Fact Checking in All Languages! Important!

Fact checking in all languages!

Fellow Hofstra Asylum Clinic Grad: ‘Lawyers are the New First Responders’

Fellow Hofstra Law and Asylum Clinic classmate of mine, Caitlin Steinke featured in a fantastic interview for Narratively:

“But after that first executive order, the response from the legal community was so immediate. I saw something describing lawyers as the new ‘first responders,’ and I’ve never felt prouder to be part of that.”

Similarly proud, Caitln!  She goes on:

“Just yesterday, an Iranian asylum client of mine called me in a panic. He’d been receiving harassing and threatening phone calls from his bank, which was asking inappropriately probing questions about him as an Iranian national. This is what happens when you make a list of banned countries – there’s this presumption that they’re bad people.”

Source: http://narrative.ly/paperless-people-3-lawyers-are-the-new-first-responders/

See also: RIF Asylum Support

USCIS Extends Work Permits for Salvadoran TPS Holders 


Para gente con TPS – El Salvador desde: July 8, 2016 – Sept. 6, 2016:

Employment Authorization Auto-Extended Through:Sept. 9, 2017!!!

Source: Temporary Protected Status Designated Country: El Salvador | USCIS

AIC: The Facts About the Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN)


American Immigration Council provides guidance on Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITIN):

  • The ITIN is not an immigration-enforcement tool.   The application process is designed to facilitate tax payment, and the fact the IRS does not share applicants’ private information with immigration enforcement agencies is key to tax compliance.

  • Taxpayer privacy is an important cornerstone of the U.S. tax system.  Because applicants provide the IRS with a great amount of personal information, privacy is highly critical to the success of the program. Section 6103 of the Internal Revenue Code states that the IRS is not authorized to release taxpayer information to other government agencies except for providing information to the Treasury Department for investigations that pertain to tax administration, or under a court order related to a non-tax criminal investigation.  Expanding information-sharing beyond this would require a new law—an issue that arises often during legislative debates.

Source: The Facts About the Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN)

AIC dice que el ITIN no es utilizada para inmigracion, pero podemos usarlo para un prueba de presencia y buen caracter moral en casos de inmigracion.  Habla con su empleador o contador para obtener un ITIN!

NEW Petition for Immediate Relative 

New Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative announced and released by USCIS.  New form is ten (10) more pages than the form it is replacing, taking the form’s length to 12 pages with specific additional information requests about race, ethnicity and past immigration court history.  Please speak to a licensed attorney to obtain proper advice.

Source: Petition for Alien Relative | USCIS

Higher Immigration is Associated with Lower Crime Rates

For more than a century, innumerable studies have confirmed two simple yet powerful truths about the relationship between immigration and crime: immigrants are less likely to commit serious crimes or be behind bars than the native-born, and high rates of immigration are associated with lower rates of violent crime and property crime.

Higher Immigration is Associated with Lower Crime Rates

  • Between 1990 and 2013, the foreign-born share of the U.S. population grew from 7.9 percent to 13.1 percent and the number of unauthorized immigrants more than tripled from 3.5 million to 11.2 million.
  • During the same period, FBI data indicate that the violent crime rate declined 48 percent—which included falling rates of aggravated assault, robbery, rape, and murder. Likewise, the property crime rate fell 41 percent, including declining rates of motor vehicle theft, larceny/robbery, and burglary. 

Source: The Criminalization of Immigration in the United States

Also see: Immigration Is Probably the Best Way to Fight Crime, New York Magazine –

Martinez and his colleagues found that areas with lots of immigrants saw reductions in violence over time, with a noted decline in homicides. Harvard sociologist Robert Sampson has found that the more languages that were spoken in a given neighborhood in Chicago in the 1990s, the fewer homicides there were from the 1990s to 2006.

New York City — where two million immigrants have arrived since the 1980s — is a case study: An analysis of immigration trends in the city from 1975 to 2013 found that for every 1-percent increase in the immigrant population for a given precinct, 966 fewer crimes were committed per year on average.

