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Interest in the DREAM Act Rises as 2012 Elections Approach: The Power of the Hispanic Vote


Debate over the DREAM Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act) is far from over despite its failure in the Senate over a year ago. Along with the…

Things to Know About the Expedited Removal Order Process


When a foreign national arrives at a U.S. port of entry and applies for entry, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer will determine whether he is admissible to…

Provisional I-601 Waivers Likely to Streamline Visa Application Procedure and Reduce Separation of Families

Foreign nationals who have accrued unlawful presence in the U.S. are barred from re-entering the country for three years (if they were unlawfully present for at least 180 days but…

False Claims to U.S. Citizenship: Hidden Pitfalls and Potential Defenses

For the most part, U.S. immigration laws are complex and confusing. Some are little known or frequently overlooked. Some carry serious consequences that may result in a permanent bar to…

“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…