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USCIS Press Release: Premium Processing for I-140 forms (reprinted in full)

Office of Communications Fact Sheet Feb. 24, 2009 PREMIUM PROCESSING SERVICE FOR CERTAIN FORM I-140 PETITIONS BEGINS MARCH 2, 2009 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will expand Premium Processing Service for designated Forms I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker… Continue Reading

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Citizenship for non-residents through military service.

On 11/25/2008, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates signed a memorandum allowing the Army, Navy, Air Force, to recruit non-citizens and non-residents. Titled “Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest” (MAVNI), the program allows some non-citizens who are legally present in… Continue Reading

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ICE clearly racial profiling to fill quotas.

A story in the Washington Post exposes the Immigration and Customs Enforcement National Fugitive Operations Program – a program that received over $600 million from congress – as a federally funded racial profiling operation. The program which, as it is… Continue Reading

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Napolitano: All enforcement all the time.

Newly appointed Secretary of the DHS, Janet Napolitano (on NPR), shows that there will be little change between the Bush Administration and the Obama Administration with regards to immigration policy. She’s for a border fence – in places where physically… Continue Reading

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Tom Friedman: Expand immigration to keep the US afloat

Tom Friedman has an op-ed that may seem counterintuitive to some. Referencing a statement by Shekhar Gupta of the Indian Express.. “All you need to do is grant visas to two million Indians, Chinese and Koreans. We will buy up… Continue Reading

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Second thoughts on local enforcement of federal immigration laws.

Some state & local governments are having second thoughts about trying to control immigration through the use of local laws as the cost has proven to be prohibitive and the measures a PR nightmare. An example of some of the… Continue Reading

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Immigrant Detention as a Business Model

It probably comes as little shock to anyone paying attention that the prison system in the US is big business. It’s quite profitable and growing every day. It even has it’s own lobbyists. It’s not just US citizens who are… Continue Reading

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USCIS responds to Ombudsman recommendations on slow EAD processing

As many of my clients know the EAD process while your getting your green card through family or after your labor certification is approved can be quite slow. Though I’d say it’s not consistently slow as some of my clients… Continue Reading

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Cancellation of Removal for Lawful Permanent Residents

At its most basic a request for Cancellation of Removal is simply a plea not to be deported. However, as is always the case, Congress created a few hoops that have to be jumped through before the permanent resident is eligible.
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