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Tag Archives: immigration for children

USCIS Will No Longer Premium Process H-4s and L-2s filed with H-1B and L-1 Petitions

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) reports that USCIS will no longer continue its “courtesy practice” of providing premium processing service to H-4 and L-2 applications (Form I-539) filed concurrently with H-1B and L-1 petitions (Form I-129). Rather, USCIS will separate an I-539 application from the I-129 petition and follow the regular I-539 processing time, […]

Refugee Wars

I drove along I-35 South from San Antonio to Dilley, TX, to spend a week with 30 other volunteers, advising intending refugees from Central America how to navigate the U.S. asylum system. We were headed to the South Texas Family Residential Center (STFRC), the largest immigrant detention center in the United States. Over the next […]

DACA UPDATE !

There are just under 700,000 active beneficiaries of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).  Several years ago, based on the government’s assurances, these children and young adults stepped out of the shadows and revealed everything about themselves to apply for the program.  They described how and when they came to the U.S., their entire residence, […]

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 […]

DHS Terminates Temporary Protected Status for Salvadorans

On Jan. 8, 2018, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen announced her decision to terminate the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for El Salvador with a delayed effective date of 18 months to allow for an orderly transition before the designation terminates on Sept. 9, 2019.  Text of the government’s announcement is below.  Contact […]

President Orders End of Daca . . . For Now

On September 5, 2017, President Donald Trump ordered the end of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an Obama administration program that allowed certain people who came to the United States as children, known as “Dreamers,” to continue to live, go to school, and work in the country. He said that his administration’s position is […]

Ending DACA Would Be Inhumane and Bad for America

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) condemned reported plans that the Trump Administration will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program with a six-month enforcement delay. This decision would leave the lives and dreams of nearly 800,000 hardworking DACA recipients hanging from the thread of an unspecified, hoped-for legislative solution. […]

Trump Administration Budget Aims to Implement Mass Deportation

As explained by the American Immigration Association (AILA),* the Trump Administration’s newly released Fiscal Year 2018 budget request would fund massive increases in immigration enforcement and border security.  The Administration requests billions of dollars to grow an enormous deportation force, while demanding deep cuts in domestic programs vital to working class Americans. The Administration’s budget […]

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) […]

Senators Graham and Durbin Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Protect DREAMers

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) welcomed the introduction of the “Bar Removal of Immigrants who Dream and Grow the Economy” or BRIDGE Act, a bipartisan bill authored by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durbin (D-IL). William A. Stock, AILA President, noted, “The BRIDGE Act is designed to protect the […]

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