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"He Didn't Know the Lyrics to 'Chan Chan,' So I Knew He Wasn't Cuban"

"It sounded like a good deal: Get a Cuban birth certificate and stay in the United States, worry-free. But federal authorities say the birth certificates weren't legitimate, and the undocumented immigrants trying to get them weren't Cuban. Now a federal judge in Florida has sentenced several...

After Forming Deep Roots in U.S., Man Discovers He Isn’t a Citizen

"After living nearly a half century in the United States — marrying and raising a family here, paying taxes and working for decades for the federal government — Mario Hernandez made a discovery recently that rattled him to his core: He is not an American citizen. In fact, he is not even...

USCIS Interim Memo for Comment - VAWA amendments to the Cuban Adjustment Act: Continued Eligibility for Abused Spouses and Children

"This policy memorandum (PM) provides guidance to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officers regarding the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) amendments to the Cuban Adjustment Act (CAA). The amendments provide for continued eligibility for adjustment of status under section 1 of...

LIghthouse Not "Dry Land" for Cuban Policy: Movimiento Democracia v. Johnson

Movimiento Democracia v. Johnson, June 28, 2016 - "Plaintiffs argue that the Coast Guard “incorrectly treated the American Shoal Lighthouse as merely a ‘navigational aid’ and not an existing structure permanently affixed to United States soil in United States territory.”...

Cuban Asylum-Seekers Held at Gitmo Denied Access to Counsel

Carolina Bolado, Law360, July 8, 2016 - "A Florida federal judge ruled Friday that a group of Cubans seeking entry into the U.S. after being apprehended on a lighthouse off the Florida Keys won't be granted access to counsel during the course of their legal proceedings because they are not being...

BIA on Adjustment of Status: Matter of L-T-P-, 26 I&N Dec. 862 (BIA 2016)

Matter of L-T-P-, 26 I&N Dec. 862 (BIA 2016) - (1) An applicant for adjustment of status under section 209 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. § 1159 (2012), must be either a refugee or an asylee. (2) Cubans who were paroled into the United States under section 212(d)(5) of the...