Immigrants Pressured to Choose between Immigration & Public Benefits

By |2019-07-12T06:55:18-04:00October 2nd, 2018|Immigration|

Immigrants to the U.S. are feeling obligated to remove themselves from public benefits such as childcare subsidy and food stamp program.  This pressure came from a recent proposal by the Trump administration to tighten the ‘public charge’ rule that disfavors claimants of public benefits while adjudicating their immigration status.   What is the public charge [...]

Watch Out for Immigration Scams

By |2018-09-25T15:04:27-04:00September 25th, 2018|Immigration|

Immigration Scams Alert: even a victim can face deportation   While the government tightens control on immigration, heartless fraudsters are preying upon vulnerable immigrants who are anxious about the uncertainty of their status.  Not only could victims lose thousands of dollars to these immigration scams, worse still, they could run afoul of the government and [...]

Immigration Courts Under Attack by Jeff Sessions and DOJ

By |2018-11-19T16:44:29-05:00September 12th, 2018|Immigration|

Judicial Independence in Immigration Courts are Besieged by Jeff Sessions and DOJ. Tearing families apart isn’t the only way in which Attorney General Jeff Sessions attacks the American immigration system.  Since taking office, Sessions and the Justice Department have been interfering with judicial independence in immigration courts.  In unprecedented ways, Sessions has exercised his authority [...]

USCIS Puts More Obstacles on Legal Immigration

By |2019-07-12T06:57:11-04:00September 7th, 2018|Immigration|

USCIS Imposes Even Higher Hurdles for Legal Immigration with New Guidance The government issued new guidance on RFEs and NOIDs and made it easier for adjudicators to deny a request for immigration benefit on July 13, 2018.  The new instructions will take effect next Monday, September 11, 2018. (Read the memo here.)   What is [...]

Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders May See Ability to Work in the US Revoked

By |2019-07-12T06:57:54-04:00September 4th, 2018|Immigration|

In a recent court filing, the government seeks to revoke a rule allowing H-4 visa holders (spouses of H-1B holders) to work in the U.S.  This highlights the administration’s unwavering hard stance against immigration.  The overarching policy also affects legal immigration, which can hurt businesses that rely on professional workers and their employees from overseas.   [...]

Asylum Cases Rejected (2/2)

By |2018-08-09T10:36:14-04:00August 30th, 2018|Immigration|

Asylum cases are getting rejected more often than they used to Read the first part of this post here. The possibility of receiving a positive decision also varies significantly depending on where in the United States asylum seekers make their case. For example, from October 2015 through June 2018, CFRs (Credible Fear Review) led to [...]

Living Example of the American Dream

By |2019-07-12T07:00:30-04:00August 28th, 2018|Immigration|

Living Example of the American Dream Julio came to the United States when he was only 6 years old. His family moved from Mexico in search for a better life. He enrolled in school and grew up very involved in his community. When DACA became available, he applied for it and made sure to keep [...]

Asylum Cases Rejected (1/2)

By |2019-07-12T07:01:29-04:00August 23rd, 2018|Immigration|

Asylum Cases Rejected  It is no secret that the Trump administration is working hard to undermine and discourage immigrants from applying for immigration benefits. They are trying to destroy the asylum system through additional and unnecessary barriers, making it more difficult for those seeking refuge in the United States to be granted asylum. This is [...]

Immigration Purge

By |2018-07-24T12:46:14-04:00August 21st, 2018|Immigration|

Immigration Purge We can say that since January 2017, there has been a purge of the TPS program. At that time, an estimated 320,000 people had this protected status due to an armed conflict, environmental disaster, or other extraordinary conditions underway in their country. Nationals of these countries who are already in the United States [...]