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San Francisco Federal Court Judge Issues Preliminary Injunction Against “Sanctuary City” Portion of Executive Order

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

A federal district court judge in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California has issued a nationwide preliminary injunction blocking the enforcement of President Trump’s executive order targeting “sanctuary cities.” This is the second successful legal challenge...

No Path for SSNs: Measure to Extend Colorado Driving Privileges to Undocumented Residents Stalled in Senate Committee Vote — Again.

April 27, 2017|Contributed by: Jennifer Howard

Under current state law, a Colorado resident who cannot provide proof of lawful presence in the United States can make an appointment* with the state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to obtain a “special” Colorado driver’s license, permit, or identification (ID) card. These licenses,...

New York City Reports Success of Public Defender Program for Detainees in Immigration Removal Proceedings

April 26, 2017|Contributed by: Alexander D. McShiras, Esq.

Although people in immigration detention face similar deprivations of liberty as criminal detainees, there is a key difference regarding how their cases are treated in court. While criminal detainees have the right to a public defender if they cannot afford one, immigration detainees do not....

Calls from “U.S. Immigration” are a Scam

April 21, 2017|Contributed by: Courtney Sommer

The Department of Homeland Security has released a notice stating that scammers are changing their caller-ID to say they are calling from “U.S. Immigration” and using the Department of Homeland Security’s hotline number (1-800-323-8603) to trick people into giving away personal...

Latest From ICE on Enforcement Operations

March 30, 2017|Contributed by: Aaron C. Hall, Esq.

Under President Trump’s enforcement priorities, every noncitizen that is deportable from the United States would seem to be a priority. The prioritization of everyone for deportation represents a change from previous priorities under the Obama administration and has led a climate of fear in...

Notarios and How They Can Affect Your Immigration Case

March 29, 2017|Contributed by: Courtney Sommer

Notarios in the U.S. are not attorneys. They are not licensed to practice law in the state of Colorado. But that does not stop them from taking your money with the promise of filing immigration documents for you. Last year the state of Colorado made it illegal for non-attorneys to engage in...

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,”...

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