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In Her Words: How DACA Opened Doors for Johana

September 7, 2017|Contributed by: Aaron C. Hall, Esq.

Contributed by Joseph Law Firm client Johana Mejias-Beck: We moved to the United States of America to have a life that our home country of Venezuela could not provide.  The political instability, political coercion, the violence, and constant insecurity was something my parents did not want for...

The End of DACA, At Least For Now

September 5, 2017|Contributed by: Courtney Sommer

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced today that the Trump Administration is rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA was created through a memorandum in 2012 which gave individuals who entered the United States as children the ability to work—and sometimes...

“We’ve Got Your Backs”: Denver City Council comes through for the City’s Immigrant Population

August 30, 2017|Contributed by: Jennifer Howard

On August 28, 2017, the Denver City Council voted unanimously to pass the Public Safety Enforcement Priorities Act, a bill that will both increase public safety and help protect immigrants from deportation. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock is expected to sign the bill this week, stating in a recent...

Deportations for DACA Youth, Amnesty For Sheriff Joe Arpaio

August 29, 2017|Contributed by: Aaron C. Hall, Esq.

Reports last week indicated that President Trump was likely to end DACA, the program giving protection from deportation for those brought to the United States as children. At the same time that these youth are poised to lose all protection and face deportation by ICE, the President who famously...

BALCA Issues Key Decision on PERM Labor Certification Application

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

On July 17, 2017, the Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals (“BALCA”) issued a key decision regarding PERM labor certification applications, or Form 9089. Section H.14 of Form 9089 requires a petitioning employer to list “specific skills or other requirements” of the job.  In Matter...

The Dream Act of 2017

July 26, 2017|Contributed by: Courtney Sommer

On July 20 two United State Senators, one Republican and one Democrat, introduced the Dream Act of 2017. If it becomes law, the Dream Act would grant permanent resident status on a conditional basis to individuals who entered the United States as children. Specifically, the law would grant status...

USCIS Increases The H2-B Cap By 15,000

July 24, 2017|Contributed by: Alexander D. McShiras, Esq.

On July 19, 2017, the Departments of Homeland Security and Labor published a final rule increasing the numerical limit (“cap”) on H-2B nonimmigrant visas by up to 15,000 additional visas through the end of fiscal year (FY) 2017. These visas are available only to American businesses which attest...

Narrowed Travel Ban Takes Effect

June 29, 2017|Contributed by: Aaron C. Hall, Esq.

The Supreme Court’s order from earlier this week allowed a narrowed version of the Trump Administration’s travel ban for people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen to take effect.  The government has announced that the ban will take effect on Thursday, June 29, 2017, at 8:00pm...

U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Travel Ban Case, Revives Limited Version of Ban While Case is Pending

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

In an order dated June 26, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the government’s appeal of two lower court decisions blocking President Trump’s executive order banning travel from six Muslim-majority countries for 90 days and suspending the U.S. refugee program for 120 days. In the...

Supreme Court Issues Pivotal Decision Concerning Denaturalization

June 26, 2017|Contributed by: Courtney E. Butler, Esq.

On June 22, 2017, the United States Supreme Court issued a key decision for those facing denaturalization – it narrowed the grounds on which naturalized citizens can have their citizenship revoked.  The case centers around Divna Maslenjak, an ethnic Serb born in what is now Bosnia and...

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