Family & Removal Blog



7 December 2017

Waiver of Crimes Keeps Military Family Together

Heather Poole

“Timothy” and “Jean,” a same-sex couple, came to SGG for help with obtaining permanent residency for Jean.  Jean is a successful scientist who had petty theft convictions that were committed over a decade ago. Because of these convictions, he was found to be “inadmissible,” unable to remain in the United States ... Read More

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7 December 2017

Bond Hearings: The Detainee’s Financial Ability to Pay 

Taiyyeba Safri Skomra

When a foreign national is detained by Immigration & Customs Enforcement, the detainee normally may request a bond hearing before an immigration judge in Immigration Court. The judge may grant bond if the person is not subject to mandatory detention.  Mandatory detention applies to people with certain crimes or who ... Read More

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7 December 2017

SGG Wins Appeal for Abused Spouse

Heather Poole

“Rebecca” is a Canadian national who came to SGG for help after her marriage-based green card case was referred to the Fraud Unit (FDNS) for investigation of her marriage.  FDNS conducted two surprise home raids after Rebecca and her husband’s green card interview, suspecting that her marriage was not real ... Read More

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7 December 2017

Urban Rock “n” Roll and O-1 Visas

Helen A. Sklar

Through several visa categories, U.S. law recognizes the important contributions made by individuals who possess extraordinary ability in arts. Within these categories, sponsors may petition to bring musicians who possess the requisite ability to perform on American stages.  Due to the enriching effect of cultural engagement with such musicians, we ... Read More

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7 December 2017

Class Action Lawsuits Highlight Limbo for Immigrants in Military Service

Amy Lenhert

Immigrants play an important role in our country’s Armed Forces; in fact, immigrants have served in the U.S. Armed Forces since the Revolutionary War.  Immigrants serving in the military often have special language and cultural skills that are strategically vital.  They are also less likely to leave the military before ... Read More

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16 November 2017

DACA’s Over. Now What? Senators introduce Flawed SUCCEED Act That Fails to Truly Protect “Dreamers”

Amy Lenhert

On September 5, 2017 Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that President Trump announced is ending the Obama Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program effective March 5, 2018.  This announcement immediately placed the futures of over 800,000 DACA recipients at risk. The question now is whether Congress will step in ... Read More

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14 November 2017

Ninth Circuit Finds Deported Man Did Not Waive His Right to Appeal and May Have Second Chance to Fight Removal

Amy Lenhert

Noncitizens who are ordered removed (deported) by an Immigration Judge have the right to file an appeal with the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA).  Appeals must be filed within 30 days of the Judge’s decision, and federal regulations state that if a person leaves the U.S. before an appeal is ... Read More

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9 November 2017

SGG in the Community – Deportation Defense Attorney Melissa Wong Discusses Political Asylum Caselaw as a Guest Speaker at Cerritos College in November 2017

                                                                                      You can view Melissa’s Instagram page that showcases some of ... Read More

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8 November 2017

Department of Homeland Security terminates TPS for Nicaraguans. Is Honduras Next? And Will Congress Finally Act?

Amy Lenhert

On November 6, 2017, Acting Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the termination of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Nicaragua. The DHS may designate TPS for a country due to ongoing war, environmental disaster or other extraordinary conditions that make it unsafe for individuals to return ... Read More

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3 October 2017

Countdown to DACA’s End – SGG Helps College Students Work on Last Renewals Due this Week

Heather Poole

SGG responds in a crisis. Joyce Noche, Esq., a Senior Attorney and resident DACA expert who has been working with DACA students since day one and consulted with the Obama administration in DACA’s formation, worked one-on-one with individual DACA students at Cerritos College this past Friday.  Joyce and Family & ... Read More

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