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Immigration Case Backlog Growing

The number of cases awaiting resolution before the Immigration Courts reached a new all-time high of 242,776 at the end of March 2010, according to data obtained by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). The case backlog has continued to grow — up 6.3 percent — since TRAC’s reported four months ago, and nearly a  Read more→

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Calder Nominated for AILA Board

The American Immigration Lawyers Association’s national Secretary Leslie Holmanhas announced the nominations for AILA’s 2010 national elections as determined by the Nominating Committee. The Committee was chaired by AILA’s Immediate Past President Charles H. Kuck. There are eight At Large Director terms which will expire in July 1, 2010. Seven of these seats will be  Read more→

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AILA Leaders Vote to Move Arizona Board Meeting

Allen and Pinnix attorney Jack Pinnix, a member of the Board of Governors of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), voted with his board colleagues to instruct AILA’s Executive Committee to move the Association’s fall 2010 conference, previously scheduled for Arizona, to another state. The vote was taken during an emergency telephonic meeting just moments  Read more→

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Police Chiefs Warn Arizona Style Legislation Will Undermine Public Safety

The News & Observer reports that "Raleigh Police Chief Harry Patrick Dolan was among a trio of police chiefs from around the country who warned that an immigration bill before the Arizona state legislature would undermine public safety." "The bill would require police to ask the immigration status of anyone they suspected to be undocumented  Read more→

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Although ICE Rebuked It Targets 180 Companies in the South

The enforcement arm of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), made headlines recently for, in effect, failing to prioritize genuine threats to the community. In a leaked memo first reported in The Washington Post, ICE’s director of Detention and Removal Operations complained about dwindling noncriminal deportations and outlined to  Read more→

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Roll Call: Democrats Will Push Immigration Reform

On April 21, 2010 Roll Call reported "Democratic leaders are pushing ahead with plans to move comprehensive immigration reform legislation this year — even if it means punting on energy legislation until next Congress." "Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) agreed during a Tuesday afternoon meeting that a "moral imperative"  Read more→

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TIPS Re: International Travel After Marriage To A Foreign National

Newlyweds often want to honeymoon outside of the United States. Planning well in advance can lessen inconveniences and minimize the chance that the foreign national partner will be stranded abroad. If the foreign national plans to return to the U.S. on a non-immigrant visa, other than an H-1B or L-1, the newlywed must evaluate whether  Read more→

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Evaluating Immigrant and Non-Immigrant Investor Visas: EB-5 vs. E-2

In recent years, the immigrant investor program (also called the EB-5 program) has gained popularity and media attention as a viable option for those of means to obtain lawful resident status. Even those traditionally less-well-off financially have considered the program in light of ever growing immigrant visa backlogs and the devaluation of the dollar (which  Read more→

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DHS Inspector General Exposes Abuses in 287(g) Enforcement; AILA Calls For Termination of Program

On April 2, 2010 the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General issued a comprehensive report confirming civil rights abuses in a federal program that "deputizes" state and local law enforcement agencies to enforce immigration law. The Inspector General tells of local officers arresting individuals who have committed no offense – including even victims  Read more→

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