Immigration Law

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Reps Lead Bipartisan Letter to Change Administration Guidance on Immigrants Working in the Cannabis Industry
Posted on 30 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Congressman Joe Neguse, May 29, 2019 "Representatives Joe Neguse (D-CO), Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and Kelly Armstrong (R-ND) are leading a bipartisan letter urging Attorney General Barr and Acting Secretary McAleenan to retract guidelines issued... Read More

Court Slaps USCIS in MAVNI Natz Lawsuit: Nio v. DHS
Posted on 23 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Nio v. DHS, May 22, 2019 "The question before the Court is whether the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) and its sub-agency U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) acted lawfully when they instituted... Read More

Tags: nio , mavni , bia , APA , Naturalization , USCIS

Naturalization Catalysts: Report
Posted on 16 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Raph Majma, Lindsey Wagner, Sabrina Fonseca, May 9, 2019 "Several months ago, our team set out to learn more about the variables that affect naturalization decisions. The number of presumed eligible to naturalize lawful permanent residents in the... Read More

USCIS Policy Alert: Controlled Substance-Related Activity and Good Moral Character Determinations
Posted on 19 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Apr. 19, 2019 "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual to clarify that violation of federal controlled substance law, including for marijuana, remains a conditional bar to establishing... Read More

Denver Mayor Seeks Guidance from DOJ on Citizenship Denials, Marijuana
Posted on 11 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

At least two Colorado LPRs were denied naturalization "solely because of their cannabis industry employment." Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock wrote this letter dated April 3, 2019 to Attorney General Barr asking for "formal guidance from... Read More

USCIS Policy Alert: Special Naturalization Provisions for Children (Sept. 26, 2018)
Posted on 1 Oct 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Sept. 26, 2018 - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance to amend the USCIS Policy Manual to clarify certain special naturalization provisions for children." Read More

Groups to USCIS: Why the Naturalization Backlog?
Posted on 6 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

National Partnership for New Americans, Aug. 6, 2018 - "Today, the National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA) along with UnidosUS , the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law (CHRCL), CASA , Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los... Read More

Decorated Soldier Booted From Army, Sues for Citizenship
Posted on 23 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU SoCal, July 18, 2018 - "Yea Ji Sea, 29, who has lived in the U.S. since she was a child, was so highly respected by her supervisors in the U.S. Army that one of them wrote she "volunteers for deployments willing to die for a country she... Read More

Decorated Soldier Booted From Army, Sues for Citizenship
Posted on 23 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU SoCal, July 18, 2018 - "Yea Ji Sea, 29, who has lived in the U.S. since she was a child, was so highly respected by her supervisors in the U.S. Army that one of them wrote she "volunteers for deployments willing to die for a country she... Read More

USCIS Sued Over 'Unlawful Delay' Of Citizenship Applications Of Muslims - Arapi v. USCIS
Posted on 19 May 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Talal Ansari, BuzzFeed News, May 18, 2016 - "The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) unlawfully delays the citizenship applications of Muslim immigrants due to a secretive immigration program, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday... Read More

'Operation Janus' IDs Deportable Aliens Wrongfully Naturalized
Posted on 19 Sep 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS Office of Inspector General, Sept. 8, 2016 - Potentially Ineligible Individuals Have Been Granted U.S. Citizenship Because of Incomplete Fingerprint Records "USCIS granted U.S. citizenship to at least 858 individuals ordered deported or removed... Read More

NY Gov. Launches Public-Private Naturalization Drive
Posted on 20 Jul 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, July 14, 2016 - "Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today launched “ NaturalizeNY ,” the first public-private partnership of its kind to encourage and assist eligible immigrants in New York State with becoming U.S. citizens... Read More

White House Launches 'Commit to Citizenship' Campaign
Posted on 17 Sep 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"If you’re a permanent resident considering becoming a naturalized American citizen, take the first step toward giving those dreams a chance to grow. Not only will you enjoy all the rights and freedoms afforded all U.S citizens both here and... Read More

Federal Judge Encourages New Citizens to Shape Future of USA
Posted on 9 Dec 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Judge Sarah Evans Barker, a senior judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, appointed to the federal bench in 1984, delivered the remarks below to the 68 new citizens during a naturalization ceremony Nov. 17, shortly after... Read More

An All-American Love Story: Fast-Track Citizenship
Posted on 23 Oct 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"On October 17, 2013, Alan Attoof Baba became a citizen of the United States. A native of Iraq, Alan obtained his Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) status in 2011 through the Department of State’s Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) Program . Alan served... Read More