Will politics kill possibility of immigration reform?

November 25th, 2013 (No Comments)

Written by Matthew I. Hirsch   As the recent budget impasse came to a close, the President made news by announcing he was prepared to restart efforts to pass comprehensive immigration reform (CIR). Whether or not this “can and should get done by the end of this year,” as the President said, is uncertain. House […]

Judges Must Warn About Deportation, New York Appeals Court Rules

November 21st, 2013 (No Comments)

JAMES C. McKINLEY Jr. New York judges must warn immigrant defendants that they face deportation if they plead guilty to a felony, the state’s highest court ruled on Tuesday. In a 5-to-2 decision, the Court of Appeals overturned its 1995 ruling that deportation is a “collateral consequence” of a guilty plea, and so judges need not […]

Six Republicans Ask for Immigration Views of DHS Nominee

November 21st, 2013 (No Comments)

Six Republicans want immigration views of DHS nominee Jeh Johnson By: Seung Min Kim November 18, 2013 05:50 PM EST Six key Senate Republicans are demanding more information about Department of Homeland Security nominee Jeh Johnson and his views on immigration, arguing that they need to know more before they confirm him. The letter from six Senate Judiciary […]

Immigrants Closely Tied to Military Get Reprieve

November 18th, 2013 (No Comments)

By: Julia Preston The Obama administration issued a new policy on Friday that will allow immigrants in the United States illegally who are close relatives of active military troops and veterans to stay and move toward becoming permanent residents. The long-awaited memorandum, coming after three years of deliberations by Department of Homeland Security officials, was an […]

John Boehner: House GOP Still Figuring Out ‘How We’re Going To Move Ahead’ On Immigration

November 14th, 2013 (No Comments)

WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) insisted on Wednesday that even though House Republicans have moved slowly on immigration reform, they’re still planning to work on it — but not by combining their efforts with the already-passed Senate bill. “The idea that we’re going to take up a 1,300-page bill that no one had […]

Boehner Rules out Immigration Reform this Year

November 13th, 2013 (No Comments)

November 13th, 2013 01:40 PM ET 3 hours ago Washington (CNN) – If there were any doubts that comprehensive immigration reform efforts were dead on Capitol Hill this year, House Speaker John Boehner eliminated them on Wednesday. Boehner repeated his long standing opposition to the Senate-passed immigration bill and his pledge the House would never vote […]

Obama seeks to build momentum for immigration overhaul

November 12th, 2013 (No Comments)

Nov 5 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama turned to business leaders on Tuesday to try to build momentum for an overhaul of the U.S. immigration system and pressured the U.S. Congress to approve legislation by the end of the year. Obama brought a number of business executives to the White House to stress his belief […]

New push for immigration reform will target 9 House Republicans

November 11th, 2013 (No Comments)

With a year to go until the midterm elections, immigration reform advocates hoping to jump-start debate on Capitol Hill are planning to target a handful of Republican lawmakers most likely to suffer political consequences next year if Congress fails to act on immigration reform. Rep. Joe Heck ( R-Nev.), left, speaks with a constituent during […]

Obama: ‘This is the moment’ to get immigration reform done

October 24th, 2013 (No Comments)

Obama: ‘This is the moment’ to get immigration reform done By Carrie Dann, NBC News President Barack Obama tried to refocus attention on the incomplete comprehensive immigration reform push Thursday, saying that “this is the moment we should be able to finally get the job done.” “Let’s not wait,” Obama said during a statement at […]

Update from the NBC on Provisional Waivers – October 1, 2013

October 3rd, 2013 (No Comments)

As the NBC staff soon realized, this broad application of the “reason to believe” standard has led to a high denial rate.  Given this development, Mr. Blackwood announced that, as of six weeks ago, NBC stopped issuing any “reason to believe” denials and is suspending adjudication of cases where this issue is present while USCIS […]