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Family Litigation Articles

Border Crisis – Take Action! 900 515 Amy Lenhert

Border Crisis – Take Action!

There is indeed a humanitarian crisis at our southern border.  Children continue to be separated from their parents, and to date at least seven children have died while in DHS custody or shortly after release.  Men, women and children alike are held in unsafe conditions in remote facilities in the United States, denied proper healthcare…

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DACA and the Supremes 1920 1440 Taiyyeba Safri Skomra

DACA and the Supremes

In November, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments for and against continuing the program known as “DACA” — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. DACA was created by Executive Order in June 2012, protecting certain undocumented individuals from deportation.  An estimated 700,000 people have DACA benefits, including the two-year (renewable) work permit the program authorizes.  The…

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Sorting out Financial Requirements for Immigration Applicants 1920 1131 Taiyyeba Safri Skomra

Sorting out Financial Requirements for Immigration Applicants

Whereas most research shows that immigrants use public benefits at lower rates than native-born U.S. citizens,[1] a dizzying web of initiatives by the Trump Administration reveal a noisy, and perhaps intimidating, plan to reorder longstanding programs and standards in the realm of public benefits and financial support for immigrants.  The upshot of these Administration efforts…

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Lawyering and Litigating in Era of Delays 1000 559 Amy Lenhert

Lawyering and Litigating in Era of Delays

The experienced immigration practitioner will agree that USCIS has never enjoyed a reputation for speedy and efficient case processing. However, in recent years USCIS processing delays have been steadily – often sharply — increasing across the spectrum. From routine applications for employment authorization or for naturalization (which is of increasing concern as we approach an…

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Delay in naturalization applications leads to litigation, Congressional inquiry 1000 559 Amy Lenhert

Delay in naturalization applications leads to litigation, Congressional inquiry

The number of Applications for Naturalization submitted to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) went up by 25% from 2013 to 2017, and then saw a decline in 2018. The significant jump in the number of applications in 2016 alone contributed to a backlog in processing naturalization (N-400) applications. However, despite the fact…

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Going to Tijuana to Uphold U.S. Law and International Law on Asylum 960 678 Helen A. Sklar

Going to Tijuana to Uphold U.S. Law and International Law on Asylum

Since the 1980s, countless Central Americans have made the difficult decision to leave family, home and community, risking life and limb journeying across Mexico in hopes of reaching the safety of the United States.  The principal sending countries are El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala, known collectively as the Northern Triangle of Central America.  It is…

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Effective Use of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 1000 Helen A. Sklar

Effective Use of the Freedom of Information Act

A brief history of FOIA Signed into law in 1967, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) was heralded as an iconic achievement on behalf of governmental transparency.  In light of the current attacks on the media and press freedom, it is worthwhile to remember that FOIA was enacted for the stated purpose of implementing “a…

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