Immigration News

Trump Immigration Plan (Unsurprisingly) Falls Short of Promise

A few days before his inauguration, Donald Trump promised that his immigration plan was going to be “very firm” but would “have a lot of heart.” That was half true. On Wednesday, Trump backed the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act introduced by Republican Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue. Contrary to Trump… Read More
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U Visa Protects Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Abuse and Other Crimes

Non-citizen victims of crime are often hesitant to seek help from law enforcement, and this uncertainty makes them easy prey for criminals. In 2000, Congress took a large step toward alleviating this problem with the passage of the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act and the creation of the U visa. Eligibility for the U Visa The U vi… Read More
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Options for Non-Citizen Victims of Domestic Violence

Victims of domestic violence often feel trapped and helpless. Finding options for separating themselves from an abuser and building a better life in a safe place is daunting, and may even seem impossible. These barriers may seem all the more insurmountable when the victim is not a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident (i.e., green card holder).… Read More
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Trump Administration Continues Campaign to Bar Best and Brightest

The Trump administration continued its campaign against immigration this week with a delay in implementing the International Entrepreneur Rule—a delay that may be permanent if the administration has its way. The new rule, which would have allowed entrepreneurs to come to the United States on a temporary basis to start up companies, was to take ef… Read More
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Celebrating Independence Day with 15,000 New American Citizens

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) celebrated the 4th of July with more than 65 naturalization ceremonies around the country. Between June 30 and July 4, USCIS administered the Oath of Allegiance to more than 15,000 new citizens. You can watch the video of the ceremony that took place on the deck of the USS New Jersey in… Read More
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Trump Travel Ban Just Won’t Die – U.S. Supreme Court Allows Limited Ban

In January, the Trump administration said a temporary travel ban was necessary to allow the administration time to review procedures and ensure the safety of the United States. They said they just needed a 90-day buffer to do their homework and make sure we were secure. The first travel ban failed, and in March, Trump tried again. 38 days had passe… Read More
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Nine Things You Should Know about DACA and Dreamers

In 2012, President Obama signed a controversial executive order creating a program that offered temporary amnesty to undocumented individuals who arrived in the United States as children (often referred to as “Dreamers.”).  These long-term residents of the U.S. were in the difficult position of being in the country without documentation, thoug… Read More
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Categories: DACA, Uncategorized

Trump’s Immigration Losing Streak Continues with 9th Circuit Ruling

Late last month, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a Maryland court’s injunction preventing version two of the Trump travel ban from taking effect. The Trump administration immediately began a push for review by the United States Supreme Court. Then, earlier this week, the 9th Circuit threw in a new twist. It comes as no surprise that the 9… Read More
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5 Things You Should Know about Marriage-Based Green Cards

The foreign spouse of a U.S. citizen can apply for a green card as an immediate relative of the U.S. citizen spouse. The immigrant spouse can petition for legal residency on this basis whether he or she is currently in the United States or is abroad, although the process is different for those outside the country. Here are five things you need to k… Read More
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4th Circuit Upholds Trump Travel Ban Injunction

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the differences between the first and second Trump travel bans, and the preliminary injunctions issued to prevent enforcement of the most recent ban. Last week, the full panel of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the injunction issued by a Maryland court. The 4th Circuit order was the latest in an uninterrupted… Read More
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Categories: Uncategorized

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