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June 2017 Archives

DACA Still Alive in 2017 | Dreamer Lawyer

On June 16, 2017, The New York Times, as well as other major media, reported that President Trump was, in effect, continuing a temporary reprieve for "Dreamers." Some have buoyantly interpreted this to mean that DACA will not be cancelled, which is not entirely accurate. Notwithstanding the Department of Homeland Security news release that states that DACA "will remain in effect," the Trump Administration quickly clarified that the ultimate fate of DACA remains under consideration. The intent of the news release, according to White House officials, was only to confirm that the executive action initiative (instituted by President Obama) was not being immediately rescinded-unlike the policy pertaining to parents of "dreamers," a program which is otherwise known as DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents), which was. If anything, the cancellation of DAPA is equally newsworthy, although it understandably was overshadowed by DACA news.

Supreme Court Case on Acquisition of US Citizenship For Children Born Out-of-Wedlock

The Supreme Court of the United States just recently issued an important decision regarding the acquisition of US Citizenship by children born abroad. In Sessions v. Morales-Santana, the high court ruled that the disparity in criteria applicable to those claiming US citizenship through an unwed citizen father as opposed to an unwed citizen mother was unconstitutional and violated the 5th Amendment's right to equal protection under the law. While recognizing the historical and gender-based notions that undergirded the different rules at the time, the Court held that no important governmental interest was served by perpetuating antiquated laws based on stereotypical notions that unwed fathers are less likely to assume responsibility for children born out of wedlock, thereby, as the obsolescent view goes, vitiating the connection between the foreign-born child and the US. As a consequence, the Court did not find a justifiable reason to continue allowing those claiming US citizenship through an unwed mother to show only one year of her continuous physical presence in the US, but those asserting citizenship through an unwed father to demonstrate, as per the general rule, ten years physical presence of the father in the US, at least five of which were after the age of reaching the age of 14. (The current physical presence rule, applicable to children born on or after November 14, 1986, is five years, two of which need to be after the age of 14.) In the case at hand, Mr. Morales-Santana's claim of acquisition through his unwed father had been denied because his foreign national father left the US without having lived here for five years after turning 14: in fact, he left only 20 days short of his 19th birthday, a fact that disqualifies him under 8 USC 1409(a) but would not under section 1409(c) which is the statutory exception that applies only to out-of-wedlock children born to unwed mothers.

Update on Immigration Interpreters| Can My Family Member Translate for Me?

In the middle of January 2017, USCIS released a Policy Memorandum concerning "The Role and Use of Interpreters in Domestic Field Office Interviews." The new memo (PM-602-0125.1) standardizes guidance on the use of interpreters agency wide in order to ensure that the rules are applied uniformly and fairly. It should be of particular importance to those summoned to appear at USCIS interviews who are not fluent in or able to communicate competently in English. (The policy does not apply to the following scenarios or situations, which have their own protocols: asylum interviews; credible fear screening interviews; NACARA related interviews; refugee interviews; interviews conducted at a USCIS overseas office; and interviews for which USCIS provides an interpreter.)

How To Get Bond or Secure Release From Immigration Detention in NJ

One of the most pressing questions and concerns that a foreign national and concerned family members or friends have after a non-US Citizen is picked up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement ("ICE") is how to secure that person's release. Some are understandably terrified that the individual will just be shipped back to his/her native country; others are afraid that the person may languish in detention indefinitely while immigration court proceedings are pending. Therefore, the foremost consideration is how to get that person released from detention.

PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION

    • The National Advocates | Top 100 Lawyers
    • Rated by Super Lawyers | Angie Garasia | 5 Years
    • Avvo Rating 10.0 | Superb
    • Client Distinction Award martindale.com | 2016 Martindale-Hubbell Client Distinction Award
    • New Jersey State Bar Association | Paris Lee Chair - Immigration Section 2015-2016
    • Nationaly Recognized | Newsweek Nationwide Showcase | Top Attorneys 2013
    • New Jersey Chapter | American Immigration Lawyers Association | Angie Garasia | Chapter Chair 2015-2016
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