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Polygamy vs Bigamy: A Battle Over Cultural And Religious Imperalism

– Posted in: Family Immigration Blog


Immigration law has many quirky rules.

In some cases, this is because laws and customs in other countries do not match up with laws and customs in the United States.

Take polygamy.

Long condemned in the U.S., polygamy has been practiced in over 81% of societies across the world.

As a result, husbands and wives lawfully wedded abroad are often left behind when they seek permanent resident status.

Renewing The Battle For The Reuniting Families Act

– Posted in: Family Immigration Blog


For several years, fixing our immigration system has been a hot political topic.

Building a border wall has been at the forefront of most Congressional proposals.  Several  representatives tout it as the primary cure for an overflow of immigrants trying to enter our country without legal documents.

This approach is short-sighted.

It negects the main component necessary for constructive immigration reform.

Filipino Family Reunification: A Battle To Restore A 75-Year Old Promise

– Posted in: Family Immigration Blog


A friend in need is a friend indeed. But it’s what happens after the need subsides that the real quality of friendship is determined.

Take the Filipino World War II Veterans Parole Program (FWVP) implemented by the Obama Administration on June 8, 2016.

The new program, noted UCSIS Director Leon Rodriguez, “honors the thousands of Filipinos who bravely enlisted to fight for the United States during World War II.”

The commentary both overstated and understated the reality.

Deferred Action For Immigrant Families Derailed

– Posted in: Family Immigration Blog


When one is caught up in the details of day-to-day skirmishes, it is not uncommon to lose sight of the greater battle being waged.

Following the president’s announcement last fall that he had set the stage for immigrants to come out from the shadows, supporters bathed in the warm glow of political delusion. Now many advocates seem astonished by the recent news that his executive orders are likely to be derailed by a federal court ruling.

In reality, this development is no surprise.

Down The Green Card Rabbit Hole: A Journey To The Back Of The Line

– Posted in: Family Immigration Blog


Despite Congressional smiles when cameras are turned on, a meeting of political minds on the contours of immigration reform may not take place anytime soon.

In the meantime, most elected officials agree on at least one issue. Immigrants who seek lawful status must “get in the back of the line”.

Unfortunately, colorful political rhetoric often does not reflect legal realities.

And it’s not a solution.