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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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Why Immigration Attorneys denounce the Administration’s recent Immigration plan

Why Immigration Attorneys denounce the Administration’s recent Immigration plan CONTACTS: George Tzamaras 202-507-7649 [email protected] Belle Woods 202-507-7675 [email protected] WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) denounced the latest iteration of the Trump administration’s proposal on immigration as destructive and untenable in the following statement: This proposal isn’t a serious effort to reach a Read More

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Trump Rounds-Up Undocumented Workers in 7-Eleven Raids

Trump Rounds-Up Undocumented Workers in 7-Eleven Raids In mid-January federal agents raided 100 7-Eleven stores across the country. The reason for the raids was twofold: to deliver a forceful message that Trump is rounding up undocumented workers and to convey to business owners the consequences of hiring them. 7-Eleven franchises, as we know them, are Read More

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DREAMers Mourn DACA and Look Forward

DREAMers Mourn DACA and Look Forward In September, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was dealt a fatal blow by the Trump administration. On September 5th, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions briefed reporters about the rationale behind the administration’s new policy. Simultaneously, the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a press release. Among the Read More

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