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How will changing racial makeup of U.S. impact America? (And by implication, the world.)

How will changing racial makeup of U.S. impact America?  (And by implication, the world.) | Family Unity For Immigrants | Scoop.it
By 2042, so-called racial minority groups will make up the majority of the U.S. population. That’s according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s latest projection. Building on that, the Pew Research Center...

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This is not your average read and forget topic.


This topic is one to ponder, seriously ponder.  Your participation in shaping a better tomorrow is required.


More immigrants.  More cultural and ethnic diversity.  A possible inversion of the social pyramid.


These issues are critical to our children and grandchildren. 


How we deal with the coming population shift now will affect the world in which they live.


Because of the U.S. role in the world, this change will likewise impact the entire globe.


Read. 


Reflect.

 

Act.


As we do in our individual lives, clusters, and neighborhoods, so goes the world.

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Hardly A Short Term Immigrant Detention Measure: GPS Ankle Bracelets

Hardly A Short Term Immigrant Detention Measure: GPS Ankle Bracelets | Family Unity For Immigrants | Scoop.it
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Earlier this month, immigration authorities began using GPS devices to track the whereabouts of Central American youth refugees.  The program was named RGV 250, reflecting an aim to keep track of 250 individuals via electronic ankle bracelets. 


The rationale was two fold: (1) a substantial savings from daily detention costs and (2) many of the immigrant children were not showing up for their appointments.


Government officials claim the program is a temporary measure.  As a deportation defense attorney, I doubt this policy will disappear anytime soon.  As long as our nation's immigration policies are geared toward border militarization, there is no incentive to loosen  detention procedures. 

 

In other words, although the devices were put in place to address the large influx of Central American immigrant youths, the RGV 250 program is likely a prelude to a more widespread use of GPS tracking devices for immigration purposes.. 

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Ninth Circuit Issues A Favorable Green Card Policy Change For TPS Beneficiaries

Ninth Circuit Issues A Favorable Green Card Policy Change For TPS Beneficiaries | Family Unity For Immigrants | Scoop.it
San Bernardino Immigration Lawyer Discusses Why Temporary Protected Status Beneficiaries Should Be Allowed To Become Lawful Permanent Residents.
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At last.  After fighting this battle for many years, the Ninth Circuit has held a TPS recipient is deemed to be in lawful status and thereby satisfied the requirements to become a nonimmigrant, including inspection and admission, for the purposes of adjustment of status. 

 

This blog post outlines the fight, prior to the appellate decision earlier today.

 

This is a huge decision for immigrant rights advocates.

 

Here is a link to the Ninth Circuit opinion >>> http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2017/03/31/14-35633.pdf

 

 

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The Spectrum Of Hardship Under New I-601 Guidelines

The Spectrum Of Hardship Under New I-601 Guidelines | Family Unity For Immigrants | Scoop.it
San Diego Immigration Attorney shares how new guides for proving extreme hardship in I-601 waiver cases are mere clarification of long-standing rules.
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Several months ago, when the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services office announced its intention to create hardship guidelines, I went on record that I did not perceive any major additions or substantive changes forthcoming.

 

After closer review of the new guidelines, my position remains unchanged.

 

There are a few new terms.  But the substance of the law remains pretty the same as it has been for a long time.

 

This graph illustrates how the new terminology added by the USCIS guide fits into a spectrum of hardship severity. 

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What Is The Long Term Impact Of "Satellite Babies" Born In The United States, Raised Abroad, When They Return Home?  

What Is The Long Term Impact Of "Satellite Babies" Born In The United States, Raised Abroad, When They Return Home?   | Family Unity For Immigrants | Scoop.it

Some immigrant families from China send their U.S. born babies to their home country to be raised by relatives. Psychologists are studying what happens when these children return.

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“Satellite babies” are the subjects of a new research project focusing on Chinese immigrants in the Boston area.

 

Like satellites in space, these children leave from and return to the same spot. They normally return to the U.S. in time for school.

 

Coordinated by Cindy Liu, a psychologist at Harvard University, points out that no one knows exactly how many Chinese immigrant families send their babies to be raised by family in China.

 

According to researchers, similar arrangements among immigrant communities from South Asia, Africa and the Caribbean.

 

According to Marguerita Jane Dentino, the Director of Casa Freehold, a non-profit organization, located in Freehold New Jersey, the satellite babies syndrome is also experienced in Spanish-speaking communities .

 

She recently noted in a Facebook post, "We experience this phenomenon in Latino families The children go to their parents' home country when they are small, 1-3 years old and stay until age age 14-15 when they come back and go to work. They are confused about their national and family identity and are often lost, not grounded."

 

Professor Liu’s goal is to determine the long-term impacts of the experience on both children and parents.

 

Her study, once completed, should share some important insights for communities, institutions, and agencies serving immigrant families with satellite children.

