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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Expedited Removal: What You Need to Know

Picture this, you are walking on the street minding your own business. You’re undocumented. An Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agent stops you, or a police officer stops you and calls ICE or CBP to check on your status. You have nothing on your person showing you’ve been the…
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Lo que necesita saber sobre las Restricciones a los Trabajadores Extranjeros

El 22 de junio del 2020, el presidente Trump emitió una proclamación suspendiendo la entrada a los Estados Unidos a ciertos extranjeros en visas de trabajo para no inmigrantes y extendiendo la suspensión de visas de inmigrante hasta el 31 de diciembre de 2020.  Esta proclamación está vigente desde el 24 de junio del 2020 hasta…
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What You Need to Know about the Latest Restrictions on Foreign Workers

On June 22, 2020, President Trump issued a proclamation suspending entry into the US of certain aliens on non-immigrant work visas and extending suspension of immigrant visas through December 31, 2020. This proclamation is effective from June 24, 2020 until December 31, 2020, and does two things: It extends through December 31, 2020 the Presidential Proclamation…
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Ask Maris: Collecting Unemployment Insurance During Covid-19

What is unemployment insurance? Am I eligible to receive unemployment benefits? Unemployment insurance is a monetary benefit paid to certain workers who have lost their job through no fault of their own, and are generally available and able to work. Each state provides unemployment insurance in a slightly different way. Additionally, the federal CARES Act…
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Another Thick Green Line: Militarization and Our Borders

The level of security along the nation’s borders often escapes public awareness. The reason? Ordinary Americans seldom take notice and undocumented immigrants are usually too scared or intimidated to raise the issue. Fortunately, however, the media has stumbled upon a shocking new reality. In a recent article in Mother Jones, “The US-Mexico Border: Where the…
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Evolution or Regression? Nativism and Immigration Since WWII

The issue of immigration occupies an interesting space in American political life. Attitudes of Americans towards foreigners entering the nation often fluctuate in a pendulum like manner, the direction of which is often determined by national circumstances. Nativism–the belief that only Americans of white, Anglo Saxon ancestry were “true” Americans—was pervasive throughout much of the…
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