Immigration Law

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Immigration and New York City: The Contributions of Foreign-Born Americans to New York's Renaissance, 1975–2013
Posted on 10 Apr 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"This Americas Society / Council of the Americas report shows how immigration has helped revitalize New York City since the mid-1970s by making communities safer, increasing public revenue, and boosting the city’s population. The data shows... Read More

Asylum Fraud in Chinatown: An Industry of Lies
Posted on 23 Feb 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"As an increasing number of Chinese have sought permanent immigration status here, asylum has become a popular way to achieve it: Asylum recipients are granted immediate permission to work and can apply for a green card a year later. Amid this rising... Read More

Bar Exam Passed, Immigrant Still Can’t Practice Law
Posted on 4 Dec 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Cesar Vargas seemed to have checked all the right boxes in his quest to become a lawyer in New York State. He made honors at both college and law school in New York City, his home since coming to the United States from Mexico at age 5. He interned... 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

Mayors Support DAPA, DACA Expansion
Posted on 9 Dec 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Mayors and senior officials from 25 cities across the country met Monday in New York to rally support and lay the groundwork for implementing President Obama’s executive actions to provide relief to millions of undocumented immigrants nationwide... Read More

The N.Y. Constitutional Convention Immigrants Need - Cyrus Mehta
Posted on 1 Nov 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus Mehta, Nov. 1, 2017 - "As the federal government threatens undocumented immigrants, New Yorkers have an opportunity to provide vital protections to those immigrants living in the state. On Election Day, voters can choose to convene a constitutional... Read More

Excerpts From the Jan. 1, 2013 Bender's Immigration Bulletin
Posted on 20 Dec 2012 by LexisNexis Immigration Law Community Staff

USCIS Issues Policy Memo on International Filings On November 30, 2012, USCIS issued a final policy memorandum outlining the circumstances in which applicants may file Form I-601 (Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility) and any associated... Read More

No Sanctuary: ICE Targets Churches, Activists
Posted on 24 Jan 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Nick Pinto, The Intercept, Jan. 19, 2018 - "Ragbir’s detention was the second such arrest of a New Sanctuary Coalition leader by ICE in the space of a week. It was only the most recent and public in a series of developments that advocates believe... Read More

Report: Courts Should Stand Up to ICE
Posted on 7 Dec 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Josefa Velasquez and Colby Hamilton, New York Law Journal, December 05, 2017 - "As the number of arrests at courthouses by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers continue to rise under the Trump Administration, a report released Tuesday... Read More

The Diversity Visa Winner Who Saved New York From a Terror Attack
Posted on 3 Nov 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Christopher Dickey, Daily Beast, Nov. 2, 2017 - "An Egyptian Muslim just-arrived in the United States on a Diversity Visa — precisely the type that Donald Trump is trying to blame for the bike-path murders on Halloween in Lower Manhattan —... Read More

NYC Immigration Court Erodes Protections for Kids Without Lawyers
Posted on 17 Feb 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

David Brand, CityLimits, Feb. 13, 2018 - "Over the past few months, finding legal representation has become even more challenging for immigrant children in New York City because Manhattan’s federal immigration court has eroded several of the... Read More

NY Gov. Cuomo to ICE: Stop!
Posted on 26 Apr 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Letter dated Apr. 25, 2018 from Gov. Cuomo to Acting ICE Dir. Homan - "Recent enforcement actions by Immigration and Customs Enforcement ("ICE") agents operating in New York State raise significant legal and public safety concerns. The... Read More

2 New NYSBA Ethics Opinions on Immigration - Law360
Posted on 27 Jul 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Law360, July 24, 2015 - "Lawyers for children in immigration proceedings may disclose the names and some information about their clients’ cases to so-called granting organizations in certain instances, according to one of two recently published... Read More