The Basics: I’m Undocumented Do I Qualify Under The Expansion of Deferred Action Just Announced?

Immigration Lawyer Blog San Diego

In his November 20th announcement President Obama expanded his policy of providing deferred action and work authorization to long-term residents of the US. From the little we know so far, the expansion includes individuals who’ve been residing in the US since 1/1/2010 if they fall into either of two categories: 1. Are the parent of…

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Obama’s War of Attrition

Immigration Lawyer Blog San Diego

In Artesia New Mexico, hours from the nearest metropolitan area, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) has set up a prison solely for the purposes of detaining children and their mothers while they await determination of their claims for refugee status in the US.  ICE’s policy is to detain all of the children and their mothers…

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Update: Top Ten Ways Obama Can Make Positive Steps Towards Immigration Reform Without Waiting for Congress

Immigration Lawyer Blog San Diego

Over three years ago I created a list of ten ways that President Obama could use his administrative powers to effect positive change in our immigration system without waiting for Congress.  Here’s the link to my article from May, 2011: http://immigrateme.com/top-10-ways-obama-can-tackle-immigration-reform-without-congressional-approval/ Well three years later President Obama has implemented some of my recommendations but immigrant…

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Immigration in Perspective: Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Immigration Lawyer Blog San Diego

Sheriff Joe Arpaio has been found to have improperly used public funds, lost multiple law suits for violating individuals civil rights, and used his office to maliciously prosecute political opponents.  These are not things he is accused of doing, they are cases which he lost.  He parades inmates through the streets in pink underwear.  These…

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Immigration In Perspective: Obama to start implementing new immigration policy

Immigration Lawyer Blog San Diego

In two memos issued to the ICE Prosecutor’s office this Thursday, the Obama Administration has finally announced how it plans to implement the new deportation and removal policy it issued last June (view the policy here), and our previous discussion here: Immigration In Perspective: Deport the Criminals First.  This new policy prioritizes the deportations of…

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Immigration in Perspective: Top Ten Ways Obama Can Make Positive Steps Towards Immigration Reform Without Waiting for Congress

Immigration Lawyer Blog San Diego

Top Ten Ways Obama Can Make Positive Steps Towards Immigration Reform Without Waiting for Congress 1. End DHS’s broad interpreta­tion of aggravated felony which currently includes misdemeano­rs. 2. Require DHS attorneys to use more prosecutor­ial discretion in dismissing cases once evidence indicates the immigrant will prevail. An example of this was a client of mine…

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Obama to Lay Out Immigration Plan?

Immigration Lawyer Blog San Diego

So far Obama has failed to deliver on one of his major campaign promises, immigration reform. He is scheduled to deliver a speech on Tuesday in El Paso, Texas to address this issue. Hopefully his plans will unveil something promising, as so far he has refused to use his constitutionally granted executive power to initiate…

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Immigration In Perspective

Immigration Lawyer Blog San Diego

Over the past week I’ve encountered some increasingly disturbing immigration related cases that demonstrate the inconsistencies, injustice, and lack of perspective our society has regarding immigration crimes. The first of two cases are women whose children suffered abuse at the hands of their father. In one case the wife first sought the advice of her priest…

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