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Trump Administration Upends Obama's Commitment to Targeting "Felons, not Families" for Deportation

In a small Pacific Northwest community not far from Portland, a rise in deportations has drawn national attention to the methods ICE uses to locate and track its targets, and how data gathered from social media, the DMV, the IRS, and independent data-mining companies out of Silicon Valley is...

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USCIS Releases FY 2019 Stats for Temporary Workers

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published their annual statistics on case processing for nonimmigrant workers, including H-1B, L, and TN petitions. Fiscal Year 2019 (October 2019 through September 2019) continued the trend of lower approval rates and increased Request for...

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USCIS, NVC, and CBP are Becoming Sloppy

While the Trump administration has been actively and diligently working to increase deportations and cut off the flow of illegal immigration to the US, several government agencies behind the scenes -- such as US Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS), the National Visa Center (NVC), and US...

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New Public Charge Rule Blocked by Federal Courts

Last week we wrote about a major upcoming change to the immigration process and urged individuals eligible to apply for green cards to do so immediately in order to avoid complications relating to new financial eligibility laws set to go into effect this week. On Friday afternoon, in a welcome...

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New Health Insurance Requirement Takes Effect November 3rd

Adding to the chaos of the weeks leading up to a major overhaul of the current “public charge” rule and the entire green card application process, the White House has announced that they will now require intending immigrants applying from abroad to prove that they will be covered by...

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File Your Green Card Application Before the New Public Charge Rules

If you’ve been following immigration news, you’ve likely heard the term “public charge” and seen headlines warning that the Trump administration intends to implement new policies and enforce stricter laws on low income individuals and families seeking immigrant benefits....

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The Supreme Court Will Review DACA

After three years of litigation and legal challenges, the future of DACA remains uncertain. However, the “Dreamers” who have been left in limbo may officially find out the fate of the program by the end of this year. Following the Trump administration’s September 2017 decision...

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Oregon's new "real" ID

Thanks to an initial congressional decision made earlier this summer, Oregon is well on its way to joining 13 other states in allowing undocumented individuals to obtain driver’s licenses. This is good news for families and individuals who have faced added hardship in getting to work and...

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New Consequences for Immigrants who Receive Public Benefits

On October 15, 2019 new rules go into effect regarding the admissibility of some immigrant and nonimmigrant applicants.  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), through the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is changing how it determines if an applicant may become a public...

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USCIS Officers Authorized to Create Fake Social Media Accounts

Last week, as students all around the world returned to school for a new year, it was reported that a college freshman from Lebanon was denied entry at the airport on his way to his first year at Harvard University. The reason for his denial, despite having an approved student visa and having...

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Recent Announcement May Remove Restrictions on Detaining Children

A recent announcement from the White House threatens to worsen conditions for detainees at the United States’ southern border by proposing a fundamental change to the Flores Settlement agreement.

Decided in 1997, the settlement ruled that children should be released to an adult relative in...

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Client Feature: Nasreen Sheikh

Nasreen Sheikh, a national of Nepal, visited our law firm in 2018 to secure a green card. We have since gotten to know her very well and have been incredibly moved by her story. Despite being born in a region that does not record female births and being forced to work in a sweatshop as a child,...

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