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Employers Wary of Hiring Dreamers Amidst Orders to End Program

In 2012, the Obama administration introduced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which allowed recipients to receive work authorizations and temporary protection from deportation when membership renewed every two years. This was passed in response to the failure of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act in Congress. Those who […]

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New Merit-Based Immigration Plan Could Affect H-1B Visas

The Trump administration is planning to release a new executive order that could create a merit-based immigration system that fundamentally opposes the current system. A recent decision from the Supreme Court on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program gave the Trump administration more ideas for their immigration policies that could affect workers currently […]

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International Students May Face Loss of Student Visas Due to Online Courses

Student visa holders were subjected to great uncertainty on July 6 when the Trump administration issued a directive prohibiting student visa holders from remaining in the country when attending online classes. The ruling required student visa holders to take at least one in-person class to legally remain in the United States. This ruling sent shock […]

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New Hurdles for Asylum Seekers

Recently, the Trump administration and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposed new regulations that makes matters more challenging for asylum seekers. The document is open for public comment until July 15, 2020. The Trump administration must consider all comments before finalizing. Legal challenges to these rules are also expected. The proposed rules are designed […]

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COVID-19 Concerns Among Immigration Orders

Legal immigration into the United States has become even more difficult due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 has exacerbated issues while the government attempts to stop legal immigration by separating parents from children and rolling out new testing guidelines. It helps to understand how immigration has changed due to COVID-19 and what to expect […]

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Trump’s Bid to End DACA blocked by Supreme Court, a Big Win for “Dreamers”

The Trump administration’s attempt to dismantle the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program that protects undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children, was ultimately rejected by the Supreme Court. Those who are affected by this legislation are known as dreamers and represent over 650,000 people. The Supreme Court rejected this proposal […]

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ICE Targets Sanctuary Cities with Increased Surveillance

To tighten up security in sanctuary cities across the nation, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has initiated 24-hour surveillances near homes and job sites of undocumented immigrants. Plans are to deploy hundreds of additional officers in the weeks ahead to increase arrests in communities where local law enforcement agencies are not cooperating with federal immigration […]

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Surin & Griffin, P.C. 2020 Super Lawyers

Surin & Griffin, P.C. is proud to announce that two of its founding partners, Elizabeth C. Surin and Thomas M. Griffin, have been selected to this year’s Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list. Super Lawyers annually chooses attorneys from around the country for this distinguished award using a patented selection process incorporating peer evaluations with stringent independent […]

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Temporary Halt on Green Card Applications

A Permanent Resident Card, also known as a green card, allows individuals who are not American citizens to live and work permanently in the United States. In the fiscal year of 2019, approximately 1.1 million people were granted green cards. On April 20, 2020, a temporary band on green cards went into effect for a […]

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Crackdown on Sanctuary Cities Across the Nation

In an effort to crackdown on illegal immigration, Attorney General William Barr recently announced the Department of Justice was taking legal action against local and state governments in sanctuary cities across the country. Lawsuits against certain states have already been announced and more are likely to follow. The move is designed to compel jurisdictions to […]

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A Message to Our Customers About Coronavirus COVID-19:
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A Message to Our Clients About Coronavirus COVID-19:

At Surin & Griffin, P.C. we remain ready to serve you during the current COVID-19 crisis. Though our office space is closed, all of our partners, associate attorneys, paralegal and support staff are working remotely and are in constant contact throughout the business day to serve you.

We continue to serve all of our current clients and are taking new clients. We can provide consultations via telephone and exchange confidential documents via email.

Please call us today for a consultation at (215) 925-4435. Our bilingual receptionist, Evelyn Smith, will take your call and arrange a telephonic consultation with one of our partners, Elizabeth Surin or Thomas Griffin.

We have not stopped fighting to serve you to the best of our ability. Stay safe and stay healthy.

Thank you and take care.