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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...

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...

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