Legislative Reform

What is Happening – A Humanitarian Crisis and Call to Action

What is Happening – A Humanitarian Crisis (Family Separation/Zero Tolerance) I know we have been inundated as immigration attorneys with more changes in the last year and a half than most of the Obama Administration but I want to give you an update from what I have seen on the ground regarding family separation. I …

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President Obama’s Executive Actions on Immigration – Update – May 2016

President Obama’s Executive Actions on Immigration – Update By Board Certified Houston Immigration Attorney Ruby L. Powers Powers Law Group, P.C. May 23, 2016 On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced a series of executive actions to limit illegal immigration at the border, prioritize deporting felons not families, and require certain undocumented immigrants to pass …

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DACA Renewal

If your previous period of deferred action expires before you receive a renewal of deferred action under DACA, you will accrue unlawful presence and will not be authorized to work for any time between the periods of deferred action.  For this reason, USCIS encourages you to submit your request for renewal 120 days before your …

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In a crowded immigration court, seven minutes to decide a family’s future

By Eli Saslow His courtroom rarely came to order, and by now the judge had decided it was a waste of time to try. Interpreters explained legalese in three languages. Adults squeezed into crowded seats while children crouched in the center aisle. A court official stood near the doorway and worried about the building’s fire code. …

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Immigration Reform and the State of the Union

January 28, 2014 Washington D.C. – Tonight, President Barack Obama pressed the reset button and laid out his priorities for 2014—and, ultimately, the final leg of his presidency. During the State of the Union address, the President discussed the need to create jobs and greater opportunity for all. He also made it clear that immigration reform and …

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Top Republicans to Call for Legal Status for Some Immigrants

WASHINGTON — The House Republican leadership’s broad framework for overhauling the nation’s immigration laws will call this week for a path to legal status — but not citizenship — for many of the 11 million adult immigrants who are in the country illegally, according to aides who have seen the party’s statement of principles. For …

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Immigration Debate: What’s More Important, Border Security Or Protecting Immigrant Workers?

As billions of dollars of legal goods, as well as shipments of drugs and groups of undocumented immigrants continue to cross the U.S. border, immigration reform and border security have become a major topic of discussion. Photo by N. Parish Flannery @LatAmLENS The immigration debate is under way in the United States. While several prominent …

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Republican Ideas on Immigration Could Legalize Up to 6.5 Million, Study Says

By JULIA PRESTON Win McNamee/Getty ImagesA Dream Action Coalition demonstration last month. Between 4.4 million and 6.5 million immigrants illegally in the United States could gain an eventual pathway to citizenship under proposals being discussed by Republicans in the House of Representatives, according to an estimate published Tuesday by the National Foundation for American Policy, a nonpartisan research group in …

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House Republicans Preparing Plan for Immigration Overhaul

ASHLEY PARKER WASHINGTON — The House speaker, John A. Boehner, and his Republican leadership team are preparing to release their principles for an overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws later this month, the speaker told his members at a closed-door conference on Wednesday. Though the “standards or principles document,” as Mr. Boehner of Ohio referred …

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Eight Immigration Wins In 2013

Despite a landmark comprehensive immigration reform bill that cleared the Senate in June, a corresponding bill that addresses the 11.7 million undocumented immigrants in the United States has yet to come to a vote in the House. In fact, the only immigration-related bill that House members brought to a floor vote was a measure to …

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