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Immigration for Lunch

Here's a look at what's making news mid-day
Will Politics Kill Possibility of Immigration Reform?CNN Obtains Rights to Air Documentary on Life of Illegal ImmigrantImmigration Reform News 2013: Fasting for Immigration ReformJudge: Co. Owes $15M in Botched Immigration FormsValadao's Support of Immigration Reform: Opportunity is NowIndustry Reps Urge Rep. Scott Tipton to Pass Immigration Reform

Immigration for Lunch

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Activist Rally for Immigration Reform on Market SquareBroader Lessons in Obama Immigration ReformImmigration Shifts Political PowerUnited States: Updates From USCIS: Parole in Place, E-verify and December Visa NewsPolicy Ends Deportation of Troops' Families

Immigration for Lunch

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CNN Acquires Vargas Immigration Film DocumentedDespite GOP Stalling on Immigration Health-Site Woes Cause Headache for Latino DemocratsImmigration Reform News 2013:Jeb Bush Hopes for Immigration Reform Next YearObama Says Could Support Piecemeal Approach to Overhauling Immigration SystemNY Top Court Requires Deportation Warning.

Immigration for Lunch

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DC Major to Sign Immigration Driver's License BillHundreds of Immigrant Advocates Gather in MiamiHouse Inaction Escalates Demands for Immigration ReformLaura Ingraham Mocks Immigration Decision to Boost Troop Morale

Immigration for Lunch

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Obama Relying more on Immigration Rule ChangesCommunity calls on Tipton to Support ImmigrationImmigrant-Police Relations on Long Island ImproveOre. Immigrants wait Longer for Relief in CourtBroader Lessons in Obama Immigration ReformFallacies about Immigration

What to Watch for in Immigration - Week of November 18, 2013

Are Democrats rooting for the failure of comprehensive immigration reform?  That's what some in the media have theorized.  Could it be that immigration reform will be for Democrats what abortion was for Republicans for so many years?  An issue the party never really takes many positive steps towards resolving, but just by talking about it guarantees support for certain sectors?  Who knows?  Let's just get this passed already.

Is immigration reform delayed or defeated?  With John Boehner's announcement this week that there would be no immigration reform in 2013, many have declare immigration reform dead for the time being.  It makes sense.  Many have felt that if reform didn't happen in 2013, it sure wouldn't happen in 2014, an election year.  Still, others aren't so sure and they have a few good historical examples to back them up.

Lawsuits.  On Friday, civil rights groups filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for a failure to investiga…

This week in Immigration

On Wednesday, House Speaker Boehner repeated his long-standing opposition to the Senate-passed immigration bill and his pledge the House would never vote on it.  The Senate “Gang of Eight” bill, passed with bipartisan support in the upper chamber this summer, would allow for a lengthy path to citizenship for most undocumented immigrants – something that many Republicans decry as “amnesty". Republican lawmakers have instead been working on smaller pieces of legislation that would address border security, employment verification, and possibly a path to legalization for undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children. Boehner refused to say Wednesday whether he plans to bring any of those measures to a vote before the end of the year. A series of targeted immigration bills have passed the House Judiciary Committee - mostly focused on border security and enforcement - but GOP leaders have not scheduled any floor votes on any of them. Given that the House is in sessio…

Immigration for Lunch

Here's a look at what's making news mid-day
Boehner: No formal talks on Immigration BillCompromise needed on ImmigrationNo reason not to do Immigration Reform: Barack ObamaFed prosecutions of Immigration Case Jump in NM, fall in Ariz.Immigration Advocates to Host Peaceful Walk for Reform Saturday

Immigration for Lunch

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Immigration Reform nowCalifornia's growing Latino population presents challenge for Republicans on immigration issueVoters to Respond if Immigration Reforms DiesVeasey, Castro determined to keep Immigration Reform going in HouseImmigrant tuition bill up for hearing in NJ

Removal Ramblings: Creativity in Removal Proceedings

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Being in a removal practice can be difficult for several reasons.  It sucks seeing clients who you know deserve to remain with their families get kicked out of the country.  I hate watching families ripped apart by an archaic immigration system that really does nothing to take into account the needs of the family or society-at-large.
At the same time, the practice can be extremely rewarding, like when you win that cancellation case you thought had no legs, or when asylum is granted to that client who is scared to death to return home.  It is exhilarating.
If you’re a removal veteran, you know that removal defense is full of highs and lows.  There are no Perry Mason’s or Matlock’s of our practice area.  No one wins every case.  If you do, give me a call, we need to talk.

