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Executive Action v. Congressional Inaction

President Obama's Immigration Speech. It's a good and bad thing.

Can Immigration Reform Pass Now...Please?

Despite the Post-Election optimism for the prospects of Immigration Reform, the past few weeks have exhibited only increasing skepticism over its passage.  Conservatives (mainly) have returned to their roosts with the familiar cry of "Secure the Border First" which is politician speak for "Immigration Reform:  Not in Our Lifetime".  They don't want to seem Anti-Hispanic, but they also want to appeal…

Conservative Economists Support Immigration Reform

Frankly, this is not a new story.  Economic studies arguing that immigration reform would benefit the economy have been done and cited by others, including me, before.  This story from the Los Angeles Times today is welcome news nonetheless.  To deny the truth regarding the positive impact of…

And So It Begins..........

Last week, I had the pleasure of joining with many others in AILA's National Day of Advocacy in Washington, DC.  We met with various members of the Arizona Delegation to Congress, or their staffers, lobbying for, you guessed it, immigration reform.  I also went last year.  The difference in the conversation between last year's lobbying for immigration reform and this year was so distinct, you'd…

Marathon Bomber Suspect: Did He Kill Immigration Reform?

First of all, congratulations to the People of Massachusetts and Boston, law enforcement and others who helped apprehend the suspects in the Boston Marathon Bombing Terrorist Incident.  Hopefully the criminal justice system will respect the rights of the surviving suspect while also seeking truth and justice.  It is important that our criminal justice system works in a manner that we will all respect…

Immigration Reform Actually a Possibility??? Really???

I've been far too neglectful about updating this blog.  With the crush of deferred action cases (more on that in a separate post) as well as just handling a (fortunately) busy law practice, I've ignored this blog far too long.  Hopefully I'll be more consistent with this from now on.

Anyway, regardless of whether you voted for Obama or not, whether you think that's a good thing or not, what…

"READER'S DIGEST" VERSION OF PRELIMINARY GUIDANCE ON DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS

The following provides a brief synopsis of the FAQ issued by USCIS regarding preliminary guidance for deferred action requests for childhood arrivals.  Final guidance is expected to be issued on August 14, 2012, however, Immigration is unusually specific with respect to its requirements so far.

 1.  Clarified that even those who are over the age of 30, but under the age of 31 will still…

Latest from USCIS re: "DREAM-ish" Act

USCIS today announced (pre-announced?) preliminary guidance on the process by which DREAM Act eligible applicants will apply for deferred action.  While the guidance is not yet final,…

August 1st: DHS Deferred Action guidance release date? (rumor)

Rumor has it that 8/1/2012 may be the date that DHS releases guidance on the process of requesting deferred action for DREAM Act eligible kids.  Stay tuned for confirmation!

Dan Ballecer

Deferred Action Clarification on Education Requirements (rumor)

Another AILA attorney received confirmation from Al Franken's Office and DHS of the following clarification of the education requirements contained in the Napolitano Memorandum (re:  deferred action for DREAM Act eligible children).  The education requirement…