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2017 Sees Slow-Moving Processing Times for U.S. Citizenship Applications

November 28, 2017|Contributed by: Jennifer Howard

Becoming a United States citizen is a memorable and meaningful experience—one that brings with it the right to obtain a U.S. passport to travel internationally and to seek protection and assistance from the U.S. government when abroad, the ability to serve on a jury when summoned, the ability to...

The Current State of Trump’s Travel Ban

November 28, 2017|Contributed by: Courtney Sommer

On November 13 the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling allowing the Trump administration’s travel ban to proceed in part. A Hawaii federal judge had previously blocked the newest travel ban from going into effect, but the 9th Circuit held that the Trump administration could limit the...

TPS to Terminate for Haitians

November 27, 2017|Contributed by: Courtney E. Butler, Esq.

On November 20, 2017, Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke announced her decision to terminate Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”) for Haitians.  The decision will take effect 18 months before the Haitian TPS designation terminates on July 22, 2019. DHS made its...

Happy Thanksgiving

November 22, 2017|Contributed by: Aaron C. Hall, Esq.

It’s no secret that Thanksgiving 2017 comes at a time of great challenge and incredible distress for many immigrants and their families.  The anti-immigrant rhetoric and scapegoating continually flowing out the Trump Administration is matched by its harsh and restrictive policies.  The...

Updated Guidance on USCIS Solution to Erroneous DACA Rejection Notices

November 17, 2017|Contributed by: Alexander D. McShiras, Esq.

As most people are aware, on September 5, 2017 the Trump administration announced that DACA will be rescinded on March 5, 2018. Applicants with DACA had until October 5 to deliver their renewal applications to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). USCIS received reports that the...

New Agricultural Guestworker Bill Proposed

October 30, 2017|Contributed by: Courtney E. Butler, Esq.

On October 23, 2017, Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) introduced a new bill, the Agricultural Guestworker Act (H.R. 4092), which would replace the current H-2A agricultural worker program with an H-2C visa program.  This new program would be a temporary agricultural guestworker program that...

Somebody’s Watching Me: DHS to Collect Social Media Data from Immigrants

October 30, 2017|Contributed by: Jennifer Howard

On September 18, 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published an announcement in the Federal Register that it would begin collecting the social media data of immigrants in an effort to “more effectively screen those coming to the country.” This new system went into effect on...

Naturalization Applications Surge Under Trump

October 27, 2017|Contributed by: Aaron C. Hall, Esq.

The New York Times reports that even though naturalization applications generally spike during presidential election years and then fall after the election, the volume of applications received by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for 2017 will be greater than during the...

Trump Reneges on Deal by Demanding Funding For Wall and Dramatic Limits on Legal Immigration in Exchange for DACA

October 16, 2017|Contributed by: Alexander D. McShiras, Esq.

At a White House dinner on September 13, President Trump came to an agreement with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer regarding the future of DACA. The leaders agreed, in principle, to a deal that would lay the foundation to legalize the immigration status...


September 13, 2017|Contributed by: Alexander D. McShiras, Esq.

In approximately 6 months, on March 5, 2018, the Trump administration is rescinding the DACA program. By now, more details have come out regarding the implementation and repercussions of this decision. Pending Legislation in Congress The good news is that there is legislation pending in...

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