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Sessions Wants Crackdown on U.S. Asylum Policies

December 10 , 2017  |  Landerholm Immigration Law

In a recent speech, Attorney General Jeff Sessions called for a crackdown on immigrants seeking asylum, claiming that the current system for seeking asylum is full of fraud and that immigration attorneys abuse the system by exploiting loopholes in asylum laws. He also blamed the Obama administration for establishing a policy by which immigrants who … Continue reading “Sessions Wants Crackdown on U.S. Asylum Policies”

ICE Detains Immigrant During Green Card Interview

December 08 , 2017  |  Landerholm Immigration Law

A case of an immigrant being detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) during his green card interview at a Colorado U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has dominated the media in recent weeks. According to published reports, Melecio Andazola Morales, his 21-year-old daughter, and his lawyer, arrived at the USCIS office for a green … Continue reading “ICE Detains Immigrant During Green Card Interview”

Second Federal Judge Strikes Down the Latest Travel Ban

December 07 , 2017  |  Landerholm Immigration Law

A federal judge in Maryland has struck down Trump’s latest travel ban as an unconstitutional attempt to bar Muslims based on their religion. This was the second ruling by a federal judge in two days blocking the travel ban from going into effect. Both judges have specifically cited Trump’s own words as evidence in support … Continue reading “Second Federal Judge Strikes Down the Latest Travel Ban”

Thousands of Eligible Immigrants Fail to Renew DACA Participation

December 06 , 2017  |  Landerholm Immigration Law

When the Trump administration recently ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, it offered a renewal option for existing program participants. Immigrants had until October 5, 2017, to submit their renewal applications. According to the preliminary numbers released by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), about 21,000 to 22,000 program participants failed to … Continue reading “Thousands of Eligible Immigrants Fail to Renew DACA Participation”

Immigration Case Backlog Larger Than Federal Government Will Admit

December 05 , 2017  |  Landerholm Immigration Law

According to the Center for Immigration Studies, immigration advocates and the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the huge backlog of immigration court cases currently pending before a total of 334 immigration judges may be even larger. This is due in large part to the administrative closure of cases, a tool that was often used during the … Continue reading “Immigration Case Backlog Larger Than Federal Government Will Admit”

CA Governor Agrees to New Protections for Immigrants

December 04 , 2017  |  Landerholm Immigration Law

California Governor Jerry Brown has agreed to legislation that would provide significant protections for immigrants residing with the state of California. Specifically, the bill prohibits state and local law enforcement authorities from asking about an individual’s immigration status or enforcing federal immigration laws. However, the bill does permit police officers to work on federal task … Continue reading “CA Governor Agrees to New Protections for Immigrants”

Can My School Check My Immigration Status?

December 03 , 2017  |  Landerholm Immigration Law

In the past, schools, like churches and courthouses, have typically been off-limits for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. However, that no longer seems to be the case. While some schools have enacted policies and other measures designed to protect students and keep ICE agents out, others have not done so. As a result, students, … Continue reading “Can My School Check My Immigration Status?”

More Immigrants are Dying in Detention, and the U.S. Wants More Detention Facilities

December 02 , 2017  |  Landerholm Immigration Law

The Trump Administration is already moving ahead with its plans to drastically expand the number of immigration detention facilities – and the number of beds in the facilities – through its newest contract with the Geo Group, a for-profit, private prison corporation. The $110 million, 1,100 bed facility will be in Conroe, Texas, and Geo … Continue reading “More Immigrants are Dying in Detention, and the U.S. Wants More Detention Facilities”

Can I Start a Business in the United States if I Have No Legal Immigration Status?

December 01 , 2017  |  Landerholm Immigration Law

Although there is no definitive data, some researchers estimate that thousands, or even hundreds of thousands, of small businesses in the U.S. are operated by undocumented immigrants. There is no federal or state law that prohibits an immigrant who has no legal immigration status from starting his or her own business. For many undocumented immigrants, … Continue reading “Can I Start a Business in the United States if I Have No Legal Immigration Status?”

How a New CA Law Could Help Save Some Immigrants from Deportation

November 30 , 2017  |  Landerholm Immigration Law

A new California law may provide some relief for immigrants who are facing deportation proceedings. Many immigrants end up in the deportation process when they are convicted of a particular crime. This new law provides the opportunity for post-conviction relief for people who want to challenge their criminal convictions. Under this law, an immigrant who … Continue reading “How a New CA Law Could Help Save Some Immigrants from Deportation”

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