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Breaking News: More Dream Act Approvals!

We are proud to announce that the Law Offices of Haitham E. Ballout have received several more Deferred Action approvals on behalf of our DREAMer clients! So far we have received ONLY approvals and NO denials or requests for more information. We are so pleased at this success and we hope are clients continue to get good news.

Election Results Prompting Republicans to Reconsider Immigration Reform

The results of the 2012 presidential election, particularly Latino voters' overwhelming support for President Obama, have many Republicans rethinking their position on immigration reform.

Read more about how the election has put immigration reform in the spotlight:

2012 election puts spotlight on immigration reform via Politico
Latino role in election to fule new immigration reform push via LA Times
Anaylsis: Romney Done in by GOP's Latino Problem via ABC News

Read more about who is coming around on the issue and why:

Sean Hannity: I've "evolved" on immigration via Washington Post
Sean Hannity Flips on Immigration, Now Supports Pathway to Citizenship via Huffington Post
Wonkbook: Game change? Hannity, Murdoch, and Boehner come out for immigration reform via Washginton Post
Condoleezza Rice: GOP Sent "Mixed Messages" on Immigration and Women's Issues via Huffington Post

 

Immigration Reform on the Horizon

Speaker of the House John Boehner said yesterday that he is "confident" the White House and Congress could address comprehensive immigration reform. New immigration legislation may be taken up in the next session of Congress. After the Dream Act was killed in Congress in President Obama's previous term, many undocumented immigrants were left waiting for a clear path to citizenship. It is encouraging that the Speaker appears to recognize immgration as a priority issue.

Read More:

Boehner "Confident" of Deal With White House on Immigration via New York Times
Republicans Reconsider Immigration Laws via Wall Street Journal
GOP resistance to immigration reform could be casualty of 2012 election via NBC News

It's Official: Obama Reelected, Deferred Action for Dreamers Safe!

The Law Offices of Haitham E. Ballout are glad to announce that, with Obama's reelection, his policy offering Deferred Action to Dreamers is safe for at least another four years!! This is great news, and we look forward to working with many new clients on their Deferred Action applications. This also means that those Dreamers who have or will soon be granted Deferred Action will certainly have the opportunity to apply for one if not two more renewals.

Congratulations to President Obama and we look forward to more positive immigration policies during his second term.

VOTE ON ELECTION DAY

All U.S. citizens: please remember to vote today, November 6, 2012. This election will have a powerful effect on immigration policy over the next four years-- so whatever your perspective is: cast your ballout and be heard!

Not a citizen yet? Contact our office about finding a path to citizenship so you can vote as an American in the next election.

 

 

Breaking News: First Dream Act Approval!

The Law Offices of Haitham E. Ballout are proud to announce we have received our first Dream Act Deferred Action approval on behalf of a client! This client's application was submitted in mid-August, so it appears Deferred Action processing is taking a little over 2.5 months at minimum. We are very happy for our client and look forward to many more approvals in the coming months.

Select Legal Immigrants with "Special Skills" May Enlist in the Armed Forces

The Pentagon has reopened a program allowing legal immigrants, including those in the United States on a temporary visa, with special language and medical skills to enlist in the United States Armed Forces. The progam enlists 1,500 immigrants each year for two years, and those that enlist are eligible for expedited naturalization.

Currently, the program particularly seeks dentists, surgeons, and psychology professionals.

Read More: Pentagon Reopens Program Allowing Immigrants With Special Skills to Enlist via New York Times

More Immigration is Better

Business Week details how immigration reform, particularly with regard to employment visas, can help boost the American economy.

Read More: Why More Immigration, Not Less, is Key to U.S. Economic Growth via Business Week

Los Angeles Police Department Chief Rejects "Secure Communities" Program

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck recently declined to participate in Secure Communities, a federal program under which local police agencies turn over the fingerprints of any undocumented immigrant that has been arrested to federal authorities for immigration and criminal background checks.Touted as a public safety program, many of those who opppose Secure Communities say that, in fact, it targets all undocumented immigrants--even those who are not a danger to their communities--and breeds distrust between immigrants and the police.

