USCIS is Prime Example of Administrative Inefficiency

By |2019-03-04T11:12:43-05:00March 4th, 2019|Immigration|

Under the current administration, case processing delays at USCIS has reached unprecedented levels. According to a study by AILA, USCIS’s overall average case processing time grew by 19% in 2018 alone. Immigrant families, people fleeing persecutions as well as American businesses all bear the grave consequences of such delay.   What is the government’s excuse? [...]

Immigrant Entrepreneurs Overlooked in Immigration Policy Debate

By |2019-02-14T09:26:24-05:00February 13th, 2019|Immigration|

The government is set for another shutdown this Friday.  As Congress and the White House continue to wrangle over a border wall, no one seems to pay much attention to a significant group in the immigration policy debate: immigrant entrepreneurs.   How do immigrants matter to the U.S. economy? According to the National Immigration Forum, [...]

Asylum Seekers Gravely Stymied by Government Shutdown

By |2019-01-14T15:43:36-05:00January 14th, 2019|Immigration|

Asylum seekers are among the worst casualties in the government shutdown that has exacerbated the nation’s already-backlogged immigration system. Due to President Trump’s demand for a border wall, the federal government is currently in the longest partial shutdown on record. The impasse is forcing the postponement of hearings for thousands of immigrants. For asylum applicants, [...]

What Happens to Immigration During a Government Shutdown?

By |2018-12-27T12:22:15-05:00December 27th, 2018|Immigration|

As President Trump refuses to sign a budget bill that does not include funding for his border wall, there is a government shutdown in effect right now.   Which immigration-related entities are impacted?   Department of Homeland Security and its immigration-related components (Custom and Border Protection, Immigration and Custom Enforcement, Citizenship and Immigration Services, CIS Ombudsman), the [...]

Asylum Rejections Record-High in 2018 Amid Immigration Crackdown

By |2019-07-12T06:50:19-04:00December 4th, 2018|Immigration|

Immigration courts denied an astounding 65% of asylum applications in 2018, according to a recent report by Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC).  This denial rate is the highest since 2001.   Asylum Caseload has Skyrocketed in 2018. TRAC reported 42,224 asylum cases that were decided by immigration judges in the fiscal year 2018.  [...]

International Students Thrive and Live the American Dream as Innovators Despite Anti-Immigrant Government

By |2019-07-12T06:51:05-04:00November 7th, 2018|Immigration|

International students are founding America’s most exciting and innovative startups. Unfortunately, Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda may be hurting such entrepreneurship.   How do international students contribute to the U.S. economy? According to a recent study, nearly one in four U.S. billion-dollar startups had a founder who first came to the U.S. as an international student.  On [...]

Harsh Immigration Policy Overlooks Country’s Need for Doctors

By |2019-07-12T06:52:58-04:00October 30th, 2018|Immigration|

Restrictive immigration policy under the Trump administration has little regard for the shortage of doctors in the United States.  Worse still, it may be exacerbating the desperate need for physicians in primary and specialty care in many underserved areas.   How Bad is the Need for Doctors? According to a study conducted by the Association [...]

Spanish Embassy Hosts Attorney Karen Weinstock

By |2019-07-12T06:53:25-04:00October 24th, 2018|Immigration|

On October 18, 2018, our Managing Attorney Karen Weinstock presented on a number of immigration issues at the Spanish Embassy in Washington, D.C.. In attendance were business representatives, embassy staff and the embassy's immigration services unit. It was a packed but extremely productive day for Karen. We make it our mission to keep people of all nationalities [...]

Undocumented Immigrant Children in America

By |2019-07-12T06:53:54-04:00October 16th, 2018|Immigration|

More than 200 undocumented immigrant children remain in U.S. custody today, separated from their families. The overwhelming majority of these children face a grim and uncertain future in ICE facilities. (SOURCE: https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/national/more-than-200-children-from-separated-immigrant-families-remain-in-us-custody) Of the 245 children in custody, 175 have parents who have been removed from the United States. Only 18 of these kids are [...]

Federal Judge Resists Trump’s Immigration Crackdown in TPS Ruling

By |2019-07-12T06:54:42-04:00October 8th, 2018|Immigration|

A federal judge in San Francisco blocked the government’s plan to end temporary protection for immigrants from Haiti, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Sudan.  The judge issued a preliminary injunction in a lawsuit brought by immigrants with temporary protected status (TPS) from those four countries.   What is TPS? The temporary protected status allows immigrants – [...]