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ABA President Asks For Maintenance of the Categorical Approach to Determine Consequences of Convictions.

On January 22, 2010 American Bar Association President Carolyn B. Lamm urged U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to maintain the categorical approach to determine the immigration consequences of criminal convictions. She explained that in removal proceedings, immigration judges are routinely called on to make determinations about how to classify a past conviction. Under  Read more→

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I-9 Compliance: Steps Employers Can Take to Avoid Liability

With worksite enforcement a priority for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) employers take heed: even employers that have not been accused of knowingly employing undocumented workers can expect site visits and can be held liable for clerical violations and subject to steep civil fines. Well-intentioned employers often find inadvertent paperwork errors or technical violations during  Read more→

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Needed: More Relief for Haitians

Shortly after the January 12, 2010 earthquake that devastated much of Port-au-Prince, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) suspended deportations of Haitians and extended temporary protected status (TPS) to tens of thousands of undocumented Haitians already in the United States. TPS is granted by DHS to individuals already in the U.S. who are nationals of  Read more→

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According to the U.S. Attorney for Colorato Opas Sinprasong, was indicted on February 10, 2010 on charges of defrauding his foreign national employees, harboring illegal aliens, and other immigration and tax related charges. According to the indictment, Opas Sinprasong was a citizen of Thailand who was in the United States in E-2 status. While in  Read more→

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Finding: Training Police to Enforce Immigration Law Doesn’t Make Communities Safer

The Immigration Policy Center (IPC) has issued an " Immigration Fact Check" entitled "What Happens When Local Cops Become Immigration Agents?" The report concludes that 287(g) programs can be very costly to police departments. For instance, three months after Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopia County partnered with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the office  Read more→

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Remembering Ben Gim

Ben Gim, 87, a long time friend of the immigration attorneys at Allen and Pinnix and a former national president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association died on January 16, 2010. The following is from a tribute written by Ben’s daughter Jennifer Fukui which was posted by AILA. Ben was a "noted immigration lawyer and  Read more→

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State Department Helps Provide Information About U.S. Citizens in Haiti

To Ask For or Provide Information About U.S. Citizens in Haiti Email the Task Force at: Haiti-Earthquake@State.Gov , OR From the U.S. or Canada, call 888-407-4747; Outside the U.S. and Canada, call 202-501-4444. For U.S. Citizens in Haiti Seeking Assistance or Reporting Their Status/Whereabouts call the Embassy’s Consular Task Force at 509-2229-8942, 509-2229-8089, 509-2229-8322, or  Read more→

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