Immigration Law

    • 27 Jul 2014

    New Immigration Mobile App: Immigo

    IAN and NCLR Launch New Immigration Mobile App "The Immigration Advocates Network (IAN) and the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), in partnership with Pro Bono Net and Verizon, are pleased to announce the lunch of Immigo , a new mobile app designed to provide the most up-to-date information about changing immigration laws and policies. Launched at the 2014 NCLR Annual Conference and National Latino Family...
    • 24 Apr 2015

    NY District Blocked Refugee Kids From High School, Suit Says

    "A civil liberties group and legal aid service filed a potential class action in New York federal court against an upstate school district Thursday, accusing the district of discriminating against certain refugee students by excluding them from a public high school. The New York Civil Liberties Union and Legal Services of Central New York said Utica public schools prevent refugees over age 16 who speak limited...
    • 28 Sep 2016

    Guilty Pleas Entered in Student Visa Fraud Case

    DOJ, Sept. 27, 2016 - "Two employees from a Somerset County, New Jersey, company today admitted recruiting foreign nationals to enroll at a “pay to stay” New Jersey college where they could fraudulently maintain their clients’ student visa status and get them full-time work authorizations without the clients having to attend classes, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. Harpreet Sachdeva...
    • 31 Oct 2011

    Reopen MAVNI - help Department of Defense close critical skills gaps, save tax money - White House petition

    "Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI) enables US military to recruit foreign nationals with critical language and cultural skills who have been legally present in US for at least 2 years. MAVNI admitted soldiers briefly in 2009 and was a resounding success. It saved DoD hundreds of thousands of dollars and is endorsed by military and congressional leaders. However, for the past 19...
    • 20 Sep 2013

    Indiana Lawyer Suspended for ‘Illegal Alien’ Comment

    "An Indiana lawyer has been suspended for 30 days for a comment about the immigration status of his divorce client’s spouse in a letter sent to opposing counsel and the judge in the case. The lawyer, Joseph B. Barker, wrote the letter in 2009 to protest his client’s lack of access to his child, according to the Indiana Supreme Court's Sept. 6 opinion , noted by the Legal Profession Blog. Barker’s...
    • 19 May 2012

    MAVNI Reinstated!

    Margaret D. Stock , the creator of MAVNI , writes: "Attached is the MAVNI reauthorization letter . Please note that TPS holders are eligible for MAVNI, and that Portuguese and Haitian Creole have been added to the language list, as well as French, if the person holds citizenship in an 'African country.' Under this program, a TPS or U visa holder (among others) can go straight to US citizen, skipping...
    • 19 Aug 2012

    Free DACA Webinar on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012

    "Hear from leading practitioners on what their filing experience so far. You hear about documentation trends and issues encountered by foreign nationals. How should you explain the program benefits to foreign national (DREAMer) clients who inquire? What additional risks do other practitioners foresee if any? Which case laws may affect your client’s case? How can you streamline the filing process? Register to...
    • 25 Jul 2017

    Cyrus Mehta on Trump’s H-2B Visa Conflict: How We Can Take Advantage Of It To Gain Broader Immigration Reform

    Cyrus Mehta, July 24, 2017 - "On July 19, 2017, the Trump administration increased the H-2B cap from 66,000 to 81,000 by promulgating a final rule . H-2B visas are annually capped at 66,000 under the law. Due to an increase in demand of essential workers to serve landscapers, hotels, restaurants and seafood processors each year, the H-2B cap gets hit earlier each year. Congress provided for a one time increase...
    • 10 Feb 2016

    Undocumented college students find way to study abroad, return legally

    Alejandra Molina, Press Enterprise, Feb. 9, 2016 - "Southern California university students and professors have discovered an obscure provision in U.S. immigration law that allows undocumented students to leave the country to study abroad and return legally. They’re testing the process, known as “advance parole” by sending dozens of students to Mexico, Vietnam, and other countries through their...
    • 26 Nov 2012

    Immigration by Chance: Save the DV Green Card Lottery

    " The annual 55,000 green-card DV lottery -- which I've criticized as a program "[relying] on casino-style randomness as the basis to sprinkle green cards on a lucky few " -- now upon further reflection seems to me as a category worth saving." - Angelo A. Paparelli, Nov. 25, 2012 .
    • 14 Dec 2012

    You May Say He's a DREAMer: John Lennon's Immigration Case

    "In many ways, Leon Wildes wrote the ballad of John Lennon and Yoko Ono and the undocumented immigrant in America. The New York immigration attorney represented Lennon and Ono in their blockbuster immigration trial throughout the 1970s. He helped the rock star successfully fight deportation. And through Wildes, Lennon's situation exposed the standards upon which President Obama's administration has built...
    • 28 Jul 2017

    Will H-2A Visa Workers Save California Wines?

    Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, July 28, 2017 - "Many grape growers consider H2A’s bureaucratic hurdles insurmountable: Those include costly fees, piles of paperwork and the requirement to provide government-inspected housing to workers. It’s a burden that many smaller-scale vintners insist they simply cannot bear. But as labor grows ever scarcer, will they have a choice? For vineyard workers...
    • 1 Oct 2018

    Statement of Former Immigration Judges and BIA Members Opposing IJ Quotas (Oct. 1, 2018)

    Oct. 1, 2018 - "As former Immigration Judges and BIA Members, we join our former colleagues in the NAIJ in decrying the imposition of much-criticized performance quotas on sitting Immigration Judges. Experience has demonstrated that it is futile to protest to the present Attorney General and his appointed EOIR Director, who have repeatedly demonstrated a callous disregard for due process, fundamental fairness, or...
    • 5 Oct 2011

    Napolitano calls for immigration 'reality check'

    "Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano have called for a “reality check” of the country’s debate over immigration enforcement. Napolitano, speaking at American University on Wednesday, defended the Obama administration’s immigration enforcement policies as being “smart and effective” while stipulating that the policies under President George W. Bush’s administration...
    • 2 Jan 2012

    'Obama, don't deport my momma!'

    "Thrust into a complex debate about the country’s immigration policies, one of Victoria Lorenzo-Calmo’s children has a simple plea: “Obama, don’t deport my momma.” That was one of the signs held Wednesday outside Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital as the Guatemalan woman and her supporters rallied on the Bostwick Avenue NE sidewalk. They want U.S. Immigrations and Customs...
    • 4 Oct 2012

    Supply and Demand

    "Now obviously 'more immigrants = more prosperity' isn't a completely accurate blanket rule. You don't want to let in criminals. There are probably a lot of very nice Salvadoran great-grandmas out there who despite being fine people are at this point too old to be making meaningful economic contributions. But the default assumption should be that if an able-bodied, law-abiding person wants to move...
    • 29 Aug 2012

    A Parent Deported; U.S. Citizen Kids, Spouse Struggle to Cope

    This Aug. 14, 2012 photo shows [U.S. citizen] Rony Molina holding a photo of his wife in his home in Stamford, Conn. Molina's wife, Sandra Payes Chacon, was deported to Guatemala in 2010, leaving Molina alone to care for their three children, all American citizens. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill) "Alexis Molina was just 10 years old when his mother was abruptly cut out of his life and his carefree childhood unraveled...
    • 8 Mar 2012

    An App for Immigrants: The Controversial Issue’s New Tech Frontier

    "Guzman and fellow activist Todd Landfried unveiled a crowdfunding plan for an SOS phone app for immigrants. It’s called e-APP: Emergency Notification for Everyone. Although crime victims and parents of teenagers might also find the app handy, “Quite frankly,” Landfried says, “the target market is the immigrant market and anyone-who-could-look-like-an-immigrant market.” Landfried...
    • 12 Feb 2012

    Minn. 'Notario' Taken Down by ICE, Local Cops

    "Chris LaRiche seduced undocumented immigrants with lies, but he had a secret of his own." - Gregory Pratt, City Pages, Jan. 11, 2012 .
    • 24 Mar 2012

    USCIS on Designation of Syria for Temporary Protected Status

    "Dear Stakeholder, Secretary Napolitano announced today the designation of Syria for Temporary Protected Status (TPS), based on deteriorating security conditions in Syria. The effective dates for the designation, as well as dates and procedures for the TPS registration process, will be detailed in a Federal Register notice that publishes next week. Applications should not be submitted until the designation...
    • 16 Apr 2012

    To Work, Or Not To Work; That Is The (Visa) Question [Russians@Boeing]

    Russian contract engineers are in the Seattle area at Boeing's behest. Are they 'working,' or are they 'business visitors?' That is the high-dollar, 'B-1 in lieu of H-1B' visa question. To address the question, one must study the statute [ 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)(B) ,] the regulations [ 8 C.F.R. 214.2(b) ,] the FAM [ 9 FAM 41.31 N1 ,] and the caselaw [ Matter of Hira .] Dominic Gates, the...
    • 3 May 2012

    Wash. Herb Grower Fined $1M for Knowingly Hiring Unauthorized Workers; Company Hired and Concealed Workers During I-9 Audit

    "A Washington-based supplier of fresh organic herbs to nearly 2,700 grocers was sentenced Tuesday to $1 million in criminal fines and probation for hiring [unauthorized] aliens...'In the midst of an I-9 administrative audit, HerbCo hired and concealed unauthorized workers,' said Brad Bench, acting special agent in charge for HSI Seattle. 'It was a brazen move that compelled us to initiate a...
    • 18 Apr 2012

    We Need Your Unpubs! (IJ and BIA Decisions)

    Have you received a favorable IJ or unpublished BIA decision? Please share. I'm happy to post a PDF (redacted or not; up to you) on this site. Please send to: Thank you! (If you have sent me a decision and I have not yet posted it, please re-send! I am currently suffering a mild case of information overload!)
    • 6 May 2012

    Did Arizona Lie to the Supreme Court?

    "A week after Supreme Court arguments over Arizona's illegal-immigration law, the arrest, detention and subsequent release of an undocumented woman following a traffic stop added a real-world example to the courtroom debate about how the statute could play out. Araceli Mercado Sanchez, who is married to an American soldier and is in the process of legalizing her U.S. residency, was pulled over Tuesday...