Immigration Reform

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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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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Supreme Court to Decide DAPA and Extended DACA by June 2016

The United States Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether President Obama’s DAPA and Extended DACA Programs will go forward. DAPA (Deferred Action for Parental Accountability) and DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) are program for persons who have resided in the United States for five (5) years and currently do not have a lawful immigration status,…

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A Closer Look at Immigration Reform

On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced a series of immigration reform plans to be implemented in 2015. This plan came after Congress failed to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill, despite its passage through the Senate. The President’s new plan has three objectives: 1)    Crack down on illegal immigration at the border; 2)    Deport felons…

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The Basics of Illegal Immigration

Who are undocumented, or illegal, immigrants? Politicians, news media, and others seem opinionated, but often ill-informed about who these people are, where they came from, and how they fit into American society. Recent changes to the U.S. immigration policy have been proposed, and in some cases passed into law, by the Obama administration. Who are undocumented immigrants?…

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Obama Set to Announce Immigration Reform

In the wake of the November 2014 election, President Obama appears to be following through on his promise to millions of immigrants in the United States awaiting immigration reform. The President has stated: “I indicated to (House) Speaker (John) Boehner several months ago that if in fact Congress failed to act I would use all…

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