Good and Bad News for DACA and DAPA

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Advocates received some rare good news last month when the Supreme Court agreed to rule on the constitutionality of President Obama’s program to issue work permits to nearly 5 million undocumented immigrants.

It is now expected that the Supreme Court will issue a decision in late June, after oral arguments. If the court rules in favor of the president, the government could theoretically jump-start the program by the end of the summer.

However, it is much too early to celebrate. Even the ...

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Buenas y Malas Noticia para DACA y DAPA

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Los grupos defensores de inmigrantes recibieron algunas buenas noticias muy poco comunes el mes pasado, cuando el Tribunal Supremo acordó pronunciarse sobre la constitucionalidad del programa del presidente Obama para expedir permisos de trabajo a casi 5 millones de inmigrantes indocumentados.

Ahora se espera que el Tribunal Supremo emita una decisión a finales de junio, después de argumentos orales. Si el tribunal falla a favor del presidente, el gobierno podría teóricamente poner en marcha el programa a finales del verano.

Sin embargo, ...

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Highlights of 2015

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This past year was our best ever, as we significantly expanded our staff and outreach.

We now have more than 20 full-time employees, including five attorneys, in our four Long Island offices — in Central Islip, Huntington Station, Riverhead and Hempstead.

On behalf of our terrific professional team, I was honored to receive several awards this year for our firm’s community service — from the National Puerto Rican and Hispanic Social Workers, the Salvadoran American Chamber ...

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Keeping our Fingers Crossed for 2016

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This past year has been a year of great uncertainty for the immigrant community on Long Island, and across the nation.

President Obama’s much-heralded Executive Actions — which would have resulted in work authorization for nearly 5 million undocumented immigrants — is virtually dead. While a legal challenges has blocked implementation of the programs, there is a possibility that the Supreme Court could take the case and reach a decision by June.

But growing anti-immigrant sentiment, sparked by radical Islam terrorism and ...

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Highlights of 2014

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By any measure, 2014 was a phenomenal year for the Law Offices of David M. Sperling.

We opened a new office in Riverhead – our fourth on Long Island, expanded our Hempstead office, hired four new paralegals, and welcomed a new lawyer, Adam Tavares, who was admitted to the New York Bar in October.

Millions of undocumented immigrants finally saw the light of day when President Obama announced his long-awaited Executive Action on Nov. 20, 2014. Although Republican opponents vowed to fight ...

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Highlights of 2013

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Despite our fervent hopes, immigration reform was a bust.  The year started out with a great deal of anticipation, on the heels of a presidential election in which the Republicans lost heavily among Hispanics and other minority groups and finally realized that they needed to expand their tent.

Unfortunately, this sentiment did not translate into action in the GOP-controlled House, which refused to pursue a comprehensive immigration reform bill similar to the one passed last spring in the Senate.

At the end, ...

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Immigration ‘Fix’ Opens Door to Spouses of U.S. Citizens

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David Sperling

Nassau Lawyer

“Immigration Fix Opens Door to spouses of U.S Citizens”

Illegal immigrants married to U.S. Citizens will soon be emerging from the shadows to apply for their green cards,  thanks to a powerful tweak in government regulations that will take effect on March 4.  This so-called “provisional waiver,” which was announced by the Obama administration last January, will potentially benefit hundreds of thousands of immigrant spouses and other “Immediate Relatives” of U.S. Citizens.  (Immediate Relatives refers ...

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Logros Inmigratorios De 2012

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  Los Momentos Culminantes de Inmigracion en 2012

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David M. Sperling

Abogado

El  año pasado fue decisivo políticamente, con la aplastante derrota del gobernador Romney en la elección presidencial, que muchos analistas atribuyen a la actitud hostil de los republicanos hacia los inmigrantes. Estoy seguro de que no volveré a oír a un político serio pronunciar la palabra “auto-deportación”.

La administración Obama introdujo el Programa de los Soñadores, modificado las disposiciones y ayudando a legalizar a cientos de miles de  ...

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Highlights of 2012

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Immigration Highlights for 2012

By David M. Sperling
Attorney

 

This past year was a watershed moment for immigration, with the crushing defeat of Gov. Romney in the presidential elections, which many analysts attributed to the Republicans’ hostile attitudes towards immigrants. I am certain we will never again hear a serious politician utter the word “self-deportation.”

The Obama administration introduced a DREAM-lite program and tweaked the regulations that will help legalize hundreds of thousands of other undocumented immigrants. This coming year ...

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WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR “DEFERRED ACTION”?

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WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR “DEFERRED ACTION”?

by David Sperling, Esq.
The registration period for “DREAMers,” or undocumented immigrants who came to the United States during their childhood, started on Aug. 15. There is no deadline. Officially, the program is called “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” (DACA).

Basically, this program, announced on June 15, will give certain undocumented immigrants the opportunity to obtain employment authorization and to stop deportations. According to government officials, an undocumented immigrant may apply for consideration for Deferred Action ...

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