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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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 […]

Celebrating Pro Bono

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The Law Office of Karen Winston is celebrating Pro Bono Week! Providing pro bono representation to underserved immigrant communities is an important part of the Law Office of Karen Winston’s mission and values. Karen was selected as a “2016 American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Chapter Pro Bono Champion,” for her demonstrated commitment to pro bono […]

USCIS Expands the I-601A Provisional Waiver

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Certain individuals who are not eligible to adjust status in the United States can only apply to become a Lawful Permanent Resident by departing the U.S. and consular processing. Often one major hurdle for applicants is that those who have been unlawfully present in the U.S. for certain periods of time, will trigger a three […]

DACA and the presidential election

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Since it was first implemented in August of 2012, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which offers reprieve from deportation and work authorization for certain undocumented young adults in the U.S., has positively impacted the lives of its recipients. Through DACA, hundreds of thousands of eligible youth have been able to obtain better employment opportunities, […]