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

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and unless otherwise provided in this guidance, the DACA policy will be operated on the terms in place before it was rescinded on Sept. 5, 2017.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.

 

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

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.

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!!! 

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.

Source: http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/cubans-now-face-deportation-risk-immigrants-48051084



Llama los abogados de Arandia Law Firm ahora: (212) 586-0500

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.

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.”