Month: May 2015

CHINESE IMMIGRANTS TOP THOSE FROM MEXICO

According to a Los Angeles Times news article, China and India have sent more immigrants to the U.S. than Mexico between 2000 – 2013. The article quotes a Census Bureau study that indicated that China sent 147,000 immigrants while India sent 129,000 compared to Mexico which sent 125,000 in the same period. Other top immigrant-sending […]

IMMIGRATION DEBATE IS OUT OF DATE

So says the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) on 5/5/2015. The WSJ provided statistics showing that: (a) the number of legal immigrants from China is higher than the number of legal immigrants from Mexico, and (b) the number of people arrested at the southern border of the U.S. while trying to enter illegally from Mexico, has […]

COMMON-LAW MARRIAGE

Common-law marriage will not be accepted for immigration purposes unless the country in which the parties live together and hold themselves out as married recognizes the relationship as a valid marriage. The USCIS will recognize the legality of the common-law marriage even if the American common-law spouse petitions for immigration benefits on behalf of the […]

WILL BIRTH IN U.S. CONTINUE TO CONFER U.S. CITIZENSHIP?

The House Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing entitled: “Birthright Citizenship: Is It the Right Policy for America?” This hearing intends to challenge the long-standing principle enshrined in the U.S. Constitution that any child born in the U.S. is an American citizen from birth, even if the parents are not Americans. The 14th amendment was […]

CHILD IMMIGRANTS WITHOUT LAWYERS PAY A HIGH PRICE

Data reveals that since July 2014 only 352 children without lawyers had their removal proceedings terminated or administratively closed, compared to 2,459 children with lawyers who had successful outcomes. At the same time, 4,711 children without lawyers were ordered removed or compelled to accept voluntary departures, while 1096 of those with lawyers had one of […]

ISSUES IN DETERMINING VALIDITY OF MARRIAGE

When applying for permanent residence (Green Cards) based on marriage, an intending immigrant and a sponsoring spouse must prove that the marriage is “bona fide” at its inception. This means that the intending immigrant and the sponsoring spouse intend to establish a life together at the time when they were married. This is the central […]

THIS GLASS IS HALF FULL OR HALF EMPTY?

When Senator Barack Obama first ran for the presidency in 2007, he promised to keep IMMIGRATION REFORM at the TOP of his AGENDA. When Senator Obama became PRESIDENT Obama in January 2008, he could have done the long-expected COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM, because his party – the Democrats – had a majority in both houses of […]

DACA RENEWALS UPDATE

Thousands of DACA recipients are suddenly losing their ability to work legally, because USCIS is struggling to renew their employment authorization documents on time. Over 11,000 young immigrants, roughly 5% of the total number of DACA renewals that USCIS has approved so far, have had their DACA status and work permits expire in spite of […]

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