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In the News from Guest Blogger, Sonia Molinar

The topic that dominated the news last week was pressure received by the Obama administration regarding the New Year’s weekend ICE raids that targeted Central American immigrants, and continued plans to remove those with denied asylum claims back to the dangerous conditions in their countries of origin. As reported by… Read the rest

Summary of Proposed Rule regarding STEM OPT Extensions

On August 12, 2015, the U.S. District Court issued a decision in Washington Alliance of Technology Workers v. USDHS, seeking to terminate the STEM OPT extension rule unless the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) properly implements a new STEM OPT extension rule by February 12, 2016.  Following the… Read the rest


With the current stalemate over the implementation of President Obama’s Expanded DACA  (Differed  Action for Childhood Arrivals) and the new DAPA (Differed Action for Parental Accountability) it seems that the proponents of these temporary executive office programs have failed to generate the broad support from the American people that would… Read the rest

Ethics Shmetics – What does it really mean to me as a client

Attorneys – in their relationaships with their clients – are governed by a complicated set of rules generally called the Code of Professional Responsibility. This Code contains many common sense rules: attorneys have to diligently work on their clients’ cases, they have to keep their clients’ secrets (most of the… Read the rest

Political Battle Over Executive Action

President Obama’s recent executive actions on immigration reform continue to generate political battles and mixed emotions of hope and disillusionment among immigrant communities. Here is an update of the current state of affairs on this dynamic issue. On November 20 of last year, President Obama announced a number of steps… Read the rest

Expanded DACA – Preliminary When, What, How?

While it is business as usual in Washington D.C., USCIS is getting ready to implement Phase 1 of the President’s second immigration initiative known popularly as “Expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) which will make the following changes to the existing DACA program: Upper age limit removed Continuous residence… Read the rest

The Driver’s License Initiative That Never Was

It was a total surprise to see how drastically Measure 88 (the driver’s license initiative) went down to defeat in this month’s election.  It seemed like a winner that would protect the general public and provide more accountability for the undocumented. We can be fairly certain that the undocumented will… Read the rest

Why I Enjoy Practicing Immigration Law by James L. Lane

I started practicing immigration law at the end of 1983 at a time when Congress passed  legislation that allowed out of status aliens who had been in the U.S. prior to January 1, 1982 to apply  for legal residency. Also  agricultural workers, who had worked for three years or for… Read the rest

The Myth of Immigrants and Public Services

As you may have read recently, 115,000 people lost access to coverage under the Affordable Care Act because they failed to provide documentation of their legal status. This topic has been discussed at a national level across major news outlets, but what’s missing from much of the coverage is how… Read the rest

Refugee Adjustment Day

Parker Butte & Lane (PBL) attorney Anaiah Krueger volunteered at AILA’s Refugee Adjustment Day on Saturday, October 11. Volunteer attorneys, paralegals, law students, and community members helped 26 refugee families from Africa, Iraq, and Nepal/Bhutan apply for lawful permanent resident status. Generous donations of new and gently used toys from… Read the rest