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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Obama pospone acciones sobre inmigración, pero la batalla legal continuará - NYTimes.com

Obama pospone acciones sobre inmigración, pero la batalla legal continuará - NYTimes.com





Por Michael D. Shear y Julia Preston

WASHINGTON – Un día antes de que cientos de miles de inmigrantes indocumentados pudieran solicitar permisos de trabajo y protección legal, el gobierno pospuso indefinidamente las acciones ejecutivas del presidente Barack Obama sobre inmigración. La administración explicó el martes que no tenía más remedio que cumplir con la orden emitida a última hora por un juez federal para detener los programas.

El fallo del juez fue un revés significativo para Obama, que había ejercitado una amplia autoridad para tomar acciones ejecutivas ante la negativa de los republicanos en el Congreso para reformar el sistema de migración. Funcionarios de la Casa Blanca defendieron la legalidad de las acciones del presidente, aunque sus adversarios lo han acusado de abusar las facultades de su cargo.



En una decisión anunciada el lunes por la noche, el juez Andrew S. Hanen, de la corte federal de distrito en el distrito sur de Texas en Brownsville, se pronunció en favor de Texas y otros 25 estados que impugnaron las acciones de Obama en materia migratoria. El juez aseguró que los programas del gobierno impondrían una pesada carga a los estados, desatarían la inmigración ilegal y restringirían el presupuesto de los estados. Dijo además que el gobierno no había seguido los procedimientos 



El martes Obama se comprometió a apelar contra ese fallo y expresó su confianza de prevalecer en la batalla legal para defender uno de sus logros en política interior. “La ley y la historia están de nuestro lado”, declaró.

Funcionarios de la Casa Blanca señalaron que el gobierno continuaría los preparativos para poner en marcha las acciones ejecutivas de Obama, pero que no empezarían a aceptar solicitudes de trabajadores indocumentados hasta que no se resolviera el caso legal. Eso podría tardar meses. Entre tanto, el presidente instó a los legisladores republicanos a que regresaran a las negociaciones sobre una amplia reforma de las leyes de inmigración.

“No debemos separar a un niño de su madre cuando ese niño nació aquí y la madre ha estado viviendo aquí desde hace diez años, ocupándose de sus asuntos y siendo un pilar importante de la comunidad”, comentó Obama.

Funcionarios de la Casa Blanca revelaron que el departamento de Justicia estaba estudiando pedirle a un tribunal de apelaciones que bloqueara el fallo del juez Hanen para permitir la aplicación de las acciones ejecutivas. Sin embargo, por lo pronto, el fallo del juez es una demoledora decepción para los miembros de la comunidad de inmigrantes, que pasaron los últimos dos años presionando a Obama para que actuara de manera decidida y evitara las deportaciones que separan a las familias cuando hijos o cónyuges viven legalmente en los Estados Unidos.

En Texas, el gobernador republicano Greg Abbott, que en su anterior puesto de procurador general presentó la demanda, consideró que el fallo era una victoria ante la ley. “El presidente Obama abdicó su responsabilidad de hacer cumplir la Constitución de los Estados Unidos al tratar de circunvalar las leyes aprobadas por el Congreso mediante un decreto ejecutivo”, declaró Abbott. “La decisión del juez Hanen le puso un alto a los excesos del presidente.”
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Obama anunció sus acciones ejecutivas el 20 de noviembre, poco después de que los republicanos ganaran el control del Congreso. Su plan de proteger de la deportación hasta cinco millones de inmigrantes indocumentados suscitó duros ataques de los conservadores y fue blanco de impugnaciones legales.

De acuerdo con el fallo del juez se pospondrá la expansión de un programa existente, que iba a empezar este miércoles. Por lo pronto, hasta 270.000 inmigrantes que llegaron de niños a los Estados Unidos no podrán solicitar su protección. Funcionarios de la Casa Blanca dijeron el martes que iban a aplazar un segundo programa, que beneficiaría a unos cuatro millones de indocumentados con hijos que son ciudadanos estadounidenses o residentes legales. El programa se suponía que iba a empezar en mayo.

