Family & Removal Blog



16 January 2018

Department of Homeland Security terminates TPS for El Salvador

There are over 200,000 El Salvadorans with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) in the United States who have established deep family, community and employment ties who will soon lose their lawful immigration status.  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the termination designation for El Salvador on January 8, 2018. TPS ... Read More

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16 January 2018

Attorney General Likely to Order Immigration Judges to Reopen Administratively Closed Deportation Cases

For many years, Immigration Judges and the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) have relied on a tool called “administrative closure” to manage their heavy case load and to ensure just and fair outcomes in the cases before them.  When a case is administratively closed, it is temporarily removed from the ... Read More

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8 January 2018

SGG Pro Bono Efforts Result in Two Ninth Circuit Court Wins

Taiyyeba Safri Skomra

In January 2017, SGG accepted two cases from the Ninth Circuit’s pro bono program involving detainees whose mental competency to represent themselves in immigration proceedings was in question. SGG Attorneys Amy Lenhert, Helen A. Sklar, and Taiyyeba Skomra worked together on these cases, and we are pleased to report that ... Read More

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8 January 2018

Not A U.S. Citizen? Just Say No To Even “Legal” Marijuana.

On January 1, 2018, the State of California officially legalized the recreational use of marijuana under Prop 64.  The recreational use of marijuana is now legal in the District of Columbia, California, Alaska, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Maine, and Massachusetts.  Another 21 states have legalized the use of marijuana for ... Read More

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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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