Lin Manuel Miranda: Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)

Mi gente, Lin Manuel Miranda, releases new video off the Hamilton Mixtape (a set of remixes based on Miranda’s massive Broadway musical’s soundtrack).

Also features Rogue One: A Star Wars Story actor Riz Ahmed a.k.a. Riz M.C. Ahmed plays Imperial Cargo Pilot Bohdi Rook, who changes his allegiances after understanding the true evil of the Empire – the creation of the Death Star in secret, away from the prying eyes of the galactic press core. He decides not to follow orders and finds his end in sacrificing himself in the quest for top secret information.

Is this too on the nose?

Anyway, back to our regularly scheduled programming, Lin Manuel Miranda’s Immigrants (We Get the Job Done):


USCIS Introduces NEW Form for Green Card Applicants

Agency Publishes Revised Form I-485 and Instructions:

Source: USCIS Introduces Redesigned Form for Green Card Applicants | USCIS

The new form is 18 pages long.  Advice to applicants is to be sure to check any and all information on the form before signing it, and have a licensed attorney help.

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Supreme Court Stops Government from Denying Citizenship for Minor Misstatements

Central American Refugee Center (CARACEN) reports:

In an important decision, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously today that an immigrant cannot be stripped of citizenship for making minor misstatements. In the case of Maslenjak v. United States a woman who lied about her husband’s immigration status during an interview with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) was stripped of her citizenship.

Source: Supreme Court Decision Stops Trump Administration from Taking Away Citizenship for Fibs – Long Island Wins 

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Best Wishes & Hopes on World Refugee Day

Today is World Refugee Day!

Some posts:




DACA Program Still Up for Dreamers

DACA remains available as of now, NY Times reports today:

“President Trump will not immediately eliminate protections for the so-called Dreamers, undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as small children, according to new memorandums issued by the administration Thursday night.”


Also see: Rescission of Memorandum Providing for Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (“DAPA”) | Homeland Security

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Cuban Nationals Now Subject to Deportation

The new administration dead set on removing Cubans to the communist island despite decades of prior protection and paths to legal status.

Blanco’s wife, Shelly, said that both Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and the family’s congressman, Rep. Neal Dunn, have told her they are trying to gather information on the case. Both men are Republicans.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, pardoned another Cuban immigrant for an armed robbery committed 19 years ago, in an effort to stave off his deportation. Rene Lima-Marin, 38, arrived as a toddler in the boatlift and 20 years later received a deportation order after his conviction.

Apart from the Mariel list, Cuba has agreed to review deportations on a case-by-case basis. Fifty-seven Cubans have been deported since October, while 335 were arrested between Jan. 22 and April 29.


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YouTube’s Tar Mar on the Immigration Process



Celebrate Immigrant Heritage Month!

The start of June marks the start of Immigrant Heritage Month!

From the Immigrant Heritage Month website:

America’s diversity–fueled in great part by immigrants–makes us stronger and more connected as a nation.

Since June of 2014, Immigrant Heritage Month has given people across the United States an opportunity to explore their own heritage and celebrate the shared diversity that forms the unique story of America. This belief fueled the wildly successful 2016 launch of the ‘I Am An Immigrant’ campaign, which encourages all Americans to celebrate the monumental contributions that immigrants have made—and continue to make every day.

Check out the celebrity studded video marking the jump-off of Immigrant Heritage Month:

And on a bit more personal note, my family are not immigrants, but migrants.  My family did not have the struggle with applications, documents, waiting lines, and confusing family and labor relations requirements.  My family is from Puerto Rico.  We are privileged with the mark of United States Citizenship from birth, whether here or on La Isla de Encanta.  But at no time, have I, or my family, have ever forgotten that we enjoy such a privilege.  My family may have experienced similar challenges to immigrants of other eras and today – the language, the hard labor, discrimination in housing, wages and employment, the cultural differences, the profile, the difficult knowledge of being ‘the other‘.  But I have always been proud to be Boriqua, and with that pride is also the knowledge of my privilege, and now, as an immigration attorney, I try to win those privileges for those who do not enjoy them, but also those whose other struggles I’ve heard about at my own family’s dinner table and family events.

Every voice is unique. Every story is powerful. Contribute yours on social media today using the hashtag #IStandWithImmigrants.

Young Boba Fett Receives United States Citizenship Today

Highly impressed with the USCIS Twitter accounts awareness of Star Wars fandom!



DHS Grants 6 Month Extension of Haitian TPS

Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly announced a six-month extension of TPS for Haitians.

“This six-month extension should allow Haitian TPS recipients living in the United States time to attain travel documents and make other necessary arrangements for their ultimate departure from the United States, and should also provide the Haitian government with the time it needs to prepare for the future repatriation of all current TPS recipients,” Kelly said. “We plan to continue to work closely with the Haitian government, including assisting the government in proactively providing travel documents for its citizens.”