Highlights of 2011

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                         Looking Back at 2011, and Looking Forward to New Year

      The past year was the most exciting, challenging and successful year in our firm’s history. 

      The stories of two of our clients, Emily Ruiz and Julia Caceres, make headlines around the world and put a human face on the issue of illegal immigration.   In a year dominated by hateful legislation and rhetoric, we were able to portray the cruel and inhumane consequences of the administration’s immigration policies.

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México y otros 13 países fustigan ley inmigratoria de Utah

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La legislación se inspiró en la polémica Ley SB1070 de Arizona

SALT LAKE CITY – México y otros 14 países latinoamericanos estiman que la nueva ley inmigratoria de Utah perjudica las relaciones diplomáticas con Estados Unidos.

El periódico Deseret News reportó el miércoles que 14 países latinoamericanos presentaron recientemente un escrito del tipo Amicus curiae -de los realizados por terceros ajenos a un litigio- en apoyo a una demanda entablada por el Departamento de Justicia contra los intentos del gobierno estatal de ...

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¿Quién se roba la Navidad de los inmigrantes?

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Nueva York.- En el 2011, algunos políticos hicieron méritos para convertirse en los “Grinches” de los inmigrantes, ya que les “robaron” la paz, la esperanza en una reforma migratoria, la posibilidad de realizar el “sueño americano” y en muchos casos, hasta los separaron de sus hijos. Otros, los persiguieron o promovieron contra ellos una campaña racista y xenófoba.

Tal vez, quien se lleva el primer puesto en la competencia para emular al “ogro verde” es el alguacil de Maricopa, Joe Arpaio.

“El ...

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Deportation attempt leads to miscarriage

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The case of a Queens woman who suffered a miscarriage last month as she was about to be deported to Ecuador is being held up as a symbol of gaps in President Obama’s new immigration policy. Julia Casares, 36, was in the process of being expelled under new policies meant to target violent criminals and fresh arrivals while giving a temporary pass to longtime undocumented residents who pose no threat and have strong ties to the U.S. Casares has a ...

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For Little Emily, the Story Has Not Yet Ended

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Before 4-year-old Emily Ruiz left Dulles International Airport on March 12, she had been sleeping under a bench with her grandfather’s coat keeping her warm.

When she returned less than three weeks later, she arrived first-class and was treated like a princess by 22 officials and agents of Customs and Border Protection.

Little Emily is the U.S. Citizen girl who was mistreated by federal authorities and in effect deported to Guatemala because her parents were illegal immigrants. Fortunately, I and two members of ...

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FY 2012 H-1B Cap Reached!

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USCIS announced that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 for fiscal year (FY) 2012. Already, as of October 19, 2011, USCIS had received more than 20,000 H-1B petitions filed on behalf of persons exempt from the cap under the ‘advanced degree’ exemption.

USCIS has also notified that November 22, 2011, was the final receipt date for new H-1B specialty occupation petitions requesting an employment start date in FY 2012. The final ...

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