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Pathways To Immigration Success
Looking back, 2012 was a roller coaster, full of ups and downs for immigrants. From a political perspective, immigrants ended the year in a better position than they were at the start of the year.
However, there is still a long road ahead.
For instance, take the Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Many people still mistakenly think DACA and the DREAM Act are the same program.
Click Here To Continue Reading >> Pathways To Immigration Success – December 2012
As you have probably noticed, there has been a large amount of news about immigration reform since the presidential election ended.
Both parties are now suggesting fixing the immigration system is a must do item.
Democratic Party leaders say they will take up new efforts after Inauguration Day in January 2013. The Republic Party, in the meantime, is speaking in an even louder voice about the prospects for reforming immigration
Click Here To Continue Reading >> Pathways To Immigration Success – November 2012
As election day has grown closer, many clients have expressed their worries about the future of immigration reform.
They’re not alone. Like my clients, I lack confidence that either Obama or Romney will strive to create rational paths to legalization in the next four years.
Click Here To Continue Reading >> Pathways To Immigration Success – October 2012
By this time next month, the country will be just a few days away from voting for president.
Recent polls have showed that fixing our immigration system is not a high priority item for most voters.
This is not surprising. Yet, the polls have shown another, less discussed, statistic.
Click Here To Continue Reading >> Pathways To Immigration Success – September 2012
Over the past 30 days, the big immigration news has been deferred prosecution for young immigrants.
On August 15, 2012, individuals were allowed to start submitting applications for the new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals(DACA) program.
Unfortunately, most of the concerns I expressed about DACA in last month’s article remain unaddressed by government officials.
Click Here To Continue Reading >> Pathways To Immigration Success – August 2012
Over the past month, news about immigration has exploded.
I expected immigration to become a hot topic as the presidential election grew nearer. But the amount of news about immigration issues has exceeded my expectations.
And while there has been some encouraging news, it’s not all good.
Click Here To Continue Reading >> Pathways To Immigration Success – July 2012
Two weeks ago, the president announced a new immigration policy that would allow some undocumented students to avoid deportation and receive work authorization.
Presumably, the policy was developed to help immigrant youth eligible for the DREAM Act. Like Omar and Anthony, two brothers whom I introduced a few months ago in this newsletter.
Under the policy, a grant of “deferred prosecution” will last for two years and can be renewed.
Click Here To Continue Reading >> Pathways To Immigration Success – June 2012
Last month, I discussed flaws of the Obama administration’s I-601 “inadmissibility waivers” proposal.
These waivers are essential for immigrants who must return to their home country for their permanent residency interviews. If they have lived in the U.S. too long, they have to ask for special permission to return, even if they are eligible for green cards. The special permission is called a waiver.
But that’s only part of the story.
Click Here To Continue Reading >> Pathways To Immigration Success – May 2012
Isn’t it mighty interesting how a re-election campaign revives policy-makers’ interest in issues they weren’t interested in during their terms of office?
Gingrich talks about a path to legalization for immigrant families. Obama unveils plans to exercise discretion for immigrants facing deportation. Rubio says he will launch a new DREAM Act proposal for immigrant youth.
Click Here To Continue Reading >> Pathways To Immigration Success – April 2012
The recent arrest of six protesters, including two minors, at a student-led rally in Arizona reflects our broken immigration system.
In general, the demonstrators had two purposes. First, they sought to publicly protest Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s heavy-handed immigration policies. Second, to call public attention to the DREAM Act.
Click Here To Continue Reading >> Pathways To Immigration Success – March 2012
News about immigration can be confusing.
On the one hand, some reports claim that attempts to distinguish higher priority from lower priority deportation cases is the start of back-door amnesty.
On the other, to tout its “get tough on immigrants” credentials, the Obama administration announced its immigration law enforcement budget is as extensive as ever.
Click Here To Continue Reading >> Pathways To Immigration Success – February 2012
While the New Year has hardly started, the election season is already moving full speed ahead. This means immigration is in the news again.
Every candidate seems to say something different about immigration reform – and yet most of them say nothing of substance.
Click Here To Continue Reading >> Pathways To Immigration Success – January 2012