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Expedited Removal Expansion Illustrates Complex U.S. Immigration Processes

An estimated thousands of undocumented immigrants who have come to the United States from numerous foreign countries have now been left wondering whether they might be deported without warning. A new regulation signed by the President has concluded that anyone undocumented immigrant who has not lived in the nation for at least two concurrent years […]

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ICE Raids in Homes

Back in 2017, Thomas Honan, the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued a warning before Congress. He cautioned that no single immigrant population would be immune from increasingly stringent immigration policies moving forward. Since that time, many foreign-born individuals have been living in a sort of limbo, wondering if or when ICE […]

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What are Master Calendar Hearings?

A master calendar hearing (MCH) is a brief, initial meeting regarding your immigration matter. It is generally the preliminary meeting between you, an immigration judge, and a government attorney to assess how your immigration case will proceed. It can be the first step in the process to remove an individual from the United States. In […]

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Visa Delays Leave International Students Stranded

A backlog of student work visa applications at United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has left many international students at universities across the U.S. in limbo. Under the Optional Practical Training program, international students who are authorized to attend school in the U.S. can work in a field related to their studies for up […]

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Licensed Undocumented Immigrants May Lead to Safer Roads

Four years after offering undocumented immigrants the opportunity to obtain driver’s licenses, the state of Connecticut has seen a noticeable drop in unlicensed driving citations and hit-and-run crashes. Since the option to obtain a ”Drive Only” license became available, more than 50,000 individuals have completed the testing process to drive legally in Connecticut, not only […]

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Social Media Surveillance and Immigration

For immigration activists, social media is an effective tool to connect and mobilize supporters. Yet some are finding the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) scrutinizing their online activity and sharing this information about immigrants and their advocates with government agencies. Many are questioning if the government’s surveillance of online activity violates individuals’ civil liberties and […]

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House Passes Bill to Protect Dreamers

Earlier this month the House of Representatives passed a bill to give more than two million undocumented immigrants a new path to United States citizenship. The DREAM and Promise Act of 2019 is designed to protect “Dreamers,” or migrants brought into the country without authorization as children and those whose home countries are disrupted by […]

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Can I Buy a House While Waiting for Citizenship?

For many individuals, owning a home symbolizes the American dream, something to call their own and pass down to the next generation. But what about immigrants who are not yet citizens? Can they own property in the United States? While the path to home ownership may not be an easy one for most, it is […]

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Search and Seizure Procedures and Your Rights

In advance of a lawsuit the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is preparing to bring against the United States government, the agency recently initiated a dialogue with various federal agencies about their criteria for searching electronic devices at the border. During the meeting, which was held under-oath, representatives from Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and […]

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What are the Steps to Naturalization? Infographic

Becoming a U.S. citizen is a dream for many and through a process called naturalization, an immigrant to the U.S. can become a U.S. citizen. Becoming a U.S. citizen provides many privileges, including the right to vote and eligibility for certain jobs and elected offices. If you or a loved one wants to become a […]

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