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Joanna Schaffer, Esq.
Immigration Lawyer, White Plains, NY, USA,
Immigration Lawyer, White Plains, NY, USA,

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Government records show that, from July 2014 through August 2015, immigration judges issued almost 2,800 removal (deportation) orders for children who had no defense lawyer and only a single hearing. In at least 40 percent of these cases, the child was 16 or younger.

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Getting a U.S. work visa took longer than building #Instagram , says its immigrant co-founder.  A sad commentary on our dysfunctional immigration system.

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U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services reaches H-1B Cap for FY 2016.  No surprise here.

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 “.... laws and policies that deny rights and promote exclusion have been the source of shame and regret throughout American history. Integration and assimilation are the core values of a country that is in danger of forgetting itself.”

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U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit set a hearing for April 17, 2015 to decide whether the temporary hold (preliminary injunction) on President Obama’s executive actions on immigration should be lifted.

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A federal judge in Texas issued a preliminary injunction against President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.  As a result, the Obama administration announced that it would delay these programs.  The first of them was supposed to start tomorrow (expanded DACA -- for immigrants older than 30 who came to the U.S. as children).

  #ExecutiveActions   #DAPA   #DACA  

Five things you need to know about expanded #DACA and the new #DAPA program (President Obama's executive actions on immigration):

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Undocumented immigrants living in New York City can now apply for an ID card (municipal ID).  The free card is available to any City resident over the age of 14, regardless of his/her immigration status.  It can be used, among others, to open a bank account and to interact with city government and law enforcement agencies. 


Wishing everyone a wonderful Holiday Season and a very happy New Year.

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Would you give up your U.S. citizenship?  
Most of us would never consider it.  It goes to one’s identity, loyalty, patriotism...  Yet, apparently some 3,000 Americans did it last year. Please see this op-ed by someone who is in the process of renouncing U.S. citizenship. 

I came across this piece when I was at the Immigration Service.  My client and I were waiting for her naturalization (citizenship) interview.  The room was crowded, full of tense people anxiously awaiting their interviews.  How strange, I thought, to read this op-ed now.
#UScitizenship     #citizenship  
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