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Cuban Deportations On The Rise: A Sign The Cuban Adjustment Act Is Nearing An End?

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Historians will tell you the Cold War officially ended several decades ago.

Only not between Cuba and the United States.

Even today, as the back-and-forth diplomatice dance illustrates, harsh feelings and distrust between the two nations still linger.

Overcoming 60+ years of a politically severed relationship is not a simple task. [continue reading…]

Green Card Applicants Beware: The Danger Of USCIS Social Media Rules

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It’s your choice.

You can engage in social media discussions responsibly.

Or you can share whatever images of yourself that you fancy.

Just be aware others are paying attention.

Some may be immigration officers. [continue reading…]

The Separation Of Mixed-Status Immigrant Families: Why Citizen Spouses Are The Key To Reform

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According to Kim Anderson, former President of American Families United, “U.S. citizens are the most neglected constituency in the immigration debate.”

Hyperbole aside, Anderson raises a critically significant issue that is grossly undervalued by many pro-immigrant advocates.

Simply stated, U.S. citizen spouses are far too minimized in immigration reform discourse. [continue reading…]

Will The U.S. Honor Its Green Card Commitment To Iraqi And Afghan Interpreters?

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War is ugly.

The bleeding does not end with the final gunshot.

And the bill for it, as Benjamin Franklin once noted, comes afterwards.

Events in Iraq and Afghanistan confirm Franklin’s insight. [continue reading…]

ICE Cold Heart: The Danger Of Love Under The Visa Waiver Program

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Love happens.

More often than not, love happens unexpectedly.

For immigrants who have entered the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program, love can lead to deportation – and a ten year to permanent separation from their spouse and children.

Despite years of battling this issue as a green card attorney, I’m still saddened every time government agents fail to grasp love and marriage deserve a second look before family ties are destroyed and immigrants are blindly sent back to their country of origin.

Policy makers, it seems, should grasp that love can happen, instantly, and innocently, even for tourists.
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ICE Modifies Immigration Removal Policy  For Green Card Applicants

Once in a while, common sense rules the day in immigration law.

As a Riverside immigration lawyer, it seems like these days are like a burst of sunlight in the middle of week-long thunderstorms.

But they happen.   And when they do, like the recent ICE policy change regarding needless deportation and removal hearings, the government deserves praise. [continue reading…]

What Is The Cuban Adjustment Act?

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The Cuban Adjustment Act (CAA) of 1966 is one of our most unique immigration programs helping immigrants earn green cards and win permanent resident status.

Like many immigration programs, the Cuban Adjustment Act was created in response to our political policies.  Back in 1966, the U.S. was furious at the Cuban government.  As a result, the Cuban Adjustment Act was passed to help Cubans fleeing their country due to political dissension. [continue reading…]

The Impact Of Deportation On Lawful Permanent Residents And Their Families

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For immigrants, the day they become lawful permanent residents is one of the happiest moments of their lives.

For some, the day they lose their green card holder status is one of their worst.

When immigrants win permanent residency, a future with great promise lies ahead.

The ability to live, work, and go to school legally in the United States opens many opportunities for the new green card holders and their family members.

Yet, even while my clients are celebrating, as their immigration lawyer, I have to remind them that these privileges are not absolute. [continue reading…]

The STEP Act: Misguided Pursuit Of The Iranian Bogeyman

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Mahmoud and Minoo were my best friends during my days at the University of Southern California.

They taught me about Persian culture, traditions, and history. I explained American football and why Trojans and Bruins were bitter rivals.

This type of international camaraderie could be nearing an end.

If South Carolina Congressman J. Gresham Barrett’s recent legislative proposal is passed, Iranians will not be allowed to attend U.S. colleges any more. [continue reading…]