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The Trials And Tribulations Of Finding A Place In America For A Child Of Hispanic Immigrants

The Trials And Tribulations Of Finding A Place In America For A Child Of Hispanic Immigrants | Family Unity For Immigrants | Scoop.it
A new book explores how being a teen in the United States is way harder when your parents are immigrants.
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Journalist Daniel Connolly has just written a new book, The Book of Isaias: A Child of Hispanic Immigrants Seeks His Own America.”

 

The book is the culmination of five years of research and interviews with children of immigrants in the United States.

 

Connolly follows Isaias Ramos, an 18-year-old high school student, and his friends as they weigh options for their future.

 

Connolly discovers that for the Hispanic teens, the options quickly fizzle out.  Finding a place in American society for a child of Hispanic immigrants isn’t as easy as people think.

 

In an interview by Seth Ferranti, VICE recently spoke to Connolly about his experiences writing the book, what he sees as the major immigration challenges of today, and how they affect the children of Hispanic immigrants.

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Supreme Court Decision Could Put Dreamers At Risk for Deportation

Supreme Court Decision Could Put Dreamers At Risk for Deportation | Family Unity For Immigrants | Scoop.it
BROWNSVILLE, Texas — Thousands of undocumented immigrants are worried that the information they provided to sign up for President Obama's "Dreamers" program now could get them deported. Last month's Supreme Court decision striking down parts of the president's executive action means a Texas-based federal judge's pending order for the release of 50,000 immigrants' names and addresses still is a threat. The order could be upheld at an Aug.
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The current challenge to DAPA and DACA supporters may eventually be surmounted, but it is a wake-up call that should compel greater concern for caution.

 

Acknowledging the judicial request for personal information of certain DACA applicants, MALDEF attorney Thomas Saenz, stressed that "immigrants who registered for DACA had a reasonable expectation that their names and addresses would be kept confidential."

 

I never had such expectations and I cautioned my clients not to go blindly forward.

 

Yet, from the outset of DACA, I questioned how much can - and should - immigrant advocates based their strategies on trust that reasonableness would be exercised in the context of immigration warfare?

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The Agony Of Mixed Status Immigrant Families Separated By Law

The Agony Of Mixed Status Immigrant Families Separated By Law | Family Unity For Immigrants | Scoop.it
A story about how immigration law separated four American children from their mother. Fernanda Echavarri and Perla Trevizo spent four months with the family while also interviewing experts and those close to the family, to explore the unintended consequences of immigration policy on American children.
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This immigration story, written by Fernanda Echavarri and Perla Trevizo published in the Arizona Daily Star, is a well written piece, covering a painful subject for many immigrant families trapped in a  broken immigrant relative visa system. 

 

For anyone interested in getting a closer look at how families are divided, and the choices they must make after deportation, this is a must read.

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New Website To Help Immigrant Women Step Forward Launches

New Website To Help Immigrant Women Step Forward Launches | Family Unity For Immigrants | Scoop.it

 

 

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STEP FORWARD, A NEW WEBSITE FOR IMMIGRANT WOMEN and their families has just launched. The website provides tools, resources, and information to help understand immigration options and rights.

 

This is a much welcomed addition.

 

As an immigration attorney who handles a variety of cases involving immigrant women, such as self-petitioning and protective matters under the Violence Against Women Act, and a host of issues revolving around the immigration family unity, I am hopeful this site helps many, many immigrant females and their families.

 

To explore the English site, visit: http://www.womenstepforward.org

 

For the Spanish version, visit: http://www.mujereshaciadelante.org/

 

Today, there are approximately 5.2 million undocumented women living in and contributing to the United States, many of whom may qualify for immigration relief.

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Irony Of Ironies: If You Oppose Immigration Out of Racism, You’re Making a Big Mistake

Irony Of Ironies: If You Oppose Immigration Out of Racism, You’re Making a Big Mistake | Family Unity For Immigrants | Scoop.it
As you might have heard, Ann Coulter, the anti-immigration firebrand and devoted Donald Trump enthusiast, was not exactly delighted by South Carolina G ...
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Isn’t irony – especially immigration irony – beautiful?


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“Those who are in favor of reducing immigration on racist grounds are making a serious logical error. If immigration levels fell, the likely result would be a surge in intermarriage that would undermine white racial purity, and more diverse social networks might make it easier for no-whites to climb to society’s uppermost echelons. My guess is that most Americans, white or nonwhite, would be just fine with such an outcome. But anti-immigration racists might not. Be careful what you wish for.”


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Immigrant Spouse Wins Permanent Residence Via Marriage Despite Invalid Divorce

Immigrant Spouse Wins Permanent Residence Via Marriage Despite Invalid Divorce | Family Unity For Immigrants | Scoop.it
How A Chilean Immigrant Won A Spousal Green Card Although I-130 Visa Petition Filed By Husband Was Denied Due To His Invalid Divorce From An Earlier Marriage.
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On the surface, the problem posed by this case seems far-fetched.  What spouse would not know if they're legally divorced or not?


