Monthly Archives: October 2015

Here without papers? But married to a U.S. citizen? You may have options

Many immigrants from Mexico came to the U.S. as young children. Often they were driven across the border through the port of entry at San Ysidro or elsewhere, and waved through by border inspectors. This was before 9/11 and tight

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Long Waits for Iraqi Refugees

In recent days and weeks I have been contacted by Iraqis eager to bring their family members to the United States. Unfortunately, the waiting period for refugees and their families can stretch into years before a visa becomes available. This

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4-year wait for asylum interviews in Los Angeles

U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services recently released a bulletin on the waiting period for interviews for asylum applicants. It’s not looking good. The waiting period for an asylum interview is extremely long, especially for Los Angeles. Asylum applicants who filed

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  • Advocates Seek Information About a Secretive...
    07/19/2019

    Since the mid-1980s, immigration courts have operated the Institutional Hearing Program (IHP). The program is designed to quickly deport people serving criminal sentences. Despite how long it’s been in operation, little is known about the IHP. With a lawsuit filed earlier this week, advocates […]

  • ICE Quietly Expands Immigration Detention in the...
    07/18/2019

    While members of Congress were struggling to reach a bipartisan deal in February in order to end the government shutdown, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) quietly expanded its complicated network of immigration jails—this time in the Deep South. In late June, ICE started using […]