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A First Look at the Biden/Harris Immigration Bill
Hours before he takes the oath of office, President-Elect Joe Biden released details of the immigration bill his administration will send to Congress.  The fact sheet distributed by his office reveals a bold bill that...
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Is USCIS really not processing green card applications?
Outstanding reporting by Tanvi Misra in Roll Call last week uncovered memos that state that U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service has "stopped" processing applications for residence.  While we have not seen the memos at issue,...
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New Rule on Asylum at Southern Border Violates Letter and Spirit of Asylum Law
New Rule on Asylum at Southern Border Violates Letter and Spirit of Asylum Law
The law as passed by Congress is very clear as to who may seek asylum in the United States.  Immigration & Nationality Act Section 208 states: Any alien who is physically present in the United...
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Sessions Guts Asylum Protections
Sessions Guts Asylum Protections
It’s another rough day to be an immigration attorney in America. Yesterday, a decision was issued that seriously undermines the ability of immigrants to seek asylum in this country. The administration is continuing its war...
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What is the Caravan and what should U.S. immigration authorities do with it?
What is the Caravan and what should U.S. immigration authorities do with it?
We have heard a lot about the "Caravan" of immigrants making its way north through Mexico from the Northern Triangle- El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala- of Central America.  Once numbering over 1200 people, the remaining...
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DACA is Back, Almost!
DACA is Back, Almost!
[caption id="attachment_3143" align="aligncenter" width="250"] Judge John D. Bates is a George W. Bush appointee on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.[/caption] DACA lives!  Maybe?  Yesterday, U.S. District Judge John Bates ruled that...
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April 2018 Clients of Month Aldemar Segundo and Susan Matos
We are thrilled with our April 2018 Clients of the Month, Aldemar Segundo and Susan Matos Segundo.  Aldemar became a permanent resident in March 2018 and can live securely with his U.S. citizen wife, Susan,...
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Against “Illegal” Immigration But in Favor of “Legal” Immigration? We Knew You Were Lying All Along
Against “Illegal” Immigration But in Favor of “Legal” Immigration? We Knew You Were Lying All Along
Nearly every discussion I have with someone who is opposed to immigration eventually includes my opponent saying something like this: "I am not against immigration.  I am against illegal immigration.  I have no problem if...
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Moving Uptown
Moving Uptown
What a year! 2017 will go down as one of the weirdest years we can remember.  And for all the terrible news, we will remember this year as one of tremendous change and growth.  On...
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TPS Honduras se ha extendido
TPS Honduras se ha extendido
El TPS para los ciudadanos de Honduras se ha extendido por 6 meses. El Departamento de Seguridad a la Patria/ Department of Homeland Security, anunció hoy que ha extendido el Estatus de Protección Temporal (TPS)...
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TPS for Honduras Extended for 6 Months
TPS for Honduras Extended for 6 Months
[caption id="attachment_3054" align="aligncenter" width="960"] TPS for Honduras is extended for six months.[/caption] The Department of Homeland Security announced today that it has extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for citizens of Honduras for a period...
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DACA: Some Venting and Some Solutions
DACA: Some Venting and Some Solutions
Of all the stupid, dirty, slimy, no-good, treasonous, villainous, putrid, double-crossing treachery, low life, vengeful, mean-spirited, spiteful, nasty, pin-headed, pathetic, weak, ugly, traitorous, short-sighted, weak-kneed, unbecoming, dumb, awful, smelly, vile, cruel, vicious, unjustifiable, illogical, unfriendly,...
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Intern Week! Lily Talks Iowa Politics
Intern Week! Lily Talks Iowa Politics
Immigration in Iowa: Countering Dominant Narratives by Lily Hamilton* *Lily Hamilton is an intern at Benach Collopy where she works on asylum issues, LGBT immigration issues, and the fine art of satisfying the Immigration Court...
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What is going on with DACA?
What is going on with DACA?
The future of President Obama's program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is the subject of intense speculation and even more significant anxiety. Worry over the fate of the program increased significantly this week after...
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Walls, DACA and Raids: What has happened in immigration since Trump’s inauguration?
Walls, DACA and Raids: What has happened in immigration since Trump’s inauguration?
Back in November, we made some predictions about what might occur in a Trump presidency as it relates to immigration.  Generally, we were very pessimistic and presumed that almost all areas of immigration would become...
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