Dream Act or Achieve Act?

It’s funny how since the last election the Republicans are all about immigration legislation after losing the Hispanic vote by very large margins.  NBC Latino recently published an opinion piece titled, “Dream Act or Achieve Act?”  The Republicans recently unveiled their own version of the DREAM Act called the Achieve Act.  It appears to be similar to prior … Continue reading Dream Act or Achieve Act?

USCIS Releases New Deferred Action Statistics

Late last week USCIS released updated Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) statistics that I received from AILA.  According to these numbers, they have received about 180,000 DACA applications.  Of these, USCIS has issued biometrics (fingerprint appointments) on about 160,000 or about 89%.  Of the 180,000 only about 6,500 or  3.6% are under review and … Continue reading USCIS Releases New Deferred Action Statistics

Romney Would not Grant NEW Deferred Action Applications

I noted in a previous post on October 2, 2012, that presidential candidate Romney stated he would not take away deferred action status from DREAMers who have been granted it.   According to reports, the next day he clarified that while he would not take away deferred action status from those granted it, his administration would end the program … Continue reading Romney Would not Grant NEW Deferred Action Applications

USCIS Only Approves 29 Deferred Action Applications So Far

The New York Times recently reported that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has only approved 29 of the more than 100,000 applications for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), with more than 63,000 in the final stages of review.  While this number may seem low, and may cause some to panic, one must keep in … Continue reading USCIS Only Approves 29 Deferred Action Applications So Far

Mitt Romney Says He Would Not Deport Those Granted Deferred Action

After indicating he would veto a DREAM Act during the Republican primaries, he is reported as recently saying he would not pursue deportation of potential DREAM Act candidates granted deferred action under the Obama administrations program.  He is quoted as saying “The people who have received the special visa that the president has put in place, which … Continue reading Mitt Romney Says He Would Not Deport Those Granted Deferred Action

DREAMers March for Change

Many young people brought to the U.S. at a young age are marching for change.  A local news station in Kansas City highlighted some local marchers and interviewed some.  As the news story notes, the reason these individuals are marching is to prevent people from forgetting that the recently announced deferred action for DREAMers is only … Continue reading DREAMers March for Change

The Risks of Applying for Deferred Action

An article by Howard Fischer in The Arizona Daily Sun raises the possible risks of apply for deferred action recently announced by the Obama Administration for DREAMers.  This reality is often lost amidst the excitement of the recent announcement.  The Administration has stated that the new deferred action process will be valid for a period of two years.  … Continue reading The Risks of Applying for Deferred Action

Immigrant Claims Deferred Action for Dreamers Allows Him to be Lawyer

In a July 2, 2012, post I highlighted the story of an undocumented immigrant with a pending case in the California Supreme Court seeking to be admitted to practice law after entering the U.S. when only 17 months old, he graduated from law school, and passed the bar exam.  Fox News highlights another law school … Continue reading Immigrant Claims Deferred Action for Dreamers Allows Him to be Lawyer

Another Family Torn Apart By U.S. Immigration Laws with a Tragic Ending

I ran across an article in the New York Times whose story I thought I would share because it is an example of how our immigration laws separate mixed-status families.  Examples such as this is what the proposed family unity waiver is meant to prevent. Elizabeth Drummond, a U.S. citizen, married Segundo Encalada, whom was … Continue reading Another Family Torn Apart By U.S. Immigration Laws with a Tragic Ending

Americans less divided on approach to immigration, survey says – Figuring Faith – The Washington Post

Americans less divided on approach to immigration, survey says – Figuring Faith – The Washington Post.  Several poll and survey data have been released recently indicating public support for immigration reform.  Today, in an opinion piece in the Washington Post, Robert P. Jones discusses new findings from the Public Religion Research Institute’s June Religion & … Continue reading Americans less divided on approach to immigration, survey says – Figuring Faith – The Washington Post

Evangelicals Preach Unity On Immigration Reform : NPR

Evangelicals Preach Unity On Immigration Reform : NPR.  NPR did a piece on evangelical leaders coming together to advocate for immigration reform.  Many of these evangelicals have come together before on other social issues, such as abortion.  I find it very interesting that they seem to be rallying around immigration reform as an issue.  The NPR host … Continue reading Evangelicals Preach Unity On Immigration Reform : NPR

Obama urges immigration reform and DREAM Act at July 4th citizenship ceremony

MSNBC reports that President Obama participated in a moving 4th of July naturalization ceremony of 25 active duty military members, from countries such as Ukraine, Cameroon, and Honduras. He used the opportunity to highlight the need for reforming our immigration system and the DREAM Act.  He is quoted as saying that “America’s success demands comprehensive … Continue reading Obama urges immigration reform and DREAM Act at July 4th citizenship ceremony

Qualified illegal immigrants seek rights to practice law – USATODAY.com

Qualified illegal immigrants seek rights to practice law – USATODAY.com. Can DREAMers be licensed to practice law? According to USA Today, that is the question that the California Supreme Court is expected to rule on regarding a case involving an undocumented U.S. law school graduate who entered the U.S. when only 17 months old. After … Continue reading Qualified illegal immigrants seek rights to practice law – USATODAY.com

Will USCIS be Able to Effectively Process the Flood of Deferred Action Applications?

Yesterday, Immigration Law Weekly made a very good point regarding the ability of USCIS to process potentially 1,000,000 deferred action applications of potential DREAM Act candidates or DREAMers.  Here is the point that ILW raises: “According to official sources, USCIS processes about five million applications every year, including I-130, I-140, I-145, and N-400 petitions. To … Continue reading Will USCIS be Able to Effectively Process the Flood of Deferred Action Applications?

Despite New Obama Policy, DREAMers March on Washington | Fox News Latino

Despite New Obama Policy, DREAMers March on Washington | Fox News Latino.  Today more than 250 DREAMers marched on Washington.  You might be wondering why would they be Marching after the President announced his deferred action policy for DREAMers?  The reason is that President Obama’s new policy only provides temporary relief to a problem that requires … Continue reading Despite New Obama Policy, DREAMers March on Washington | Fox News Latino

Amy Goodman: Immigration reform: a movement built by dreamers | recordonline.com

Amy Goodman: Immigration reform: a movement built by dreamers | recordonline.com. After meeting several DREAMers in my law practice , I have really come to admire them.  Their spirit and their courage serve as an inspiration to me.  This article by Amy Goodman really captures the fact that many DREAMers took action to bring the issue … Continue reading Amy Goodman: Immigration reform: a movement built by dreamers | recordonline.com

Poster child for new policy ineligible – San Antonio Express-News

An article in the San Antonio Express News highlights two individuals who are typical DREAMer candidates but narrowly missed the requirements under the Obama Administration’s new deferred action policy.  As these individuals state, the new deferred action policy is not the end and it is not a long term solution.  Hopefully, individuals like the ones in … Continue reading Poster child for new policy ineligible – San Antonio Express-News