Happy Constitution and Citizenship Day – My 50th Year as a U.S. Citizen

Constitution and Citizenship Day is observed each year on this day to commemorate the signing of the Constitution on September 17, 1787 and “recognize all who, by coming of age or by naturalization, have become citizens.” This year’s Citizenship Day is especially important to me as I celebrate 50 years as a citizen. George with…
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What is Happening With USCIS: A Quick Rundown

A recent New York Times article described the precarious financial situation U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) finds itself in following three of Trump administration leadership and now, the Covid-19 pandemic. Here are some of my main takeaways: In 2016, USCIS had 15,828 Employees. Three years later, USCIS Had grown to 18,866 employees a 19%…
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America Will Persevere

The U.S. has a new president. Immigrants, documented and undocumented, have been put on notice: during this administration the new policy is “America First.” An atmosphere of fear and uncertainty has descended on our immigrant communities. The new slogan carries an unsavory historical pedigree characterized by hostility and callousness toward those who seek safe harbor…
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Among Cabinet Picks, Trump’s AG Not the Exception

Based on the qualities they possess, attempting to analyze any one of the President-elect’s prospective cabinet members as serious candidates is a near-impossible task. Trump’s cabinet is now filled with the creepy uncles of the members of a comic book-esque gang of villains bent on world domination and destruction of their rivals. We have climate change…
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Attorney Profile: Maris Liss

Although Attorney Maris Liss is not an immigrant herself like the rest of our attorneys, her experience with immigration law started at a very young age. Beginning at age 16, Maris was placed in an immigration law office in New York City as part of a work-study program in high school. For $3.35 per hour,…
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TPS Designation for Syria Extended to March 2018

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Citing ongoing chemical attacks against civilians, massive infrastructure destruction, and food and water crises, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced Monday that it is extending Syria’s Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation in the United States. The 18-month extension allows current TPS beneficiaries to retain their status until March 31, 2018 if the eligibility requirements…
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SCOTUS Decision & Immigration (In)action: A Political Failure From Start to Finish

This morning, over 4.5 million undocumented people, including mothers, fathers, children, friends, and coworkers, were stripped of a sense of hope for better things to come. The eight justices of the U.S. Supreme Court elected to all but kill President Obama’s most significant attempt at immigration reform. In a 4-4 split, the decision came down…
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