A visa shortage is battering Texas’s shrimp industry

In Brownsville, Texas, many vessels remain tied to their docks during the height of this year’s shrimping season.

Director of the Southern Shrimp Alliance, John Williams’ comments:

Williams thinks that giving these jobs to foreign workers isn’t stealing jobs from U.S. citizens. Americans just won’t take the positions, even when they’re wide open.

For the fishermen he represents, the situation is an emergency that transcends ideological battles on immigration: It’s a simple matter of survival.

“You have a choice,” he says. “You can leave the boat tied up and end up losing your business, or you can work with the system to hire a legal H-2B worker to work on your boat.”

Sounds familiar.

“The fact is that American citizens simply aren’t willing to do the work.”

Source: A visa shortage is battering Texas’s shrimp industry

Rest In Peace to Tom Petty

He may have just parted this world, but Tom Petty’s song ‘Refugee’ should always be a powerful reminder for refugees and asylum seekers that although you may indeed be a refugee or an asylee, that:

“Everybody has to fight to be free, you see
You don’t have to live like a refugee;
No baby, you don’t have to live like a refugee”


Rest in Peace, Tom Petty

Full lyrics to Refugee here.

Wednesday Is the Last Day to EXPRESS Mail DACA Renewals – Long Island Wins

Courtsey of Patrick Young, Esq., via CARACEN-NY (LongIslandWins.com)


“Please note, USCIS (Homeland Security) says that the only renewals that will be granted are those for DACA recipients whose permits expire between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018. Renewals will not be accepted for those permits that expired earlier than September 5 or after March 5.


The permits will last two years even though the DACA program will end on March 5, 2018″

Source: Wednesday October 4, 2017 Is the Last Day to Overnight Mail DACA Renewals – Long Island Wins

Immigration Council: Deportations in the Dark

This has been found to be inherently true by most immigration practitioners:

“Often, migrants do not receive copies of deportation documents and have little understanding of the processes they have undergone and the related legal ramifications. When U.S. officials prevent migrants from accessing critical information and processes, they further deprive individuals of their possible legal opportunities to present immigration claims.


“Given the escalation of immigration enforcement, the problems identified in this report are only likely to multiply. If not addressed, the behavioral patterns leading to abuses could spawn mass constitutional rights violations.”

Source: Deportations in the Dark

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.

Call the Arandia Law Firm for assistance and a consultation: (212) 586-0500

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

Llamala oficina de Arandia Law Firm para renovar su DACA y para avisas sobre permisos para viajar y adjusto de estatus!!! 

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.

NYT: High Stakes on Immigration Check-Ins

The New York Times published this article regarding check-ins with deportation officers, featuring a former colleague of mine:

“ICE is more inclined to enforce, from their perspective, the immigration law,” Ms. David added, “and if you have a final order of removal, you’re going to have to try and rectify it.”

Or else, she said, deportation will follow.

There seems to be no consistent policy from one field office to the next, lawyers say. The immigration agency was not immediately able to provide statistics regarding those who were detained or deported as a result of their check-ins, or how the frequency of those check-ins had changed.

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/11/nyregion/ice-immigration-check-in-deportation.html?smprod=nytcore-ipad&smid=nytcore-ipad-share&_r=0

In short, they are not routine anymore. You should – and must – have some motion or application in process and should bring your attorney. If you don’t have an attorney, please get one to move your process along and allow immigration officers to put off any sort of action against you!