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Lady Luck: “Winning” the Diversity Visa Lottery

September 23, 2016|Contributed by: Alexander D. McShiras, Esq.

The Diversity Visa Lottery is a congressionally mandated system that provides immigrant visas to randomly selected individuals from regions and countries around the globe with historically low numbers of immigrants to the United States. For Fiscal Year 2018 (which runs from October 1, 2017 through...

Tenth Circuit Invalidates Part of “Crime of Violence” Definition as Unconstitutionally Vague

September 21, 2016|Contributed by: Aaron C. Hall, Esq.

The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, which has jurisdiction over immigration cases in Colorado, on Monday ruled in a case called Golicov v. Lynch that a portion of the immigration law’s “crime of violence” statute is unconstitutionally vague. Section 16 of Title 18 of the U.S. Code defines...

New Lawsuit Seeks to Restore Obama’s Executive Actions

August 26, 2016|Contributed by: Jennaweh Hondrogiannis, Esq.

After President Obama announced his plan to expand Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and to introduce Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA), which would defer the deportation of undocumented parents of U.S. citizens, 26 states joined in a suit against the administration...

Give Us Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Huddled Masses, and Your Snapchat Username

August 25, 2016|Contributed by: Aaron C. Hall, Esq.

Visitors to the United States, including those using the Visa Waiver Program and those using Visitors Visas,  have long been required to fill out forms to submit to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) prior to admission to the United States.  On June 23, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security...

Country-Wide Naturalization Ceremonies to Coincide with 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service

August 24, 2016|Contributed by: Courtney E. Butler, Esq.

On August 25, 2016, the National Park Service (“NPS”) will celebrate its 100th anniversary.  As a birthday present representing its partnership with NPS, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) will conduct 16 naturalization ceremonies at national parks across the United...

Immigration Court Backlog Tops 500,000 Pending Cases

August 22, 2016|Contributed by: Alexander D. McShiras, Esq.

As of July 21, 2016, there are 500,051 cases pending in Immigration Courts across the United States. Since 2011, more than 200,000 cases have been added to the docket and the number will continue to rise until the Court hires more Judges to meet the need. Congress has not allocated sufficient...

DHS Announces the Final Rule for Expanded Provisional Waivers

July 29, 2016|Contributed by: Jennaweh Hondrogiannis, Esq.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that the final rule regarding the expansion of the provisional waiver will be released tomorrow, July 29th. The final rule will become effective on August 29, 2016. This long awaited expansion to the provisional waiver has been pending since...

Detained immigrants in Aurora and their families find a home at Casa De Paz

July 26, 2016|Contributed by: Alexander D. McShiras, Esq.

Casa de Paz, a shelter for recently detained immigrants and their families, was started by Sarah Jackson in 2012. Ms. Jackson responded to a need for temporary housing for immigrants released from Aurora’s immigration detention center, run by the GEO Group “GEO.” The GEO detention center...

USCIS Approves Gay Couple’s Immigrant Visa Petition That It Denied 41 Years Ago

July 25, 2016|Contributed by: Courtney E. Butler, Esq.

They had already been a couple for four years when, on April 21, 1975, Anthony Sullivan and Richard Adams received a marriage license issued by a Boulder County clerk.  Shortly thereafter, Adams filed an immigrant visa petition so that Sullivan, a citizen of Australia, could eventually become a...

Trump’s vow to “enforce the law” is also a promise to allow undocumented immigrants to apply to stay

July 22, 2016|Contributed by: Aaron C. Hall, Esq.

Last night, Donald Trump accepted the Republican nomination for president.  In his acceptance speech full of distortions and false assertions, he painted America as a dark place on the brink of violent chaos: “America a more dangerous environment than frankly I have ever seen and anybody in this...

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