DAPA and Expanded DACA are Dead (for now) – Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Rejects President Obama’s Immigration Plan

In a 135-page decision issued on November 9, 2015, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has (unsurprisingly) ruled against President Obama’s immigration plan, which he announced on November 20, 2014, hoping to benefit over 11 million undocumented people in the United States. Obama announced the DAPA and expanded DACA programs on November 20, 2014 through […]

Citizenship Approved With Serious Criminal Convictions

Yesterday, a Client’s naturalization application was approved, despite several arrests and criminal convictions in the past. My client was very scared to file for citizenship because of her old arrest record and convictions.  While her convictions were serious, after I reviewed the criminal court papers, I explained to her that under immigration law, she was […]

Extreme Hardship Waiver Granted for Fraud

  Today, I won a very difficult adjustment of status case (I-485) that required an inadmissibilty waiver (I-601). My client came to the USA through Miami in 2003 from Guyana, using a fake passport, and he was immediately detained at the airport and was placed in asylum-only proceedings.  He was eventually released and moved to […]

Designation of Nepal for Temporary Protected Status

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced that the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) has designated Nepal for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for a period of 18 months, effective June 24, 2015 through December 24, 2016. Under section 244(b)(1)(B) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), the Secretary is authorized to designate a foreign […]

Expanded DACA Applications To Be Accepted Beginning February 18, 2015

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was initially announced on June 15, 2012 via a memorandum from then-Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano. On November 20, 2014, current-Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson issued a memorandum expanding guidelines for DACA in several key ways.  Expanded DACA program will go into effect beginning in February 18, […]

Challenges to DACA and DAPA Programs

On January 15, 2015, a federal district court in Texas will hear oral argument in Texas, et al. v. United States, the 25-state lawsuit challenging the immigration initiatives announced by President Obama last year on November 20, 2014. The lawsuit alleges that states will be burdened by the expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood […]

Expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program

Through his announcement on November 20, 2014 of an executive order to help millions of undocumented foreign nationals currently living in the United States, President Obama expanded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program implemented in 2012, also through an executive order. How was DACA expanded? DACA is a prosecutorial discretion program administered by […]