Click the link above to see the rest of the article on NYT.com

 Drew Law Office, PLLC -- Immigration Attorneys, Manchester Metro, NH (603) 644-3739 or www.drewpllc.com

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Joel Peralta detained at airport and misses Dodgers fan fest - CBSSports.com

Joel Peralta detained at airport and misses Dodgers fan fest - CBSSports.com



The immigration nightmare that Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Joel Peralta recently endured is a strong example of why major league ballplayers always should carry their own baseball cards for identification.
Peralta and his wife were stopped at the Miami International Airport for six hours this past Friday night because the ICE official handling their entry from the Dominican Republic into the United States found Peralta's visa to be insufficient for "signing autographs" at the Dodgers fan fest. For activities like that, Peralta needed a work visa, instead of the 10-year visitor's visa he carried. If it sounds like a distinction without a difference, you're not alone, but when the season comes around, players residing in the Dominican Republic and elsewhere do need work visas. But this is a fan fest.
Peralta's agent, Mark Gilling, told J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News that, as a result of the delay, Peralta was unable to attend.
They stayed in a cell at the airport for six hours, Gilling said, until "another guy eventually came over and recognized him and said, 'You can let him through.' "
By then, it was 1 o'clock in the morning. The Peraltas were unable to get a flight to Los Angeles in time for FanFest, so they caught a flight home instead.
Gilling said that Peralta is getting his work visa today in the Dominican and won't miss the start of spring training.
So frustrating. If only Peralta had brought his own baseball card with him, the issue might have been settled much more quickly. Click the link above to read the rest of the story....


 Drew Law Office, PLLC -- Immigration Lawyers Metro Manchester NH (603) 644-3739 or www.immigrationNH.com

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

DACA Expansion opens February 18, 2015 - Drew Law Office, pllc.

DACA Expansion opens February 18, 2015 - Drew Law Office, pllc.



 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program
Who
  • Individuals with no lawful immigration status who are seeking initial or renewal DACA.
What
  • Extends the deferred action period and employment authorization to three years from two years, and allows you to be considered for DACA if you:
    • Entered the United States before the age of 16;
    • Have lived in the United States continuously since at least January 1, 2010, rather than the prior requirement of June 15, 2007;
    • Are of any age (removes the requirement to have been born since June 15, 1981); and
    • Meet all the other DACA guidelines.
When
  • February 18, 2015 (USCIS will not accept requests for expanded DACA before that date.)
How






 Drew Law Office, PLLC -- Immigration Attorneys, Manchester Metro, NH (603) 644-3739 or www.drewpllc.com

Friday, January 16, 2015

Antiguo Residente de Nueva York No Puede Regresar a EE.UU., Tras Intento de Legalizar Su Estatus Migratorio - NYTimes.com

Antiguo Residente de Nueva York No Puede Regresar a EE.UU., Tras Intento de Legalizar Su Estatus Migratorio - NYTimes.com

Slide show by Maite H. Mateo

Click on the link above to see this story in the NYT and a great slide show as well.




Drew Law Office, PLLC -- Immigration Attorneys, Manchester Metro, NH (603) 644-3739 or www.drewpllc.com

The U.S. should open its doors to imperiled European Jews - The Washington Post

The U.S. should open its doors to imperiled European Jews - The Washington Post



here is an excerpt from the column by Shmuel Herzfeld the rabbi of Washington’s Ohev Sholom (the National Synagogue) and is the founder of the National Capital Jewish Law Center.



"This past summer, I traveled to Paris with a colleague after the Abravanel Synagogue, a prominent synagogue in the center of Paris, was attacked by an angry mob in July. We went to stand in solidarity with the congregation and to carry prayers from their friends in the United States. What we saw deeply disturbed us. We stepped into Paris and saw a Jewish community under siege. We saw hatred of Jews expressing itself in a violent form. The police instructed us not to wear our yarmulkes on the streets of Paris, as it was considered dangerous and incendiary behavior to openly dress as Jews. At that time we were horrified to learn that some French Jews were afraid to post on social media for fear that that information could be used to track and assault them. During our stay in Paris, we experienced, ever so briefly, what a French Jew feels every day — a sense of constant danger simply for being Jewish."

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If you want to learn more about what is happening in Europe (not just France) on this issue, I can recommend http://www.lantosfoundation.org/ as a resource. Before I heard it from them this summer - I had no idea this was even a problem.







Drew Law Office, PLLC -- Immigration Lawyers Metro Manchester NH (603) 644-3739 or www.immigrationNH.com

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Syria TPS Redesignation and Extension Recent Announcements - Drew Law Office, pllc.

