Executive Order – What Does It Mean For You?

On November 20, 2014, the President announced a series of executive actions to crack down on illegal immigration at the border, prioritize deporting felons not families, and require certain undocumented immigrants to pass a criminal background check and pay taxes in order to temporarily stay in the U.S. without fear of deportation. Preliminary estimates show […]

Immigration Reform: President Obama Considering An Executive Order Despite Congressional Backlash

As you may have heard in the news lately, President Obama is considering issuing an Executive Order on immigration in the coming week (it may be as early as next week!). From what we learned about American political system, we have three branches of Government: Legislative, Executive, and Judiciary. Legislative branch, consisting of the U.S. […]

Implementation of the Supreme Court Ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act

Following last week’s Supreme Court decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional, the Secretary of Department of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, issued this statement on Monday, July 1, 2013: “After last week’s decision by the Supreme Court holding that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional, President Obama […]

Same-Sex Couples Will Soon Get Federal Immigration Benefits – Supreme Court Strikes Down Defense of Marriage Act as Unconstitutional

In a historic move, the United States Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down as unconstitutional the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”), which was signed into law by President Clinton in 1996.  DOMA defined “marriage” as only between a man and a woman.  As such, DOMA denied to legally married same-sex couples the same federal benefits […]

Senate Immigration Bill Unveiled: Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act

FOR INFORMATION PURPOSE ONLY.  THERE ARE NO NEW IMMIGRATION LAWS IN EFFECT YET. The “Gang of Eight” in the Senate finally made public today the immigration reform bill on which they have been tirelessly working.  The bill is 844 pages long and is called Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act. The bill will […]

“New Law” Does Not Apply to Convictions That Became Final Before Padilla Decision Announced

On February 20, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in Chaidez v. United States (11-820), in which it declined to retroactively apply its holding in Padilla v. Kentucky, which the Supreme Court decided on March 31, 2010.  In Padilla, the Supreme Court announced that criminal defense lawyers are required to tell non-citizen clients […]

DHS Announces Final Rule to Support Family Unity During Waiver Process

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today announced the posting of a final rule in the Federal Register that reduces the time U.S. citizens are separated from their immediate relatives (spouse, children and parents), who are in the process of obtaining visas to become lawful permanent residents of the United States under certain circumstances. The […]

Arizona Governor Signs Controversial Immigration Bill Into Law

Today, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R), signed into law a very tough and controversial immigration bill on the premise that it will curb illegal immigration in that state. Gov. Brewer signed a state bill today that requires police to determine whether a person is in the United States legally, which critics say will foster racial […]