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Immigration Crisis at the Border

Since last October, tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors and women with children have traveled from Central America to turn themselves over to border patrol units along our southern border with Mexico. As a result, ICE...more

Immigration Alert: January 2014

I. H-1B Nonimmigrant Season Opens on April 1, 2014, for Fiscal Year 2015 - As most H-1B employers know, there is an annual quota on the number of new H-1B petitions that can be approved each federal fiscal year. The...more

It’s All or Nothing With I-9s and Nothing Proves Costly

A Washington drywall company recently learned the hard way that a partially completed I-9 form is insufficient to avoid costly penalties. The company was fined over $280,000 by the Department of Homeland Security’s...more

Miami-Dade County Attorney finds Compliance with ICE Detainer Requests is not Mandatory

A “detainer request” is a request from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) asking local authorities to hold an arrestee for up to 48 hours so that ICE can determine the arrestee’s immigration status. In Miami-Dade and...more

U.S. Government Remains Firm on “Deferred Action” Despite Suit to Shut It Down

On Monday of this week, U.S. District Court Judge Reed O’Connor held a hearing on a Complaint filed by U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (“ICE”) agents who are challenging the federal “deferred action” program...more

Budget Cuts Lead to Release of Undocumented Immigrants

As the result of uncertainty about the agency's budget, U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) announced that it will release hundreds of undocumented immigrants from detention centers across the country. Broad...more

Iowa Immigration Law: Internal ICE Documents Show Deportation Quotas

Documents produced by Immigration Customs & Enforcement (ICE) obtained by ACLU of North Carolina prove what has long been claimed: ICE has deportation quotas and, when not meeting them, has been directed to channel all...more

Law Abiding Immigrants

The City of Chicago Safe Families Ordinance prohibits police and other law enforcement officials from detaining undocumented immigrants unless they are wanted on a criminal warrant or have been convicted of a serious crime....more

Children and Other Dependents of “Deferred Action” Beneficiaries

Many people are concerned about how the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) will treat children and other dependents of “deferred action” beneficiaries (those in the country illegally who are adjudged to be entitled to a...more

Requests for “Deferred Action” Not Linked to Removal Proceedings

Many individuals who are residing and working in this country without proper documentation are worried about pursuing a grant of “deferred action” status (one that allows such residents to stay in the U.S. temporarily without...more

Dangers of Fraudulent Application for Deferred Action

Soon after launching the “deferred action” program to suspend immigration enforcement actions against qualifying individuals who came to the U.S. as children, the White House and the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”)...more

Those Not Eligible for Deferred Action Not Out of Luck

Soon after launching the “deferred action” program to suspend immigration enforcement actions against qualifying individuals who came to the U.S. as children, the White House and the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”)...more

Can You Appeal a “Deferred Action” Decision?

A cursory Internet search reveals that many people are curious about whether individuals can appeal a denial of a request to the government for “deferred action” status. While there is no process for formal appeal, there is a...more

IS DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS (DACA) FOR YOU? DO YOU NEED AN IMMIGRATION LAWYER OR ATTORNEY TO PREPARE DACA BENEFITS?

Since June 15th 2012, hundreds of Dreamers (or DACA beneficiaries) have walked into immigration law offices in the U.S. and close to half of them actually qualify for better relief than Deferred Action. As experienced...more

Do You Qualify For U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals?

On June 15, 2012 the Secretary of Honeland Security, Janet Napolitano announced that certain young people who were brought to the United States as young children can obtain relief from removal from the country or removal...more

Executive order: Dream Act or nightmare?

My article discusses the ramifications of President Obama's recent Executive Order allowing certain undocumented immigrants, who would have qualified for the Dream Act, which Congress has refused to pass for several years, to...more

Immigration Enforcement and Deferred Action

Since the announcement of the new “deferred action” policy by President Obama on June 15, many questions have been raised about what the policy is and how it will be implemented....more

Border Patrol and Deferred Action

Since the announcement of the new “deferred action” policy by President Obama on June 15 – a policy of prosecutorial discretion in favor of those who were brought to this country as children – many questions have been raised...more

Implementing the President’s Deferred Action Policy

Since the announcement of the new “deferred action” policy by President Obama on June 15, many questions have been raised about what the policy is and how it will be implemented....more

IT'S NOT EXACTLY DREAM ACT. THE PROVISIONS ARE CORNERSTONE OF WHAT DREAM ACT WAS - DAVID H. NACHMAN, ESQ.

“About a year ago, John Morton, who is in charge of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Division of the Department of Homeland Security, passed through what was called the Prosecutorial Discretion Memorandum. It...more

Homeland Security Gives Guidance on “Deferred Action”

In the wake of President Obama’s recent announcement of an executive order granting so-called “deferred action” in favor of qualified sons and daughters of illegal immigrants, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) has...more

DHS Announces DREAM Act Alternative

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano announced today that certain qualified foreign nationals without immigration status who were brought to the United States as children, and meet other specific...more

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