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Department of Homeland Security Announces End Of NSEERS

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the end of the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS) registration process—a critical step forward in the Department’s ongoing efforts to eliminate redundancies; streamline the collection of data for individuals entering or exiting the United States, regardless of nationality. Through a notice published in the Federal Register, DHS  Read more→

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DHS Extends Temporary Protected Status to Haitians

Washington D.C. – The Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that DHS would extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for an additional eighteen months for Haitians currently residing in the United States. She also announced that she would permit Haitians who arrived up to one year after the earthquake, many of whom came in  Read more→

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Senator Menendez To Introduce Military Families Act

According to the American Immigration Lawyers Association Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) is introducing the Military Families Act on or around May 24, 2011. This bill would allow the immediate family members of active military service members to apply to become lawful permanent residents ("green card"). Under this bill, the parent, spouse, child, son or daughter  Read more→

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DREAM ACT Reintroduced In The Senate

Senators Richard Durbin, Harry Reid, and Robert Menendez have re-introduced the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act. Last fall, the DREAM Act passed the House of Representatives, and garnered the support of a majority in the Senate, but was ultimately defeated when the Senate failed to invoke cloture and proceed to debate.  Read more→

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Court Holds Regulation That Extends Work Authorization Implicitly Extends Authorization to Remain In U.S. During Pendency of Extension Request

A federal district court in Connecticut recently ruled that the government may not arrest an H-1B employee for whom a timely filed extension application remains pending. U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall in El Badrawi v. United States found that a federal immigration regulation allows H-1B employees to continue working for 240 days pending the  Read more→

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Obama Continues to Reach Out To Hispanics

Today President Obama met with influential Hispanics to discuss the importance of fixing the broken immigration system. Participants at the meeting included: Jose Diaz-BalartBarbara BermudoRosario DawsonEmilio EstefanLily EstefanAmerica FerreraDon FranciscoVanessa HaucMaria Teresa KumarEva LongoriaMaria Elena SalinasEddie "Piolin" Sotelo In announcing the meeting the White House said: President Obama remains deeply committed to fixing the broken  Read more→

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Hispanic Population Growth Could Realign South’s Politics

McClatchy Newspapers’ Halimah Abdullah writes: "Huge surges among Hispanic populations in the Deep South could mean a political sea change over the next two decades, as immigrants become naturalized and they and their American-born children register to vote, political and demographics experts say. "The states with some of the largest percentages in Hispanic population growth  Read more→

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UPDATE: Emergency Measures in Place for Certain Countries, Expiring for Others

The U.S. government is offering temporary relief to citizens of countries affected by natural disasters, armed conflict, and other extraordinary conditions. At the same time, some emergency measures are expiring soon. Japan: Japanese nationals may request expedited processing for immediate-relative immigrant petitions, for employment authorization, and for extensions of status for those currently in the  Read more→

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