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Lawsuit Puts DACA Expansion On Hold

February 20th, 2015 Written by: 

26 states filed a lawsuit over the DACA program. As a result on February 17th, a federal judge granted an preliminary injunction on the expansion of the DACA program and the upcoming DAPA program. This temporarily halts the planned expansion of the program which was supposed to take effect on February 18th. The injunction does not mean that the Obama administration actions were improper, but it prevents the Department of Homeland Security from implementing them until the

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FY 2016 H-1b Lottery: Predictions

January 24th, 2015 Written by: 

USCIS will begin to accept H-1b visa applications on April 1st, 2015 for an October 1st 2015 start date. USCIS usually accepts petitions for the entire first week and then counts them to see if an H-1b lottery is needed. If USCIS receives more petitions than there are slots, they will conduct a lottery to see who gets their petition adjudicated.  Even though the filing and adjudication takes place in 2015, these applications are considered part

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Largest Immigration Detention Center in the U.S. to Open

December 16th, 2014 Written by: 

The Obama administration just announced they are opening a new, permanent detention center in Dilley, Texas (85 miles northeast of Laredo). This facility can hold up to 2,400 individuals, making it the largest immigration detention center in the U.S. by a large margin.  According to the New York Times, the next largest permanent facility can only hold 100 people.

This sends a strong message that immigration enforcement through detention and deportation is a major part

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The Basics: I’m Undocumented Do I Qualify Under The Expansion of Deferred Action Just Announced?

November 20th, 2014 Written by: 

In his November 20th announcement President Obama expanded his policy of providing deferred action and work authorization to long-term residents of the US. From the little we know so far, the expansion includes individuals who’ve been residing in the US since 1/1/2010 if they fall into either of two categories:
1. Are the parent of a US citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident of any age,
2. People of any age who entered the US before they were 16 and graduated

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Obama to Announce Executive Action on Immigration Tomorrow Evening

November 19th, 2014 Written by: 

Tomorrow night at 5:00 PM Pacific time President Obama will address the nation and outline the executive actions he will take “to fix our broken immigration system”. The broadcast will be shown live on

The White House Blog states:

This is a step forward in the President’s plan to work with Congress on passing common-sense, comprehensive immigration reform. He laid out his principles for that reform two years ago in Del Sol High School in Las Vegas — and that’s

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Obama’s Immigration Proposal

November 18th, 2014 Written by: 

While overseas in Myanmar President Obama announced that he plans to use his executive authority to institute immigraiton reform. Frustrated by Congress’ inability to pass an immigration bill, Obama believes this is his only option for immigration reform.

As a result the media is buzzing and the Republican party is already planning how to denounce the reforms and fight back. Meanwhile millions of undocumented foreign nationals eagerly await Obama’s immigration proposal. So, what will he do? The truth is we

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Do H-1b Visas Take Jobs From American Workers?

October 8th, 2014 Written by: 

Many anti-immigration advocates repeatedly claim that foreign workers on H-1b visas (specialty occupation workers) are stealing skilled jobs from U.S. workers. The logic seems simple enough, if the foreign worker was not hired a U.S. worker would get the job. However, the reality of the situation is much more complicated, especially in the Information Technology (“IT”) field, where the majority of H-1b workers are employed. A recent report by the bipartisan Partnership for a New

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Obama’s War of Attrition

September 18th, 2014 Written by: 

In Artesia New Mexico, hours from the nearest metropolitan area, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) has set up a prison solely for the purposes of detaining children and their mothers while they await determination of their claims for refugee status in the US.  ICE’s policy is to detain all of the children and their mothers regardless of their individual circumstances.  This policy is a violation of our obligations under the 1951 Refugee Convention.  But even more disturbing than the

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Justice Delayed – Relief for Mexicans Who Were Tricked into Accepting Voluntary Removal

September 15th, 2014 Written by: 

For many years, attorneys who represent Mexicans in the United States facing deportation have heard the stories from clients and their family members. Someone accepted removal from the country voluntarily based upon advice received from Immigration agents that there was no possibility to obtain relief from removal from a judge. To another, they said that he could fight his case, but he would have to do it from a detention center without the possibility of release on bond, and

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Update: Top Ten Ways Obama Can Make Positive Steps Towards Immigration Reform Without Waiting for Congress

August 13th, 2014 Written by: 

Over three years ago I created a list of ten ways that President Obama could use his administrative powers to effect positive change in our immigration system without waiting for Congress.  Here’s the link to my article from May, 2011:

Well three years later President Obama has implemented some of my recommendations but immigrant rights advocates are still waiting for comprehensive immigration reform.  To be specific he’s granted deferred action to some of the individuals who would have qualified

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