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COVID-19 Has Changed Immigration Interviews. What You Need To Know.

– Posted in: Client Relations

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You’ve rushed to make it to your green card interview on time.  You ate a skimpy toast and jelly breakfast before you headed out.  You carefully avoided reckless speedsters and lane changers on the freeway and then manuevered around large trucks on the streets moving slightly faster than a wounded snail.  You breath a sigh of relief.  You’re on time.

You’re ready for your big moment.  You’re glad that you took time to put your face mask in your purse the night before and your papers are loosely thrown together in a tote bag.   All you need now is for the others to arrive.  You walk up to the security guards.

Little do you suspect that you have already run afoul of the new COVID-19 rules for USCIS interviews.

Biden In Florida: Extrapolating The Future Of Immigration Reform

– Posted in: Immigration Reform

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Joe Biden was in Florida over the past weekend. While there, he visited both Little Haiti and Little Havana, communities with distinct political views.

Although the issues at the two events differed, together they paint a picture of how the Biden presidency plans to handle immigration policy.

Looking forward, the potential for program reversals from the Trump era is ample reason for all immigrants living in the U.S. to support the Biden-Harris ticket.

How TPS Beneficiaries Can Win Permanent Residence (Even If TPS Is Terminated)

– Posted in: Temporary Protected Status

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On September 14, 2020, the Ninth Circuit of Appeals struck a near-fatal body blow to the dreams of the Temporary Protected Status beneficiaries, leaving many of them groping for air as the program nears its death bed.

Though more vulnerable than ever before, TPS beneficiaries need not give up the fight.

However, to survive, they must realize that their best defense is a good offense.

What You Need To Know About Cambodian Refugee Deportations

– Posted in: Immigrants In The United States

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

– Posted in: DREAM Act & DACA

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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.