As Legal Battles Rage, Pennsylvania Remains Friendly to DACA Recipients

A recent report by Jeff Gammage of The Inquirer reveals that 71% of Pennsylvania residents believe the government should offer a path to citizenship for DACA recipients. Residents of Pennsylvania also support a path to citzenship for immigrants who hold Temporary Protected Status.   See also: What is The Current Law on Claiming Asylum in…

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Military Service No Longer an Easy Path to Citizenship

In the past, joining the military was part of a long tradition dating back to the Revolutionary War. It was also one of the faster paths to citizenship. Immigrants who were eligible could enlist, initiate a background check, start basic training, and serve for just one day. Then, they could apply.   But, the Trump…

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In the News: The Supreme Court Decision You Need to Know About

Legal or not, if you’re an immigrant who has ever been convicted of a crime, you need to pay close attention to the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on immigration enforcement. Last week, the Supreme Court ruled on Nielsen v. Preap. And it ensures any conviction, even the most minor misdemeanor you can think of, puts…

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ABA Calls US Immigration Courts Irredeemably Dysfunctional

A recent report from the ABA calls for a complete overhaul of the immigration court system. Under the ABA’s proposed reforms, Immigration Courts would become Article I courts, making them similar to bankruptcy court in that it would be independent of the Justice Department. This could give them what they need to restructure their services…

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The Line for Immigration Grows Longer – And Longer

An immigration lawyer in Philadelphia is accustom to fielding difficult calls and questions. We are experienced in family separations, detention and deportation cases, complicated asylum matters, and even complex visa applications. However, one question that is growing more frustrating for immigration lawyers across the United States, “why is my case taking so long?” Recent reports…

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What Is the Current Law on Claiming Asylum in the United States?

At the end of 2018, we had several high-profile news stories break around immigration law in the United States. While several of these stories, from the border wall to expected changes to visa schemes in 2019, highlighted the complexities of current immigration policy, one story stood out from the rest – the status of asylum.…

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A Wall Built on Policy: How Immigration Policy Changed in 2018

As we start 2019, President Trump will not have the funding for his “wall” on the United States and Mexico border. The President has been vocal on the necessity of a physical wall on the border since his campaign in 2016, but construction has yet to begin. This month, Senate Democrats rejected legislation with the…

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Extended DACA and DAPA stopped by split 4-4 Supreme Court Decision

Today, the US Supreme Court reached a split, 4-4 decision on whether President Obama has the authority to institute DAPA and Extended DACA to foreign nationals currently present in the United States. Due to the vacancy in the Supreme Court left by the death of Justice Scalia, the Court reached a tie of 4-4. In…

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