PARISHES IN LOUISIANA TAKING IN CENTRAL AMERICAN  MINOR REFUGEES

By Edward Shulman, Posted in Immigration Law

Many children who took the harrowing trip across Mexico to the southern border of the United States have now found a temporary place to reside in Louisiana. Five parishes – the equivalent of counties in other states – have agreed to provide shelter for many of these children.From January to July, the Federal Office of Refugee and Resettlement placed 173 children in East Baton Rouge Parish, 533 children in Jefferson Parish, 51 children in Lafayette Parish, 237 children in Orleans Parish and 54 ch... read more.

  • September 23, 2014
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LEGAL SCOPE OF PRESIDENT’S AUTHORITY ON DEPORTATIONS AND WORK PERMITS

By Edward Shulman, Posted in Immigration Law

While a great deal of media attention focuses on the political considerations involved in the contemporary debate over comprehensive immigration reform, the legal questions over whether the President can act to address  these pressing issues unilaterally generally gets less discussion. However, a group of legal experts on these issues just released a letter contending the President has broad, expansive authority to provide some temporary relief for immigrants facing removal or deportation.The document... read more.

  • September 22, 2014
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DHS EXTENDS TEMPORARY PROTECTED STATUS FOR SUDANESE CITIZENS

By Edward Shulman, Posted in Immigration Law

The Secretary of Homeland Security may designate a foreign country for temporary protected status (TPS) due to conditions in the country that temporarily prevent the country's nationals from returning safely, or in certain circumstances, where the country is unable to handle the return of its nationals adequately.  USCIS may grant TPS to eligible nationals of certain countries (or parts of countries), who are already in the United States. Eligible individuals without nationality who last resided i... read more.

  • September 21, 2014
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UNCERTAINTY OVER EXECUTIVE ACTION FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM

By Edward Shulman, Posted in Immigration Law

Earlier this summer President Obama indicated that, if Congress fails to act on immigration reform as they had one year earlier, he would be forced to use his executive powers to provide some relief for immigrant families fearful of potential deportation and exasperated by the weight of constantly living “in the shadows”.  At the time it was viewed as a final plea to the majority caucus in the House of Representatives to craft a bill which could address the nation’s ongoing immigratio... read more.

  • September 19, 2014
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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RECOGNIZED AS BASIS FOR ASYLUM FOR FIRST TIME

By Edward Shulman, Posted in Immigration Law

The Board of Immigration Appeals broke new ground last week as it recognized for the first time that the fear of domestic violence can serve as a basis for granting asylum to a foreign national seeking to stay in the United States.  The case of Aminta Cifuentes from Guatemala provided a compelling, yet tragic, basis for the Board of Immigration Appeals to find that a foreign national facing potential deportation could assert that her fear of resumed domestic violence warranted granting of asylum.Ms. Ci... read more.

  • September 18, 2014
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STATE OF NEW YORK PREPARES FOR SLEW OF CASES OF MINORS TAKEN IN AT THE BORDER

By Edward Shulman, Posted in Immigration Law

Under new procedures established by federal courts in the State of New York, unaccompanied minors and families with children who entered the United States in recent months during a surge of illegal migration from Central America will be moved to the front of the line to go before immigration judges for their removal hearings or deportation cases. Court administrators spent the last several weeks working with the Department of Justice to design a modified system to handle the burgeoning caseload caused by th... read more.

  • September 11, 2014
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COLORADO JOINS OTHER STATES IN ALLOWING DRIVER’S LICENSES TO IMMIGRANTS

By Edward Shulman, Posted in Immigration Law

The State of Colorado has joined ten other states plus the District of Columbia which allow for undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses. The measure is likely to permit as many as 150,000 individuals the opportunity to get a valid license in that state. The action flies in the face of those who argue that this practice will unfairly normalize the presence of those who qualify for such licenses. But advocates for the measure insist the law will benefit all citizens by ensuring that, if one... read more.

  • September 10, 2014
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LACK OF AGREEMENT IN CONGRESS LEAVES BORDER CRISIS UNADDRESSED

By Edward Shulman, Posted in Immigration Law

Since 2011 tens of thousands of children from Central American countries, particularly Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala have trudged across Mexico seeking to be taken in to custody by United States Border Agents when they reach this country’s southern border. The apprehension and placement of these children – some of them accompanied by their mothers or other adults – in various facilities across the country has sparked numerous calls to either have these youngsters sent back to their h... read more.

  • September 09, 2014
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USCIS HIGHLIGHTS CONVICTIONS IN MARRIAGE FRAUD CASES

By Edward Shulman, Posted in Immigration Law

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is touting two convictions, it obtained against defendants for marriage fraud in federal court.  In one case, a Jamaican national named Erica Harrison came to the United States on a temporary work visa in 2007. According to prosecutors, she offered Robert Kenneth Cruz, an American citizen, the sum of $6,000 to marry her. They were married on August 15, 2011, and subsequently petitioned for Harrison to receive lawful permanent resident status based o... read more.

  • September 08, 2014
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TRAGIC CONSEQUENCES FACING JUVENILE REFUGEES RETURNING TO CENTRAL AMERICA

By Edward Shulman, Posted in Immigration Law

As discussed frequently in previous blogs published on this site, foreign nationals citing fear of persecution or violence if they are sent back to their home country, have the right to request asylum or  Convention Against Torture (CAT) in the United States.  In order to establish a viable claim for asylum in order to avoid removal from this country, petitioners must establish that they have a reasonable fear of being harmed physically or persecuted under five enumerated grounds if they are force... read more.

  • September 06, 2014
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