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Pressure Mounts for Obama to Halt Deportations

Posted by Matthew Green | Sep 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

President Obama has professed his support for progressive immigration policy throughout both of his campaigns, and activists are currently applying maximum pressure in hopes that he'll make good on those promises. As the comprehensive immigration reform bill languishes in the House, activists are...

Arizona Expands License Ban to DACA Recipients

Posted by Matthew Green | Sep 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

Arizona's latest stunt in a nearly-constant stream of attacks on immigrants is to ban the issuance of driver's licenses to youths who have qualified for deferred action. Because of the newly expanded ban, announced last week, Arizona is one of only two states to deny DACA youths driver's licenses...

Never Forget

Posted by Matthew Green | Sep 05, 2013 | 0 Comments

Amidst policy debates over immigration reform, we often forget the human tragedies that accompany the border conflict we find ourselves in. In a stark reminder of why immigrants' rights are such a pressing human rights concern, six Central Americans riding atop a train in hopes of coming to the U...

New Ruling on Derivative Citizenship

Posted by Matthew Green | Aug 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has just issued a recent decision that will likely have an impact on the future adjudication of derivative citizenship suits. In the past, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) has held that minors would only be eligible for derivative citizenship if they bec...

Implications of the DOMA Decision for Immigrant Families

Posted by Matthew Green | Jul 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

The United States made a historic decision last week, in United States v. Windsor, declaring the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional. As a result, LGBT couples in the U.S. will now enjoy equality in all realms of federal law, including estate taxes, income taxes, health care issues an...

I-601A Provisional Waivers Hold Promise

Posted by Matthew Green | Jun 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

As much national attention is being paid to S.744, the comprehensive immigration reform bill being debated in the Senate, New York City immigration lawyer Alan Lee says we should not forget about the I 601A provisional waiver as a means of helping immigrants remain in the United States. In compar...

Military Contractors Compete to Provide Border Security

Posted by Matthew Green | Jun 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

The comprehensive immigration reform bill before the Senate now contemplates a vast increase in militarization of the border between Mexico and the United States. For the first time ever, the idea is to close up every inch of the 1,969-mile border and have a system of "persistent surveillance" to...

ACLU Files Class Action Suit Over Voluntary Departures

Posted by Matthew Green | Jun 07, 2013 | 0 Comments

This week the American Civil Liberties Union filed a class action lawsuit against the federal government on behalf of immigrants who have been subject to alleged abuses regarding the policy of voluntary departure. Specifically, the lawsuit alleges that immigration officials do not properly i...

Sherrif Joe Arpaio Guilty

Posted by Matthew Green | May 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

In a federal court ruling last week, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was found guilty of racial profiling against Latinos, hopefully bringing to a close an era of fear and discriminatory policing in Arizona. Immigrant rights advocates also hope the ruling will send a strong message to other st...

As Border Security Tightens, Migrant Deaths Continue

Posted by Matthew Green | May 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

Amidst the controversial deliberations of the comprehensive immigration reform debate, one of the most tragic outcomes of America's border policy is often forgotten. Despite a dramatic decline in border apprehensions in recent years, indicating a correlating decline in people crossing the border ...

Flood of Amendments to Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Posted by Matthew Green | May 08, 2013 | 0 Comments

The recently announced bipartisan Senate immigration bill on Comprehensive Immigration Reform is now being debated amongst Senate members, and has drawn a flood of proposed amendments. Of the 301 amendments, two-thirds are from Senate Republicans, the Washington Post reports. The most threatenin...

Legal Aid for Mentally Disabled Immigrants

Posted by Matthew Green | May 01, 2013 | 0 Comments

Last week, a U.S. District Court judge, Dolly M. Magee, made a historic ruling giving legal aid to mentally ill or mentally incompetent immigration detainees. This is the first time that there has been a right to counsel for any class of immigration detainees, so the step is quite symbolic and ho...

Immigration Reform to Add More Visas in Tech Sector

Posted by Matthew Green | Apr 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

The long-awaited comprehensive immigration reform bill is currently being debated in Congress. But judging from the summary released by the Gang of Eight, it's shaping up to meet the demands of the technology sector through additional visas as well as provisions to prevent outsourcing and wage pr...

Analyzing The Boston Bombings and Immigration Reform

Posted by Matthew Green | Apr 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

As could be expected, many initial reactions to last week's horrific bombings in Boston turned to the immigration debate once it became evident that the two suspects grew up in Chechnya. While some politicians reacted with measured thoughtfulness, others came forth with the usual sound and fury. ...

Mark Zuckerberg Favors Immigration Reform

Posted by Matthew Green | Apr 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg recently spoke out in favor of progressive immigration reform, and others in his industry have echoed this opinion. Zuckerberg explained in an editorial in The Washington Post that he favors a "welcoming immigration policy" for both business and personal reasons. ...

USCIS Reaches H-1B Cap for 2014

Posted by Matthew Green | Apr 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

USCIS has issued a press release indicating that it has reached the cap of 65,000 for H-1B visas for the 2014 fiscal year. In fact, there were about 124,000 applications filed within only one week of the filing period. In addition, USCIS states that it has received about 20,000 applications from ...

DACA Hopefuls May Have Other Forms Of Relief Available

Posted by Matthew Green | Apr 03, 2013 | 0 Comments

Young applicants seeking DACA relief may be surprised to find out that other forms of relief may be available to them. According to a story in the New York Times, immigration lawyers are often able to identify alternate forms of relief in addition to DACA. DACA stands for Deferred Action for Chi...

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