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What is a Sanctuary City? 

A sanctuary city is one that has ordered their city officials not inquire about people’s immigration status. This is most pertinent when citizens are interacting with the police, local licensing offices, or when they are in state and city courts. Currently, there are at least two hundred sanctuary cities throughout the United States, including Philadelphia, […]

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New Bill Could Affect Eligibility for Immigration to the United States

In August 2017, President Trump introduced the people of the United States to the proposed RAISE Act. The Act, otherwise known as the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act, aims to alter how individuals’ eligibility to obtain green cards in the United States is determined. Overall, it would reduce the amount of legal […]

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Rural America Losing Workers

One of the unintended consequences of the recent push to detain and deport undocumented immigrants is the loss of America’s valuable agricultural labor force. In rural Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the $580 million fruit industry has already lost many workers, putting their fall harvest in real jeopardy. Many immigrant workers in Pennsylvania’s “fruit belt” have already been […]

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Immigration’s Effect on Blue Collar Jobs

The current government administration recently advocated for a proposal designed to curtail legal immigration in the United States by half. Over the next decade, the plan aims to reduce the number of immigrants significantly in an effort to free up low-wage jobs for American workers. The new proposal would be a merit-based system, prioritizing English-speaking […]

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Detention of Undocumented Immigrants

For undocumented immigrants living in the United States, the fear of being held by authorities is always present. Those faced with the possibility of detention are encouraged to speak with an experienced immigration lawyer in Philadelphia for advice and legal guidance. Knowing how to respond while detained will help ensure the best outcome possible, and […]

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DACA Recipients Risk Losing More Than Status

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration program is under attack, spurring nationwide concern for those affected. DACA is a federal law that protects foreign-born people who, under no choice of their own, were brought to the United States as young children. The law protects applicants from being deported, but it also has provided […]

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Hurricanes May Drive Immigration to the U.S.

The 2017 hurricane season left a steep toll on Mexico, the Carribbean, and parts of the southern United States. Hurricanes Harvy, Irma, Katia, and Maria have decimated many communities in these areas, some of which will rebuild quickly. Others, such as the less populated, less affluent communities, and less accessible areas will likely take many […]

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Bringing a Family Member to the U.S. from Abroad

If you reside in the United States and have loved ones overseas, it can be a difficult process to bring them into this country. There are certain preparations and points to consider before you begin the process. The Philadelphia immigration lawyers at Surin & Griffin, P.C. have helped unite countless families. The following are some […]

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Divorce-Related Immigration Issues

Many individuals who immigrate to the United States move here with a partner. Marrying an American provides a path to citizenship that single immigrants do not have. When a marriage between an American citizen and an immigrant becomes contentious and the couple considers divorce, the immigrant partner’s status in the United States can be jeopardized. […]

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Thousands of Adoptees Learn They Are Not U.S. Citizens

Due to the current administration’s call for stricter rules regarding undocumented immigrants, an estimated 30,000 people who were adopted from overseas as infants or toddlers are learning they may not be legal citizens of the United States. When international adoption laws were first established, many parents mistakenly assumed that adoption and immigration were tied together. […]

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