Increase in the Detention of Immigrants

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En Español Under the Trump Administration, all persons in the U.S. without permission, regardless of their criminal history, connection to U.S. citizens, or lengthy residence in the country are considered priorities for detention and deportation. This marks a sharp shift away from the policy of the previous administration which prioritized criminals and threats to our […]

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DACA Is Alive and Well, Renew NOW!

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En Español On Tuesday, April 24, 2018, a federal judge ruled that the Trump administration’s reason for ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was “arbitrary and capricious.” Judge John Bates of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) did not have a […]

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Benefits of Immigration Bonds

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En Español Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Officials are being very aggressive in enforcing immigration laws. As a result, more and more foreign nationals are being arrested and placed in immigration detention for removal proceedings. However, in some cases, the detained individual may be eligible for a bond. A bond allows the individual to be […]

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USCIS – Mission Statement (New Policy)

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En Español On February 22, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) was directed to re-write its mission statement. Per the new policy, part of the change included removing the phrase “a nation of immigrants.” The following day I had the honor of attending a Naturalization Ceremony for one of our beloved paralegals. […]

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Bringing Your Fiancé to the U.S.

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With the ever increasing popularity of social media and on-line dating sites, more people are meeting that special someone via the internet. If your perfect partner happens to live abroad, there may be immigration options available for you to be together in the U.S. The fiancé visa, a K-1 visa, allows a foreign national to […]

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Applying for U.S. Citizenship

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A Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) can apply to become a U.S. citizen though a process called naturalization. While many permanent residents must maintain their resident status for at least five years before applying for citizenship, persons who are married to U.S. citizens, including certain applicants who obtained their residence following approval of a self-petition under […]

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Duval County’s 287g program

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As of the writing of this entry, there are only a few counties in Florida counties with a 287g agreement (can be seen here). These agreements between Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and local law enforcement agencies are expected to increase significantly throughout Florida under the Trump administration. While pitched to localities as enhancing community […]

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Choosing an Immigration Attorney

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Four things to consider when choosing your immigration attorney. Immigration law is complex and is constantly changing.  Find an immigration lawyer who practices only immigration law. Someone who dabbles in immigration, or does an immigration case here or there is probably not an experienced immigration attorney. Find an attorney with experience in your particular type […]