Immigration Law

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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

Immigration Law & the Military
Posted on 22 Jun 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"T he post-9/11 conflicts have caused major changes in the U.S. military, and those changes have had a substantial impact on non-U.S. citizens serving in the All-Volunteer Force, as well as on the non-citizen family members of U.S. military personnel... Read More

USCIS Policy Manual Technical Update: Clarifying Designated Periods of Hostilities for Naturalization under INA 329 (December 13, 2016)
Posted on 16 Dec 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Dec. 13, 2016 - This technical update clarifies that, for purposes of naturalization under INA 329, the current period designated by Presidential Executive Order 13269 (July 3, 2002), as a period in which the U.S. armed forces are considered to... Read More

Not Quite the DREAM Act for Military DREAMers
Posted on 19 Jun 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Unauthorized immigrants are not currently allowed to enlist in the US Armed Forces voluntarily (although they may be drafted, if there is a military draft) . People with work permits or “deferred action” are likewise currently ineligible... Read More

USCIS Policy Memo: Parole of Spouses, Children and Parents of Active Duty Members of the U.S. Armed Forces [and more]
Posted on 15 Nov 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Parole of Spouses, Children and Parents of Active Duty Members of the U.S. Armed Forces, the Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve, and Former Members of the U.S. Armed Forces or Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve and the Effect of Parole on... Read More