Updates on USCIS: What You Need to Know

On May 27, 2020, USCIS announced that they are preparing some domestic offices to reopen and resume non-emergency public services on or after June 4, 2020. Fingers crossed that this time it will actually happen! Our firm has not heard anything yet about the reopening plans of our Detroit Field Office, in light of Governor Whitmer’s recent executive…
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Rules Change for Vulnerable Asylum Seekers who Remain in Mexico

On May 10, the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a joint DHS/EOIR statement on the rescheduling of MPP hearings. This statement changed prior DHS procedures without adequate notice to affected migrants or their attorneys, adding confusion to the already opaque and unconstitutional Migrant…
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Backlogs & Bureaucracy Are No Excuse for the U.S. to Fail Asylum-Seekers

Read out latest analysis on America’s broken immigration system and its failure to help forcibly displaced people worldwide, especially Syrian refugees up on The Guardian. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/sep/09/backlogs-bureaucracy-no-excuse-us-fail-asylum-seekers A miles-long waiting list continues to plague immigration judges and keeps people who are fleeing war zones in limbo. The current migration crisis is the worst global refugee emergency…
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Temporary Protected Status for Yemen

Yemen flag. Image courtesy of Flickr user Nicolas Raymond. Effective September 3, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has designated Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Yemeni nationals, who have continuously resided in the United States since September 3, 2015, and have been continuously physically present in the U.S. since that date. Individuals who believe…
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In Europe, the Word ‘Migrant’ Is Not the Problem

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Takver Refugees are in vogue. As callous as that may sound, the group’s plight – or more accurately, their “flight” – no matter where in the world they come from, is receiving more international media attention than ever before. This is a good thing, if it eventually leads to long…
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Temporary U.S. Protection Leaves Syrian Refugees in Limbo

GPM is in The Guardian! Read our opinion piece here! Photograph: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian Can the devastating consequences of an international refugee crisis help revitalize the bruised economies of American cities? It could, but it won’t, not while the United States remains overburdened with a miles-long asylum backlog and an insufficient temporary relief system. Four…
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Migrants or Refugees: What’s in a Name, Anyways?

The migration crises in Europe and Southeast Asia has taken far too many lives and continues to create political and social obstacles for the international community to solve. Is violent conflict and political strife the root of the dilemma forcing people to flee their home countries? Or does the problem lie in the way we…
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