Homeland Security is cracking down on visa overstays

Siguente en español Once people get a visa to the US, many of them stay past the time they can be here. For decades, this has been the real, unspoken, little known problem with US immigration. The visas most often abused are B (tourist) visas, F (student) visas, and J (cultural exchange) visas. When people overstay, they have always run the risk of being identified by Immigration and, depending on the Read More

The National Guard troops head to the border: what does the really mean?

Siguente en español Since Friday, 6 April 2018, it’s been widely reported in the US media that the President has ordered National Guard troops to the US-Mexico border for enforcement purposes. The President claims it’s because we are being overrun by immigrants, but this simply isn’t true. In 2017, Customs and Border Patrol, the agency responsible for border enforcement, reported that there was a 26% drop in Read More

Let’s Talk About Social Media

Let’s Talk About Social Media: Think Before You Post (Siguiente en español) Many of us get carried away with what we post online. We go on rants, we confront people, we argue with people, insult people, and so on. Even though you are entitled to free speech, that free speech can and will be used against you. As you have probably heard, the president wants to institute ‘extreme vetting’ of immigrants. Now, no Read More

Extreme Vetting: a wall of bureaucracy

What “extreme vetting” really means. Siguiente en español. Since taking office, the new administration has indicated that it will crack down on perceived abuses in the US immigration system. The administration calls it “extreme vetting” and implemented it with the various Muslim and refugee bans it’s tried, unsuccessfully, to issue over the last year. Now, however, “extreme vetting” is being regularly applied to Read More

DACA is dead: Now what?

DACA is dead: Here’s what you need to know Siguente en español As of this morning, the attorney general, on behalf of the president, has announced that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is being terminated. This announcement comes four short months after the president stated in March/April, 2017, that the DREAMers were good kids and that they had nothing to worry about.  Here are the key Read More

Keep Calm and Let’s Talk: DACA’s Future

Keep Calm and Let’s Talk: DACA’s Future Siguente en Español "Keep Calm and Let's Talk" is a blog series that will address the rapid and drastic changes to the American immigration system. With the 45th President of the United States (POTUS) inaugurated and started work, many controversial executive orders (EOs) have been issued since his inauguration. These EOs have struck fear and panic in many across the 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

Miguel Aguilar’s Story

Legally immigrating to the United States can be a very difficult journey without the right help. It can be terrifying leaving behind everything you have ever known. Often times, for a place which you may know little about. However, many people do not realize aside from the many personal struggles one faces, there are numerous bureaucratic, and legal issues that people immigrating may face. Miguel Aguilar faced many Read More

Christine Swenson, US Immigration Lawyer, Featured in Law in Sport!

Christine Swenson, an expert on US immigration law, recently had an article published in Law in Sport. Read her article 10 Crucial Concepts About U.S. Immigration for International Athletes! Congratulations, Christine! 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

US Immigration: How to Qualify for Refugee Status

If you or a loved one is hoping to come into the United States as a refugee, there are several things you need to know. In this blog entry we will provide an overview - but please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you’d like to learn more. In order to qualify for refugee status, you must meet each of the following requirements: You must be physically in a country other than the United States There must be 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

DOMA’s unconstitutionality: One more step toward marriage equality

On June 26, 2013 the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued a landmark decision striking down a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). In United States v. Windsor, the 5-4 Court held that Section 3 of DOMA violated the Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution. This particular section of DOMA defined marriage as a union between one woman and one man and was limited to federal law. This 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