August 13th, 2011 (No Comments)

1)      Difference between “Inadmissibility” and “Deportability”   Inadmissibility   Law: INA §212(a). Regs: 8 U.S.C. §1182(a) Interpreted more “broadly” Burden of proof on the foreign national (“clearly and beyond any doubt admissible”) Becomes relevant when the foreign national is seeking “Admission” (at a Port of Entry, application for a visa at the consulate, AOS, COS, […]


August 13th, 2011 (No Comments)

  1)      US Department of Homeland Security (DHS)   Homeland Security combines the resources of several federal, state and local agencies into a single, integrated agency focused on protecting the American people and their homeland. More than 87,000 different governmental departments at the federal, state, and local level have homeland security responsibilities.   US Citizenship […]

Born in the USA—But Does that Guarantee Citizenship?

August 8th, 2011 (No Comments)

Born in the USA—But Does that Guarantee Citizenship? By Martha J. Heil American Bar Association Aug. 4, 2011 This article discusses the hot topic of the 14th Amendment. TORONTO — Does the 14th Amendment provide that children born in this country automatically become citizens? And if it doesn’t, should we fix it? A debate on […]

Tips on creating a paperless office—it is possible!

August 8th, 2011 (No Comments)

I came across this article  (July 2011) with the ABA about going paperless. It is a summary of another blog and article about going paperless by  Margaret (Molly) DiBianca: “The paperless office is not a myth,” says Margaret (Molly) DiBianca, who practices labor and employment law at Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP, in Wilmington, […]

A soldier’s final gift: Parents’ citizenship

August 7th, 2011 (No Comments)

A soldier’s final gift: Parents’ citizenship By Kurt Streeter August 6, 2011 At a bittersweet naturalization ceremony for Ryan Hizon’s mother and father, a magistrate judge finds a lesson in the opportunities and the responsibilities of citizenship. Such a sad but true story. I currently have a US citizen client serving in Iraq and his foreign-born wife […]

How to the choose the right immigration attorney for you

August 2nd, 2011 (No Comments)

Finding the right immigration attorney can be a challenge and you need to make sure that you find the right one to entrust your important immigration matters to his/her expertise.  Here are a few things to consider in making the right choice:   1. Find an immigration attorney who practices only immigration law (or predominantly immigration law) […]

More Fear and Loathing from the House Judiciary Committee

July 14th, 2011 (No Comments)

More Fear and Loathing from the House Judiciary Committee July 13, 2011 “Washington, D.C. – Tomorrow, the House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to take up two immigration bills that supposedly address community safety, but in reality are simply the latest attempts to restrict immigration and limit due process for immigrants. Neither Chairman Lamar Smith’s (R-TX) […]

A new Republican pragmatism on immigration?

July 11th, 2011 (No Comments)

  Influential pro-reform conservatives are emerging, but none of the leading 2012 candidates seems to have got the memo

ABA Tells Congress the Immigration System Is in Crisis, Needs More Resources

May 21st, 2011 (No Comments)

Immigration enforcement has “increased exponentially” in the last 10 years, creating burdens for courts straining to keep up with the caseloads, an ABA representative told Congress on Wednesday. We have seen the increased enforcement here in Houston and the backlog in immigration court.

Computer glitch costs US visa lottery jackpot for 20,000

May 13th, 2011 (No Comments)

Computer glitch costs US visa lottery jackpot for 20,000 By Matthew Lee May 13, 2011 For a few joyful days, more than 20,000 people around the world thought they literally had hit the lottery and won a chance to come and live legally in the United States. Oops, the State Department said Friday, we had […]