In actuality, the situation is not uncommon.


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How Many Ways Can The U.S. Immigration System Fail A Person At Once?

How Many Ways Can The U.S. Immigration System Fail A Person At Once? | Family Unity For Immigrants | Scoop.it
US bars WWII vet from seeing son because he overstayed a visa to be with his dying wife
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This story exemplifies our nation's pig-headed rigidness towards various immigration policies.


The immigration system failed him in at least four ways.  He fell through the cracks of the Visa Waiver Program, Adjustment of Status, Consular Processing, and Hardship Waivers.


Does America need to fix it visa and permanent residency rules?


I'd say so. 

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How Many U.S. Citizen Children Are Negatively Affected By Deportation Policies?

How Many U.S. Citizen Children Are Negatively Affected By Deportation Policies? | Family Unity For Immigrants | Scoop.it
A recent report shows who would be most impacted if the courts ultimately decide against President Barack Obama's executive actions. An estimated 5.5 million U.S. citizen children whose parents are undocumented could benefit from DAPA. However, the action is currently blocked while a lawsuit filed by 26 states makes its way through the courts.
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According to a recent University of Southern California study, about 5.5 million U.S. born children are vulnerable to losing an immigrant parent under current deportation policies. 


Another half million children, whose parents are legal permanent residents, could also suffer to the same fate. 


Folks often ask me what drives immigration reform? The answer is simple. Family Unity.


This an example.  Current immigration rules, manipulated into existence during the mid-1990s, have left countless mixed-status families stranded without any avenues without relief.


The report by Dr. Manuel Pastor can be found here:  "The Kids Aren't Alright -- But They Could Be: The Impact of Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) on Children" .

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Why Family Unity Is The Solution

Why Family Unity Is The Solution | Family Unity For Immigrants | Scoop.it
For children who are American citizens, the threat of Mom or Dad’s deportation exacts a terrible price.
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Need I say more?

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How Immigrants Win Removal Of Conditions Despite U.S. Citizen Spouse Non-Assistance

How Immigrants Win Removal Of Conditions Despite U.S. Citizen Spouse Non-Assistance | Family Unity For Immigrants | Scoop.it
How To Overcome Spouse Refusal To File Joint Petition And Win Waiver For I-751 Removal Of Permanent Residence Conditions And Full Green Card Status.
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This post shares how one immigrant, from Peru, was to able to overcome both a short-term marriage and her U.S. citizen's refusal to help her complete the permanent residency process.

 

During the two-year testing period imposed by immigration officials, the immigrant spouse was unable to meet the joint filing requirement necessary to change her conditional residency status into permanent residency.  However, she was able to overcome this limitation by filing a waiver based on abuse and cruelty.

 

The full story can be found here: Peruvian Immigrant Wins I-751 Petition Without Husband .

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Attack On U.S. Citizens With Births By Midwives In South Texas

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Little known to the public, in recent months, a quiet crackdown on immigrant children began, children born by midwives . . .  in some cases 60 years ago.

 

I learned about when two brothers in their mid-60s visited my Riverside immigration law office to discuss a letter they received from immigration authorities.  

 

They had been scheduled for an appointment at the local U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office to provide proof that they were really born on American soil.

 

They had been U.S. citizens since their birth over six decades ago.

 

The problem?

 

They were born in a Texas border town with the assistance of a midwife.

 

Since these individuals had an exemplary history in the U.S. I'm question the underlying policy.  On the one hand, if there was a fraud committed at the time of birth, they did not commit the fraudulent act.

 

Babies at birth are incapable of criminal intent.

 

This issue is explored in more depth here: Citizenship And Midwives: A Government Witch Hunt?

 

 

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Permanent Residence: How Being Out Of Status Impacts Your Green Card Case

This video explains two problems many immigrants experience when they apply for permanent residence in the United States. 

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Green Cards, Citizenship, And Family Visa Services For Immigrants And Their Families

Green Cards, Citizenship, And Family Visa Services For Immigrants And Their Families | Family Unity For Immigrants | Scoop.it
Do You Qualify For A Visa, Green Card, Or Citizenship Through A Family Member? Click Here To Start Your Journey To Immigration Success Today.
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Do you qualify for a immigrant family visa, green card, or citizenship?

 

It doesn't matter if the Obama Plan has been killed.  There are many other options - but you won't for sure if you qualify unless your first inquire about the requirements.

