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Bar Exam Passed, Immigrant Still Can’t Practice Law

"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 with a State Supreme Court judge, a Brooklyn district...

Feds: We Can't Meet Court's FOIA Demands in Detention Lawsuit

"Federal prosecutors say they can't meet a judge's demands they quickly deliver documents about thousands of immigrants who've been detained nationwide for months or years as their immigration statuses are reviewed. The office of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara laid out the government's...

New York Appellate Court Issues Amazing SIJ Decision: Matter of Marisol N.H., et al.

Bryan Johnson writes : "On February 5, 2014, the Appellate Division of the Second Judicial Department in New York issued a splendid decision that will have a huge impact on the future of undocumented children in New York. In many situations, in order for an undocumented child to obtain residency...

Asylum Fraud in Chinatown: An Industry of Lies

"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 demand, an ecosystem of law offices and other...

New York Program Gets Public Defenders for Immigrants

"Anderson Cadet arrived at the Varick Street courthouse in an orange jumpsuit, shackled at the wrists, prepared to fight his deportation without an attorney. In immigration court, there is generally no right to free legal counsel. Many immigrants represent themselves. But on this cold February morning...

Immigrants in New York City Bolster Housing Values

"Immigrants have helped stabilize New York City housing values over the past two decades and at the same time boosted property in once-troubled neighborhoods, according to a report to be released Thursday . The report—sponsored by the Americas Society / Council of the Americas—credits...

Immigration and New York City: The Contributions of Foreign-Born Americans to New York's Renaissance, 1975–2013

"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 that immigration has reduced New York City’s...

N.Y. Ct. App. on Padilla Retroactivity: People v. Baret

"The United States Supreme Court held in Padilla v Kentucky (559 US 356 [2010]) that the Sixth Amendment requires criminal defense counsel to advise their noncitizen clients about the risk of deportation arising from a guilty plea. The Court subsequently held in Chaidez v United States (568 US __...

New York Announces $2.2 Million Restitution Fund For Victims Of Immigration Scam

"Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced that thousands of victims who were defrauded by two immigration services organizations, the International Immigrants Foundation, Inc. (IIF) and the International Professional Association, Inc. (IPA), could begin applying for compensation from...

As Child Immigrants Await Fate, a Race for Counsel

"Inside a courthouse in downtown Manhattan, an immigration court crisis plays out in vivid scenes. Dozens of attorneys race between windowless courtrooms. Families listen as immigration law is explained to them in a foreign language through an interpreter. And the children at the center of it all...

Prison for Ex-Manhattan Assemblywoman in Sham Marriage Case

"A former New York State assemblywoman accused of buying an $8,000 sham marriage to gain citizenship was sentenced on Friday to one year in prison by a judge who said pursuit of the American dream was a poor excuse for her actions." - Associated Press, Oct. 4, 2014 .

News Excerpts From the Nov. 15, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program To Begin in 2015 On October 17, 2014, the Department of Homeland Security announced that Haitian beneficiaries of approved family-based immigrant visa petitions may soon be paroled into the United States approximately two years before their priority dates...

Mayors Support DAPA, DACA Expansion

"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. Brought together by New York City Mayor Bill...

Cesar Vargas, DACAmented Lawyer

Matter of Application of Cesar Adrian Vargas for Admission to the Bar of the State of New York - 2015 NY Slip Op 04657 - Decided on June 3, 2015 - Appellate Division, Second Department : "We are called upon to determine whether an undocumented immigrant, who is authorized to be present in the United...

News Excerpts From the July 1, 2015, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

New York Grants Law License to DACA Grantee | On June 3, 2015, an intermediate New York appellate court approved the application for admission to the bar of a Mexican citizen who was brought to the United States as a child and granted relief under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)...

Iowa Probation Blocks Immigrant's Historic Law License

"Cesar Adrian Vargas made history this month when a New York court paved the way for him to become the first undocumented immigrant to practice law in the state. But the Mexican-born activist's arrest at a Des Moines political event earlier this year has put that achievement in jeopardy —...

2 New NYSBA Ethics Opinions on Immigration - Law360

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 New York State Bar Association ethics opinions...

237(a)(1)(H) "Otherwise Admissible" Victory at NYC Immigration Court

Disha Chandiramani writes: "Attached is a recent decision I received from IJ Van Wyke at 26 Federal Plaza. The case was regarding 237(a)(1)(H) eligibility for an non citizen who entered without inspection, but who purchased an I-94 and adjusted in the U.S. The point of contention was whether she...

NY Attorney General Shuts Down Unlicensed Visa Consultant

NYAG, Sept. 8, 2015 - "Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced today that his office reached an agreement with Entertainment Visa Consultant Company (EVC) and its CEO, David King. This agreement will resolve the Attorney General’s investigation of EVC and King which revealed that King...

USCIS NYC Office May Speed Process for Refugee Kids

Casey Tolan, Fusion, Oct. 29, 2015 - "U.S. immigration officials in New York are streamlining the application process for hundreds of unaccompanied Central American minors who are still waiting for approval to stay in the country. Now, kids applying for permanent residency in the state have to wait...

NYC to Provide U and T Visa Certifications

Office of the Mayor, NYC, Feb. 9, 2016 - "Today Mayor Bill de Blasio and Commissioner and Chair of the New York City Commission on Human Rights Carmelyn P. Malalis announced that CCHR is now accepting requests for U and T visa certifications, making it the first and only anti-discrimination agency...

NY Gov. Launches Public-Private Naturalization Drive

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. The initiative provides comprehensive support through...

New York 'Dreamer' Challenges Texas Judge's Nationwide Immigration Injunction - Batalla Vidal v. Baran

NILC, Aug. 25, 2016 - "A first-of-its-kind lawsuit today opened up a new front in the defense of the Obama administration’s 2014 immigration relief initiatives, known as Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood...

NY Atty. Gen. Post Legal Tools To Protect Immigrant Communities in Anticipation of Trump Crackdown

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, Jan. 19, 2017 - "Anticipating potential changes in federal immigration enforcement practices and priorities, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today provided local governments and law enforcement agencies with a legal roadmap for improving public...

New York to Spend $10M on Immigration Legal Services

New York Daily News, Apr. 5, 2017 - "Looking to fight back against President Trump’s immigration policies, the state is set to dedicate $10 million in its emerging new budget for immigrant legal services, the Daily News has learned. The commitment, to be announced by Gov. Cuomo and the eight...