ANNOUNCES COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION BILL

The White House announced a comprehensive immigration bill yesterday, as President Biden seeks a new approach to helping millions of immigrants. Biden's immigration bill entitled “the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021,” will be introduced by Democrats Bob Menendez of New Jersey in the Senate and Linda Sanchez of California in the House of Representatives. The goal of the bill would be to create an 8-year path to citizenship for millions of immigrants already living in the…

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PRESIDENT BIDEN TO SIGN DAY ONE EXECUTIVE ORDERS TO REVERSE TRUMP IMMIGRATION POLICIES

President Joseph Biden is forecasted to invoke his executive authority during his first day in office to start reversing Immigration Policies from the last four years under the Trump administration. This is a welcome change for intending immigrants whose lives have been laying in the balance due to Trump-era anti-immigrant policies. Reportedly, one memo will order both the Departments of Justice (DOJ) and Homeland Security (DHS) to re-institute DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). Another memo…

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U.S. SUPREME COURT DECIDING TPS ADJUSTMENT

On Friday, January 8, the United States Supreme Court agreed to hear the case of Oscar Ernesto Melendez v. Kevin K. McAleenan et al. which would decide if beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) can adjust their status in the United States if they initially entered without inspection, known colloquially as EWI.  Temporary Protected Status is given to eligible nationals of designated countries who are present in the United States and whose home countries have been…

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ALEX PADILLA MAKES HISTORY AS CALIFORNIA’S FIRST LATINO U.S. SENATOR

In an historic political appointment by California Governor Gavin Newsom, Alex Padilla has been selected as California’s First Latino U.S. Senator-designate, taking Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris’ Congressional seat. The 47-year-old Padilla is the son of Mexican immigrants who came to the United States and worked as a cook and a housekeeper.  Padilla began his political career and activism as a member of the Democratic party in response to California’s Proposition 187, which excluded illegal immigrants from…

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FIRST IMMIGRANT AND FIRST LATINO TO POSSIBLY HEAD THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Alejandro Mayorkas, former Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and former Director of the USCIS during the Obama administration, has been proposed by President-Elect Joe Biden as a leading contender to become both the first Latino and the first immigrant to lead the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the third largest federal department in the United States. Indeed, Mayorkas, who was born in Havana, was forced to flee Cuba during Fidel Castro’s 1959 Revolution.…

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BIDEN AS PRESIDENT: NEW HOPE FOR IMMIGRANTS

President-elect, Joe Biden’s victory has signaled a new and more hopeful era for immigrants.  Biden’s pro-immigration stance has translated into his well-articulated pledges to reverse the sweeping anti-immigrant policies and xenophobic changes President Trump has made to the American immigration system.  Indeed, Biden’s position paper on Immigration contains 51 bullet points that fill 22 pages where he explicitly states his mission to reenact pro-immigrant Obama-era policies. According to a July 2020 report set forth by the…

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PRIMER – MILITARY PAROLE IN PLACE (PIP)

Parole in Place is a discretionary option of relief for the families of U.S. military members, veterans, and enlistees on decided on a case-by-case basis for “urgent humanitarian reasons” or “significant public benefit.” Those who are granted PIP are given authorization to stay and work in the United States. Moreover, they are considered “paroled” into the U.S., which affects their eligibility to apply for a Green Card inside of the United States. Those granted Parole in…

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