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Do DREAMers Really Need Lawyers?

"Even though the requirements look simple, you don’t need a law degree to know that looks can be deceiving. So when do you really need a lawyer? And just as importantly, what can (and should) a lawyer do for you? ... Some of the red flags are obvious; some are not." - Laura Lichter, Aug...

Iowa Ct. App. on Immigration Malpractice: Miranda v. Said

"Plaintiffs’ expert, Laura Lichter, an attorney practicing immigration law in Colorado with clients from Central and South America, testified the waiver form prepared by Said had a zero percent chance of success at the consulate as the officials had no discretion with respect to who could...

Immigration Lawyers: Great Interest in Deferred Action, But Uncertainty Lurks

" "This is huge." That's how Laura Lichter, president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, described a new program that gives some undocumented immigrants who came to this country as children the ability to live and work legally here for two years. Starting today, U.S....

Lichter, Osuna: OIG Critique of Immigration Courts Lacks Nuance

"Laura Lichter, president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, said the inspector general reached simplistic conclusions to complex problems associated with the immigration court system. She said cases involving detained immigrants are less likely to involve an immigration lawyer. And...

Due Process Meltdown at Artesia Worsening

"Two weeks ago, the first pro bono lawyers were let in to the detention facility in Artesia, New Mexico, where Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is keeping Central American migrant families. Since then, a small group of pro bono attorneys, organized by the American Immigration Lawyers Association...

Shelley Wittevrongel and Laura Lichter on Artesia

"SHELLEY WITTEVRONGEL : My name is Shelley Wittevrongel. I’m a private immigration attorney from Boulder, Colorado. And I usually have a voice. The placement of this facility made it virtually impossible for these people, these women and children, to be represented. And that was absolutely...

Fighting to #EndFamilyDetention - Laura Lichter, AILA Leadership Blog

"I was on a flight to San Antonio Sunday morning and a short while after that was making my way across open farmland to Dilley, Texas, about an hour and half southeast. For this week, I’ll be heading up a team of legal volunteers for CARA at the euphemistically named “South Texas Family...

Habeas Petition Filed for Refugee Mom, Child Held by ICE in Dilley, Texas: Gutierrez-Cruz v. Lucero

"For more than six months, immigration authorities have imprisoned Petitioner Lolian Celina Gutierrez Cruz ("Ms. Gutierrez") and her six year-old daughter, Maria, in unlicensed, for-profit family detention facilities in South Texas. The federal government's prolonged, unjustifiable...

CA10 on Briones, Brand X and Retroactivity: De Niz Robles v. Lynch

"[W]e take heart from the fact that the only other circuit to have considered the competing factors at play in a case like our own has reached the same judgment we do. In Acosta-Olivarria, the Ninth Circuit employed its version of the Stewart Capital factors and refused to allow the BIA to apply...

BIA Stays Deportations of Several Central American Families

Franco Ordoñez, McClatchyDC, Jan. 6, 2015 - "The nation’s highest immigration court has delayed the deportations of four families out of hundreds of Central American migrant adults and children rounded up in raids over the New Year’s weekend as part of a nationwide effort to combat...