First Latina Confirmed to Head ICE Immigration & Custom Enforcement

In a Senate vote of 55-39 with victory coming from Democrats, the first Latina, Sarah Saldaña, has been selected or confirmed by the U.S. Senate to run the second largest federal government agency, ICE Immigration & Custom Enforcement.  ICE Immigration & Custom Enforcement is the agency charged with overseeing deportation/removal, detention and prosecuting in immigration court.  Saldaña is U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Texas, overseeing federal law enforcement in a 100-county region. She will be the first Latina to lead ICE Immigration.  CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

Republican Vote Against Obama Immigration Order to Show Opposition

Yesterday, in a symbolic vote, the Republican controlled U.S. House of Representative voted 219-197 in opposition of President Obama Immigration Order that eased deportation rules for millions of undocumented immigrants.  The vote has no legal affect on President Obama Immigration Order and only serves the purpose of allowing Republicans to vent their frustration against President Obama executive order.  The Senate already refused to consider the bill and Obama threaten veto.  So, this vote of opposition will go nowhere.

Funding for the U.S. Government ends on December 11, 2014 and the vote of disapproval of Obama Immigration Order signals that Republicans may want to attach immigration language to a government spending measure.  This would mean a standoff between Republicans and Democrats and a possible government shutdown.

Republicans fail to understand that funding for U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Citizenship and Immigration Services is 100% based on filing fees submitted by applicants and DOES NOT rely on monies from the U.S. government.   (more…)

Temporary Protected Status TPS for Ebola Stricken Countries

The U.S. government has issued Temporary Protected Status TPS for Ebola stricken countries – Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone, effective from November 21, 2014 through May 21, 2016. The registration period began on November 21, 2014, and ends on May 20, 2015.

Temporary Protected Status TPS for Ebola is issued to individuals in the U.S. who are natives or citizens of a designated country (in this case, Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone) where conditions in the country are unsafe and that temporarily prevent the country’s nationals from returning safely, or in certain circumstances, where the country is unable to handle the return of its nationals adequately.

To be eligible for TPS, you must: (more…)

Obama Immigration Order: Immigrant Parents & Children – “We’re not going to deport you”

During President Obama’s address to the nation, he stated we have a tradition of welcoming immigrants. His speech and executive action was prompted by 500+ days of inaction by the Republican House of Representative on an immigration bill already passed by the Senate. In referring to the executive order he will sign, he stated “this is about who we are as a country…working hard…and keeping families together.”

Republicans may block Obama immigration order by passing a resolution denouncing the president’s action and then vote to censure him or sue over the legality of the executive action. Opponents have mentioned an appropriations bill to stop spending for this executive order but U.S. Department of Homeland Security is self-funded by application fees and does not rely on Congressional spending. Republicans need to be cautious that whatever action they choose to take, it does not alienate them from Latino and minority voters.

Deportation Protection for Parents & Children: Obama immigration order offers two deferred action (or protection from deportation) initiatives that will benefit 4.4 million undocumented immigrants. First, undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents will be granted three years of deportation relief. To qualify, they must have lived in the United States since 1/1/2010, pass background checks and pay taxes. Application for Deferred Action for Parents (DAP) will be released and accepted in 180 days.

In 2012, Obama immigration order to help immigrant children was implemented and many immigrant children continue to benefit from Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Obama will revise DACA to eliminate the age restriction, (more…)

Executive Order Action by Obama – Announcement Thursday Night

Executive order action by Obama will be announced Thursday night during a prime time address to the nation.  President Obama’s plan to use his executive power as President to sign an executive order granting relief to about 5 million undocumented immigrants in the United States will be controversial and will face challenge from the Republicans. (more…)

Obama Immigration Plan to Protect & Unite Immigrant Families

The lost by democrats during the mid-term elections has not stopped President Obama from moving forward with his Obama immigration agenda.  On Thursday, November 13, 2014, President Obama announced that he will soon unveil his plan for executive action that will overhaul the nation’s immigration enforcement system and protect up to five (5) million undocumented immigrants from the threat of deportation and provide them with work permits. (more…)

Green Card Expires in 2 years – Help Removing Conditional Residency

In cases where resident status (green card) is acquired based on a marriage to a U.S. citizen that was less than 2 years old on the day the immigrant spouse was approved, then the immigrant is approved for lawful conditional status (or a 2 year green card).  The immigrant’s status is conditional because two years after acquiring permanent resident status, the immigrant and his/her U.S. citizen spouse will be required to present evidence (and possibility have an interview in front of an officer) to prove their marriage is good faith based on love and not for the purpose of gaining an immigration benefit. The process of removing conditions from a 2-year green card give the Department of Homeland Security a second opportunity to exam the marital relationship to confirm the immigrant and his/her spouse continue to live together, hold joint assets and share joint bills. (more…)

Failure to Register for Selective Service & Citizenship

Many first-time immigrants to the United States are unaware of the requirement that all males between the ages of 18 and 26 living in the U.S. must register for the selective service. The selective service is a system in the United States that maintains information on males that are potentially subject to military duty. As of 2008, the names and addresses of over 14 million men were on file. (more…)

Understanding I-551 (i551) Green Card

When permanent resident status is obtained in the United States, a Form I-551 (i551) or green card is issued to evidence that legal status in the United States. The holder of a green card or Form I-551 (i551) can live, work and travel in the United States. Note, there are two types of green cards or Form I-551 (i551) status: permanent and conditional. When the green card or Form I-551 (i551) is issued based on marriage for less than two years or certain investments, then a conditional green card or Form I-551 (i551) is issued and at the end of the two years an application is required to be submitted seeking removal of the conditions and granting of a permanent (10 years) green card or Form I-551 (i551). (more…)

Deportation Fears – Immigration Lawyer Gail Seeram Can Help

Immigration lawyer Gail Seeram explains the newly released data of 438,421 deportations carried out from the United States during October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014 represent families suffering from separation, lower socioeconomic status, emotional stress, and limited health and educational opportunities.  Immigration Lawyer Gail Seeram has noticed that more of the immigrants that consult with her have a deep fear of deportation even though they have lived in the U.S. for more than 10, 20 and sometimes 30 years.  The political climate in the U.S. of zero tolerance for illegal immigrants has cast a fear on many law abiding immigrants and their families.

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