4TH CIRCUIT KEEPS MUSLIM BAN BLOCKED – BUT THIS ISN’T OVER

The 4th Circuit opinion keeping the Muslim Ban blocked – with concurrences and dissents – is a stage for a final showdown before the Supreme Court. A full panel of 13 judges ruled, 10 in favor of upholding the block on the ban, but not all for the same reasons, with 3 dissenting. As one of the volunteer […]

WE’RE SUING TO COMPEL DISCLOSURE OF THE TANTON PAPERS

Updates here; follow me on Facebook or on Twitter @HMAesq for notifications; on Twitter follow #TantonPapers. Last update: 06/20/2019 BACKGROUND As an immigration lawyer and advocate, in the wake of ICE raids, stalled immigration reform, detention of children, denial of due process, ramped up deportations, and targeted travel bans, I am committed to stop what I see as the legalization of […]

MANHATTAN ATTACK: SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT ON IMMIGRATION

On November 1, 2017, Trump tweeted: “I have just ordered Homeland Security to step up our already Extreme Vetting Program. Being politically correct is fine, but not for this!”“The terrorist came into our country through what is called the “Diversity Visa Lottery Program,” a Chuck Schumer beauty. I want merit based.”“We are fighting hard for […]

ARE IMMIGRANTS STEALING US JOBS?

Are new jobs being created being taken by non-US nationals? The answer, according to a comprehensive study published by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, is no, immigrants do not take American jobs; rather, they contribute to our society, not take away from it. This has been made worse by the crackdown by President […]

OPERATION JANUS

I’ve always advocated for clients to become US citizens as soon as possible.Sometimes I get asked, “So once I’m a citizen, I’m good, right?” And I say, “Yes, generally. There is always a chance of denaturalization (revoking citizenship) but that is relatively rare.” Enter Operation Janus. I will not be alarmist, but I can no […]

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 […]

IT’S FAMILY IMMIGRATION, NOT CHAIN MIGRATION

By now, you’ve probably heard one of the latest buzzwords in the immigration debate: chain migration. You’ll hear it constantly now. Some horrendous threat that must end in order to move on the #DreamAct. (Plus a wall.) But how new is it? And what does it actually mean? Humza Kazmi and I investigated. First, the term “chain migration” […]

CHANGING THE LAW: AN AMERICAN RIGHT

Maria Nasir is a Spring 2018 Legal Intern and shares her thoughts on her own immigrant experience and how the right to petition our government for grievances is a quintessential part of her American dream. “Are you American?” I always struggled with this one, even though my cousins in Pakistan declared early on that since […]

ASYLUM AND REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS

Kamila Rivas is one of our outgoing Spring 2018 Interns and researched this piece on a very important topic. Earlier today, the Supreme Court of the United States granted the government’s request to vacate an injunction permitting Jane Doe, a noncitizen minor, to obtain an abortion. (See Azar v. Garza, 584 U. S. ____ (2018)) While litigation will continue, […]

PROTECTING THE FLORES SETTLEMENT

On June 22, pursuant to Trump’s Executive Order, the Department of Justice asked a federal court to let the government out of some of the Flores settlement requirements. This binding settlement is the only law preventing the horrific caging of children apprehended by ICE. Why? So that our government can efficiently detain families together in […]