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New Poll: Iowa Republican Likely Caucus-Goers Support Immigration Reform

"The Partnership for a New American Economy announces a new poll showing that the Iowa Republican likely caucus-goers, more than 80% of whom self-identify as conservative or very conservative, support legal immigration reform and rank illegal immigration as a lower priority than most other...

Iowa Ct. App. on Immigration Malpractice: Miranda v. Said

"Plaintiffs’ expert, Laura Lichter, an attorney practicing immigration law in Colorado with clients from Central and South America, testified the waiver form prepared by Said had a zero percent chance of success at the consulate as the officials had no discretion with respect to who could...

Iowa DOT Under Fire for DACA Driver License Policy

"The Iowa Department of Transportation’s interpretation of a federal action allowing some undocumented immigrants to legally remain in the U.S. came under sharp and bipartisan criticism during a hearing at the Capitol on Wednesday. The DOT announced late last month that it would not issue...

Iowa Will Issue Driver Licenses to DACA Grantees

"Almost 5,000 young immigrants in Iowa who are being allowed to stay and work in the United States will be eligible to apply for a state-issued driver’s license under a policy reversal announced Wednesday by the Iowa Department of Transportation." - Des Moines Register, Jan. 23, 2013...

Excerpts from the March 1, 2013, Bender's Immigration Bulletin

Supreme Court: Padilla Did Not Create New Rule: No Retroactive Application to Cases on Collateral Review On February 20, the Supreme Court announced its decision in Chaidez v. United States. The majority of the Court held that the decision in Padilla v. Kentucky, 559 U.S. 356, is not retroactive for...

Andy and Letty, Stuck in Visa Limbo

"Andy continued to excel in his career and was promoted to sales manager. After six years of employment with the company, his contract expired, leaving him vulnerable to deportation. Thankfully, Andy had many job offers and companies willing to sponsor the renewal of his Visa. Andy accepted a job...

Iowa SC on Immigration Attorney Malpractice, Damages, Emotional Distress: Miranda v. Said

"This is not a case that requires us to reconsider the rule we have developed over the years to determine if damages for emotional harm are recoverable in an action for negligence. The exception to the rule, applied to the facts presented to the jury in this case, support emotional distress damages...

Iowa Joins Records and Information from DMVs for E-Verify (RIDE)

"As of September 8, 2013, Iowa is the fourth state to join the Records and Information from DMVs for E-Verify (RIDE) program. RIDE enables E-Verify to confirm information from drivers’ licenses and state identification cards presented by employees as Form I-9 identity documents. Mississippi...

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...

Iowa Probation Blocks Immigrant's Historic Law License

"Cesar Adrian Vargas made history this month when a New York court paved the way for him to become the first undocumented immigrant to practice law in the state. But the Mexican-born activist's arrest at a Des Moines political event earlier this year has put that achievement in jeopardy —...