Immigration Reform — What Words Means, Makes All the Difference

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One of the striking things about reading hundreds of newspaper articles about “immigration reform” with thousands of quotes from politicians is the amazing misuse of words and phrases that form an essential part of the debate.  To aid you in your understanding of the immigration reform debate, here are definitions of the key words and phrases, as used by the …

Georgians Want Immigration Reform, Now!

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Over the last two weeks, Harper Polling, a Republican Organization, and Public Policy Polling, a Democratic organization, jointly conducted polls at the request for a Partnership for a New American Economy, on the Gang of 8 Immigration Reform Proposal in 29 states across the Country, including here in Georgia.  To no one’s surprise, the poll found that a large majority of Georgia …

Immigration Reform, I Hope

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“Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity; until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country” – President Obama, Inaugural Address, January 21, 2013. In one simple and lofty sentence, President Obama made …

The New Provisional Waiver–What it Means and Who Can Use It.

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There is a great deal of confusion about the new provisional waiver regulation published by the Obama administration. Let’s be clear, this new regulation is nothing more than a locational change in waiver processing, with the benefit being a much shorter separation time between loved ones. Now, let’s get into the details! What Does It Mean? The waiver we are …

Same-Sex Marriage and Immigrant Rights – the Impact of DOMA on Immigration Reform

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by Hiba Ghalib, Associate Attorney This past weekend was a busy one for both gay rights activists and immigrant advocacy groups.  After the Supreme Court announced last Friday that it had agreed to hear two cases that challenge laws challenging same-sex marriage, over 50 groups supporting gay rights and immigration reform joined together to write a letter to the White …

Allowed to Work in the United States, but Not Allowed to be Physically Present in the United States – What?

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by Rebecca Rojas, Associate Attorney Today, the Detroit News reported that Michigan has joined the two states — Nebraska and Arizona — that have banned the issuance of driver’s licenses to undocumented young people who qualify for Obama’s deferred action program (also known as the DACA program).  By way of background, the DACA program gives immigrant youth who were brought …

The Achieve Act is Bad for Kids.

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Republican Senators Kyl, Hutchinson and McCain have introduced a terrible version of the DREAM Act called the “Achieve Act”.   http://tinyurl.com/bumbsmy This bill is a counterfeit form of the immigration relief that kids really need.  The bill gives a “W” visa, good for two years, to work and study, to kids but does NOT lead to permanent legal status.  The …

What Does Immigration Reform Look Like in 2013?

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Now that Republicans have come to the immigration reform table, we have to ask ourselves, what will immigration reform look like five years after it was last addressed.  One thing is certain, the leverage has changed, and there are new players are at the table. Not the least of which are “Dreamers.”  What would pass for immigration reform in 2007 …

Do You Need an Attorney to Apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)?

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One of the most common questions asked since June 15th when President Obama announced Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is, “Do I need an immigration attorney to help me apply?“  Many respected voices in the immigrant community are saying that the application process and form will be so simple that people won’t need an attorney to apply.  Others are …

How Do We Bring Up Immigration Centered Discussions in an Education Environment?

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Earlier this week I had an opportunity to speak at an Immigration and Education Forum in Athens Georgia organized by the University of Georgia College of Education Faculty Senate and the Dean’s Council on Diversity. I was honored to be speaking with four other co-panelists who are each on the frontlines of immigration and education, teaching and working with students …