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Recent U.S. Immigration News

Immigrant Protest - Fear of Denaturalization

Denaturalization: What it Is, How it Happens

Foreign nationals who become U.S. citizens do so through a process called “naturalization.” But there is also something called “denaturalization:’ the stripping of U.S. citizenship from a naturalized citizen by the U.S. government. How does d… Read More
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Dollars Labelled Government Assistance for Public Charges

The Proposed “Public Charge” Rule: What Has Changed

On September 22, 2018, the Department of Homeland Security issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that got very little attention in the media, but which could seriously affect immigrants to the United States, as well as employers and temporary visa h… Read More
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Blind Goddess of Justice Statue - Pereira v. Sessions

Pereira v. Sessions: Good News Regarding Due Process

Under U.S. immigration law, there are some circumstances in which people who have violated immigration laws are eligible for relief and allowed to remain in the country, as long as they meet certain requirements for “continuous physical presence”… Read More
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Immigrant Domestic Violence Victim with Suitcase

Domestic Violence Victims and Asylum: In the Matter of A-B-

A recent ruling by U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions will have a profound effect on domestic violence victims and asylum petitions. Four years ago, a woman known in court filings only by her initials, A.B., fled her home country of El Salvador after more t… Read More
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Immigrant Couple Reading Notice to Appear

What is a "Notice to Appear?"

In immigration matters, a Form I-862 Notice to Appear (NTA) signals the beginning of deportation or removal proceedings. The NTA, issued by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), directs the recipient to appear at a certain date, time and lo… Read More
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US Border Patrol Agent Stamping a Passport

New Immigration Policy on RFE/NOID: Why You Need an Immigration Attorney More Now than Ever

On July 13, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a new policy memorandum. Although this memorandum didn’t receive much attention in the news, given the other stories going on on the world stage that week,… Read More
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Silhouetted Line of Walking Refugees Seeking Asylum, Sky and Clouds Behind Them

What Does "Seeking Asylum" Mean?

The news has been filled recently with commentary about the current administration’s immigration policy, including children being separated from their parents at the border and placed in makeshift housing. Proponents of the policy claim that th… Read More
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Immigrant Child Separated from Mom at Border

Families Separated at the Border: Understanding What's Going On

In recent days, many people have become alarmed at the news that children are being taken from their families at the border when their parent or parents are criminally charged with crossing the border illegally. Around the same time, news broke that… Read More
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Man Arrested by ICE in Handcuffs

Do You Need to Worry About ICE Enforcement in Court?

Arrests by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) outside courthouses showed a sharp increase in 2017. Naturally, this is a great cause for concern for undocumented immigrants who may already avoid contact with the legal system to avoid calling at… Read More
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Child Facing Deportation with American Flag, Held by her Father

Do Children Facing Deportation Have a Right to a Court-Appointed Lawyer?

A recent decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals answered the question, “do children facing deportation have a right to a court-appointed lawyer?” Shockingly, the answer was “no.” In other words, the Court of Appeals de… Read More
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Categories: Immigration Law