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Board of Immigration Appeals Remanded One of Our Adam Walsh Cases Back to USCIS For Further Proceedings

Last month, our office received the decision from the Board of Immigration Appeals in an Adam Walsh Case. We argued to the Board that USCIS improperly imposed the "Beyond a Reasonable Doubt Standard" in determining whether the petition poses a risk to the intended beneficiary. My contention was that this standard had no underlying basis as...

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Facebook co-Founder, Eduardo Saverin, Renounces U.S. Citizenship to Avoid Paying Taxes

Facebook co-Founder, Eduardo Saverin, whose family fled from Brazil to the United States seeking asylum protection, has just renounced his U.S. citizenship to avoid paying approximately $600 million dollars in taxes from his expected windfall from the Facebook IPO. It seems the 1% again clearly demonstrate that they owe no obligations to the 99%....

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New Report Released by Pew Foundation Cites Net Zero Migration from Mexico

According to a just released report from the Pew Foundation Hispanic Center, the net migration from Mexico has fallen to zero, meaning the largest immigration boom in the history of the United States may have just ended.

The Mexican migration has been one of the largest in the nation’s history. About 12 million Mexicans have crossed the border, m...

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Shocking New Video About Homicide at US Mexico Border

Just saw this video clip on Youtube that was quite shocking. I am not easily shocked by police violence, but this seems to be an egregious case by the US Border Patrol.

Here is the Link

Wow.

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Major Win in Washington State - Mexican National Granted Withholding Relief

Our office had a major win last week. In an individual merits hearing in Washington State, our client, a Mexican National, was granted withholding relief by the Immigration Judge and the DHS Assistant Chief Counsel waived the appeal for the government. Our client, after spending almost 15 months in custody was released the next day.

A little...

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Osama bin Laden's Widows Are Illegal Aliens in Pakistan

In a cruel twist of irony, the three widows of the once most-wanted man on Earth, Osama bin Laden, have been charged with being illegal aliens.

Pakistan has charged Osama bin Laden's three widows with illegally entering and living in the country, the interior minister said Thursday.

The three women have been in Pakistani detention since May last...

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USCIS Issues Proposed New Rules Governing I-601 Hardship Waiver Petitions for Immediate Realtives

I have received numerous phone calls over the last few weeks regarding the publicity surrounding the announcement from Homeland Security and their proposed new rules governing the pre-adjudication of I-601 Hardship Waiver petitions and the granting of provisional waivers if the requirements are met.

What is critical to understand at the moment is...

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Update on Sustaire Case

Late last week, our office received the DHS Office of Chief Counsel's response to our motion to reopen, based on ineffective assistance of counsel in our Korean family's case. In a surprise to me, the local ACC (Assistant Chief Counsel) did not object to the reopening for the wife's motion, as she was not involved in the underlying fraud by Leland...

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ICE Officials’ Sporadic Exercise of Prosecutorial Discretion

A recent survey conducted by the American Immigration Lawyers Association, (AILA), to nobody's surprise, found that U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) has a spotty record of applying prosecutorial discretion.

The survey concluded that ICE officers and attorneys across the country are applying different standards on prosecutorial discretion...

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Immigration is Watching Social Media Site

It is critically important to always remember that Government Agencies are trolling the Social Media websites to investigate people applying for immigration benefits. The Electronic Frontier Foundation obtained a memorandum from the Office of Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS) stating the policy of using social media site to obtain...

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Saw My First Leland Sustaire Case Last Week

The office ran across our first Sustaire case. The Korean family had exhausted their appellate proceedings, the Ninth Circuit panel had issued the Memorandum in their petition for review and the Mandate was set to issue today. The clients came in last week, asking if anything could be done in their case.

It started in 1991, when the husband,...

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Stop-Time Rule for Cancellation

One of the more arcane, gotcha rules out there is the so called "Stop-Time Rule," which pretermits the consideration of a EOIR-42A or EOIR-42B Application for Cancellation of Removal. Every time I get one of these types of cases, I need to carefully review the regulation and applicable case-law on this point and the rules are different depending...

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