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Jul 18, 2017

Trump and the GOP Planning to Cut Legal Immigration in Half

President Trump, along with White House Aide Stephen Miller and Republican members of Congress, are seeking to cut legal immigration in half by the year 2027.  According to Politico, Senators Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia, with the support of the president, will be introducing legislation to that effect later in the summer.  Currently, the United States accepts approximately 1 million legal immigrants into the United States – this bill would attempt to slash that number over the next 10 years to about 500,000.… Read More

Jul 18, 2017

Travel Ban Update: State Department Expands Definition of “Close Family”

Responding to a federal district court order judicially expanding those excluded from the Administration’s Travel Ban, the United States Department of State issued guidance on Monday expanding the definition of “family” under the Executive Order banning certain visa applicants and refugees from six countries: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.… Read More

Jul 14, 2017

Breaking: Federal Judge Expands List of Relatives Exempt from Trump Travel Ban

In deciding an emergent request by the State of Hawaii, a Federal District Court entered an order expanding the list of relatives who are not subject to the Trump Administration’s travel ban.

In the order, U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson ordered the United States government not to enforce the ban on grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins of people in the United States.  … Read More

Jul 13, 2017

House Spending Bill for Homeland Security Heavy on Border Wall, Enforcement, and Deportation

On Tuesday, July 11, the House Appropriations Committee released a spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  It features increases in spending to both the Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), agencies of DHS dealing with border enforcement, detention, and deportation.… Read More

Jun 29, 2017

Trump Travel Ban Takes Effect at 8:00 PM Today. Confusion Expected.

As mentioned in a previous immigration law blog post, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled to allow parts of President Trump’s travel ban to take effect, affecting many individuals, families, businesses, and healthcare facilities.

Click here for the urgent alert written by Attorney Raymond G. Lahoud, Chair of the NM&M Immigration Practice Group.  If you have further questions or concerns in regards to this topic or any other immigration law issues, e-mail rglahoud@nmmlaw.com.… Read More

Jun 28, 2017

Criminal Attorney’s Ineffective Representation Results in Defendant’s Definite Deportation

Jae Lee was born in South Korea and lawfully moved to the United States when he was 13 years old.  He was a “lawful permanent resident” or a “green card holder” and never naturalized to become a United States Citizen.  In 2008, 35 years after Mr. Lee came to the United States, he was charged in federal court on one count of possessing ecstasy with intent to distribute in violation of 21 U.… Read More

Jun 19, 2017

Immigration Scams are on the Rise

With immigration scams on the rise, Chicago Tribune reporter Nereoda Moreno delves into the decades of scams that ride on immigrant’s fears, often cost tens, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars, and result in permanent banishment from the United States. At its core is one phrase: “notario publico.” … Read More

May 11, 2017

You Do Not Need to be a Kushner to EB-5. You Need an Immigration Lawyer.

The EB-5 visa program is an investment-based immigrant visa available to people across the globe. Since its inception, the EB-5 visa program has brought over $15 billion in low-cost financing and investments into the United States for projects involving airports, apartment and office towers, infrastructure, housing and industrial park developments, and more. The program allows foreign individuals to invest either $500,000 or $1,000,000, depending on the location of the development.… Read More

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