Read more:

Critics Slam LAPD for easing illegal immigrant deportations via LA Times
LAPD won't turn over some illegal immigrations for deportation via LA Times
LAPD won't hold illegal immigrants for minor crimes via USA TODAY
LAPD Chief Beck makes a smart call on immigrants via LA Times

Romney Would Eliminate Obama's Dream Act Policy

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney says that he will not revoke the deferred action or work authorization received by immigrants under Obama's recent Dream Act policy (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). However, he would not renew the policy if he were to become president. Instead, he would come up with a new plan for comprehensive immigration reform, hopefully before any immigrant's two-year grant of deferred action is subject to expire.

Read More: Romney would end Obama immigration policy via The Examiner

The Candidates and Immigration

The Washington Post discusses the presidential candidates' differing stances on immigration and why it matters in the upcoming 2012 election.

Read More: WHY IT MATTERS: Illegal immigration and how the candidates plan to tackle the issue via The Washington Post

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DREAMers)

NOTE: THE DREAM ACT APPLICATION IS AVAILABLE ONLINE AT www.uscis.gov/i-821d

President Obama, through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced a policy in June of 2012 known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“Deferred Action” or "DACA"). A relative of the DREAM ACT, this policy, which formally took effect on August 15, 2012, allows certain eligible individuals who are without lawful status to receive deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal.

Deferred Action prevents a person without lawful status from being placed in removal proceedings for a period of two three years and allows for work authorization during that time. It does not confer any lawful status and it is not a path to citizenship.

The eligibility criteria for Deferred Action are the following:

  • That the person was under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012; Obama ELIMINATED the age cap in his most recent Executive Actions!
  • That the person is at least 15 years of age or, if not, that the person is currently in removal proceedings;
  • That the person came to the U.S. before he or she was 16 years of age;
  • That the person has continually resided in the U.S. from June 15, 2007 January 1, 2010 to the present date;
  • That the person is currently physically present in the U.S.;
  • That the person is currently without lawful status;
  • That the person is currently in school, is a high school graduate, has obtained a GED, OR has been honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces;
  • That the person has not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more other misdemeanors;
  • That the person is not a threat to national security or public safety;

Individuals currently in immigration in detention who believe they are eligible for deferred action should alert their detention officer or contact the ICE Office of the Public Advocate at 1-888-351-4024.

The deferred action application process for those not in detention includes the following: 

  • Completion of USCIS Form I-821D “Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” with supporting documentation
  • Completion of USCIS Form I-765 “Application for Employment Authorization” and I-765 Worksheet
  • Completion of USCIS Form G-1145 “E-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance” (optional)
  • Submission of all completed forms and supporting documentation by mail to a USCIS lockbox facility

DACA Renewal:

  • If you were approved for DACA, you may apply to RENEW your status when your expiration date approaches. You may not apply for renewal more than four months prior to your expiration date, but USCIS recommends that you apply no later than three months prior to your expiration date. Renewal is also filed on Form I-821D and has the same filing fees. If nothing has changed since your original DACA application, no new documentation beyond the form is required.

If you believe you are eligible for DACA or DACA renewal, or if you have questions about the recent changes to DACA, contact our office today at (650) 373-1125 and we will help you through the process. 

Deferred Action Process Announced and Application Forms Released

Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officially opened the Deferred Action application process and released the application forms. Applications are now being accepted. For more information, please call our office at (650) 373-1122. We are fully prepared to guide you smoothly through the process.

Senate Candidates Want DREAM Act in Democratic Party Platform

As the national Democratic Party considers what key issues will comprise its platform for the upcoming election, various democratic senate candidates are urging it to include the DREAM Act.

"I think the time has come for the DREAM Act to be part of our identity as a party." Rep. Martin Heinrich D-New Mexico

Read More: DREAM Act: Democratic Senate Candidates Push for Inclusion of Measure Into Party Platform via Huffington Post