Monthly Archives: September 2014

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Filling Out Form I-130 for Adult Son or Daughter (Over 21) of U.S. Permanent Resident

Preparing the initial visa petition required to bring a green card holder’s adult child to the U.S. If you are a U.S. green card holder (permanent resident), you may be able to petition for your foreign-born children who are age 21 or older (referred to as “sons or daughters” by U.S. immigration law) to immigrate to the U.S. and receive lawful permanent residence (green cards). To start this process, you will need to prepare and submit a visa petition on

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President Obama Breaks His Promise on Administrative Relief

The New York Times reports on Saturday that White House officials have confirmed President Obama will not keep his promise to the American people and forego an announcement on Administrative Relief.  The report indicates the President will not act before the Mid-Term elections in November. The following is my response to the announcement delay: I am extremely frustrated, hurt, and angry at the news that political ambitions by Democrats and others played a role in forcing the hand of President Obama to

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Follow the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Money

How does the ALS Association spend its millions? As the nation sweated out summer 2014, scores of people took to the supposedly charitable act of dumping ice water on their heads to raise awareness about ALS, a neuro-degenerative disease. In truth, the act of dumping cold water on one’s head was not really a charitable act, since doing so is merely an excuse to get out of being “obligated” to donate $100 to the ALS Association (ALSA), the charity behind

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Apple Unveils the Apple Watch

So the industry has been waiting to see if Apple can make “wearable tech” a thing. Apple has two advantages in this regard: The company places a very high value on aesthetics, and there’s no avoiding the fact that watches are generally understood to not merely be functional, but a form of jewelry. So maybe Apple can design a fake digital watch that you wouldn’t be embarrassed to wear. Apple’s customers are slavish idiots and will buy dog feces if

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How to Help a Detainee in an Immigration Hold

If someone you know has been detained after an immigration hold, here are the first things to do. An immigration hold (also called a detainer) refers to when an undocumented or illegal immigrant who is already in jail is held, often past the person’s scheduled release date, for transfer to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The hold lasts for 48 hours, during which time ICE is supposed to pick the person up. (If it doesn’t, then technically you can argue

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The Immigration Hold Process After Jail

When an immigrant is detained by law enforcement for an alleged crime, he or she may be placed on an “immigration hold” or “immigration detainer”. Here’s how the process works. When a foreign national is in state or federal custody (that is, jail) and comes to the attention of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) — possibly through one of its branches, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or Customs and Border Protection (CBP) — a so-called “immigration hold” may be placed

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Overview of The Removal (Deportation) Hearings Process

Learn about the various hearings you’ll need to attend, and what will happen, when your facing removal from the United States. Once referred to as “deportation”, removal is the process of the U.S. government determining that an alien — that is, a non-U.S. citizen, whether in the U.S. illegally or with a green card — must be removed from the United States. The removal or deportation process is complicated, and the stakes are high. Legal representation is essential to develop

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Why I think Immigration Attorneys are Scumbags

This website does not provide legal advice and Provider is not a law firm. “Free Consultations” Lets talk about those “Free Consultations” every Immigration Attorney is offering. You would think hat this is an informal meeting between prospective client and Immigration Attorney to discuss the potential clients case. NOT SO! First it is a high pressure sales presentation. They are brash and smirking during their sales pitch, but the whole world will turn brown and dank if the prospective client buys into the sales pitch. The

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U.C. Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks Gets Free Speech Very Wrong

Yesterday Chancellor Dirks sent an email about free speech to Berkeley students, faculty, and staff. In today’s competitive publishing environment it is astonishingly difficult to distinguish yourself as an academic by being wrong about free speech, but Chancellor Dirks is equal to the challenge. His email is so very bad on every level — legally, logically, rhetorically, and philosophically — that it deserves scrutiny.   Let’s take Chancellor Dirks’ email bit by bit. Dear Campus Community, This Fall marks the

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Can an Undocumented Immigrant Marry a U.S. Citizen?

There’s no law preventing an undocumented (illegal) immigrant from marrying a U.S. citizen, but getting a green card (permanent residence) is not quite so simple. If you are an undocumented immigrant in the United States (sometimes referred to as an “illegal immigrant”), nothing stops you from marrying a U.S. citizen, or most anyone else you wish to marry. U.S. citizens marry illegal immigrants on a regular basis. (The main limitations on marriage in the U.S. have to do with your age and

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