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GOP Principles on Immigration - A Path to Legal Status

"Even if there is no special path to citizenship, the GOP document does not state that such legalized individuals cannot seek permanent residence and citizenship through normal channels within the existing, and most likely a reformed immigration system. While it would be really beneficial for the...

Waterloo, Iowa Pays $13K to Settle DOJ Citizenship Status Hiring Discrimination Case

"The Justice Department announced today that it has reached an agreement with the city of Waterloo, Iowa, resolving allegations that the city violated the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The department initiated its investigation after a charge was...

DOS Updates Information for U.S. Citizens Considering the Use of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Abroad

"Transmission of U.S. citizenship at birth to a child born abroad is governed by Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) Sections 301 and/or 309. The Department of State interprets the INA to require a U.S. citizen parent to have a biological connection to a child in order to transmit U.S. citizenship...

News Excerpts from the March 1, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Federal Judge Certifies Class Action in Mandatory Detention Lawsuit On February 10, 2014, U.S. District Judge Michael Ponsor certified a class consisting of noncitizens in Massachusetts who are challenging their mandatory detention under Section 236(c) of the INA. The class representative, Mark...

Secular Pacifist Denied Citizenship by San Diego USCIS

"A California resident applying for U.S. citizenship has had her application denied because immigration officials did not accept as valid a conscientious objector, declaration to “bear arms” in defense of the U.S. because it is secular in nature. The American Humanist Association’s...

CA2 on Jurisdiction, Equity, CRBAs: Hizam v. Kerry

"Section 1503(a) allows a district court to grant just one type of relief: a declaration that a person is a U.S. national. The statute provides no authority for the remedy ordered by the district court: the return of Hizam’s CRBA. Moreover, the enactment of Section 1504 did not change the...

Hizam v. Kerry: If this is the right result under current law, then the law needs to be changed

"Imagine for a moment that, since you were nine, your parents had told you that you were a U.S. citizen. And not just told you: your father filed papers with the U.S. government, and obtained official proof of your citizenship. You grew up in the United States from age nine onward as a U.S. citizen...

USCIS Announces Citizenship and Integration Grant Opportunity

"U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is now accepting applications for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Citizenship and Integration Grant Program, which will provide up to $10 million in funding for citizenship preparation programs in communities across the country. The Citizenship and Integration...

CA9 on Acquired Citizenship, Modified Categorical Approach: Ragasa v. Holder

Court staff summary: "The panel granted Crisanto Ragasa’s petition for review of the Board of Immigration Appeals’ decision finding that he did not establish United States citizenship by adoption, and that he was removable because of his Hawaii state court drug conviction. The panel...

Millions of Immigrants Could Apply for Citizenship, But Haven’t

More than 8 million immigrants in the U.S. are eligible to apply for citizenship, but many of them have never taken the first step toward becoming a U.S. citizen. Some cite the high cost of applying ($680 in government fees, plus the cost of a lawyer), others worry that they don’t speak English...

CRBA Lawsuit Against DOS Filed: Chacoty et al. v. Kerry et al.

"American citizenship is the “right to have rights.1” Defendants have denied Plaintiffs’ statutory right to American citizenship. For decades, Defendants have applied the statute in the ways described below to grant citizenship.2 Suddenly, without any statutory change, regulatory...

American Samoans Seek U.S. Citizenship in Court Battle

"A landmark appeal in Washington DC could determine the future status of those born in US territories. Lene Tuaua from American Samoan leads four other plaintiffs in a case where they're arguing that being born on US soil, they are entitled to be known as more than "non-citizen nationals"...

Citizenship Games: Prof. Laura Murray-Tjan

"It is ... troubling that government attorneys find it appropriate to interpret citizenship statutes differently depending on what reading would lead to a denial of citizenship -- and ultimately deportation. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has correctly labeled this practice "unfair...

Citizenship, Finally, for Army Veteran, Federal Employee

"Nearly 50 years after he arrived here from Cuba, Mario Hernandez, a former federal employee and an Army veteran who for decades thought he was a United States citizen, and was never told otherwise, finally became one on Wednesday. At a field office in Jacksonville, Fla., Mr. Hernandez, 58, with...

American Finally Receives Proof of Being...American

"It took nearly 15 years, numerous appeals to lawmakers and a battalion of guardian angel lawyers, but Cerrina Foster finally has a country to call home — and the paperwork to prove it. Friday, the 14-year-old stood in a federal office, raised her hand along with 12 other people and pledged...

Rafael Edward 'Ted' Cruz, All-American

Canada-born U.S. Senator [Rafael Edward ] Ted Cruz has given up his citizenship from his birth country, making good on a promise from last summer. Spokeswoman Catherine Frazier said the Tea Party favourite formally gave up his citizenship May 14. He received official confirmation of the action at his...

Exiled American Sues CBP: Olivas v. Whitford

"Plaintiff-Petitioner (hereinafter, Plaintiff) Oscar Ivan Olivas is a 45-year-old natural-born U.S. citizen who Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials unlawfully exiled to Mexico almost three years ago. Mr. Olivas has repeatedly attempted to avail himself of administrative remedies to end...

USCIS Policy Alert: Changes to Dates of Birth and Names on Certificates of Citizenship

"U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual relating to changes of dates of birth and names per court orders. Background USCIS recognizes that the dates of birth of children born abroad are not always accurately recorded in the countries...

World Cup Soccer News: Greg Siskind on the Need for Speed

" Norwegian-born Mix Diskerud has played for Team USA for five years after previously representing his native country in international play. Diskerud is technically not an immigrant as his mother is a US citizen, but as he was born and raised in Norway, I’ll count him. There are actually several...

Immigrant Troops to Get U.S. Citizenship at White House

"When Oscar Vanegas Gonzalez gets his U.S. citizenship today at a ceremony hosted by President Barack Obama, the accomplishment will reflect the complexities of U.S. immigration policy. While the Obama administration is now working to stop Central American kids from sneaking into the U.S. without...

Lawsuit Charges Feds Block Muslims From Citizenship

ACLU, July 31, 2014 - "Five people who have lived in the United States legally for decades filed a lawsuit today challenging a little-known government program used to deny thousands of law-abiding people citizenship, green cards, and visas on counterterrorism grounds – most of them from Muslim...

Advance Copy of DOS Interim Final Rule: Visa and Citizenship Services Fee Changes

"The Department of State amends the Schedule of Fees for Consular Services (Schedule) for certain nonimmigrant visa application processing fees, certain immigrant visa application processing and special visa services fees, and certain citizenship services fees. More specifically, the rule amends...

DOS Interim Final Rule: Schedule of Fees for Consular Services, Department of State and Overseas Embassies and Consulates - Visa and Citizenship Services Fee Changes

"The Department of State amends the Schedule of Fees for Consular Services (Schedule) for certain nonimmigrant visa application processing fees, certain immigrant visa application processing and special visa services fees, and certain citizenship services fees. More specifically, the rule amends...

Fee for Renouncing United States Citizenship Increases Significantly

"On August 29, 2014, the U.S. Department of State (“DOS”) published an interim final rule in the Federal Register, which raised the fee for processing renunciations of United States citizenship from US$450 to US$2,350, a 522.22% increase. This new fee became effective on September 6...

Documentary - 14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark & Vanessa Lopez

"The documentary film 14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark & Vanessa Lopez explores the recurring question about who has the right to be an American citizen. 14 examines the citizenship clause of the 14th Amendment through compelling personal stories and expertly-told history. Under the Fourteenth Amendment...