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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Refugee children at the border. - Drew Law Office, pllc.

Refugee children at the border. - Drew Law Office, pllc.

If you have been watching the news at all over the past couple of weeks you will have heard about the dramatic increase in the numbers of children and families fleeing the violence and poverty of Central American countries such as Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. Some press reports estimate that 50-60 thousand children have turned themselves in to authorities at the southern US border seeking a way to stay here.



click on the link to read my thoughts on the issue...

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

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Latino Jobs Growth Driven by U.S. Born | Pew Research Center's Hispanic Trends Project

Latino Jobs Growth Driven by U.S. Born | Pew Research Center's Hispanic Trends Project

Immigrants No Longer the Majority of Hispanic Workers
For the first time in nearly two decades, immigrants do not account for the majority of Hispanic workers in the United States. Meanwhile, most of the job gains made by Hispanics during the economic recovery from the Great Recession of 2007-09 have gone to U.S.-born workers, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of government data.
Immigrants No Longer the Majority of Latino WorkersIn 2013, 49.7% of the more than 22 million employed Latinos were immigrants. This share was down sharply from the pre-recession peak of 56.1% in 2007. Although Latinos have gained 2.8 million jobs since the recession ended in 2009, only 453,000 of those went to immigrants. Moreover, all of the increase in employment for Latino immigrants happened in the first two years of the recovery, from 2009 to 2011. Since then, from 2011 to 2013, the employment of Latino immigrants is unchanged.



Click the link above to see the full article and link to the full report.
Drew Law Office, PLLC -- Immigration Attorneys, Manchester Metro, NH (603) 644-3739 or www.drewpllc.com

Thursday, June 12, 2014

World Cup Opinions in 19 Countries: Likes, Dislikes, Predictions - NYTimes.com

World Cup Opinions in 19 Countries: Likes, Dislikes, Predictions - NYTimes.com

It may not have much to do with immigration law or New Hampshire -- but today is the first day of the World Cup Finals -- so I thought I would repost this chart from the New York Times. Many of my clients are big soccer/futbol fans, and getting my clients want they want is always my goooooooooooooaaaalllllll ;-)








Continue reading the main story
Who Will Win the
World Cup?
ACCORDING TO...TOP ANSWER2ND ANSWER
Argentina
Argentina
Brazil
Australia
Brazil
Australia
Brazil
Brazil
Germany
Chile
Brazil
Chile
Colombia
Brazil
Colombia
Costa Rica
Brazil
Germany
England
Brazil
Spain
France
Brazil
France
Germany
Brazil
Germany
Greece
Brazil
Spain
Italy
Brazil
Italy
Japan
Brazil
Japan
Mexico
Brazil
Germany
Netherlands
Brazil
Netherlands
Portugal
Brazil
Portugal
Russia
Brazil
Russia
South Korea
Brazil
Spain
Spain
Spain
Brazil
USA
USA
Brazil

Which Team Are You
Rooting Against?
ACCORDING TO...TOP ANSWER2ND ANSWER
Argentina
England
Brazil
Australia
USA
Iran
Brazil
Argentina
Brazil
Chile
Argentina
USA
Colombia
Argentina
USA
Costa Rica
Mexico
Argentina
England
Russia
Germany
France
Algeria
France
Germany
Iran
Honduras
Greece
Germany
USA
Italy
USA
Iran
Japan
South Korea
Japan
Mexico
USA
Iran
Netherlands
Iran
Germany
Portugal
France
Germany
Russia
USA
Russia
South Korea
Japan
South Korea
Spain
Iran
Germany
USA
USA
Russia

Who Plays the Most
Beautiful Soccer?(excluding your own team)
ACCORDING TO...TOP ANSWER2ND ANSWER
Argentina
Brazil
Spain
Australia
Brazil
England
Brazil
Spain
Germany
Chile
Brazil
Spain
Colombia
Brazil
Spain
Costa Rica
Spain
Brazil
England
Brazil
Spain
France
Brazil
Spain
Germany
Brazil
Spain
Greece
Brazil
Spain
Italy
Brazil
Spain
Japan
Spain
England
Mexico
Brazil
Spain
Netherlands
Brazil
Spain
Portugal
Brazil
Spain
Russia
Brazil
Spain
South Korea
Brazil
Spain
Spain
Brazil
Germany
USA
Brazil
Spain
Note: The answers shown exclude the generic answers "Don't know" and "I don't have a least favorite team".


