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Apr 06, 2018

Immigration Status: A Relevant Consideration in Determining the Best Interests of a Child

New Jersey’s Superior Court Appellate Division recently addressed a growing family law concern in New Jersey’s immigrant communities: Is a parent’s immigration status relevant in child custody proceedings?

The child—Oliver—was born in Guatemala in 1999.  Oliver’s childhood in Guatemala was far from one where he was able to enjoy sports, parks, fun, computers, reading, and games, or receive an education—it was the very opposite. » Read More

Feb 02, 2018

The Weekly Round-Up: ICE Clarifies Policy on Detention, State of the Union Highlights Immigration, and Twins are Born, but Only One is a U.S. Citizen

ICE Agents Directed to Detain Undocumented Immigrants Attending Court

On Wednesday, January 31, ICE announced a new set of guidelines pertaining to how they will conduct arrests of undocumented immigrants at federal and state courthouses.  In response to uncertainty on the issue, ICE stated it will continue to target undocumented immigrants in courthouses, particularly in criminal matters.  » Read More

Jan 26, 2018

The Weekly Round-Up: Skilled Immigrants Dominate Silicon Valley, White House Squares Off Against Sanctuary Cities, and Immigrant U.S. Soldiers Sue for Citizenship

Immigrant Workers a Majority in Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley, known around the globe as a technology hub with headquarters for many companies, including Google and Apple, is heavily dependent on foreign skilled employees.

Last year, the Silicon Valley Competitiveness and Innovation Report noted that 57% of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (known as “STEM”) professionals in the region were foreign born.  » Read More

Jul 24, 2017

Senate Introduces Pathway to Citizenship for Dreamers, Potentially Altering a Generation

This week, the United States Senate introduced the Dream Act of 2017, a bipartisan bill, sponsored by Democrat Dick Durbin of Illinois and Republican Lindsay Graham of South Carolina, to create a pathway to citizenship for young people in America without lawful status. » Read More

Jul 12, 2017

Panda Express Fined $400,000 for Form I-9 Compliance Violation

Panda Express—the world’s leading Chinese fast food chain—agreed to settle a US Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation into its Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification procedures.  Panda Express was fined $400,000 and required to create a $200,000 fund to provide back pay to affected employees. » Read More

Jul 05, 2017

Venezuelan Asylum Applicants in the United States Double Amid Venezuela’s Political and Economic Chaos

Venezuela’s ongoing political turmoil and near economic collapse have caused thousands of Venezuelans to flee to the United States to seek asylum protection.  United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reported that in the first three months of 2017, 8,301 Venezuelans sought asylum protection in the United States, compared to 3,507 asylum applicants in the same three months of 2016.  » Read More

Jun 13, 2017

Texas Judge Suspended When State Discovered She is a Non-Citizen.

The State of Texas recently suspended a municipal court judge, when the state learned that she was not a U.S. Citizen—a requirement for appointment, holding most public offices, and voting. Municipal Court Judge Young Min Burkett, a lawful permanent resident since 2007, was first appointed to the bench in 2015. » Read More

Feb 19, 2016

Man Convicted of Illegally Obtaining Citizenship Through Marriage Fraud

A Columbus, Ohio man was recently convicted of unlawful procurement of citizenship or naturalization, a crime that carries a penalty of up to 15 years in prison. The guilty verdict was handed down after a joint investigation by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Homeland Security Investigations, which revealed that the man committed marriage fraud in order to become a naturalized U.S. » Read More

Feb 12, 2016

Understanding the Process of Becoming a Naturalized U.S. Citizen

According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), 729,995 people became naturalized U.S. citizens during fiscal year 2015, and some 6.6 million have joined the ranks of U.S. citizens over the past decade. These numbers represent years of work on the part of foreign nationals who have demonstrated their commitment to participating in the fabric of American life. » Read More

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