Category Archives: Immigration Law

Great News for TPS Beneficiaries!

On July 1, USCIS rescinded its decision in Matter of Z-R-Z-C. Let me break this down. What is TPS? TPS = temporary protected status for people from certain countries that have faced civil strife and natural disasters. It allows people to live and work in the U.S. temporarily. For a long time, USCIS considered that […]

Waiver Extended to Family of Green Card Holders | Renuncia extendido a la familia de residentes permanentes

On July 29, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services expanded the I-601A Provisional Unlawful Presence waiver. The first I-601A wavier only benefited applicants of approved petitions that had a U.S. citizen spouse or parent that would suffer extreme hardship if the applicant were not permitted to enter the United States. The expanded version now includes […]

Summer in Review

It’s been a busy summer at the office and in the immigration law world. This summer we saw the disappointing 4-4 tie at the Supreme Court in the U.S. v. Texas case, challenging President Obama’s 2014 executive action. Many of our clients were hoping to come out of the shadows. Immigration attorneys and advocates were […]

DAPA and DACA Updates/ DAPA y DACA Noticias

Living in the United States as an undocumented person is harrowing and puts the person the “shadows.” Most of my undocumented clients are in Massachusetts and Rhode Island where they are unable to get driver’s licenses and have difficulties getting medical insurance. With the recent ICE raids, I have people calling me scared to go […]

Changes to policies for child immigrants—- Los cambios en las políticas para los inmigrantes niño

The flood of children attempting to cross the border from Mexico into the United States has been alarming in the past few years, and the government has responded in a less than humanitarian way by detaining children, mothers and families in detention centers that profit off their detention. It has also initiated expedited removal procedures […]

TPS for Haitians Extended, Deadline

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) was initially granted to Haitians on January 21, 2010, to help Haitians devastated by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake. TPS is extended by the U.S. for as long as the government deems that there is an ongoing crisis in one’s home country. TPS applicants are eligible to apply for work authorization in […]

Syrian refugee crisis and U.S. immigration law

What is happening in Syria: In April 2011, peaceful protests inspired by the “Arab spring” revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia occurred in Syria challenging the dictator Bashar Al-Assad and his form of government. First, the government killed activists, then they began killing, raping, kidnapping, and torturing activists and their family members. They mutilated and killed […]

Back to School: What immigrant children, their families, and guidance counselors need to know.

Summer is coming to an end, and stores are crowded with children and their parents rushing to check off each item on their back to school lists. Teachers are buying essential items and preparing their classrooms while school administrators are awaiting the arrivals of returning and new students. For immigrant children, there are special issues […]

Silva-Trevino is dead; a win for immigration law.

On Friday, Attorney General Eric Holder vacated a hotly contested 2008 holding issued by AG Mukasey. Matter of Silva-Trevino, A013-014-303 (A.G. April 10, 2015). AG Mukasey established a three part framework to evaluate whether a crime was a crime involving moral turpitude (CIMT). Matter of Silva-Trevino, 24 I&N Dec. 687 (A.G. 2008). Moral turpitude is […]