WHITE HOUSE SIGNALS REFUGEE CRISIS WILL NOT DETER EXECUTIVE ACTION

By Edward Shulman, Posted in Immigration Law

As lawmakers in Washington have shifted focus away from addressing comprehensive immigration reform towards debate over the humanitarian crisis at the southern border, the White House has signaled that it will not prevent the administration from moving forward on new executive actions to address some immigration issues. According to Jennifer Palmieri, the White House communications director, “The American people see immigration as an urgent issue and want the administration to act to address the probl... read more.

  • July 25, 2014
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POLITICAL DEBATE OBSCURES SOLUTIONS TO REFUGEE CRISIS

By Edward Shulman, Posted in Immigration Law

For the last two weeks or so, images of refugees - mostly children from the countries of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala - lining up at the southern border to be taken in to custody by federal border agents, has prompted intensification of an already, heated debate over immigration reform. While the solutions proposed by the Obama administration and by a group of bipartisan lawmakers from Texas each address the process by which each refugee’s immigration case may be handled and how much money shou... read more.

  • July 24, 2014
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FAMILY OF TEEN SHOT ON MEXICAN SIDE OF THE BORDER CAN SUE AGENT

By Edward Shulman, Posted in Immigration Law

A Mexican teen who was fatally shot by a U.S. Border Patrol agent on the Mexican side of the border had some constitutional protections although he was not an American citizen and he was killed on Mexican territory, albeit just across the border. Accordingly, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in Hernandez v. Mesa, No. 11-50792 (5th Cir. 2014) held that the child’s family could sue for wrongful death on the grounds that the decedent’s  Fifth Amendment due process right to be protected from... read more.

  • July 16, 2014
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RECENT GUARDIANSHIP CASE ILLUSTRATES PLIGHT OF KIDS FROM CENTRAL AMERICA

By Edward Shulman, Posted in Immigration Law

As thousands of children - many unaccompanied by adults - cross America’s southern border to flee danger in countries such as El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, a recent appellate case originating out  of a family court in Nassau County, New York  illustrates the plight facing some of the youngsters in the region. The appeal involves whether the mother of children who fled violence in El Salvador can be appointed guardian under a statute which could eventually qualify the children for more... read more.

  • July 15, 2014
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PRIOR SHAM MARRIAGE CAN JEOPARDIZE LATER BID FOR RESIDENCE

By Edward Shulman, Posted in Immigration Law

A Lebanese man came to the United States lawfully in 1999 under a H-1(b) work visa to work for his sponsoring employer, Carolyn Pickett. Subsequently the man, Elias Eid, married Ms. Pickett and lived together. But when, after Ms. Pickett and Mr. Eid filed the applications for him to be granted permanent residence in the United States, they withdrew the applications after immigration officers questioned the legitimacy of the marriage. Both Eid and Pickett then gave sworn affidavits to the INS officer. In his... read more.

  • July 14, 2014
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INDEPENDENCE DAY BRINGS NATURALIZATION CEREMONIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY

By Edward Shulman, Posted in Immigration Law

For thousands of immigrants who soon will be able to call themselves “American citizens” this Fourth of July will be remembered as the time in which they finally achieved that vaunted and highly desired status. After months, and in many cases, years of awaiting action on petitions, submitting to interviews by immigration officials, hoping to hear good news from their attorneys and studying to take the examination necessary to become a citizen in this country, scores of immigrants will raise thei... read more.

  • July 13, 2014
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AVENUE FOR PRESIDENT TO ISSUE ORDERS REDUCING DEPORTATIONS ARISES

By Edward Shulman, Posted in Immigration Law

Political leaders in Washington have apparently slammed the door on any chance for achieving comprehensive immigration reform in 2014.  Last week John Boehner, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, reiterated to the President that the House would not be passing an immigration reform bill because he does not believe the President was “faithfully executing the laws.” The Speaker does not view the record number of deportations as proof that President Obama will enforce the laws on the b... read more.

  • July 11, 2014
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By Edward Shulman, Posted in Immigration Law

The Obama administration announced a plan last week to establish a program to provide legal counsel to the children who have recently crossed over the southern border of this country. Over 47,000 children have fled their home countries of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, at their parents’ behest to avoid the persecution facing residents in those Central American countries. When they arrive across our border, few can speak English, most have not bathed in days or weeks and many cannot articulate wh... read more.

  • July 01, 2014
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By Edward Shulman, Posted in DAPA/DACA

On June 5, 2014 Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson announced the process for individuals to renew enrollment in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This coincides with the submission by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to the Federal Register for approval of a revised form for application to allow individuals previously enrolled in DACA, to renew their deferral for a period of two years.USCIS will immediately begin accepting renewal requests. USCIS will al... read more.

  • June 30, 2014
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By Edward Shulman, Posted in Immigration Law

In a landmark decision issued earlier this year, the Supreme Court of California affirmed a decision of that state’s Committee of Bar Examiners – a part of the State Bar of California – to allow an undocumented immigrant to practice law in that state.  In making its decision in In re Garcia, that Court noted that section 1621 of title 8 of the United States Code (hereafter “section 1621”) generally restricts an undocumented immigrant's eligibility to obtain a professional... read more.

  • June 27, 2014
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