Recent Announcements - Drew Law Office, pllc.



WASHINGTON - Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has redesignated Syria for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and extended the existing TPS designation for the country from April 1, 2015, through Sept. 30, 2016. This allows eligible nationals of Syria (or persons without nationality who last habitually resided in Syria) to register or re-register for TPS in accordance with thenotice published today in the Federal Register.
Who is EligibleCurrent TPS StatusWhere to File
Current TPS beneficiaries from SyriaHave TPSTo extend your TPS, you must re-register during a 60-day re-registration period that runs from Jan. 5, 2015, through March 6, 2015.
Syrian nationals and persons without nationality who last habitually resided in Syria, who have:
  • Continuously resided in the United States since Jan. 5, 2015, and
  • Been continuously physically present in the United States since April 1, 2015.
Do not have TPSTo obtain TPS, you may apply for TPS during a 180-day initial registration period that runs from Jan. 5, 2015, through July 6, 2015.
During the past year, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State reviewed the conditions in Syria. Based upon this review, Secretary Johnson determined that a redesignation and 18-month extension of TPS for Syria is warranted due to an ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary and temporary conditions in Syria that prevent its nationals from returning in safety.
Individuals re-registering for TPS:
Current Syrian TPS beneficiaries seeking to extend their TPS status must re-register during a 60-day period that runs from Jan. 5, 2015, through March 6, 2015. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) encourages beneficiaries to re-register as soon as possible once the 60-day period begins. USCIS will not accept applications before Jan. 5, 2015.
The 18-month extension allows TPS re-registrants to apply for a new Employment Authorization Document (EAD). Eligible Syria TPS beneficiaries who re-register during the 60-day period and request a new EAD will receive one with an expiration date of Sept. 30, 2016. USCIS recognizes that some re-registrants may not receive their new EADs until after their current EADs expire. Therefore, USCIS is automatically extending current TPS Syria EADs with a March 31, 2015, expiration date for an additional six months. These existing EADs are now valid through Sept. 30, 2015.
To re-register, individuals must submit:
Individuals applying for TPS for the first time:
For Syrian nationals (and persons having no nationality who last habitually resided in Syria) who do not currently have TPS, the TPS redesignation may allow them to apply for TPS if they have continuously resided in the United States since Jan. 5, 2015, and have been continuously physically present in the United States since April 1, 2015. In addition, applicants must meet all other TPS eligibility and filing requirements.
To apply for the first time, individuals must submit:
Individuals who still have a pending initial TPS application under Syria do not need to submit a new Form I-821. However, if such individuals currently have a TPS-related EAD and want a new EAD, they must submit:
DHS anticipates that approximately 5,000 individuals will be eligible to re-register for TPS under the existing designation of Syria and estimates that approximately 5,000 additional individuals may be eligible for TPS under the redesignation.
Applicants may request that USCIS waive any fees based on inability to pay by filing Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver, or by submitting a written request. Fee-waiver requests must be accompanied by supporting documentation. USCIS will reject the TPS application of any applicant who fails to submit the required filing fees or a properly documented fee-waiver request.
Additional information about TPS for Syria—including guidance on eligibility, the application process and where to file—is available online at www.uscis.gov/tps. The Federal Register notice published today contains further details about this extension and redesignation of Syria for TPS, including application requirements and procedures, and the automatic six-month extension of current TPS Syria EADs.
All USCIS forms are free. Applicants can download these forms from the USCIS website at www.uscis.gov/forms or request forms by calling USCIS toll-free at 1-800-870-3676.
Applicants seeking information about the status of their individual cases can check My Case Status Online or call the USCIS National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833).
For more information about USCIS and its programs, please visit www.uscis.gov or follow USCIS on Facebook (/uscis), Twitter(@uscis), YouTube (/uscis) and the USCIS blog The Beacon.




 Drew Law Office, PLLC -- Immigration Attorneys, Manchester Metro, NH (603) 644-3739 or www.drewpllc.com

Thursday, December 18, 2014

NHPR's New Hampshire's Immigration Story Page

http://nhpr.org/topic/nhs-immigration-story

NHPR has a page online with a bunch of interesting stories and interviews about immigration in NH. From history to current events ... check it out if you are interested and have some time.






Drew Law Office, PLLC -- Immigration Attorneys, Manchester Metro, NH (603) 644-3739 or www.drewpllc.com