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Feds: We Can't Meet Court's FOIA Demands in Detention Lawsuit

"Federal prosecutors say they can't meet a judge's demands they quickly deliver documents about thousands of immigrants who've been detained nationwide for months or years as their immigration statuses are reviewed. The office of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara laid out the government's...

New York Appellate Court Issues Amazing SIJ Decision: Matter of Marisol N.H., et al.

Bryan Johnson writes : "On February 5, 2014, the Appellate Division of the Second Judicial Department in New York issued a splendid decision that will have a huge impact on the future of undocumented children in New York. In many situations, in order for an undocumented child to obtain residency...

Asylum Fraud in Chinatown: An Industry of Lies

"As an increasing number of Chinese have sought permanent immigration status here, asylum has become a popular way to achieve it: Asylum recipients are granted immediate permission to work and can apply for a green card a year later. Amid this rising demand, an ecosystem of law offices and other...

New York Program Gets Public Defenders for Immigrants

"Anderson Cadet arrived at the Varick Street courthouse in an orange jumpsuit, shackled at the wrists, prepared to fight his deportation without an attorney. In immigration court, there is generally no right to free legal counsel. Many immigrants represent themselves. But on this cold February morning...

Immigrants in New York City Bolster Housing Values

"Immigrants have helped stabilize New York City housing values over the past two decades and at the same time boosted property in once-troubled neighborhoods, according to a report to be released Thursday . The report—sponsored by the Americas Society / Council of the Americas—credits...

Immigration and New York City: The Contributions of Foreign-Born Americans to New York's Renaissance, 1975–2013

"This Americas Society / Council of the Americas report shows how immigration has helped revitalize New York City since the mid-1970s by making communities safer, increasing public revenue, and boosting the city’s population. The data shows that immigration has reduced New York City’s...

N.Y. Ct. App. on Padilla Retroactivity: People v. Baret

"The United States Supreme Court held in Padilla v Kentucky (559 US 356 [2010]) that the Sixth Amendment requires criminal defense counsel to advise their noncitizen clients about the risk of deportation arising from a guilty plea. The Court subsequently held in Chaidez v United States (568 US __...

New York Announces $2.2 Million Restitution Fund For Victims Of Immigration Scam

"Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced that thousands of victims who were defrauded by two immigration services organizations, the International Immigrants Foundation, Inc. (IIF) and the International Professional Association, Inc. (IPA), could begin applying for compensation from...

As Child Immigrants Await Fate, a Race for Counsel

"Inside a courthouse in downtown Manhattan, an immigration court crisis plays out in vivid scenes. Dozens of attorneys race between windowless courtrooms. Families listen as immigration law is explained to them in a foreign language through an interpreter. And the children at the center of it all...

Prison for Ex-Manhattan Assemblywoman in Sham Marriage Case

"A former New York State assemblywoman accused of buying an $8,000 sham marriage to gain citizenship was sentenced on Friday to one year in prison by a judge who said pursuit of the American dream was a poor excuse for her actions." - Associated Press, Oct. 4, 2014 .

News Excerpts From the Nov. 15, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program To Begin in 2015 On October 17, 2014, the Department of Homeland Security announced that Haitian beneficiaries of approved family-based immigrant visa petitions may soon be paroled into the United States approximately two years before their priority dates...

Mayors Support DAPA, DACA Expansion

"Mayors and senior officials from 25 cities across the country met Monday in New York to rally support and lay the groundwork for implementing President Obama’s executive actions to provide relief to millions of undocumented immigrants nationwide. Brought together by New York City Mayor Bill...