Alternatives with DAPA on Hold

President Obama’s deferred action and authorization for parents of U.S. citizens to obtain work permits is on appeal with the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals and will be argued next month. A decision is not expected for several months and will no doubt be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court by whichever side fails to prevail. […]

Prosecutorial Discretion and Deportation in Immigration Court

As President Obama seeks better ways to curtail removal or deportation of non-criminal aliens and undocumented workers, his announcement last year of directing DHS counsel to terminate removal proceedings by use of prosecutorial discretion has been rarely used. Prosecutorial Discretion is a tool used to ask Department of Homeland Securities to close cases in which […]

Lack of Immigration Court Review of Detention Violates U.S. Commitments under International Law

Lack of Immigration Court Review of Detention Violates U.S. Commitments under International Law “The Obama administration continues to leave the decision to detain or release these people entirely in the hands of the detaining authority itself, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).   As the Los Angeles Timeseditorial noted, “[i]t would be as if accused criminals […]

No Conviction, But No Freedom: ICE Jails Over 13,000 Immigrants

“On a single day this past fall, the United States government held 13,185 people in immigration detention who had not been convicted of a crime. And yet the Dept of Homeland Security announced way back in June 2011 this would not be the case: Those who are persons of good moral character and have a […]

Immigration Court Defendant Files Cancellation of Removal Now that His Controlled Substance Conviction Has Been Vacate

Our client Rico was held and put into Immigration Court Removal Proceedings in Nevada after pleading guilty to and being convicted of Possession of Drug paraphernalia a deportable offense.  We successfully obtained a dismissal of his conviction pursuant to Padilla v Kentucky in that Rico was not represented by a lawyer when he pled guilty […]

I 601 Waivers Inadmissiblity Travel to Country of Origin

For several years now since 2008 we have obtained approval of I 601 Waivers, followed by an award of lawful permanent residence for spouses and children of U.S. citizens. One problem our clients have faced prior to retaining our lawyer’s services, is much misinformation on the issues of extreme hardship to the U.S. citizen and […]

Senator Reid Asked to Help Nevada Immigrants

For the last two elections that he ran for U.S. Senator from Nevada, Senator Reid has campaigned in favor of Comprehensive Immigration Reforms. He won re election in 2004 by only a handful of votes and can count the Hispanic and other Immigrant groups as helping to push him over the top against his opponent. […]

ICE and DHS deporting undocumented workers with no criminal record

This past summer the President and his Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a new policy to concentrate on criminal aliens and repeat offenders of illegal entries into the U.S. for purposes of deportation. We have had experiences in immigration courts where this is not the case. Visa overstays with no criminal records who are […]