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Department of Homeland Security’s Deferred Action Status program – Applications can be submitted starting August 15, 2012

NOTES FROM A RECENT WEBINAR REGARDING DEFERRED ACTION STATUS – Posted on July 21, 2012 Immigration Attorney – Ruby L. Powers The official commencement date for the program is August 14, 2012, but the applications cannot be submitted until August 15, 2012.   I. PUBLIC SAFETY Concerns:  GANGS ·         You must distinguish between Member vs. Associate ·         If Member, …

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Immigration attorneys ‘bombarded’ after Obama policy announcement

“It is important that people not do anything until it is clear what the actual process is to apply,” Abdin said. “We don’t want them to fall prey to notaries or attorneys who are only after money and are not really going to be helping them.” Abdin and other immigration attorneys urged undocumented immigrants hoping …

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Secretary Napolitano Announces Deferred Action Process for Young People Who Are Low Enforcement Priorities

WASHINGTON— Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today announced that effective immediately, certain young people who were brought to the United States as young children, do not present a risk to national security or public safety, and meet several key criteria will be considered for relief from removal from the country or from entering into removal proceedings. Those who …

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Fact Sheet: Transforming the Immigration Enforcement System Release Date: June 15, 2012

Direct Link Over the past three years, this Administration has undertaken an unprecedented effort to transform the immigration enforcement system into one that focuses on public safety, border security and the integrity of the immigration system.  As the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) continues to focus its enforcement resources on the removal of individuals who …

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Obama Offers Two Years of ‘Deferred Action’ to Illegal Immigrants

Those who are in the U.S. illegally, but meet certain criteria, won’t face prosecution Some young illegal immigrants living in the United States will be eligible for a reprieve from federal prosecution, according to a Friday announcement by the Obama administration. It’s a move ripe with election year politics as both President Obama and Republican …

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STARS Act Highlights Potential Pitfalls of Rubio DREAM Proposal

When news broke yesterday that a Florida congressman introduced an alternative version of the DREAM Act, many assumed it was Sen. Marco Rubio, who has been promising for months to introduce such legislation. In fact, the bill in question—dubbed the STARS Act—was introduced by Rep. David Rivera, a member of the House who introduced similar …

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Obama pledges immigration reform early in 2nd term

Obama pledges immigration reform early in 2nd term CARTAGENA, Colombia (AP) — In his most specific pledge yet toU.S. Hispanics, President Barack Obama said Saturday he would seek to tackle immigration policy in the first year of a second term. But he cautioned that he would need an amenable Congress to succeed. “This is something I care deeply about,” he told Univision. “It’s …

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Foreign-Filed I-601 Waivers: New Procedure starting late Spring/Early 2012

In a teleconference on March 9, 2012, USCIS announced plans to transition all usually foreign filed I-601 applications for unlawful presence, criminal, misrepresentation, and other kinds of inadmissibility waivers to one central Lockbox filing location in the U.S. The practice now is to submit the waiver filing with the USCIS office connected to the foreign consulate. The …

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Twelve Things to consider about the Provisional Waiver – I-601A waiver

Twelve Things to consider about the Provisional Waiver – I-601A waiver  Law Office of Ruby L. Powers – Immigration Law Firm focused on Waivers It is not yet available (as of April 2012), but everything points to it being available later in the year. You must already have an approved I-130 or I-360. It can’t …

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