What are they afraid of? Professor Geoffrey A. Hoffman of the University of Houston Law Center is raising awareness about our government’s escalating removal of immigration resources from official federal websites. In a recent Yale Journal on Regulation blog post, Professor Hoffman calls it “scrubbing away” transparency and accountability. The most recent victim: the EOIR… Read More »
Source: Houston Chronicle America’s immigration judges have long been overburdened and under-resourced. One immigration judge has compared her job to “doing death-penalty cases in a traffic-court setting.” The stakes are high, while support and procedural protections for noncitizens facing deportation are negligible. It’s no surprise, then, that immigration judges suffer greater stress and burnout than… Read More »
Immigration lawyers are as unsure and uneasy as our clients about what the new Trump Administration has in store. AILA (the American Immigration Lawyers Association – of which immigration attorney Lynn Olinger has been a member for 15 years), released this YouTube video last month. We’ll keep you updated as soon as we learn more.
Are you afraid that a drug crime (like sale or possession of a controlled substance) will cause you immigration problems? Are you in immigration court because of it? Is the government trying to deport you? You still may have a winning case. Recent decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court and federal appeals courts have repeated… Read More »
If you are faced with the possibility that you will be removed (deported) from the United States, hiring Olinger Law, Dallas – Fort Worth immigration attorney, will benefit you greatly whether you must go to immigration court or not. EXPERTISE Attorney Lynn Olinger has over 20 years of federal trial and federal appeals court experience,… Read More »
It is frightening and confusing to have USCIS or an immigration judge deny your application for an immigration benefit. If you have already gone through immigration court proceedings and lost your case you may be facing deportation. There may still be the ability to fix your case and challenge the decision. What does it mean to file… Read More »
Although there are still no application details…here’s a compilation of the President’s Executive Action announcement. For millions here “without papers” the two significant initiatives are DAP (Deferred Action For Parents) – certain parents of US citizens and lawful permanent residents will be able to apply for deferred action status – and expansion of DACA (Deferred Action… Read More »
“Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act . . .is no longer an impediment to the recognition of lawful same-sex marriages and spouses under the Immigration and Nationality Act if the marriage is valid under the laws of the State where it was celebrated.” So ruled the national Board of Immigration Appeals on July 17, 2013,… Read More »
In 2002, John Ashcroft’s Justice Department rejected nearly two-thirds of immigration court asylum-seekers. In 2012 the approval number rose to more than 55%. Immigration judges granted nearly 12,000 aliens asylum. (The numbers are less rosy in Texas. More on that in a moment.)
For certain green card holders with criminal convictions, deportation relief that previously was wrongly withheld is now available, as intended by Congress. On May 2, 2012 the Matter of E.W. Rodriguez decision by the immigration appeals court ruled that persons who became permanent residents through “adjustment” (meaning “fixing” ones papers in the U.S.) are eligible for a certain waiver. This is true whether the person initially entered the U.S. lawfully or not.