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Dreamers Never Say Die: The Fate Of DACA After The Supreme Court


As you’re likely aware, the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program has been one of the top immigration news stories over the past few weeks.

Commonly known as DACA, the fear was that over 700,000 immigrant youth would face deportation if the Supreme Court rules in favor of the Trump Administration.

I disagreed with that assumption.

Win, lose, or draw, I did not think, as I wrote in various articles, the Supreme Court decision would be the final word. I still hold to that perspective.

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Death Of DACA: Rebirth Of The DREAM Act And Immigration Reform


DACA is dead.

Or more precisely, the death bed has been rolled out.

In a few months, all that will remain for many immigrants is a bitter memory.

I’m not surprised.

But now is not the time to wallow in self-pity. [continue reading…]

A DACA Participation Difference: Asian And Hispanic Youth

Growing up multicultural has many benefits.

Learning there is more than one way to skin a cat – that different approaches to the same problem may be equally valid – is one such virtue of living in a home with parents from diverse ethnic backgrounds. [continue reading…]

Deferred Action And Work Permits: New Immigration Rat Trap


Ring. Ring. Ring.

Over the past two weeks, my immigration law offices, probably like many others, has received tons of calls regarding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

Most callers’ interests are very low. They only want to know if they qualify for deferred action . . . and, of course, employment authorization.

To me, that’s unacceptable.

I refuse to address DACA in such limited terms. [continue reading…]

The Immigration Twilight Zone: Deferred Action For Immigrant Youth


As a deportation defense lawyer, some days, you just don’t get any respect.

Especially from short-sighted allies.

A young woman, in her early 20s, walked into my office to talk about the DREAM Act. She had heard the news about Obama’s newest immigration proposal.

It reminded her about a meeting we had two years ago, when I told her about the DREAM Act as a possible solution for her immigration situation and to keep her eye out for it in the future, closer to the election.

Her optimism was blind.

When I told her that the current DREAM Act deferred prosecution proposal was not the real DREAM Act, she became upset. Not at the news, but at me. [continue reading…]

Immigrant Students Win Important California Supreme Court Victory


After a near decade of court battles and immigration appeals, the California Supreme Court recently ruled undocumented immigrant students are eligible to pay in-state rates for tuition at public colleges.

To qualify, immigrants must meet the same residency and graduation requirements as other students.   However, they are still not entitled to government financial aid, loans, or grants.

Although the win was not as broad as the DREAM Act, it provides a fresh ray of hope for undocumented immigrant scholars hoping to earn college degrees. [continue reading…]

The DREAM Act: A Child’s Chance For Legal Residency

dream-act-student-studyingLast week, a New America Media news report disclosed 100 House members have asked President Obama to jump start the national debate over immigration reform.

When the issue returns, I hope Congress remembers the kids.

Immigrant children are innocent victims of our political inability to shape a compromise on immigration.

Worse, their plight has been minimized by anti-immigrant forces.

They never met Henry. [continue reading…]