Immigration Law

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Expert: Flight Attendant's DACA Debacle Demonstrates 'How Broken' Our Immigration System Is
Posted on 23 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Lomi Kriel, Houston Chronicle, Mar. 22, 2019 "Selene Saavedra had been a flight attendant at Mesa Airlines for just a month when the company scheduled her on a flight to Mexico. The 28-year-old from Bryan had put the country on her “no... Read More

Expert: DACA Will Survive 'Another 10 Months' or More
Posted on 23 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Lomi Kriel, Houston Chronicle, Jan. 22, 2019 "For more than a year, hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who came here illegally as children have ricocheted between hope and despair as their fates were debated in Washington and determined... Read More

A Fish Called...DACA?
Posted on 5 Apr 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"This is a story about a fish that nearly got Jesus Gutierrez deported." - Austin American-Statesman, Apr. 3, 2013 . Read More

Mississippi Gov. Says No Benefits for DACA Kids
Posted on 24 Aug 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is ordering state agencies not to provide public benefits to immigrants receiving deferred deportation status from the federal government — an order that reinforces current state law. Legislators, meanwhile, held... Read More

LexisNexis Expert Author Stephen W. Yale-Loehr: Future for DACA Recipients 'Perilous'
Posted on 13 Jun 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Amy Frykholm, June 6, 2016 - "[T]he future of DACA is threatened. Stephen Yale-Loehr , professor of immigration studies at Cornell University, says that a court decision against the expansion of DACA (or one that reverts to the lower court’s... Read More

Some Activists Reject DACA 'Kool-Aid'
Posted on 29 Oct 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The policy shift announced by President Barack Obama in June provides a two-year protection from deportation to certain young people brought to this country illegally and the chance to apply for a work permit. Now the young activist leaders are... Read More

ICE vs. USCIS: DACA Applicants Ordered Deported
Posted on 26 Nov 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Rodrigo Murcia trudged out of Houston immigration court on an October afternoon, stunned by the immigration judge's decision ordering him to leave the country by Dec. 3. Murcia, 25, had gone into court with high hopes of being spared deportation... Read More

Tags: daca , deportation , USCIS , ICE

Podcast: Immigration Fraud and DACA
Posted on 25 Oct 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Featuring Nora Privitera, Director of the ILRC Anti-Fraud Campaign - "We’re pleased to introduce our newest podcast, “Immigration Fraud and DACA.” This essential resource is intended to help DACA applicants protect themselves against... Read More

Tags: daca , ilrc , podcast

USCIS Processing and Executive Action: NFAP
Posted on 12 Jun 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Analysis and an examination of government documents finds if court action eventually allows President Obama’s executive action to proceed, then it is likely to result in delays for individuals and employers with legal immigrant or temporary... Read More

North Carolina Gives Second-Class Licenses to DACA Drivers
Posted on 19 Feb 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

" After going back and forth on the matter, North Carolina came up with a compromise of sorts. The state would issue these young immigrants driver's licenses . But you would never confuse them with a regular driver's license. First of all... Read More

State Responses to DACA Vary
Posted on 4 Sep 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Life for DACA participants varies dramatically depending on where they live. In addition to denying driver's licenses and in-state tuition to DACA recipients (and to all other unauthorized immigrants), Arizona makes it difficult for immigrants... Read More

Tags: daca , states

Study Offers a Picture of DACA Applicants
Posted on 14 Aug 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A new study by the Brookings Institution presents what the group calls “an emerging portrait” of young immigrants who have sought a temporary reprieve from deportation under a year-old program that is one of President Obama’s signature... Read More

Tags: daca , brookings , study

DHS Statement Will Force States to Review Driver License Policies
Posted on 19 Jan 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Department of Homeland Security clarified Friday that undocumented youth who are given work permits and deportation reprieve under the deferred action program are considered to be lawfully present in the United States. The updated guidelines... Read More

North Carolina to Issue Driver Licenses to DACA Grantees
Posted on 15 Feb 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The state Division of Motor Vehicles will comply with a state attorney general’s opinion and issue driver’s licenses to thousands of young [unauthorized] immigrants who are eligible to drive because of a federal program that gives them... Read More

Updated DACA Data
Posted on 14 Dec 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals - Data represents period August 15 - December 13, 2012 Read More

Tags: daca , statistics
  • Blog Post: New Online Tool Will Provide Legal Help to Thousands of DREAMers Nationwide

    "Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) will launch, a self-assessment tool to enable eligible youth to apply for the Obama administration’s initiative offering temporary relief from deportation. will be available on...
  • Blog Post: Do DREAMers Really Need Lawyers?

    "Even though the requirements look simple, you don’t need a law degree to know that looks can be deceiving. So when do you really need a lawyer? And just as importantly, what can (and should) a lawyer do for you? ... Some of the red flags are obvious; some are not." - Laura Lichter, Aug...
  • Blog Post: Kids in Oklahoma Qualify for DACA

    " Doug Stump, Tepe's lawyer, said that after Obama's announcement he quickly sent Angel and Gabriela's information to immigration officials in Washington, and was informed just two days before the Tepes were required to leave that their petition would be granted. The officials also told...
  • Blog Post: Interactive: Who's Eligible for Deferred Action in Texas

    "Texas is second to California in the number of beneficiaries who could immediately apply, with about 152,550 to California’s 298,000, according to the IPC. If the policy is kept in place, about 74,000 and 114,500 could potentially apply in Texas and California, respectively, when they are...
  • Blog Post: Demographic Profile of the DREAMers Potentially Eligible Under DACA

    "As many as 1.76 million unauthorized immigrants who were brought to the United States as children could potentially be eligible for a grant of relief from deportation, according to a Migration Policy Institute (MPI) analysis that takes into account the more detailed eligibility criteria outlined...
  • Blog Post: USCIS Posts Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Forms

