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Updated Guidance on USCIS Solution to Erroneous DACA Rejection Notices

November 17, 2017|Contributed by: Alexander D. McShiras, Esq.

As most people are aware, on September 5, 2017 the Trump administration announced that DACA will be rescinded on March 5, 2018. Applicants with DACA had until October 5 to deliver their renewal applications to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). USCIS received reports that the...

New Agricultural Guestworker Bill Proposed

October 30, 2017|Contributed by: Courtney E. Butler, Esq.

On October 23, 2017, Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) introduced a new bill, the Agricultural Guestworker Act (H.R. 4092), which would replace the current H-2A agricultural worker program with an H-2C visa program.  This new program would be a temporary agricultural guestworker program that...

Somebody’s Watching Me: DHS to Collect Social Media Data from Immigrants

October 30, 2017|Contributed by: Jennifer Howard

On September 18, 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published an announcement in the Federal Register that it would begin collecting the social media data of immigrants in an effort to “more effectively screen those coming to the country.” This new system went into effect on...

Naturalization Applications Surge Under Trump

October 27, 2017|Contributed by: Aaron C. Hall, Esq.

The New York Times reports that even though naturalization applications generally spike during presidential election years and then fall after the election, the volume of applications received by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for 2017 will be greater than during the...

Trump Reneges on Deal by Demanding Funding For Wall and Dramatic Limits on Legal Immigration in Exchange for DACA

October 16, 2017|Contributed by: Alexander D. McShiras, Esq.

At a White House dinner on September 13, President Trump came to an agreement with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer regarding the future of DACA. The leaders agreed, in principle, to a deal that would lay the foundation to legalize the immigration status...


September 13, 2017|Contributed by: Alexander D. McShiras, Esq.

In approximately 6 months, on March 5, 2018, the Trump administration is rescinding the DACA program. By now, more details have come out regarding the implementation and repercussions of this decision. Pending Legislation in Congress The good news is that there is legislation pending in...

In Her Words: How DACA Opened Doors for Johana

September 7, 2017|Contributed by: Aaron C. Hall, Esq.

Contributed by Joseph Law Firm client Johana Mejias-Beck: We moved to the United States of America to have a life that our home country of Venezuela could not provide.  The political instability, political coercion, the violence, and constant insecurity was something my parents did not want for...

The End of DACA, At Least For Now

September 5, 2017|Contributed by: Courtney Sommer

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced today that the Trump Administration is rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA was created through a memorandum in 2012 which gave individuals who entered the United States as children the ability to work—and sometimes...

“We’ve Got Your Backs”: Denver City Council comes through for the City’s Immigrant Population

August 30, 2017|Contributed by: Jennifer Howard

On August 28, 2017, the Denver City Council voted unanimously to pass the Public Safety Enforcement Priorities Act, a bill that will both increase public safety and help protect immigrants from deportation. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock is expected to sign the bill this week, stating in a recent...

Deportations for DACA Youth, Amnesty For Sheriff Joe Arpaio

August 29, 2017|Contributed by: Aaron C. Hall, Esq.

Reports last week indicated that President Trump was likely to end DACA, the program giving protection from deportation for those brought to the United States as children. At the same time that these youth are poised to lose all protection and face deportation by ICE, the President who famously...

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