Why terminating DACA is short-sighted and will hurt the US economy

Siguiendo en español Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is the program for immigrants who were brought to the US as minors, commonly referred to as DREAMers. DACA was created by executive order when Congress failed to vote on the DREAM Act, legislation that would have provided these same young people a path to lawful residency and citizenship. Since its implementation in June, 2012, approximately Read More

Fighting Illegal Immigration: Why Building a Wall Along the US-Mexico Border Won’t Matter

“Methods for crossing the US border are most often shaped by the very defenses erected to stop crossing in the first place.” ~ Kimball Taylor. This sums up the dilemma facing US Customs and Border Patrol’s (CBP) efforts to stop illegal immigration. For more than 20 years the US has enacted legislation allowing it to build fences, patrol the area, and set up various surveillance equipment. And, for more than 20 Read More

Immigration Explained: An Overview of the 2012 DACA Program

If you came to the United States as a child and want to attempt to normalize your legal status, one of the best places to start is by applying for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This program was put in place in June, 2012, and those who qualify will not be placed into removal proceedings for a set period of time. This period of time is initially for two years, but extensions can be Read More

Will I-squared Change the Immigration Landscape?

A new bill was introduced by Senator Orrin Hatch on January 13th, 2015, that is intended to make some positive changes to the immigration system, especially those in the country on an H-1B Visa, a student visa, or green cards. The bill, titled, “The Immigration Innovation (“I-Squared”) Act of 2015” has not yet been voted on, but if passed will be a significant step in the right direction for many who are looking to Read More

Beware the promises of Notarios! ¡Cuidado con las promesas de los Notarios!

Beware the promises of Notarios! President Obama’s immigration reforms will not help everyone. STOP because while there is a lot of excitement around this announcement, the truth is that not everyone will be eligible. Do not believe notarios and other unauthorized consultants who promise immediate action in order to steal your money. WAIT  until the details are released. The wrong help can hurt your chances of Read More

Five Things You Should Know about 2014 Immigration Reform

2014 has been a rough year for immigrants who have waited for decades for some type of immigration reform. After the president announced his intention to act if Congress did not this summer, he pushed off announcing and implementing his plan until after the mid-term elections. Was this just more politics? After taking quite the beating at the polls, many wondered whether the president would act or delay, again. Read Read More

100 Days!

October 5, 2013, marked 100 days after the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) decided that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional! This opened the door for American citizens to petition the U.S. government for immigration benefits for their foreign national, same-sex spouses and fiancés. In honor of this milestone, we take a look at how the SCOTUS decision has impacted the lives of Read More

Deferred Action (DACA): One year later

August 15, 2013, marked the one year anniversary of the implementation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The program was initiated by the Obama administration with the goal of giving young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children without permission, the opportunity to work and live free from the fear of deportation. So, what have we learned about the program one year Read More

Will immigration reform give the American agricultural industry the help it needs?

The immigration reform bill currently being considered in the Senate, S. 744, could provide benefits to currently undocumented farm workers and the farmers who employ them. If passed as drafted, the bill will legalize the undocumented workers currently living in the U.S., reduce the backlog of immigrant workers trying to enter the country and revamp the future immigration process. But more importantly, S. 744 will Read More

Fixing Our Dysfunctional Immigration System

Last week, a bipartisan group of Senators proposed an immigration reform plan that just might gain the momentum we need to grant citizenship in a more efficient way! There are over 11 million undocumented workers here in the U.S that would love to be in the U.S. legally if the immigration system wasn't leaving them in a legal limbo for years.  This plan will allow these immigrants the opportunity to earn citizenship. Read More

Do You Qualify for the new Provisional Waiver? Let’s find out!

Do you need a provisional waiver?  Let’s find out if you’re eligible! On January 3, 2013, the federal government issued the implementation regulations needed for the provisional waiver, sometimes referred to as the “stateside waiver.”  These changes begin taking effect on March 4, 2013! Here’s the situation and why this change is so important:  If you entered the U.S. and were not inspected (meaning you came with Read More

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is the name being given to the June 15, 2012, deferred action policy aimed at DREAMer youth. Check out what you should do to get prepared! Read More

Free Informational Meeting on Deferred Action for Youth

Does the Deferred Action policy create more questions than answers?  If so, come to a free information meeting to learn how to get ready and to put yourself in the best position!   Read More

Tread lightly, DREAMer youth

As you have likely heard, the Department of Homeland Security has announced the availability of a Deferred Action (DA) for Youth who meet certain criteria.  Are you eligible?  Is this an option you should pursue?  Read More