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Progressive Immigration Reform On The Horizon

Posted by Matthew Green | Jan 09, 2021 | 0 Comments

Immigration reform can be approached a number of ways.  It can be approached with severity and restriction, as it was under the Trump administration.  Or it can be approached with a commitment to welcoming immigrants and restoring “America's moral leadership,” which is what can be expected of the...

Federal Judge: DACA is Fully Reinstated

Posted by Matthew Green | Dec 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

In November, a federal judge ruled that Chad Wolf, acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was unlawfully appointed and that, by extension, he did not have the authority to suspend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in a memorandum issued in July of th...

Cuban-Born Alejandro Mayorkas to lead DHS under Biden

Posted by Matthew Green | Dec 03, 2020 | 0 Comments

President-Elect Joe Biden has nominated Alejandro N. Mayorkas to be the head of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  If confirmed by the Senate, Mayorkas would be the first Latino and first immigrant to hold the position.  Biden has promised to prioritize immigration reform within and beyo...

Federal Judge: Chad Wolf and his DACA Rules are Unlawful

Posted by Matthew Green | Nov 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

On November 14, a New York federal judge ruled that Chad Wolf, acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, was not lawfully appointed and, as a result, his suspension of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was invalid.  In July of this year, DACA had been suspen...

COVID-19 Outbreaks Arising in Detention Centers

Posted by Matthew Green | Jun 07, 2020 | 0 Comments

Detention Centers are far from immune to the coronavirus pandemic.  The La Palma Correctional Facility here in Arizona faces a growing outbreak of COVID-19.  On Tuesday, May 12, the Arizona Republic reported that “the number of detainees at [this] Immigration and Customs Enforcement Eloy facility...

Immigrants Continue to Benefit from Stateside (Provisional) Waivers

Posted by Matthew Green | Oct 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

he provisional waiver program was implemented on March 3, 2013. Also known as a "stateside" waiver, or an I-601A waiver, this new program offers an exciting opportunity for immigrant families. The provisional waiver program allows spouses of U.S. citizens to apply for their green cards, or lawful permanent residency, without having to leave the United States, and being separated from their families, for long periods of time. It also allows parents of adult U.S. citizens the same opportunity, although the situation for parents, as opposed to husbands and wives, of U.S. citizens, may be a bit different. At Green | Evans-Schroeder, we know how long you have been waiting for this kind of extraordinary opportunity. Our immigration attorneys understand how important it is for you to get your green card as soon as possible. We also know how critical it is for you to avoid spending time away from your family, and we do everything possible to maximize our clients' chances of a smooth and successful application process. Over the years, we have shared in the joy of many of our clients who have won their green card cases through the provisional waiver program--and we look forward to many more provisional waiver green card wins in the future.

Understanding the New Public Charge Rule

Posted by Matthew Green | Oct 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

For over a year, the Trump administration has been developing a policy change to make it more difficult for immigrants to successfully obtain permanent residency in the United States, or their "green cards." The new public charge rule has come under intense criticism by immigration advocates. USCIS officials said the revised standards would apply to nearly 400,000 people seeking to adjust their immigration status per year, but the agency did not have an estimate of the total number of immigrants who would potentially be denied residency and other benefits. Advocates for immigrant rights said Monday that hundreds of thousands of immigrants are likely to forgo or withdraw from a federal assistance program they are legally entitled to receive amid fears that their families could be separated because some members would be deemed ineligible to enter or remain in the country.

Attorney Profile: Caterina Kretz

Posted by Matthew Green | Oct 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

Caterina (Cathy) Kretz joined the Green | Evans-Schroeder team in May, 2018. Cathy is an immigrant herself since she was born in Caracas Venezuela and was raised in New York City. Caterina was drawn to the practice of law through a family attorney. Since Caterina was born outside of the United States she had to obtain her citizenship. The attorney that helped Caterina gain her citizenship became a close friend of the family. Caterina always looked up to her and it became apparent she would pursue a career that would help immigrants. Caterina's main focus has been in family based immigration law and she enjoys helping families stay together. Many of her colleagues, judges and clients have used words like aggressive, tenacious, honest and hard working to describe her personality and work ethics. Caterina always has her client's best interest at heart and will do everything possible to fight for the rights of her clients.

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