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“Secure Communities” Study Reveals Disturbing Trends

John Morton, director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), recently announced that his agency deported 400,000 persons this past fiscal year that ended in September. This is the largest…

Unintentional Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Resident Status: Causes, Consequences and Prevention


Becoming a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) of the United States is often a long and difficult process for foreign nationals. Obtaining LPR status leads to a multitude of benefits, including…

Immigration Court Backlog Rises; Obama Administration Instructs DHS to Focus on Terrorists, Serious Criminals and National Security Threats

Ten years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) still insist that their enforcement priorities are terrorists, serious criminals,…

EB-5 Immigrant Visa Program: An Option for Foreign Investors to Invest in the U.S. and Obtain Permanent Residence for Themselves and Their Immediate Relatives

The recent collapse in the worldwide economy has led to an increase in violence, instability and crime in many countries across the globe. Wealthy foreign nationals in the Middle East,…

A Glimmer of Hope: The U.S. Supreme Court Upholds In-State Tuition for Undocumented Youth in California


Despite the lack of comprehensive immigration reform, there is a glimmer of hope for the millions of undocumented youth living in the United States. On June 6, 2011, the U.S.…

The DREAM Act: A Proposed Bill for Motivated, Undocumented Youths to Become Legal Immigrants

Over three million students graduate from U.S. high schools every year. Most get the opportunity to pursue a college degree, strive for their vocational goals, and reach for their American…

Marriage Fraud: Definition, Consequences & Solutions

Marriage transcends religion, language, culture and, in some cases, even gender. Although marital rights are recognized almost everywhere in the world, each country defines them differently. The reasons to…

U.S. Government Welcomes Haitian Orphans While Resuming Removal of Haitians With Criminal Records


The USCIS Field Operations Directorate and Office of Public Engagement invite all interested parties to participate in a teleconference on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at 2:00pm (EST) regarding the Help…

Debate Over Birthright Citizenship: A Devious Distraction from Needed Reform

The debate over abolishing birthright citizenship is one more distraction from fixing our broken immigration system. Instead of focusing on comprehensive reform, Republican leaders are proposing constitutional amendments to deny…

Draconian Arizona Law Sparks Renewed Hope for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Last April, the State of Arizona passed bill SB1070, probably the toughest immigration law targeting undocumented immigrants ever enacted in the nation. This law allows state officials to inquire into…

U.S. Supreme Court Rules that Non-Citizen Defendants Must Be Advised of Immigration Consequences of Criminal Charges

Immigration regulations and criminal law intersect when a non-citizen is charged with a crime and faces possible immigration consequences, including deportation, if he is convicted of the offense. Criminal defense…