 

 

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‘They Will Kill Us’: Afghan Translators Plead for Delayed U.S. Visas

‘They Will Kill Us’: Afghan Translators Plead for Delayed U.S. Visas | Family Unity For Immigrants | Scoop.it
Translators, now facing Taliban threats, said the United States promised to keep them safe. Congress is bickering over the program meant to be their deliverance.
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I-601 Waivers: Eight Practice Tips For Preparing And Presenting Your Case

I-601 Waivers: Eight Practice Tips For Preparing And Presenting Your Case | Family Unity For Immigrants | Scoop.it
Riverside Immigration Attorney Discusses Preparation And Presentation Insights And Tips For I-601 Family Unity And Deportation Defense Hardship Cases.
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Preparing, organizing, and presenting WINNING evidence is not easy.

 

The 8 pointers outlined here will bring you and your family closer to removing the threat of separation forever.

 

1. Successful Clients Take Responsibility For Their Cases

2. Never Underestimate The Hardship Of Proving Hardship

3. Is Your Hardship Ordinary Or Extreme?

4. What Is Your Special Immigration Story?

5. Do Not Overlook Community Service

6. Show. Tell. Prove. But Do Not Exaggerate

7. Do You Know Your Qualifying Relatives?

8. Explain The Totality Of Your Circumstances

 

Now, with or without a lawyer, go out and win your waiver!

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A New Immigration Battleground: Citizenship For Adopted Children

A New Immigration Battleground: Citizenship For Adopted Children | Family Unity For Immigrants | Scoop.it
A new bill introduced by Sen. Amy Klobuchar would retroactively give American citizenship to adult adoptees. Not all children adopted by Americans received U.S. citizenship.
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The recent case of Amie Kim, highlighted in a story broadcast by MPR News, has brought into focus the problems often faced by children adopted by U.S. citizen parents.

 

Kim, a Korean adoptee raised by a Lutheran family, was an honor roll student and a cheerleading captain in high school. When she turned 18, she went to her school gymnasium to vote. She learned that she was not a U.S. citizen.

 

Her adoptive parents did complete paperwork required to grant citizenship to Kim.

 

The exact number of foreign-born children who face similar hardships is unknown. 

 

A U.S. Senator from Minnesota, Amy Klobuchar, has introduced the Adoptee Citizenship Act to address such shortcomings of current immigration law.

 

 

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Students create podcast to share immigration stories

Students create podcast to share immigration stories | Family Unity For Immigrants | Scoop.it
Fifth graders at McGlone Elementary interview family members about experience coming to the United States.

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Merry Christmas From Around The World

Immigration Attorney Carlos Batara shares a “Merry Christmas” message in the many languages across the globe.
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Merry Christmas from the world . . .  to the world.

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Immigration Family Unity Hardship Community Forum Scheduled For October 28, 2015

Immigration Family Unity Hardship Community Forum Scheduled For October 28, 2015 | Family Unity For Immigrants | Scoop.it
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YOU'RE INVITED TO A FREE SIX-PART IMMIGRATION FAMILY UNITY HARDSHIP COMMUNITY FORUM!


It all begins on October 28, 2015.


If you or someone you know is battling against deportation at immigration court - or fighting against family separation and need to win a family unity waiver . . . they must be able to prove hardship or game over . . . and that's why they should attend this FREE six-part workshop streamed live to their desktop or mobile device. 


By the way, that's extreme hardship, not ordinary hardship.


To register: www.22s.com/022fk7

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A Flawed Immigration Plan: Trump On Birthright Citizenship

A Flawed Immigration Plan: Trump On Birthright Citizenship | Family Unity For Immigrants | Scoop.it
Donald Trump doesn’t want children born in America to get U.S. citizenship if their parents are in the country illegally, as a part of his 100-200 billion ...
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In an article written by Cedar Attanasio, 15 reasons are given why Trump's plan to end Birthright Citizenship is a horrible idea.


Having practiced citizenship and naturalization law for over two decades, here are my selection for the top five given by Attansio:


  • The “magnet” argument has never been proven.
  • Repealing the 14th Amendment is not a magic deportation wand.
  • The undocumented population in the country would swell.
  • The economy suffers when immigrants must stay in the shadows. 
  • Anchor babies mythology.  


To read the entire article, click here: 15 Reasons Why Trump's Plan To End Birthright Citizenship Is A Horrible Idea

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Green Card And Permanent Residence Attorney Services

Green Card And Permanent Residence Attorney Services | Family Unity For Immigrants | Scoop.it

Need Help? Immigration Attorney Can Handle Your Green Cards, Citizenship, Naturalization, Family Petitions Needs. 

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Potential clients often want to know if they should hire a green card lawyer to help them with the permanent residence process.


My response is to ask a few questions.


Here's one.  Do you know if there are any one-step green card applications?


If you don't know the answer, you probably shouldn't try to handle your case by yourself.


There are a few other preliminary questions I ask - and that is before I probe for possible stumbling blocks.


And, of course, the range of potential immigration family unity problems is far broader than just permanent residency issues.

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