The Guise of Individual Responsibility Creating Barriers to Citizenship in proposed CIR

While the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to send S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, to the Senate floor for a vote, the Bill still faces significant challenges from House GOP opposition. For example, some GOP House Representatives have proposed mandating that undocumented immigrants buy health insurance at a market rate … More The Guise of Individual Responsibility Creating Barriers to Citizenship in proposed CIR

Proposed Immigration Reform Could Harm J-1 Visa Program

The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill that many believe will be debated in Congress this summer could have a detrimental effect on the J-1 exchange visitor program.  Specifically, if the bill passes as it is currently written, there will be an additional $500 fee for each individual J-1 Summer Work/Travel participant.  This additional fee is meant … More Proposed Immigration Reform Could Harm J-1 Visa Program

The Complicated Story of Gangs and Immigration

Today, criminal street gangs are (rightly) a high priority target of law enforcement agencies.   These groups exploit our nation’s most vulnerable communities with the trade of illegal drugs and weapons.  And they are all too often involved with violent crime.  As a result, immigration authorities routinely target immigrant members of such organizations for deportation or … More The Complicated Story of Gangs and Immigration

The Immigration Bill Offer Options for the Undocumented, But Eliminates Certain Family-Based Options

On Wednesday, Senators introduced a bill, “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization of 2013,” to overhaul the current immigration system in the U.S.  As anticipated, the bill offers a thirteen-year pathway to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. while substantially increasing border security to decrease the possibility of future illegal … More The Immigration Bill Offer Options for the Undocumented, But Eliminates Certain Family-Based Options

Summary of Employment-Based Provisions in Immigration Reform Bill

Much has been said in the news about the roadmap to citizenship for undocumented individuals in the comprehensive immigration reform bill that was introduced in the Senate on Tuesday.  However, not much has been publicized about the changes that have been proposed to employment-based visa classifications.  Following is a summary of the reforms that have … More Summary of Employment-Based Provisions in Immigration Reform Bill

DACA Encourages Young Immigrants to Seek Legal Advice

In June of 2012, President Obama announced a policy called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which offers certain young undocumented immigrants an opportunity to apply for temporary work authorization and reprieve from removal for a two-year period.  This policy spurred many undocumented immigrants to seek legal advice who were otherwise fearful of telling anyone … More DACA Encourages Young Immigrants to Seek Legal Advice

New I-9 Form Released

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration services announced today that a newly revised Form I-9 has been released.  Employers should begin using the new form dated 03/08/13  right away.  However, older forms dated 02/02/09 and 08/07/09 may be used until May 6, 2013.  On and after May 7, 2013, only the 03/08/13 edition may be used. Employers … More New I-9 Form Released

Immigration Options Continue With Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act

On February 28th, 2013, 18 months after the expiration of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), Congress finally voted to reauthorize the bill.  VAWA was a landmark bill enacted in 1994 to protect victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking by funding state and local agencies to assist victims.  Congress also recognized … More Immigration Options Continue With Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act