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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...

Former Immigration Judge: Every Immigrant Deserves a Lawyer

Sarah Burr, May 28, 2017 - "As a former immigration judge in New York, I have come to understand a difficult truth first-hand: Far and away, the greatest obstacle to administering justice in immigration proceedings is the fact that, unlike in criminal proceedings, people have no right to an attorney...

De Blasio Under Fire For Plan To Keep Some Immigrants Out Of Legal Aid Program

Roque Planas, Elise Foley, Huffington Post, June 2, 2017 - "For the last three years, New York City has footed the bill for lawyers to defend certain immigrants facing deportation under a unique program that other cities have begun to emulate. But as the June 30 deadline to finalize the city’s...

Why New York's Immigration Court Is Even Busier, With Fewer Judges, Under Trump

Beth Fertig, WNYC, June 5, 2017 - "There are 29 immigration judges assigned to court rooms in the Federal Building in Lower Manhattan. But as the number of pending cases grew from about 70,000 in January to nearly 80,000 this spring, more and more people have been coming to court only to discover...

Missing: New York Immigration Judges

Beth Fertig, WNYC, June 6, 2017 - "In the middle of May, paper notices were posted on the walls of the federal building in lower Manhattan announcing the absence of several immigration judges. Some were out for a week or two, while others were away for six weeks. The flyers said their cases would...

NY Gov. Cuomo Signs Executive Order Prohibiting State Agencies from Inquiring About Immigration Status

Gov. Cuomo, Sept. 15, 2017 - "Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today issued Executive Order 170 that prohibits state agencies and officers from inquiring about or disclosing an individual's immigration status unless required by law or necessary to determine eligibility for a benefit or service. Law...

The N.Y. Constitutional Convention Immigrants Need - Cyrus Mehta

Cyrus Mehta, Nov. 1, 2017 - "As the federal government threatens undocumented immigrants, New Yorkers have an opportunity to provide vital protections to those immigrants living in the state. On Election Day, voters can choose to convene a constitutional convention where the rights of those immigrants...

The Diversity Visa Winner Who Saved New York From a Terror Attack

Christopher Dickey, Daily Beast, Nov. 2, 2017 - "An Egyptian Muslim just-arrived in the United States on a Diversity Visa — precisely the type that Donald Trump is trying to blame for the bike-path murders on Halloween in Lower Manhattan — in fact stopped a terrorist atrocity that would...

Report: Courts Should Stand Up to ICE

Josefa Velasquez and Colby Hamilton, New York Law Journal, December 05, 2017 - "As the number of arrests at courthouses by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers continue to rise under the Trump Administration, a report released Tuesday by the Fund for Modern Courts suggests New York’s...

No Sanctuary: ICE Targets Churches, Activists

Nick Pinto, The Intercept, Jan. 19, 2018 - "Ragbir’s detention was the second such arrest of a New Sanctuary Coalition leader by ICE in the space of a week. It was only the most recent and public in a series of developments that advocates believe is part of a concerted effort to intimidate...

NYC Immigration Court Erodes Protections for Kids Without Lawyers

David Brand, CityLimits, Feb. 13, 2018 - "Over the past few months, finding legal representation has become even more challenging for immigrant children in New York City because Manhattan’s federal immigration court has eroded several of the practices and provisions designed to help children...

NY Gov. Cuomo to ICE: Stop!

Letter dated Apr. 25, 2018 from Gov. Cuomo to Acting ICE Dir. Homan - "Recent enforcement actions by Immigration and Customs Enforcement ("ICE") agents operating in New York State raise significant legal and public safety concerns. The tactics deployed by agents under your leadership have...