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Our attorneys have helped to keep families together in both deportation defense scenarios and through family based visas. We represent applicants for asylum before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (Legacy INS) as well as the Immigration Court, and have developed a reputation for outstanding achievement in litigating complex deportation and removal cases. Learn more...
As immigration lawyers our focus is almost always on bringing people—workers, family members, clergy or artists—to the U.S. But immigration goes in all directions. In this original blog post we share the experiences of former PB&L paralegal Sonia Molinar who moved to Mexico last September after marrying a Mexican man and making a family with […]
This week’s news….
The Iowa primary caucus dominated the news this past week. On the Republican side, Donald Trump took second place to Ted Cruz, only slightly edging out Marco Rubio to third, and on the Democratic side, Hilary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were virtually tied, as reported by the Washington Post. The following day, Democrat Martin O’Malley, considered by some to be the most pro-immigrant, dropped his presidential bid, due to his poor showing in Iowa. Republicans Rand Paul and Rick Santorum, followed suit on Wednesday, as reported by CNN. The New Hampshire primary will take place on February 9th, and the Washington Post has compiled a lot of pertinent information about it in this article.
President Obama continues to receive pressure to stop the raids and deportations of asylum seekers and unaccompanied minors from Central America. The Latin Post reported in an article Wednesday that [a] “coalition of immigrant, social justice and faith groups…delivered a petition addressed to Obama to halt further deportation raids and provide relief to Central American refugee families.”
As blogged by humanrightsfirst.org, “on Thursday February 3, 2016, the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security will hold a hearing entitled Another Surge of Illegal Immigrants along the Southwest Border Security: Is this the Obama Administration’s New Normal? The hearing will serve as a platform to push for floor votes on the “Protection of Children Act” and “Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act.” Human Rights First’s Eleanor Acer has detailed the anti-refugee and anti-asylum provisions in these bills and the harmful impact they will have on children fleeing violence and human rights defenders seeking protection.” Democrat House member Luis Gutiérrez spoke about the effects of the raids on immigrant communities on the House floor on Wednesday in advance of the hearing.
This all comes after a Senate investigation found last Thursday that at least 6 children had been forced into slave labor after being released from the custody of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as reported by the Huffington Post in English and in Spanish in a BBC Mundo article.
It was a good news/bad news week for DACA recipients. The good news was that for the first time, a DACA recipient was admitted to the New York Bar: http://www.newyorklawjournal.com/this-weeks-news/id=1202748672189/Mexican-Immigrant-Wins-Fight-to-Join-New-York-Bar?mcode=1202615036097&curindex=10&slreturn=20160103202021. The bad news was that another DACA recipient was deported after travelling to Mexico: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/daca-recipient-deported-after-visiting-mexico_us_56b13943e4b08069c7a56417. With all the Republican presidential candidates vowing to abolish DACA if elected, life for those with DACA has become just as nerve-wracking as before the program was implemented in 2012.
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