News Excerpts From the Oct. 1, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

California Housing and Employment Department Issues New Guidelines on U Visas | On September 10, 2014, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing issued a directive expanding the grounds for which it will provide certifications to noncitizens seeking U nonimmigrant status. The Department...

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

White House Releases Refugee Ceilings for FY 2015 | On September 30, 2014, the White House released a presidential memorandum capping the number of refugee admissions at 70,000 for the upcoming fiscal year and authorizing citizens of some countries to seek refugee status from inside their countries...

Executive Grants of Temporary Immigration Relief, 1956-Present

"Much has been made of President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, through which he deferred deportation for young adults brought to the U.S. as children. But as immigration legal scholar Hiroshi Motomura has noted, the president has broad executive authority to...

State Net Capitol Journal: California Governor Signs Immigration Bill

CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs SB 873, which allocates $3 million to pay for legal aid for thousands of immigrant children from Central America who have poured into the Golden State this year to escape violence in their home countries (CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR'S OFFICE). The above article is...

Domestic Violence and the Plight of the Unauthorized Migrant: Hon. Mimi Tsankov

"VAWA provides wide-ranging support, including enhanced immigration-related prosecution measures, expanded and better-coordinated federal and state enforcement partnerships, comprehensive immigration law benefits for victims, and expanded federal financial support and guidance for state and local...

Immigration Judge Hears Bond Pleas By Video, 1,700 Miles Away

"Immigration Judge Quynh Bain keeps having to interrupt the witness to ask her to slow down her account of the night that some Mara-18 gang members ran her off the road in her hometown in El Salvador. “Please remember,’’ the judge tells her through an interpreter, “that one...

9th Circuit Strikes Down Arizona’s Proposition 100, A Constitutional Amendment Denying Bail To Undocumented Immigrants

Arizona’s Proposition 100, which mandates that bail be denied for serious felony offenses as prescribed by the state legislature, if the person charged has entered or remained in the United States without documentation, was struck down on October 15, 2014, by the United States Court of Appeals...

News Excerpts From the Nov. 1, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

California Launches Student Loan Program for DREAMers | In late September, California enacted a bill allowing public universities to provide direct loans to state residents unable to obtain federal loans on account of their immigration status. Known as the “California DREAM Loan Program,”...

Report: There Is No Border Crisis

"Is there an “immigration crisis” on the U.S.-Mexico border? Not according to an examination of historical immigration data, according to a new paper from Rice University ’s Baker Institute for Public Policy . “Illegal” Immigration on the U.S.-Mexico Border: Is it...

Texas A.G. Sues Immigration Scammer

"The state attorney general has accused a San Antonio man of pretending to be an immigration lawyer and has filed a lawsuit to make him stop the practice. Donato Arredondo, 62, solicited $171,000 in fees from immigrants in Austin two years ago to help them obtain legal status in the United States...

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...

Scammer Takes $50K from Immigrant for Fake Papers

An Indonesian woman living in San Antonio, Texas, gives $50,000 to a scammer in South Carolina in exchange for.... Gannett, Nov 6, 2014 .

The Fate of Executive Action on Immigration After the Midterm Elections: Endelman & Mehta

"Obama had promised immigration reform to the Hispanic community and has to live up to that promise in order to secure his legacy, and to improve the chances of Democratic Presidential candidates in 2016. It would be harder for him to implement administrative immigration reform now that his party...

Texas Sues Immigration Scammers: State v. Driskell

"NOW COMES Plaintiff, STATE OF TEXAS (hereinafter, ‘State”), acting by and through he Attorney General, GREG ABBOTT, and on behalf of the public interest, complaining of Defendants GEORGE ALLEN DRISKELL JR., ALEJANDRA DRISKELL A/K/A ALEJANDRA ALVAREZ DE DYER D/B/A DRISKELL ALEJANDRA...

Lawsuit: Scammers Trolled Immigration Jails for Clients

"As immigrants waited in South Texas detention centers to get legal help, a Boerne woman says she trolled the centers to round up clients for three immigration lawyers and eventually for herself, keeping a cut of attorneys fees in an illegal practice that went on for two years, court records show...

State Net Capitol Journal – November 17, 2014; High Court Considers Double Taxation Issue

Budget & Taxes HIGH COURT CONSIDERS DOUBLE TAXATION ISSUE: The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments last week in a case involving a Maryland couple who sued that state over how it taxed the income they earned outside the state. The couple alleges Maryland's practice of offering only a partial...

Pants on Fire Over Immigration: Angelo A. Paparelli

"In the 1997 film, Liar Liar , Jim Carrey starred as Fletcher Reede, a scruples-free lawyer whose young son, Max, wishes that, for just one day, his dad would tell the truth. Max’s wish is granted. Fletcher flips from mendacity to veracity. He tries persistently to lie; his Silly-Putty®...

How Will US-China Relations Affect EB-5 Investment? – From APEC to Visa Extension

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation or APEC has been the talk of the town. Established in 1998, APEC is a premier forum to facilitate the economic growth, cooperation, trade and investment in the Asia-Pacific region. The world’s two biggest economies - United States and China are both members in...

Immigration Plan Won't Include Health Care Benefits

" Stephen W. Yale-Loehr , who teaches immigration law at Cornell, said he believed the president had the legal authority to decide whether the immigrants included in his executive actions qualified for federal health benefits. “Just as the president has broad discretion to decide whether to...

BREAKING: Obama to Announce Executive Action on Immigration Thursday & Friday

Here's a short White House video posted Wednesday. - White House "President Obama will announce Thursday that he will use his executive authority to expand temporary protections to millions of undocumented immigrants, according to several individuals who have been briefed on the decision...

Legal Challenges To Obama's Deportation Relief Are Probably Doomed, Experts Say

"President Barack Obama's planned executive action that would reportedly offer deportation relief to millions of undocumented immigrants is based on uncontroversial and widely accepted legal foundations, experts said. It won’t be possible to fully assess Obama’s executive action...

Obama on Sound Legal Ground for Executive Action on Immigration: LexisNexis Expert

" [LexisNexis expert author] Stephen Yale-Loehr , who teaches immigration law at Cornell University, said the U.S. Supreme Court agreed two years ago the president does have broad discretion, adding, "On a legal basis, he's on sound ground." " - Houston Chronicle, Nov. 19, 2014...

Executive Actions on Immigration: Business Edition

"Several of the President’s initiatives for improving our broken immigration system will provide much needed relief to foreign entrepreneurs, researchers, inventors, highly-skilled workers, STEM graduates and students, and the U.S. businesses and investors that require their skills and expertise...

Remarks by the President in Address to the Nation on Immigration: Official Transcript

Remarks by the President in Address to the Nation on Immigration: Official Transcript of Nov. 20, 2014 Speech

Executive Action on Immigration: Links to All the Memos

Links to all the memos released on Nov. 20-21, 2014 by DHS: Executive Action: Strengthen Border Security Executive Action: Revise Removal Priorities Executive Action: End Secure Communities and Replace it with New Priority Enforcement Program Executive Action: Personnel...