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Not Quite the DREAM Act for Military DREAMers

"Unauthorized immigrants are not currently allowed to enlist in the US Armed Forces voluntarily (although they may be drafted, if there is a military draft) . People with work permits or “deferred action” are likewise currently ineligible for voluntary enlistment. The announcement...

Immigration Law & the Military

"T he post-9/11 conflicts have caused major changes in the U.S. military, and those changes have had a substantial impact on non-U.S. citizens serving in the All-Volunteer Force, as well as on the non-citizen family members of U.S. military personnel. After 9/11, as one of the few lawyers with a...

Every Case Matters: The Impact of Immigration

"Lane Powell Counsel to the Firm Margaret Stock will speak on a panel at the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman’s 2012 Annual Conference on October 18 at the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, D.C. Stock will help present a plenary session titled “...

Pentagon Reopens Program Allowing Immigrants With Special Skills to Enlist; Fast Track to Citizenship

"Late last month, the Pentagon reopened a program to recruit legal immigrants with special language and medical skills, which was active for a year in 2009 but was suspended in January 2010. The program is small; it will enlist a total of 1,500 recruits each year for two years, mainly in the Army...

Join the Army, Speak a Language and Become a Citizen

"In 2009 the US Army piloted a yearlong program allowing immigrants with certain language skills or medical training to enlist in the military and receive citizenship by the end of basic training –that’s just 10 weeks. The program was a wild success, enlisting nearly 1,000 people with...

An Air Force Reservist–and Now, an American

"Terrico Cadogan became the first U.S. citizen in his family. His naturalization process was expedited because he served in the Air Force Reserves. Dressed in his navy blue uniform with a perfectly aligned tie and shiny black shoes, just days before the birthdate of America’s independence...

8 CFR 204.5(m)(4) and (11) Ultra Vires: Shalom Pentecostal Church v. Beers

"Because the Regulation is ultra vires, Plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment is GRANTED to the extent it seeks to strike 8 C.F.R. §§ 204.5(m)(4) and (11). ... Here, Defendants’ sole basis for denial of the petition was the Regulation, which this Court has struck, and they...

BIB Editorial Board Member Margaret Stock Named 2013 MacArthur Fellow

"Margaret Stock is an attorney bringing her singular knowledge of immigration law and national security law to bear on reform efforts through direct representation and policy-based advocacy. With a broad view of national security that goes beyond protecting the country from terrorist threats to...

MacArthur fellow Margaret Stock: The public ‘doesn’t understand’ unauthorized immigration

"To Pentagon staffers, Anchorage-based immigration lawyer Margaret Stock has always been “scary smart.” But as of this week, Stock enters a select group of “geniuses,” more formally known as MacArthur fellows. The MacArthur Foundation awards each recipient a “genius...

MacArthur Foundation Fellow Margaret Stock: Video

"We are joined for AILA's October Interview of the Month by Margaret Stock on Skype from Anchorage, Alaska, to discuss her immigration law efforts on behalf of veterans and their families that led to her being named one of the 2013 MacArthur Foundation's Fellows." - AILA YouTube Quicktake...

Hidden Immigration Benefits for Military Personnel

"Many people are surprised to hear that members of the U.S. military and their families have issues with the U.S. immigration system. Considering, however, that the U.S. military is deployed in more than a hundred countries around the world, that military members often meet and marry foreigners...

DHS Clarifies Immigration Benefits for Family Members of Selected Reserve and Veterans

"On November 15, 2013, United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) sub-agency that administers immigration benefits, announced a new national “parole in place” policy that affects the immigrant parents, spouses...

Immigration Professor of the Year: Margaret D. Stock

"This year's Immigration Professor of the Year was an easy pick. Winner of one of this year's MacArthur Fellows award , immigration law professor and attorney Margaret Stock is an attorney bringing her singular knowledge of immigration law and national security law to bear on reform efforts...

Army Spokesperson Says Soldiers With Undocumented Spouses Are 'Harboring'

"JUDE JOFFE-BLOCK, BYLINE: Margaret Stock is an immigration lawyer and a nationally known expert in military issues, and her phone has been ringing a lot lately. MARGARET STOCK: There's been a lot of confusion about whether people are allowed to enlist in the military or not. JOFFE-BLOCK...

18 U.S.C. 1015(a) Not CIMT: USA v. Li

"In sum, the Court concludes that a violation of [18 U.S.C.] § 1015(a) is not inherently fraudulent and does not include the element of materiality essential to perjury. As a result, the crime Li was convicted of committing is not categorically a crime involving moral turpitude." - USA...

Good Citizenship

"“I’m not in a powerful position,” says Margaret Stock MPA 2001. “All I can do are the little things I’m capable of doing.” Even so, those little things have added up to a lot—specifically, a program that has the potential to change the lives of thousands...

Smart Lawyering Moves Marine Veteran from Potential Deportee to U.S. Citizen Column

"A young man who grew up in Lake County [Cal.] and faced a deportation battle last year celebrated becoming a United States citizen on Friday. Carlos Solorzano took the oath of citizenship in US District Court in Anchorage, Alaska. Solorzano's immigration attorney, Margaret Stock, described...

Congress Must Act and Stop Deporting Our Veterans: Margaret D. Stock

"As Congress and the Obama administration look for ways to address our broken immigration system, one step is clear. They have the authority to, and must, end the deportation of our veterans. It is hard to believe that the United States deports men and women who have honorably served in our armed...

Stock in Trade: Ingenuity

"When Margaret Stock [Harvard Law] ’92 was young, her great-grandfather, an Army veteran of the Philippine-American War and World War I, lived at her house in Wellesley, Mass. She used to go through his military memorabilia with him—awards, a mirror he’d used in the trenches, and...

Saying 'No Thanks' to 87,500 High-Skill Workers

"The Obama administration announced on Tuesday that if holders of H-1B visas for high-skill foreign workers are being sponsored for a green card by their employers, then their spouses will be able to work in the U.S. That's nice for those families, but the news didn't begin to address...

Only a Handful of DACAs Will Benefit from MAVNI Expansion

"This week’s announcement that young undocumented immigrants can now enlist in the military may benefit only a handful of DREAMers. Margaret Stock, a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve and former professor at West Point, said the Defense Department’s announcement is...

MAVNI Program Halted

"A popular military enlistment program for immigrants with specialized skills is now stuck in bureaucratic limbo — after the Pentagon announced last month it would begin allowing some young immigrants without legal status into the program. Army officials confirmed Thursday that the program...

MacArthur Fellow: Presidents Have Broad Discretion on Immigration

"Some experts say Congress has given presidents broad discretion in enforcing immigration laws, which sets a high bar for opponents to prevail in court. “It’s the section of the United States Code with the most discretion given to the executive branch,” said Anchorage, Alaska,...

CA3 on Religious Worker Visa Regulation: Shalom Pentecostal Church v. DHS

"The Third Circuit on Tuesday upheld a New Jersey federal judge's order striking down a regulation by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service requiring religious worker visa applicants to be performing such work only while legally authorized, saying the rule exceeded the agency's authority...

New Book: Immigration Law & the Military, 2nd Edition, by Margaret D. Stock

"Immigration Law & the Military by retired Lieutenant Colonel Margaret D. Stock serves as a primer on all issues of immigration and citizenship laws and their effects on members of the U.S. military and their families. The new edition covers parole in place for family members of military personnel...