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What you should know about the USCIS Budget Crisis from the American Immigration Lawyers Association

I hope this finds everyone well and safe. As we continue for over six months of changes to our lives and the major effect on the processing of immigration visas, including Green Cards, I want to keep you alerted to continuing problems. On August 25, 2020, USCIS announced that it will avert an administrative furlough Read More

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Could the COVID-19 Pandemic Lead to the End of Medical Bankruptcy?

In the middle of an election year where healthcare is already a hotly debated issue, the COVID-19 pandemic has stirred further discussion about whether major changes are necessary. During the Democratic presidential primary, the concept of Medicare for All split the candidates. While the candidate who promoted that concept has since dropped out of the Read More

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Understanding How COVID-19 May Have Affected the Value of Your Estate

The economic and personal upheaval triggered by the COVID-19 outbreak is likely to warrant a review of your estate plan, no matter how thorough you think it is. As Americans cope with health fears and financial volatility, it’s worthwhile to determine whether a will, trust, advance medical directive or other legal instrument needs to be Read More

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New York Passes DREAM Act

Our neighbor to the north (New York State) recently took steps to minimize the Trump administration’s disastrous immigration policies. Both houses of New York’s legislature approved the DREAM Act, a state counterpart to the stalled federal legislation of the same name. By doing so, the legislature has made it possible for out-of-status residents to receive Read More

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Welcome, 2019

One of the challenges of keeping a blog on Immigration is the pace at which the news unfolds. Since 2017, there has been a steady stream of attempted policy reforms relating to Immigration, including:  A wall on the southern border; A ban on visitors from Muslim countries; Rescinding DACA and DAPA programs; Removing birthright citizenship; Read More

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Local Faith Communities Stand Up to Homelessness

In my law practice as an immigration and transactional real estate attorney, housing and homelessness are major issues of concern to myself and my clients. It is imperative that we work on finding sustainable solutions now. In 2008, when the real estate market crashed, many people found their homes to be overvalued and were “underwater” Read More

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Kids Are Still Crying for Their Parents

It is not old news. 572 migrant children still remain separated from their parents in detention centers across the United States, often separated by thousands of miles. In many cases, the parents have been deported to their country, leaving the children behind in the U.S., in detention centers with little food, water, or the comforts Read More

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The Most Powerful Influencer: Your Vote!

The Most Powerful Influencer: Your Vote! Lifetime appointments for Supreme Court Justices are heavily debated and a heated topic in our country. Recent decisions from the high court demonstrate a regression on immigration and the environment. The most frightening scenario that faces us today is the potential for a conservative-majority bench for the next 20 Read More

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Safe Houses: Part of the Resistance Movement

Safe Houses: Part of the Resistance Movement The effect of the current administration’s policies on immigrant families is devastatingly real. Yet, in the midst of day-to-day fear and dread, families are finding hope and assistance from others — often in unexpected places. Despite differences in belief systems, religious faith-based institutions and their communities have an Read More

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The Young Shall Lead Us Into Change!

The Young Shall Lead Us Into Change! I am truly inspired watching our nation’s youth rise up to effectuate change in our gun laws, after the massacre in Parkland, Florida. It brings me back to the 60s when young people were empowered to protest a catastrophic war, taking political action, engaging in much-needed changes to Read More

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