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

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Renewal time is here! - Drew Law Office, pllc.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Renewal time is here! - Drew Law Office, pllc.



The first DACA approvals will begin to expire in September 2014. To avoid a lapse in the period of deferral and employment authorization, individuals must file renewal requests before the expiration of their current period of DACA. USCIS encourages requestors to submit their renewal request approximately 120 days (four months) before their current period of deferred action expires.



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

Monday, June 2, 2014

We Are One (WAO) Festival in Manchester (08/16/2014) - Drew Law Office, pllc.

We Are One (WAO) Festival in Manchester (08/16/2014) - Drew Law Office, pllc. 


The biggest multicultural festival in New Hampshire. Manchester August 16, 2014.



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

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Attorney Drew writes about immigration consequences of NH legislation. - Drew Law Office, pllc.

Attorney Drew writes about immigration consequences of NH legislation. - Drew Law Office, pllc.

Here is a link to the opinion piece in the NH Bar News or you can continue reading below.


Amongst the many legislative measure considered every session by the New Hampshire General Court, there are always a couple that catch my eye as being of particular significance to my immigration law clients. This year is no exception. There are two bills likely to be laws by the time you read this that will affect the lives of my clients here in New Hampshire. The first of these, SB 394, modifies our marriage laws and is part policy and part technical corrections bill. 

Most everyone now knows that New Hampshire recognizes same-sex marriages – but did you know a same-sex marriage solemnized in the state becomes null and void if the parties actually reside in a state that doesn’t recognize same-sex couples? Senate Bill 394 ends this practice of self-defeating our own marriage laws. Upon enactment, such marriages will remain legal in New Hampshire (and federally), while other states can maintain their right not to recognize the validity of the bond. This bill is not directed towards immigrants, but this issue comes up quite often in the immigration context, as legal residence is often a direct result of a marital relationship. We have had clients in the recent past who wished to be married in New Hampshire but who had to be directed to our neighboring New England states to avoid the very problems SB 394 is designed to solve. 

The second bill is also, at least ostensibly, not directed at the immigrant population. House Bill 1135 will, however, have an impact that falls hardest on the undocumented immigrant community and those in the process of legalizing their immigration status. This bill changes the current law regarding operating a motor vehicle without a valid New Hampshire driver’s license. As it stands today, driving without a valid license is a violation of law for which a person must appear in court and, if convicted, pay a fine. Only if a person is convicted twice within a calendar year will he or she be found guilty of a misdemeanor and face possible jail time. 

Under HB 1135, that changes, for some. I have heard the law is a response to the tragic deaths of two cyclists in Hampton (and serious injury to others) last year caused by an unlicensed driver. While I support the Legislature’s desire to try to prevent such occurrences, I think this bill missed the mark. I don’t know whether HB 1135 would have changed what happened in the Hampton case, but it will certainly negatively affect my clients. For example, a New Hampshire resident who, due to inattention, lack of motivation, or some other reason, fails to renew his or her license for up to a year and is caught driving will still only be guilty of a violation, unless it happens twice in 12 months. 

However, a person who never had a New Hampshire license or has one that expired could be arrested and found guilty of a misdemeanor and jailed. Immigrants who are undocumented cannot be issued a driver’s license in New Hampshire; those immigrants who are in the process of obtaining legal status or fighting to keep their status often can go long periods of time without the necessary documentation to obtain a New Hampshire driver’s license. Those are the people who are going to be penalized by the new law – not persons who have had a license suspended or revoked and, for the most part, not unlicensed US citizens, either. 

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

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Public Schools and Undocumented Children - USDOJ/USDOE - Drew Law Office, pllc.

Public Schools and Undocumented Children - USDOJ/USDOE - Drew Law Office, pllc.



Is near the end of the school year a strange time to be reminding schools that all children present in the USA are entitled to an education? Yes, but better late than never I suppose. See the links on our home page section "recent announcements" for more information.



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