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Denver Passes Sentencing Changes to Help Immigrants

May 26, 2017|Contributed by: Courtney Sommer

The Denver City Council unanimously voted to pass a proposal that could help immigrants facing low-level city court criminal sentences. Before this proposal was passed, the Denver city code allowed for a maximum penalty of one year in jail for any city ordinance violation. The new code will divide...

Denver Reforms Criminal Sentences to Protect Low Level Offenders from Deportation

May 25, 2017|Contributed by: Aaron C. Hall, Esq.

The maximum possible sentence for a criminal offense often impacts the potential immigration consequences for conviction. In particular, whether an offense has the potential to render a noncitizen deportable may depend on whether the maximum possible sentence is one year or longer under 8 U.S.C. §...

H2-B Cap Reached For FY 2017 in Less Than Six Months

May 25, 2017|Contributed by: Alexander D. McShiras, Esq.

The H-2B cap for Fiscal Year 2017 (October 1, 2016 - September 30, 2017) was reached on March 13, 2017 (in less than six months). From January 1-7, 2017, the Department of Labor (DOL) received 2,971 applications requesting more than 51,000 positions for the 33,000 H-2B visas available for the...

Spending Bill Includes Relief and Increased Numbers for H2B Employers

May 2, 2017|Contributed by: Jeff D. Joseph, Esq.

Congress has reached a bipartisan agreement on a bill to fund the federal government through September 30, 2017, which includes some limited H-2B cap relief.  The bill provides the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of Labor, the authority to raise the H-2B cap when...

San Francisco Federal Court Judge Issues Preliminary Injunction Against “Sanctuary City” Portion of Executive Order

April 27, 2017|Contributed by: Courtney E. Butler, Esq.

A federal district court judge in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California has issued a nationwide preliminary injunction blocking the enforcement of President Trump’s executive order targeting “sanctuary cities.” This is the second successful legal challenge...

No Path for SSNs: Measure to Extend Colorado Driving Privileges to Undocumented Residents Stalled in Senate Committee Vote — Again.

April 27, 2017|Contributed by: Jennifer Howard

Under current state law, a Colorado resident who cannot provide proof of lawful presence in the United States can make an appointment* with the state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to obtain a “special” Colorado driver’s license, permit, or identification (ID) card. These licenses,...

New York City Reports Success of Public Defender Program for Detainees in Immigration Removal Proceedings

April 26, 2017|Contributed by: Alexander D. McShiras, Esq.

Although people in immigration detention face similar deprivations of liberty as criminal detainees, there is a key difference regarding how their cases are treated in court. While criminal detainees have the right to a public defender if they cannot afford one, immigration detainees do not....

Calls from “U.S. Immigration” are a Scam

April 21, 2017|Contributed by: Courtney Sommer

The Department of Homeland Security has released a notice stating that scammers are changing their caller-ID to say they are calling from “U.S. Immigration” and using the Department of Homeland Security’s hotline number (1-800-323-8603) to trick people into giving away personal...

Latest From ICE on Enforcement Operations

March 30, 2017|Contributed by: Aaron C. Hall, Esq.

Under President Trump’s enforcement priorities, every noncitizen that is deportable from the United States would seem to be a priority. The prioritization of everyone for deportation represents a change from previous priorities under the Obama administration and has led a climate of fear in...

Notarios and How They Can Affect Your Immigration Case

March 29, 2017|Contributed by: Courtney Sommer

Notarios in the U.S. are not attorneys. They are not licensed to practice law in the state of Colorado. But that does not stop them from taking your money with the promise of filing immigration documents for you. Last year the state of Colorado made it illegal for non-attorneys to engage in...

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