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Premium Processing Suspended for H-1B Petitions Starting April 3, 2017

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

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) has announced that, beginning April 3, 2017, it will suspend premium processing services for all H-1B petitions. Because FY18 cap-subject H-1B petitions cannot be filed prior to April 3, 2017, all FY18 cap-subject petitions, including...

Police See a Drop in Latino Reports of Domestic Violence, Rape and other Crime Amid Deportation Fears

March 23, 2017|Contributed by: Alexander D. McShiras, Esq.

In the aftermath of Donald Trump’s executive orders regarding increased immigration enforcement, there is widespread mistrust of law enforcement  in the Latino community. For example, Latinos in Los Angeles, Newark, and Denver are reporting fewer rapes, claims of domestic violence, and other...

Expedited Removal: What Is New Under Trump and Who Does It Apply To?

February 27, 2017|Contributed by: Courtney Sommer

Expedited removal is a procedure that allows the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to remove a noncitizen without a hearing before an Immigration Judge. An individual who arrives at a port of entry and who is inadmissible either because he or she made misrepresentations or false claims to U.S....

DACA Appears To Be Safe But The Scope Of ICE Enforcement Priorities Has Been Substantially Widened After DHS’ Latest Implementation Memo

February 27, 2017|Contributed by: Alexander D. McShiras, Esq.

On January 25, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order entitled “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States.” On February 17, 2017, DHS secretary John Kelly issued an implementation memo entitled “Enforcement of the Immigration Laws to Serve the National Interest,”...

Aaron Hall Speaks at Rally and March at Civic Center Park

February 21, 2017|Contributed by: Aaron C. Hall, Esq.

On February 18, 2017, Joseph Law Firm partner addressed the crowd at the Defend Our Constitution Rally and March at Civic Center Park.  Below is the text of his remarks: We the People want to form a more perfect union.  We the People want to establish justice and ensure domestic tranquility. ...

Joseph Law Firm Wins Reopening of Deportation Order Based on New Supreme Court Decision in Mathis

January 25, 2017|Contributed by: Aaron C. Hall, Esq.

Criminal convictions often determine whether a noncitizen can be deported from the United States or whether he or she can qualify to apply to stay.  In the summer of 2016 through a Supreme Court decision in Mathis v. United States and a Board of Immigration Appeals decision in Matter of Chairez,...

Trump Plans to Suspend the Refugee Resettlement Program and Why that is a Policy Disaster

January 25, 2017|Contributed by: Claudia Hurtado-Myers

As an immigrant, going to see the Statute of Liberty brings great joy and inspiration. The torch is a symbol of enlightenment. The Statue of Liberty's torch lights the way to freedom showing us the path to Liberty. Even the Statue's official name represents her most important symbol "Liberty...

Trump Backs Off Ending DACA

January 25, 2017|Contributed by: Courtney Sommer

With the election of President Trump has come a lot of fear over the future of DACA and its more than 750,000 recipients. Trump promised during his campaign to repeal many of Obama’s executive orders, including the one that created DACA, on day 1 of his presidency. Fortunately for many of our...

No Relief For America’s Overburdened Immigration Courts: President Trump Announces Federal Hiring Freeze

January 25, 2017|Contributed by: Alexander D. McShiras, Esq.

In one of his first actions as President of the United States, Donald Trump announced an executive order that freezes the hiring of new federal employees (with an exemption for essential military personnel). In one swipe of his pen, the new president further handcuffed an Immigration Court system...

Children in the Berks Immigration Center are like any other children; they also write letters to Santa

December 28, 2016|Contributed by: Claudia Hurtado-Myers

On June 24, 2014, in response to the increasing number of children and families fleeing Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador to seek protection at the U.S. border, the Obama Administration announced plans to significantly increase capacity to detain children with their parents. In testimony before...

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