ICE Is Now Targeting Parents Who Paid to Smuggle Their Kids Into the United States

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has announced a new initiative to detain and prosecute parents who paid to smuggle their kids across the border. The initiative has been condemned by numerous advocacy groups for immigrant children including the American Academy of Pediatrics. Immigration agents have begun interrogating children who cross the border unaccompanied to find out who their sponsors …

5 Goals of Legislators Who Are Pushing for EB-5 Visa Reform

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The EB-5 visa program was designed to stimulate the U.S. economy and to encourage job creation in rural and low-employment areas. Although the program has been effective, a recent report from Breitbart News identifies several cases of fraud related to the EB-5 program. Reform has been elusive despite bipartisan efforts to reduce fraud. According to the news site VTDigger, Senators …

EB-5 Visa Program Extended through September Despite Calls for Reform

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The EB-5 visa program allows foreign entrepreneurs and their families to become lawful permanent residents in the United States if they make a qualifying investment in a U.S. enterprise. On April 28, despite a flurry of proposals to reform the EB-5 program, Congress passed a stopgap funding bill that extended the program in its current form through September. As many …

Helping Those Who Cannot Help Themselves!

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Justice was served today at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (“ICE”) office in Atlanta, Georgia.  Our clients, a mother and her minor child, were facing imminent deportation to their native country, Guatemala.  Their deportation had been scheduled for Monday at 7:00 am, but thanks to our amazing immigration attorneys, Mario Guevara from Mundo Hispanico, and the General Counsel of Guatemala in Atlanta, …

What you need to know before you go you go outside the U.S. With a travel permit.

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People with pending applications with the U.S. Citizenship and immigration services often need a “travel permit” or “advance parole” document before leaving the U.S. This will prevent applicants from having their applications deemed “abandoned” for having departed the country without asking first for permission while waiting a final decision on their applications.    Practically speaking, getting an advance parole document …

Do I really need an attorney for an interview with Immigration Services (USCIS)?

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It will largely depend on whether negative factors exist in your case (for example: a complicated immigration history, a criminal record, issues with fraud, multiple marriages or petitions, etc.). An immigration attorney works like an insurance policy: you may or may not need one at the time of the interview, but when you do, you will be glad you hired …

What is the “permanent” bar? And is it really permanent?

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The permanent bar comes from a 1996 law called the Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (“IRAIRA”). This law amended the Immigration and Naturalization Act (“INA”), which is where all U.S. immigration laws are contained. Section 212 (a)(9)(C) of the INA is the provision that talks about the permanent bar. This section states that any alien who has been unlawfully …

What is Prosecutorial Discretion and How Does It Work?

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Prosecutorial Discretion (casually referred to as “PD”) occurs when the Department of Homeland Security exercises its discretion in granting some form of benefit to a foreign national. In such cases, the foreign national is typically not entitled to a benefit or relief as a matter of law, but the Department agrees to use its discretion in favor of the applicant …

October – A Great Month for Clients

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by Danielle Conley, Partner It is safe to say that although October has been quite a busy month in Immigration Court, it has been well worth it!  Just today, I won my sixth of six merit hearings on behalf of six different individuals and their families who now have the privilege of remaining together in the United States!      It …