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The Impact of Mathis v. United States

July 13, 2016|Contributed by: Koby L. Polaski, Esq.

In the wake of our disappointment over the Supreme Court’s decision regarding DAPA and the extension of DACA, the Court issued another, much more favorable opinion. In Mathis v. United States, decided on June 23, 2016, the Supreme Court grappled with the categorical approach as it applies to the...

USCIS Parole Program for Filipino World War II Veterans

June 27, 2016|Contributed by: Jennaweh Hondrogiannis, Esq.

On June 8, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began accepting applications from certain family members of Filipino World War II veterans to enter the United States on a discretionary grant of parole, so that they may wait inside the United States for a visa to become available...

Supreme Court Deadlocks on DAPA: Program to Remain Blocked For Now, But Longer Term Fate Will Be Determined By Presidential Election

June 23, 2016|Contributed by: Aaron C. Hall, Esq.

On June 23, 2016, the United States Supreme Court heard announced that it had deadlocked  in United States v. Texas, the case which will decide whether the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) and the expansions of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The...

Additional Invitations Issued Under the Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program

June 21, 2016|Contributed by: Courtney E. Butler, Esq.

In early June, USCIS announced that it is sending a third round of invitations to apply for the Haitian Family Reunification Parole (HFRP) Program.  The HFRP Program allows certain eligible United States citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents who have filed I-130 petitions for family members in...

Immigrant Action Orlando Launched After Tragic Mass Shooting

June 21, 2016|Contributed by: Alexander D. McShiras, Esq.

In the focus on terrorism and the political ramifications of the recent mass shooting in Orlando on June 12, 2016, a very important story has been glossed over by the mass media. The shooting happened at Pulse nightclub on Latino night. Among the people who frequent the club are many immigrants-...

TPS Extended for Nicaragua and Honduras

May 31, 2016|Contributed by: Courtney E. Butler, Esq.

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) has been extended for foreign nationals from Nicaragua and Honduras.  The Secretary of Homeland Security may designate a country for TPS when he or she determines that conditions in a country temporarily prevent the country's nationals from returning safely, or...

USCIS Sued by Thirteen Muslim Plaintiffs Because of Unlawful Delay of Citizenship Applications

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

On May 18, 2016 thirteen Muslim plaintiffs sued United States Citizenship and Immigration Services pursuant to 8 U.S.C. Section 1447(b) and the Administrative Procedures Act (“APA”) for significant delays in the adjudication of each plaintiff’s application for citizenship (Form N-400). The...

Obama Administration Plans New Wave of Deportation Raids

May 17, 2016|Contributed by: Koby L. Polaski, Esq.

In January, we reported an operation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to apprehend and deport undocumented immigrants across the United States. The January raids represented a large-scale effort to deport families fleeing violence in Central America. In our January blog, we outlined our...

USCIS Announces Proposed Fee Increases

May 5, 2016|Contributed by: Jennaweh Hondrogiannis, Esq.

The Department of Homeland Security has issued a proposed rule that would increase fees charged by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for certain immigration and naturalization benefit requests. This proposal comes as a result of a comprehensive fee review conducted by USCIS which...

Court Certifies A Class Action Lawsuit That Argues Child Migrants Have A Due Process Right To Legal Counsel At Government Expense

May 5, 2016|Contributed by: Alexander D. McShiras, Esq.

Immigrant advocates scored a major victory in the ongoing legal fight over whether children under the age of 18 years old who are in deportation proceedings are entitled to appointed counsel at government expense. Federal District Court Judge Thomas Zilly stated he is going to certify a class...

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