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Tag Archives: immigration and crime

Government Expands Social Media Monitoring of Immigration Applicants

The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law issued an investigative report detailing the extent of the greatly increased monitoring of social media by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Monitoring social media sites by DHS is not new; the department has been using the technique for over ten years. As […]

How You Can Support the Fight Against Family Detention and Family Separation

Dear clients and friends: Many have asked me what they can do about the current crisis and national horror, family separation. Here are the legal organizations I am supporting in this fight: American Immigration Council The American Immigration Council, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is a powerful voice in promoting laws, policies, and attitudes that honor our […]

Pres. Trump Has Kept His Word and Ramped Up Deportations Significantly

One of the few areas where the Trump administration is actually accomplishing its goals is in deporting a lot more of the people who lack permission to be in the United States.  An article by the American Immigration Council, reprinted in full below, sets it out nicely: Six Months of Immigration Enforcement Under the New […]

President Obama’s Immigration Legacy

As noted in a recent article by the American Immigration Council, one of the defining characteristics of President Barack Obama’s eight years in office will be how he enforced immigration laws.  The strongest indicator is how many individuals he has actually removed and returned out of the country. Last week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) […]

More Changes Coming to the Visa Waiver Program

February 18, 2016 DHS announced that it is continuing its implementation of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015, by adding Libya, Somalia, and Yemen as countries of concern, and limiting VWP travel for certain individuals who have traveled to these countries since March 1, 2011. At this time, […]

Federal Prosecutors Drop Criminal Case Based on Evidence Seized from Laptop

Federal prosecutors have dropped a criminal case against Jae Shik Kim, a Korean businessman, who was charged with violating economic sanctions based on evidence seized from his laptop. On August 11, 2015, prosecutors told the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit that they would not pursue the criminal case or challenge an order […]

Supreme Court Finds Possession of a Sock was not a Deportable Offense

Minor criminal convictions have had devastating immigration consequences for many immigrants in recent years. The Obama administration continues to deport hundreds of thousands of people per year, purportedly prioritizing the removal of high-risk criminal offenders. But in a recent case, Mellouli v. Lynch, the defendant had a Master’s degrees in applied mathematics and economics, but was […]

Summary of the President’s “Executive Action”

The Department of Homeland Security has issued a Summary of President Obama’s recent Executive Action.   The President’s Immigration Accountability Executive Actions will help secure the border, hold nearly 5 million undocumented immigrants accountable, and ensure that everyone plays by the same rules. Acting within his legal authority, the President is taking an important step […]

Deportation is Not Automatic for All Crimes

Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court held, in the case of Moncrieffe V. Holder, that foreign nations cannot be deported for all crimes, but only for serious ones. The case involved a Jamaican citizen who had been in the U.S. legally for many years, but was convicted in Georgia of “possession with intent to […]

CIS Locks Social Security Numbers Provided by E-Verify

In an article on the USCIS website, CIS describes how it will not detect and prevent fraudulent use of Social Security Numbers through the E-Verify system.  CIS hopes to detect SSNs that have been stolen, borrowed or purchased from other individuals.  CIS is now able to lock an SSN that appears to have been misused, protecting […]

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