Recent developments in Defense of Marriage Act

October 23rd, 2011 (No Comments)

In Febuary 2011, President Obama declared that the Department of Justice would no longer be defending the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in certain Courts of Appeals. This radical stance change has had a profound effect on undocumented aliens and foreign nationals in the LGBT community. However, due to certain legal realities, the DoJ has […]

Bill Would Give U.S. Visas to Foreign Home Buyers

October 23rd, 2011 (No Comments)

The reeling housing market has come to this: To shore it up, two Senators are preparing to introduce a bipartisan bill Thursday that would give residence visas to foreigners who spend at least $500,000 to buy houses in the U.S. more

Texans for Immigration Reform Monthly Meeting

October 21st, 2011 (No Comments)

2nd Saturday (10m-12:30pm) or Thursday (7-9pm) each month at Tracy Gee Community Center, Houston, TX. Ongoing events from the group, American Border Patrol as seen in “Border Invasion Pics.” There are several home videos taken on the US/Mexico border. According to the website, “All activity shown… is a result of citizen volunteer effort. Detection is […]

Immigrants fearing deportation make plans for kids

October 10th, 2011 (No Comments)

They’re signing documents allowing others to care for their children if needed, assistance groups say

Hispanic students vanish from Alabama schools

October 1st, 2011 (No Comments)

By JAY REEVES updated 9/30/2011 7:04:01 PM ET BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — Hispanic students have started vanishing from Alabama public schools in the wake of a court ruling that upheld the state’s tough new law cracking down on illegal immigration. ….. Local and state officials are pleading with immigrant families to keep their children enrolled. The law does not ban […]

‘Til 2013 do us part? Mexico mulls 2-year marriage

October 1st, 2011 (No Comments)

Reform would allow couples to decide on the length of their commitment “Around half of Mexico City marriages end in divorce, usually in the first two years.” This is all very interesting. In a practical way, this could affect US immigration. If this law passes, I would assume that US Immigration/Foreign Affairs Manual would not […]

Foreign teachers’ American dreams vanish in a flash

September 30th, 2011 (No Comments)

US district hired them to meet No Child Left Behind demands, but now they’re left in the lurch            

Snapshot: I-601 Waiver in Juarez, Mexico – Pilot Program – Mexican Pilot Program

September 25th, 2011 (No Comments)

The Mexican Pilot Program provides a process for the rapid adjucation of waiver applications by USCIS. The process can be broken down into four distinct steps: 1. Inadmissibility The process begins at the IV consular interview when an alien is deemed inadmissible on awaivable ground by a consular official. The applicant can then schedule a waiver […]

Immigration Enforcement Since 9/11: A Reality Check

September 13th, 2011 (No Comments)

September 9, 2011 report In the decade since the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) were created in the wake of 9/11/01, senior officials in these agencies have repeatedly asserted that their primary enforcement mission was to deport terrorists, persons who threatened the national security and serious criminals from the […]

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 […]