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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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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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Work Permits for H4 Spouses Available May 26, 2015

As part of President Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration Reform, H-4 spouses will be eligible for work authorization in the United States beginning on May 26, 2015. Here is who will be eligible for work permits: Spouses in H-4 Status, whose H1-B husband or wife has an approved I-140 Petition (visa petition for an employment…

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Childhood Arrivals Program Expanded February 18, 2015

President Obama’s Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA) will include more people as of February 18, 2015. The program was originally announced in June of 2012 and allowed persons who came to the United States as children (under the age of 16), who were still here and who did not have a lawful immigration status to obtain…

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How to Become a U.S. Citizen

Are you interested in becoming a U.S. citizen? If you are currently a lawful permanent resident (green card holder) of the United States, you may be eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship. Green card holders who wish to apply for citizenship must submit an application for citizenship to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“U.S.C.I.S.”) (Form N-400, Application…

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Obama Executive Action (Expanded DACA) Begins February 18, 2015

On November 20, 2014 President Obama announced several immigration reform measures including an expansion of the DACA program. DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is a program that allows people without current immigration status who arrived in the United States before the age of 16 to obtain work permits and driver’s licenses. Most importantly, applicants…

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Philadelphia Passes Law to Crack Down on Notario Fraud

Just in time for President Obama’s immigration executive orders, the City of Philadelphia has passed a local law to take effect in six months that will require businesses offering immigration related services to post a prominent notice if they are not lawyers. The law will crack down on notarios, who can be fined by the…

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President Obama Announces Immigration Action

Executive Actions & Benefits Outlined On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced several Executive Actions that will provide benefits to several foreign nationals living in the United States. Eligible individuals may apply for benefits somewhere in the next 90 days to 6 months as USCIS is able to implement the President’s Orders. USCIS has published…

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