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6 Immigration Predictions You Should Pay Attention To In 2018

– Posted in: Immigration Reform

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Editor’s Note: This article is the first of a series of guest blog posts written by immigration reform activists, community leaders, and immigrant families.

Our first guest is Chasity Alvarez, an administrator of Families Advocating Immigration Reform & Unity (FAIR Unity), one of the most active immigrant support groups on Facebook.

We hope you like the addition of guest posts to Immigration Law, Policy, And Politics, and encourage you to contact us if you would like to be featured here.

As 2018 begins, there are several issues which all immigrants and their families will need to face in the coming year.

Before jumping in, I would first like to address a point raised by President Trump last year.

A Brave New World: Immigration Law In The Age Of Trump

– Posted in: Immigration Reform

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As the new year dawns, most of us reflect where we’re headed, individually and collectively. Internal strength and resolve are once again at a premium, if our positive thoughts and words are to be turned into actions.

Countless resolutions, based on ideal visions of ourselves in the future, are projected for the year to come.

Unfortunately, when it comes to immigration, optimism is missing in action.

The Happy New Year ended when the clock struck midnight at Times Square.

Immigration LIVE, Episode 2: Deborah Santos On Immigration Policy Victims

– Posted in: Immigration Reform

When President Obama was elected to his first term, immigrant communities felt reform was just around the corner. Instead, his administration has deported nearly 200,000 individuals per year.

Many of these deportees have deep family roots and community ties. Over 85% lack any serious or violent criminal convictions. The combination of these factors has led to widespread dissent about our nation’s detention and deportation policies.

The more immigration law enforcement agencies have pushed to remove immigrants from their families, the more they have created a new wave of immigration reform activists – citizen activists who refuse to sit idly while the rights of their friends and neighbors are trampled upon by agents claiming to be acting under authority of law.

It was this type of government abuse which prompted Deborah Sherman De Santos to start questioning immigration officials. That was several years ago. She is still seeking answers today.

Forecasting Immigration Reform: A Crystal Ball Of Political Confusion

– Posted in: Immigration Reform

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Mae West was right.

An ounce of performance is worth pounds of promises.

She understood the art of false pretenses.

Sadly, this art is common in the world of immigration politics.

Rather than expediting proposals on family unity, permanent residency, and deportation policies, elected officials espouse whatever empty rhetoric seems politically prudent at the moment.

Chasing The Illusion Of Immigration Reform

– Posted in: Immigration Reform

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If you’re looking for information about immigration reform, it’s not hard to find.

On the surface, immigration news is everywhere. But look a little deeper, listen a little closer, and immigration reform vanishes into thin air.

The more the goal posts of reform are moved, the less the proposed legislation looks immigrant-oriented.

And if the bill is not geared to immigrant families, can it honestly be called immigration reform?

For Whom The Bell Tolls: The Future Of Immigration Reform

– Posted in: Immigration Reform

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A few days ago, as I set out for my morning exercise, I noticed a neighbor had recently purchased a nice-looking shiny used car.

It looked like it had been re-polished and a few accessories had been added. It seemed to promise a smooth ride.

Whether the engine was up to the journey was another question. The answer, of course, would be forthcoming in a few months.

When I turned the corner, my thoughts switched to immigration reform.

Nine months ago, many friends and relatives decided to buy into a politically used vehicle.

The Democratic Party.

Can You Feel The Truce?

– Posted in: Immigration Reform

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Immigration reform, I thought, meant a path to political peace.

Instead, there’s ground fire here, there, everywhere.

It’s not exactly the War of the Worlds. But it’s clear the two opposing forces – those for and those against reform – continue to brace for the upcoming legislative battle in Congress.

So, as an immigration lawyer in Riverside watching the news over the past few days, I’ve asked myself, “Can you feel the truce?”