New Data on Federal Court Prosecutions Reveal Non-Violent Immigration Prosecutions Up, Organized Crime, Drugs and Weapons Charges Down

Based upon the latest available information, the American Immigration Council‘s (“AIC”) Immigration Policy Center has put together a great summary of the types of federal offenses that are being targeted for prosecution by the government as well as those that are not. Some interesting facts include: ♦The number of immigration prosecutions has continued to increase […]

Will Immigration Reform Happen During the Obama Administration?

Chances are dim, but advocates will still push for immigration reform.  This is the headline in today’s Washington Post. During his Presidential State of the Union televised addressed on January 27, 2010, which lasted approximately 70 minutes, President Obama uttered only the following about immigration:  “We should continue the work of fixing our broken immigration […]

Change of Filing Location for Form I-601, Application for Waiver of Ground of Inadmissibility

On January 27, 2010, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced that there are revised filing instructions and addresses for applicants filing Form I-601, Application for Waiver of Ground of Inadmissibility. The change of filing location is part of an overall effort to transition the intake of benefit forms from USCIS local offices and Service […]

Haitian TPS Factsheet

Here is some good information about the recently enacted Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”) for Haitian nationals following the devastating earthquake in Haiti on January 12, 2010.  This fact sheet provides information about who is eligible to apply for TPS from Haiti and what the basic requirements are. The registration period to apply for TPS is […]

Supreme Court to Consider Whether Second Possession Conviction Constitutes an "Aggravated Felony"

The Supreme Court will hear an immigration case addressing whether a second drug possession conviction qualifies as an aggravated felony under INA § 101(a)(43)(B) (“drug trafficking crimes”). The specific question before the Court is “Whether a person convicted under state law for simple drug possession (a federal law misdemeanor) has been ‘convicted’ of an ‘aggravated […]

Immigration Reform Likely in 2011 not in 2010

U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, says it is unlikely that comprehensive immigration reform will be fully taken up by Congress in 2010.  According to Rep. Cuellar, reform is more likely to be tackled in 2011, not in 2010.  Stay tuned for more updates!