    See the links on the right side of this page under "Forms" for the I-821D, I-765, G-1145 and more.
  • Blog Post: Immigration Lawyers: Great Interest in Deferred Action, But Uncertainty Lurks

    " "This is huge." That's how Laura Lichter, president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, described a new program that gives some undocumented immigrants who came to this country as children the ability to live and work legally here for two years. Starting today, U.S....
  • Blog Post: Key Factors, Unresolved Issues in New Deferred Action Program for Immigrant Youth Will Determine Its Success

    "On August 15, just 60 days after President Obama announced a policy to offer two-year relief from deportation to certain qualifying unauthorized immigrants under the age of 31 who were brought to the United States as children, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began accepting applications...
  • Blog Post: Durbin & Gutierrez Put DREAMers at Risk

    " Senator *** Durbin and Representative Luis Gutierrez released a video message to the DREAMers on August 6 that is one of the most irresponsible and dangerous public messages from a voice of authority in living memory. It is a deep disgrace that supposed champions and co-sponsors of the DREAM Act...
  • Blog Post: Nightmare in Arizona: Jan Brewer's Executive Order

    "I t remains to be seen whether Brewer’s executive order will be politically viable. The GOP may see more Latino voters flee by the November elections, and the future of the party without support from Hispanics and minorities looks grim. Moreover, the granting of status to undocumented youth...
  • Blog Post: A Conservative Supports DACA: Linda Chavez

    " Many conservatives reject President Barack Obama’s recent policy to defer action against illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children. But as a conservative who supports the president’s decision, I think it’s important to seriously engage the arguments both for...
  • Blog Post: Growing Up American

    "Mr. Obama's order will give young people who have spent their entire their lives here worried about not being "real" Americans a chance to realize their dream, and both they and the country they love will be the better for it." Baltimore Sun Editorial, Aug. 19, 2012 .
  • Blog Post: Lining Up in Chicago, With Hopes of Gaining Legal Status

    “I came with my dad. I remember going from hotel to hotel. We would travel when it was really dark. We first went through Belize and through Mexico by bus. Today is great. It’s something we’ve been waiting for. It’s a new beginning.” KATERIN ZUNIGA, 19, a nursing student...
  • Blog Post: Politicians Among Thousands in Chicago for DACA Session

    "At Navy Pier here, young people began lining up on Tuesday evening for a counseling session about the program that was organized by an immigrants’ rights group. By midmorning Wednesday, the line wound down the long pier, through a park and along an expressway, with young people holding sheafs...
  • Blog Post: Nebraska to DACA Beneficiaries: Walk to Work

    "Nebraska has joined Arizona in opposing legal status for immigrants who are newly-documented under Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, setting up a constitutional battle while raising tough questions about the program." - CSM, Aug. 18, 2012 .
  • Blog Post: DACA Creates Spillover Work for Mexican Consulates

    "The Mexican Consulate in Dallas is on extended hours this weekend and into the future as it assists young Mexicans here with the ironic task of documenting their undocumented status. Up for grabs, on a case by case basis, is a a deferred deportation and a work permit in the U.S. for a two-year...
  • Blog Post: DACA DNA: John Lennon, Leon Wildes and 'Non-Priority Status'

    In 1972 New York attorney Leon Wildes received a telephone call ...
  • Blog Post: Legal Debate Prompted By Arizona Ban On Deferred Action Licenses

    "Under current state law, Arizona residents can present a work permit, a Social Security Number and one other form of ID to receive a state driver’s license. But the governor’s office asserts that there is a difference between the young people who would qualify for the new Obama Administration...
  • Blog Post: Immigration Brainstorming and DREAMstorming

    "The immigration bar, electronically-transmitting the 21st Century equivalent of tribal smoke signals over these last frenetic days, knows that immigration confusion and complexity will flourish like a Chia pet on growth hormones as USCIS's implementation of DACA unfolds. Witness the many unanswered...
  • Blog Post: Collaborative Website Helps DACA DREAMers: Own The Dream

    " Own the DREAM is a national campaign to help aspiring Americans brought to this country as children take advantage of the opportunity to apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and work permits. The campaign will join the resources of United We Dream and its partners to offer assistance...
  • Blog Post: Houston Non-Profit Helps with DACA Fees

    "[C]andidates are required to dole out an application fee of $465. Aware of the financial challenge this poses, one Houston nonprofit, Protectors of the Dream, announced on Tuesday its intention to award grants to cover the application fee for 10 to 25 lucky Houston, Texas undocumented applicants...
  • Blog Post: Texas DREAMers Will Be Able to Drive, Despite Gov. Perry's Bluster

    Articles by Dianne Solís (Dallas Morning News) and Julian Aguilar (Texas Tribune) on driver license eligibility in Texas for deferred action grantees.
  • Blog Post: Mississippi Gov. Says No Benefits for DACA Kids

    "Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is ordering state agencies not to provide public benefits to immigrants receiving deferred deportation status from the federal government — an order that reinforces current state law. Legislators, meanwhile, held a lengthy public hearing Thursday about whether...
  • Blog Post: From Tijuana, Ex-DREAMer Calls for Immigration Reform

    "Nancy Landa was working in the public sector at a California organization that fateful September in 2009, when she was 29. She had graduated with honors in 2004 with a degree in business administration from California State University, Northridge (CSUN), and had a steady job. Everything seemed...
  • Blog Post: Pipe Down, Greta

    "In a recent blog post, lawyer and Fox News host Greta Van Susteren stated that any lawyer who advised a client to sign up for the [ DACA ] program was committing legal malpractice. Susteren concludes that the program is too risky because of its temporary nature. She speculates that it is nothing...