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Category Archives: Current Affairs

USCIS gets it right on Haiti

Way to go, Secretary Napolitano! USCIS has designated Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitian nationals in the US on January 12, 2010, per her announcement of today. Unfortunately, this will not apply to anyone actually IN Haiti; any Haitian trying to enter the US will be sent back. Our thoughts and prayers remain with the […]

Dieu Garde Haiti!

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Haitian community in the US, and the to the victims of the terrible earthquake in Haiti. While US Immigration authorities are still working to respond, I’m proud to say that the American Immigration Lawyers Association has called on DHS Secretary Napolitano to designate Haiti for Temporary Protected […]

Go deport yourself, revisited

After a brief trial period, ICE’s self-deportation project is being abandoned. After a three week run in five cities, only eight people came forward to take advantage of the program.
Why did they think this would work? They didn’t need to favor immigration reform to know this; common sense should have told them that people weren’t […]

Why should US Citizens care about immigration enforcement?

Aren’t ICE agents just doing their job?
Aren’t the police here to help us?
Isn’t law enforcement justified in the actions it takes, because it goes after  “bad guys?”
Well, sometimes.
And sometimes ICE locks up US Citizens in its raids.
And sometimes the police brutalize the innocent.
And sometimes a culture of “us against them”  takes over law enforcement, and […]

Note to the police

1. It’s not necessary to shoot people that you’re trying to stop for a traffic violation.
2. As long as it’s impossible for immigrants to get drivers licenses, we can expect more of this:

Shock waves struck Brazilians in New England and back in the homeland after a Yarmouth, Mass., police officer fatally shot André Martins during […]

The dark side of USCIS

Immigration is in the news again, with this New York Times article about an adjudications officer who sexually exploited an applicant for a green card. Fortunately, she had recorded the encounter and went to the press; otherwise, it would have been a simple matter for the agency to deny wrongdoing or perhaps even retaliate against […]

In all fairness to our friends at ICE…

… sometimes immigration attorneys try to circumvent the law, as well.

Stepped up enforcement

Now, it seems that ICE is beginning a campaign of harrassment and intimidation against immigration attorneys! This goes hand in hand with increases in prosecutions for harboring and transportation of unlawfully present immigrants…

Quis Custodet Ipsos Custodes?

It’s not often that the practice of immigration law affords one the opportunity to crack out a Latin tag!
Former Immigration Official Gets Prison Term for Harboring Illegal Immigrant 
This does seem to be part of a trend of increased enforcement… and the fact that they went after one of their own shows ICE’s seriousness in this […]

Name check victory, Part I

Expect a flood of I-485, I-601, I-687 and I-698 approvals…
… but of course, watch what they do, not what they say:
USCIS has announced that it will begin approving the above listed cases which have cleared FBI fingerprint and IBIS checks,  and for which FBI name checks have been pending for more than 180 days.
N-400 (naturalization) […]

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