5  Things to Know about the Latest USCIS DACA Announcement – National Immigration Law Center

1. USCIS is now accepting certain DACA renewal applications – check with your attorney for details.
2. USCIS will not accept new DACA applications from people who haven’t applied previously.
3. Requests for Advance Parole from DACA recipients will not be accepted.
4. We do not know how long USCIS will continue to accept DACA renewal applications.
5. Our fight to get the Dream Act passed by January 19 continues!

SEE Source: Five Things to Know about the Latest USCIS Announcement – National Immigration Law Center

DACA Renewals Now Being Accepted Again

Due to a federal court order, USCIS has resumed accepting requests to renew a grant of deferred action under DACA.  Until further notice, and unless otherwise provided in this guidance, the DACA policy will be operated on the terms in place before it was rescinded on Sept. 5, 2017.


Source: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals: Response to January 2018 Preliminary Injunction | USCIS

Debido a una orden judicial federal, USCIS ha reanudado la aceptación de peticiones para renovar una otorgación de acción diferida bajo DACA. Hasta nuevo aviso, y a menos que se indique lo contrario en esta guía, la política de DACA operará en los términos existentes antes de que fuera rescindida el 5 de septiembre de 2017.


Venezuela Releases Some Political Prisoners

“Imposed prosecutor general Tarek William Saab and chief justice Maikel Moreno announced that prosecutors and courts had been ordered to comply with the ANC’s decision and proceed to release a group of political prisoners with precautionary measures. I’m always willing to mention Saab’s huge syntax mistakes, which make him reveal truths, such as his tweet summarizing yesterday’s decision: “The truth commission (…) will continue reviewing the applicable cases, linked to the political violence that broke out in Venezuela in pursuit of national reconciliation and peace,” in other words, the prosecutor recognizes that the goal of protests was to achieve reconciliation. In any case, both did their best to show how the Executive Branch controls the public apparatus, without independence or autonomy.”

Tenias familia de Venezuela que estan viviendo en los E.E.U.U., hable con un abogado licensiado sobre asilo politico.

ICE Plans Massive Raids on Immigrant Communities Starting Mid-September

“We encourage community members at risk to review their safety plans and tips for how they can defend their rights if they encounter ICE,” said Mary Meg McCarthy, executive director, National Immigrant Justice Center. “All people have the right to remain silent. If stopped or arrested, you do not have to answer an immigration agent’s questions. If an immigration agent knocks on your door and does not have a warrant, do not open the door.”

Source: http://www.detentionwatchnetwork.org/pressroom/releases/2017/trump-plans-massive-raids-immigrant-communities-starting-mid-september

Take Action: Tell Congress Now is the Time to Protect Dreamers

Congress must act now and pass legislation, like the bipartisan Dream Act, to protect Dreamers from deportation. The President’s decision to end DACA has endangered the lives of nearly 800,000 Dreamers, who were brought to this country as children. These young people are integral to our country, communities, and economy. An overwhelming majority of the American public agree that granting legal status to Dreamers is the right thing to do. Join AILA in telling Congress to act now on legislation to protect Dreamers. Take Action today.

Source: Take Action: Tell Congress Now is the Time to Protect Dreamers

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 

Llamala oficina de Alex Arandia y hacer una consulta hoy! (212-586-0500)


NYC – Aplicando para Suspension de Deportacion

NOTICIA: Nueva policia del agentes de Inmigracion en Nueva York para gente con ordenes finales de deportacion!!!


Tiene que tener algun aplicacion or proceso siguiendo para obtener un suspension de su deportacion! Es necesario. Los agentes de inmigracion no se dan un suspension o tiempo para quedarse aqui en los Estados Unidos sin un mocion en proceso o otro tipo de aplicacion pendiente.

Hable con un abogado licensiado inmediamente para un consulta!

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

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


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