Immigration and Firm News

On January 9, 2018, a federal court in San Francisco issued a nationwide temporary injunction against President Trump's termination of the DACA program.  The case is Regents of the University of California et al v. DHS.  The Judge ordered USCIS to resume accepting DACA applications for renewal. The order does not permit first time filers from applying, and it does not allow the filing of advance parole applications except in extraordinary circumstances. Thus, the window of opportunity to extend … [Read more...]

On September 5, 2017, a day of infamy, and in an act of extreme cowardice, President Trump failed to keep his word when he terminated the DACA program for DREAMERS. After indicating he would have “heart” and that he "loves the DREAMERS," his lies were shown for what they are. He cowardly outsourced his announcement to terminate the program to his anti-DACA in chief, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, whose speech was filled with lies about the program and its recipients. With no notice at all, the … [Read more...]

Update 9/3/17 pm - No sooner did I post the article below, then rumors started coming out in the press that President Trump will end DACA in six months.  I will post more when there is a formal announcement and we know the details for sure. Nonetheless, my tips for being prepared below and continuing to fight remain the same. Don't panic! Your calls and emails to Congress are essential and urgent. ----------------- President Trump has said he will make an announcement on Tuesday, September … [Read more...]

USCIS is asking that all DACA recipients of three-year work authorization cards (EADs) issued on or after February 16, 2015    return the EAD cards to USCIS no later than July 31, 2015.  The reason for the recall is that the three-year extensions were part of President Obama's November 2014 Executive Order to expand the DACA program to more recipients and to extend their stay from two years to three years at a time. However, this extended DACA program (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) … [Read more...]

Today, U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, Texas temporarily blocked two of President Obama's Executive Action programs, the expanded DACA program (or DACA II), and the DAPA program.  DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, has been in effect since 2012. But the new expanded version of that program due to begin on February 18, 2015 has been halted by the temporary injunction order in Texas v. United States.  The Deferred Action for Parent Accountability (DAPA) program … [Read more...]

USCIS has updated its website with more information on expanded DACA, or as we refer to it, DACA II.  The requirements of DACA II are mentioned in an earlier blog post, Expanded DACA II Starts February 18, 2015.  USCIS has also issued revised FAQs that cover this new program as well as the relevant form(s).   It is particularly important to pay attention to the FAQs dealing with crimes, national security, and threats to public safety, as well as the FAQs toward the end in the "miscellaneous" … [Read more...]

The expanded version of Deferred Acton for Childhood Arrivals (DACA version 2) starts February 18, 2015.  That will be the FIRST day USCIS will begin accepting DACA applications from the new group of individuals who will now qualify.  Let's recap what deferred action is, who is in DACA I and who will be in DACA II. What is DACA and what is it not? Deferred Action is NOT a visa; it is not a green card; it is not US citizenship; it is not amnesty nor legalization.  It is a temporary reprieve … [Read more...]

In one week, the immigration alphabet soup boiled over with news about humanitarian relief: TPS, DACA and a new DAPA program.  (Okay: TPS stands for Temporary Protected Status, and DACA refers to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).  More on these later.  But, among these acronyms, DAPA is the newest program known as Deferred Action for Parental Accountability.  (How do they come up with these names?)  DAPA is a new form of deferred action, i.e., delay or deferment of removal for people who … [Read more...]

President Obama's November 20, 2014 Executive Action plan expands his 2012 DACA program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.  This is one of two deferred action programs announced by the President last week.   The Deferred Action and Parent Accountability (DAPA) program is a separate program and will be reported in another blog post. As a reminder, Deferred Action is not a visa; it is not a green card or permanent residence; it is not a path to citizenship or citizenship.  It is stepping … [Read more...]

A short summary of President Obama's announcement tonight on Executive Action is on my advocacy blog, Seattleimmigrationlawyerblog.  Information in the form of policy memos, FAQs and more is starting to pour in from the various agencies about how they will implement the program. However, many details remain to be seen and will be forthcoming in the coming weeks.  The Administration's plan calls for expansion of deferred action, expansion of those who can file for provisional stateside waivers of … [Read more...]