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US ImmIgratIon PolIcy SInce 9/11: Understanding the Stalemate over Comprehensive Immigration Reform

September 2nd, 2011 (No Comments)

Post 9/11 U.S. Immigration Policy A report by the Migration Policy Institute (CAP) reviews the response to 9/11 in U.S. immigration policy by examining the state of affairs in 2001 before 9/11, and the subsequent legislation and policies. The report also explores the debate on comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) during the years of 2006-2010 and […]

Investigation reveals widespread insider hacking at immigration agency

August 25th, 2011 (No Comments)

Investigation reveals widespread insider hacking at immigration agency BY ALIYA STERNSTEIN 08/18/2011 The investigation began in January 2008, when officials at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, which is part of Homeland Security, reported to the department’s inspector general that numerous personnel had violated federal security rules at the agency’s Texas Service Center, one of four regional centers […]

Ciudad Juarez I-601 Waiver Timeline

August 25th, 2011 (4 Comments)

Ciudad Juarez I-601 Waiver Timeline August 25, 2011 by I-601 Waiver Attorney, Ruby L. Powers A common question I am asked by potential clients whose only option to obtain legal permanent residency for their spouse or fiancé from Mexico is, ‘How long will it take?’  The answer is not concrete but depends on several variables but I […]

Bogus Church Isn’t a Lawyer, Texas Says

August 24th, 2011 (No Comments)

Bogus Church Isn’t a Lawyer, Texas Says August 24, 2011 By CAMERON LANGFORD HOUSTON (CN) – Texas says a woman is practicing immigration law without a license, telling suckers she can legalize them as religious workers if they join her “church” – and that at least 300 people have fallen for it.      The Texas attorney […]

USCIS American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) EB-5 Committee Meeting

August 24th, 2011 (No Comments)

USCIS American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)   EB-5 Committee Meeting August 10, 2011 Meeting Notes

Here are the 10 Things You Should Know about DHS’s Announcement:

August 24th, 2011 (No Comments)

Great list brings the info down to 10 key points, from Reform Immigration for America blog posting:   Here are the 10 Things You Should Know about DHS’s Announcement: All 300,000 cases currently in deportation proceedings will be reviewed by senior DHS officials. Immigration judges and ICE trial attorneys will also be reviewing their cases […]

U.S. Immigration Policy and Mexican/Central American Migration Flows: Then and Now

August 23rd, 2011 (No Comments)

August 2011 A report by the Center for American Progress looks at the decline in immigration from Mexico and examines factors that have contributed, such as Mexico’s aging population and growing economy. The report concludes that decreased immigration provides an “opportune time” to implement sound immigration policy. Read the report, “What Changes in Mexico Means for U.S. Immigration […]

U.S. Visa Rule Will Burden Families, Lawyers Say

August 23rd, 2011 (No Comments)

U.S. Visa Rule Will Burden Families, Lawyers Say By BRIAN KNOWLTON Published: August 14, 2011 WASHINGTON — A new U.S. visa rule, taking effect Monday, appears likely to substantially lengthen the amount of time that Americans living overseas must wait before bringing along their noncitizen spouses or children if they have to move home quickly for […]

House Unanimously Amends Immigration and Nationality Act

August 22nd, 2011 (No Comments)

The New York Times reports that the House passed, by a 426-0 vote, HR 398, to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to toll, during active-duty service abroad in the Armed Forces, the periods of time to file a petition and appear for an interview to remove the conditional basis for permanent resident status. http://politics.nytimes.com/congress/bills/112/hr398

DHS: Prioritizing Enforcement and Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion

August 22nd, 2011 (No Comments)

August 22, 2011 American Immigration Council  For Immediate Release DHS: Prioritizing Enforcement and Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion Experts Welcome New Guidance, But Agree the Devil is in the Details   August 22, 2011   Washington D.C. – Today, the American Immigration Council hosted a briefing to discuss the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) announcement last week that […]

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