Ain't no Perry Mason or Matlock here
Removal proceedings are usually our clients’ one and only chance to remain in the United States with their families, friends and loved ones.  Often, the only thing standing between …

Immigration for Lunch

Here's a look at what's making news mid-dayClergy, faith leaders urge Paulsen to support immigration reformYale Law School clinic to file suit over deported veteranActivists to fast on Capitol Hill until Congress passes immigration reformAdvocates press on, despite grim 2013 outlook for immigration reform

Cancellation of Removal

Cancellation of Removal is a form of relief for Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR) or Certain Non-LPRs in removal (deportation) proceedings.  Cancellation of Removal is not available outside of removal proceedings.  It only becomes available once an immigrant is served with a Notice to Appear (NTA) requiring an appearance before an immigration judge (IJ).
The best thing about cancellation of removal is that, if successful, it results in LPR status.  It is the ultimate form of relief in removal proceedings, and as a result, can also be one of the most difficult forms of relief to obtain.
Cancellation of Removal for Lawful Permanent Residents
Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) are not immune from removal.  The only way to ensure absolute protection is through naturalization.
If an LPR ends up in removal proceedings, an application to have the removal cancelled can be approved if he or she  (1) has been a lawful permanent resident for five years; (2) has resided continuously in the United S…

Immigration for Lunch

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National conservative leader's hunger strike for immigration reform"Illegal Immigrant" term banned at UCLA and UC BerkleyIllegal immigrant myths extend to organ transplantsEntrepreneur immigration can boost economic growthArmy vet expelled from U.S. fights deportationCatholics: Full pew push for immigration reform

Immigration for Lunch

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Chris Christie talks immigration........then he declines to explain what he meantQueens veteran now an immigration activistMinnesota veterans, activists call for immigration reformObama's courting of CEOs on immigration widens the conservative divideTexas Republicans unlikely to bend on immigrationHouse GOP scuttles immigration pushWhite House seeks Republican immigration helpImmigration reform not dead?

What to Watch for in Immigration - Week of November 11, 2013

Remembering the contributions of our immigrant veterans - Being that it is Veteran's Day, it is important to remember the contributions of immigrants to our armed forces.  Lawful Permanent Residents (green card holders) are eligible to enlist in the military.  Each year, an average of about 8,000.00 non-citizens enlist in the U.S. military.

As of 2008, there were more than 65,000 immigrants enrolled in the armed forces.  That constitutes about 5% of all active duty military personnel.  Non-citizens have served in the armed forces of the United States going back to the Revolutionary War.

In the Civil War, more than 140,000 Irish immigrants alone served in the United States army.  Whole regiments were made up exclusively of Irish immigrants.  Several of these regiments were formed into the "Irish Brigade," a famed unit that saw action in some of the most important battles of the war.  The brigade was so battle tested that only two other U.S. Army brigades saw higher numbe…

The U Visa

I. What is a U Visa? A “U visa” is a temporary non-immigrant status available to non-citizen victims of certain crimes. Congress created the U visa as part of the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Prevention Act of 2000, in order to strengthen the ability of law enforcement agencies to investigate and prosecute certain crimes against immigrants and to offer protection to victims who fear cooperating with law enforcement due to their immigration status. II. What are the eligibility requirements for a U visa? 1) Have suffered substantial physical or mental abuse as a result of having been a victim of a qualifying criminal activity; 2) the alien (or in the case of an alien child under the age of 16, the parent, guardian, or next friend of the alien) possesses information concerning the criminal activity; 3) ) the alien (or in the case of an alien child under the age of 16, the parent, guardian or next friend of the alien) has been helpful, is being helpful, or is likely to be helpful to a F…