Family & Removal Blog



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

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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21 September 2017

CBS’s KNX 1070 Radio Award Winning Reporter Margaret Carrero Interviews SGG Family & Removal Group Partner Heather Poole on Consular Repeated Denials of Visitor Visas for Stem-Cell Transplant Donor

SGG Attorney Heather Poole discusses US immigration factors that go into heartbreaking denials for B2 visitor visas, even when a relative in the U.S. is in desperate need of their relative’s aid, in September 20, 2017 “Dying Woman’s Sister Is Her Only Transplant Match, But Not Allowed In Country” story. Link:http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2017/09/20/womans-only-transplant-not-allowed-in-us/

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7 September 2017

The Best and Brightest – Our Attorneys

SGG boasts some of the best and brightest legal talent in the industry.  Our highly sought after attorneys do more than provide excellent service to our clients.  They are also leaders in a multitude of professional associations: Elsie Arias: Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) EB-5 Committee; Chair, 2017 AILA ... Read More

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7 September 2017

SGG Litigation Team Completes Briefing for Detention Cases before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Taiyyeba Safri Skomra

SGG attorneys Helen Sklar, Amy Lenhert, and Taiyyeba Skomra have completed the briefing in the firm’s two pro bono cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Oral arguments will take place in December. In both cases, we argue that the rights of detained immigrants who showed ... Read More

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7 September 2017

Detained Immigrants: Less Likely to Hire an Attorney and More Likely to be Deported 

Amy Lenhert

The use of detention in the context of removal proceedings is on the rise.  According to the Center for American Progress, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) detains 400,000 individuals annually.  With the increase of immigrant detention has come an increase in the use of private prisons.  In 2005, 25% ... Read More

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7 September 2017

A DUI Spells Trouble for Immigrants

Taiyyeba Safri Skomra

Driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) can be a devastating offense for an immigrant. Although a “simple” DUI (for example, Cal. Vehicle Code 21352) is not an offense that fits within any of the categories of crimes that makes a foreign national deportable, U.S. immigration authorities consider DUI a ... Read More

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