By Edward Shulman, Posted in Immigration Law

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has for the last five years maintained a guest worker program of employment for foreign workers to work in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. One of five island territories of the United States, the North Mariana Islands was exempt from American immigration laws until November 28, 2009. The USCIS implemented the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)-Only Transitional Worker (CW-1) program. Until earlier this month, that program h... read more.

  • June 26, 2014
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By Edward Shulman, Posted in Immigration Law

Rarely does a single primary election for one seat in the House of Representatives where less than 75,000 voters cast ballots seem to have such large reverberations in the political realm. The recent defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in Virginia may shift the dynamics of the debate over comprehensive immigration reform.  Prior to the June 10, 2014 election, conventional wisdom in Washington DC suggested that, after Mr. Cantor vanquished his relatively unknown opponent in his district’s... read more.

  • June 25, 2014
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By Edward Shulman, Posted in Immigration Law

The United States District Court in New York refused Charmaine Brown’s pro se plea for extraordinary relief seeking a vacation of her 2011 conviction for importation of a controlled substance with intent to distribute in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1). The Court, in Brown v. US, No. 11-cv-3443 (SLT). (Dist. Ct. ED NY 2014), rejected her writ of error coram nobis under the All Writs Act, 28 U.S.C. § 1651(a) on the ground that she did not prove her legal counsel rendered ineffective assist... read more.

  • June 20, 2014
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By Edward Shulman, Posted in Immigration Law

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is lending its voice to the campaign for comprehensive immigration reform by urging Congress to pass such reform before it takes its annual August recess. "Our strength as a nation is drawn from our diversity and the unique talents of persons from around the world. Under our current immigration system, we weaken our country, not strengthen it. By not acting, we alienate a generation of young persons, who are the future leaders of our country. We are saying "we do not... read more.

  • June 19, 2014
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By Edward Shulman, Posted in Immigration Law

A crush of unaccompanied children at border crossings across the southern border of the United States has prompted President Obama to order federal emergency authorities to respond to the developing humanitarian crisis. Children of undocumented aliens mostly from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras have been found at border crossings.  Officials claim that over 47,017 children traveling without parents had been caught crossing the southwest border since October 1, 2013.The President tasked Craig F... read more.

  • June 18, 2014
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By Edward Shulman, Posted in Immigration Law

The First Circuit Court of Appeals denied relief to a Sri Lankan woman, Kumudinie Renuka Perera, who has repeatedly sought asylum in the United States on the grounds that she fears she will be persecuted if she is sent back to her home country.The federal appellate court, in review of a Board of Immigration Appeals decision denying her motion to reopen the case, found in Perera v. Holder, No. 13-1312. (Ct App. 1st Cir. 2014) that she failed to show that changes in conditions and circumstances were sufficien... read more.

  • June 17, 2014
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By Edward Shulman, Posted in Immigration Law

The White House appears to have hit the pause button – at least for a few months - with respect to the revamping of a Department of Defense program, which would allow certain young immigrants to enlist in the military. The planned initiative, Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI), would allow those immigrants who meet the following requirements to serve in the military:(1) if they are doctors or have other advanced medical skills; or(2) if they speak strategic languages including... read more.

  • June 16, 2014
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By Edward Shulman, Posted in Immigration Law

As the White House awaits a recommendation from the Director of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, in response to President’s Obama’s request that Johnson provide him with his options for curtailing deportations of undocumented aliens, a debate has ensued concerning how much authority the President has to act without Congressional involvement and what political effect any actions he may take may in fact have. The concern among the President’s advisers stem from statements made by Republican m... read more.

  • June 02, 2014
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By Edward Shulman, Posted in Immigration Law

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a decision that a person subject to removal from the United States cannot assert mental illness as a basis for seeking asylum in order to avoid being sent to one’s home country. In the appeal, Berisha v. Holder, No. 13-3490 (Ct. App. 6th Cir. 2014), Mark Vasel Berisha, a native and citizen of Albania, sought to have the ruling of Board of Immigration Appeal (BIA)- which itself upheld the Immigration Judge’s (IJ) refusal to grant asylum – reviewed... read more.

  • May 31, 2014
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By Edward Shulman, Posted in DAPA/DACA

On April 9, 2014 the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued an update concerning DACA renewals.  DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Process, constitutes a procedure put in place in 2012 by the Obama Administration to address the issue of deportation of children who have spent most of their lives in the United States having been brought to the country through no fault of their own. DACA has been utilized by approximately 800,000 children.Those who can apply for DACA includ... read more.

  • May 30, 2014
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