NOTARIO FRAUD WARNING: NO, THERE’S NO AMNESTY

Last week, the Department of Homeland Security announced  a new focus more on criminal aliens, and not immigration status violators who committed no crime.  Almost immediately, both sides of the band camp began to speak – with one side cautiously welcoming the move as a sensible use of limited resources, and the opposing side likening it to […]

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE NEW DEFERRED ACTION POLICY

It has been a busy week.  Our firm has received dozens of calls and emails about the new deferred action policy.  Here is the first round of frequently asked question (FAQ): 1.  Is this the DREAM Act? No, it is NOT the DREAM Act.  Do not call it the DREAM Act, because if you do, you […]

DEFERRED ACTION AND FAKE SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS (SSN’S) (OR FAKE PASSPORTS)

It’s a burning question.  A lot of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) applicants are using or have used fake social security numbers.  Sometimes people just make up numbers, other times they purchase numbers of the street, and sometimes they just use a friend’s number.   On Form I-821D, you are asked to provide your […]

VICTORY IN NACARA CANCELLATION OF REMOVAL CASE

We take a break from DACA to report some good news. This morning, a hardworking man who’d been in the US, undocumented, since childhood, won special rule cancellation of removal under NACARA. When his case originally went to trial, the previous lawyers were able to demonstrate all the requirements except one. Under NACARA, if one […]

EARLY DACA NUMBERS ARE IN: WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO PREPARE YOUR CASE?

As of September 11, 2012 the New York Times reports that 72,000 DACA (deferred action) applications have been received by USCIS.  And more good news: the first round of approvals is on its way!  That is much quicker than the 3 months (or longer) that many of us immigration lawyers were expecting. We have prepared […]

TRUMP GAVE A DEPORTATION SPEECH, NOT AN IMMIGRATION SPEECH

Donald Trump has allayed all fears of flip-flopping on immigration after his speech Wednesday night in Phoenix. His 10 point plan isn’t an immigration plan at all: it’s a deportation plan. And a terribly ignorant one at that. The first glaring hole in Trump’s “policy” is due process of law. Trump came through with the […]

TRUMP’S EXECUTIVE ORDERS ON IMMIGRATION: BROKEN DOWN

On January 25, 2017 President Trump announced two executive orders on immigration, largely in line with the hardline stance he embraced during his campaign. The first executive order is called “Protecting the Nation From Terrorist Attacks By Foreign Nationals.”  The second executive order is called “Enhancing Public Safety In The Interior of the United States.”  […]

I RAN AND HID IN THE AIRPORT

What do you do if you’ve endured persecution and torture so horrible you can’t talk about it, but the law requires you to talk about it? Now let’s say you have a lawyer willing to talk for you. That would be a good thing, right? Our government doesn’t think so. In fact, the government’s top […]

WHY DON’T THEY COME LEGALLY?

A HYPOTHETICAL CASE STUDY Let’s take the example of a 35 year old Dreamer, #DACA expiring Mar 2018. He came to US with his parents at age 4. He has no criminal record, and has never left the US. He goes to see an immigration lawyer his family has been working with for years. First: Our Dreamer is […]

WINNING A SECOND CHANCE AFTER ASYLUM DENIED

You’ve told the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. You hired a lawyer. You spent countless hours working with your lawyer on collecting evidence, rehearsing your story, making sure everything was correct, and that there were no gaps. You tell yourself that going through this is still better than what you would […]