Source: http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2016/08/immigration-is-probably-the-best-way-to-fight-crime.html?mid=twitter-share-scienceofus


AILA – Revised Credible and Reasonable Fear Guidance for Asylum and CBP Officers

Author of AILA’s Asylum Primer Dree Collopy shares details from USCIS’s revised Credible Fear and Reasonable Fear lesson plans that went into effect on February 27, 2017, and explains what the changes mean for lawyers.

Source: AILA – AILA Quicktake #190: Revised Credible and Reasonable Fear Lesson Plans

Needless to say, this will result, as Dree Collopy states, the increase in expedited removals without due process.  CBP, ICE and TSA officials are already demonstrating a vast dearth of basic understanding of due process.

Avisa: familiares a la frontera que quieren aplicar para asilo tienen que presentar evidencia documentado para darles un chance para salir de detencion y un chance para luchar para asilo enfrente un juez.  Habla con un abogado licensiado inmediamente!

NY Attorney General Reaffirms Student’s Rights to Education

Pursuant to the New York State Education Law, children over five and under twenty-one years of age who have not received a high school diploma are entitled to attend the public schools in the school district in which they reside without paying tuition. Moreover, school districts must ensure that all students within the compulsory school age attend upon full-time instruction.1 Undocumented children, like U.S. citizen children, have the right to attend school full time as long as they meet the age and residency requirements established by state law. Indeed, the U.S. Supreme Court held decades ago, in Plyler v. Doe, that school districts may not deny students a free public education on the basis of their undocumented or non-citizen status, or that of their parents or guardians.

N.Y. State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman

Source: https://ag.ny.gov/sites/default/files/2017-02-15_oag-sed_letter_re_ice_2.25.17_final.pdf


‘Parole-in-Place’ Program for U.S. Military Families in Danger

Parole-in-Place for immigrant family members of U.S. Military servicemen grants needed protection against removal. Sloppy and irresponsible policymaking by the President may be endangering this program.

U.S. Marine Corps veteran and political scientist:

The initial reasoning and effort that created this program was sound. It strengthens our military and our country. It is wrong to go back on our word and our commitment to the very citizens who sacrifice the most. It isn’t enough to clap for veterans in airports or once a year on a holiday. We show our true appreciation by keeping our word, in this instance by protecting their families.

Source: http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/opinion/commentary/sd-utbg-trump-military-deport-fletcher-20170224-story.html

Also see this from Military Times:

“It’s common decency and common sense: how could a soldier, sailor, airman or Marine focus on their duty, when their spouse or child could be deported at any time?”

Department of Homeland Security officials haven’t announced whether the “Parole in Place” program — instituted in November 2013 as a military readiness initiative — has been affected by recent executive orders issued by President Donald Trump.

Source: http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/parole-in-place-immigration-trump-uncertainty

Llama su abogado inmediatamente para noticias y avisa en este tema.

NOTICIA: President Will Increase Expedited Removals at Borders

New memorandum drafted by the President will vastly increase the power of Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents to issue expedited removals at the border.  Expedited removal orders carry massive consequences for potential immigrant and nonimmigrant travelers to the United States.

Source: A Primer on Expedited Removal

Noticia – si miembros de su familia se trataria cruzar la frontera y estarian parrados por agentes del gobierno federal, es necessario para tener un abogado.  Habla con un abogado inmediamente para obtener informacion, pedir asilo, y registrarle con el gobierno para hablar con los agentes.  Los agentes va a pedir una forma G-28 por un abogado.  Obtiene un numero de telefax de los agentes inmediamente cuando hablan con su familia en detencion en la frontera.  

Also see: 

Es necesario para inmigrantes sin papeles para tener un abogado licenciado que puede ayudarte cuando tiene contacto con un agente federal!  Llama inmediamente!!!

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