Immigration Law

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USCIS Policy Alert: INA Sec. 320 Revision (Citizenship for Children of Military Members and Civil Servants Act)
Posted on 19 Sep 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Sept. 18, 2020 "On Sept. 18, we updated our policy guidance concerning residency requirements under section 320 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) to comply with the requirements of the recently enacted Citizenship for Children... Read More

Military Naturalization Victory in DC: Samma v. DOD
Posted on 25 Aug 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Samma v. DOD "The United States has a long history of allowing noncitizens to serve in its military and providing those who serve with an expedited path to citizenship. But in recent years, despite its need for noncitizen enlistees to fill its... Read More

The Impact of Current Immigration Policies on Service Members and Veterans, and their Families
Posted on 31 Oct 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Oct. 29, 2019 - House Judiciary Committee, Immigration & Citizenship Subcommittee: 2.5 hr. video Links: Witnesses Mr. Hector Barajas-Varela Director and Founder, Deported Veterans Support House Barajas-Varela Testimony Barajas... Read More

USCIS to Tighten 'Residence' Definition for Citizenship
Posted on 28 Aug 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Aug. 28, 2019 SUBJECT: Defining “Residence” in Statutory Provisions Related to Citizenship Purpose U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual to address requirements... Read More

Trump to Terminate Military 'Parole in Place' Program
Posted on 27 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Franco Ordoñez, NPR, June 27, 2019 "The Trump administration wants to scale back a program that protects undocumented family members of active duty troops from being deported, according to attorneys familiar with those plans. The attorneys... Read More

Noncitizens in the U.S. Military: Navigating National Security Concerns and Recruitment Needs
Posted on 22 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Muzaffar Chishti, Austin Rose, and Stephen Yale-Loehr, May 2019 "Noncitizens have a long history of serving in the U.S. military, and in many periods, the promise of expedited naturalization has been used to encourage them to do so. More than 760... Read More

Military Lawyers to be Detailed to Border for Immigration Cases?
Posted on 29 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Washington Post, Apr. 26, 2019 "Senior Defense Department officials have recommended that acting defense secretary Patrick Shanahan approve a new request from the Department of Homeland Security to provide military lawyers, cooks and drivers to... Read More

USCIS Set to Close Overseas Offices, Jeopardizing US Military Families
Posted on 12 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Miriam Jordan, New York Times, Mar. 12, 2019 "The Trump administration is preparing to shutter many of its immigration operations abroad, cutting back on a key support system for those applying overseas to relocate to the United States. The director... Read More

Judge Nixes Military Roadblocks for Immigrants: Kuang v. DOD
Posted on 19 Nov 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Nicholas Iovino, Courthouse News, Nov. 16, 2018 - "A federal judge on Friday blocked the Trump administration from enforcing a policy that allegedly treats non-citizens in the military as “second-class recruits” and prevents them from... Read More

Posted on 22 Jun 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU, June 21, 2018 - "For more than two centuries, immigrants have played a vital role in the U.S. military, fighting and sometimes dying for their adopted country. But the Trump administration has turned its back on history by barring lawful permanent... Read More

ICE to Remove Roadblock in Green Card Case for Spouse of Special Forces Vet
Posted on 2 Mar 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Suzanne Gamboa, NBC News, Mar. 2, 2018 - "The Department of Homeland Security is offering to drop the deportation proceedings against the wife of a Special Forces veteran, the veteran's attorney said Friday. Elia Crawford, wife of retired Sgt... Read More

New Immigration Hope For Military Dependents, But Enlistment Hurdles Remain
Posted on 20 Nov 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Kathleen Welker, a spokeswoman for the Army Recruiting Command, confirmed the Army enlistment policy bars applicants who have spouses or children who are in the country illegally. The latest legal opinion from the command was formulated in 2010... Read More

New Americans in Our Nation’s Military
Posted on 9 Nov 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Immigrants and their children comprised half of the total U.S. population growth between 1990 and 2010, and one-quarter of all children under age 18 living in the United States have at least one immigrant parent. Immigrants and their children are... Read More

DHS Clarifies Immigration Benefits for Family Members of Selected Reserve and Veterans
Posted on 5 Dec 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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”... Read More

Young Texas immigrants eligible for DACA want to serve, but can't enlist
Posted on 11 Nov 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"When Leonardo Castro says he’s willing to die for his country, he means the United States. For Castro, born in Mexico and brought into the U.S. illegally at age 2, this is the only country he knows and loves. So when the federal government... Read More