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White House Thinks Joining Family in the U.S. Is a “Random Chance” Path to a Green Card!?

White House Thinks Joining Family in the U.S. Is a “Random Chance” Path to a Green Card!?

The White House’s recent proposal for radically restructuring the U.S. immigration system is widely considered a non-starter, unlikely to draw Congressional interest, much less lead to legislation. Nevertheless, it has filled the public airwaves with generalizations about immigration law that are just plain wrong. (And they’re not getting any more correct for having been oft repeated.) I’m not talking about the philosophy behind the old or proposed new immigration policy, nor about what statistics indicate about the benefits of immigrants…

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Can Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Baby Get U.S. Citizenship?

Can Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Baby Get U.S. Citizenship?

Finally, some cheerful news related to U.S. immigration law! Yes, I’m among those getting distracted today by pictures of the British royal baby. But I’m also seeing a lot of misleading information in the press, which impels me to fix it. For starters, little Archie, also known as Baby Sussex, is a U.S. citizen already. (And of course he is also a British one, by virtue of his U.K. citizen father.) Under U.S. law, a concept known as “acquisition” of…

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U.S. Government Pulling the Blinds on Immigration Decision-Making

U.S. Government Pulling the Blinds on Immigration Decision-Making

No matter which direction you think U.S. immigration law and policy should be heading in, you probably hope that you—or at least journalists and others who follow this sort of thing—can obtain reliable information about it. Unfortunately, that’s less and less the case. Perhaps nothing exemplifies this issue more directly than a lawsuit recently filed by the American Immigration Council (AIC). It alleges that, in recent cases where applicants were following all legal procedures in requesting green cards or temporary…

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Wait, What? Trump Wants MORE Legal Immigration?

Wait, What? Trump Wants MORE Legal Immigration?

Tucked within the 2019 State of the Union address, amidst Trump’s calls for a wall and pronouncements of a southern border crisis, was the following phrase: “I want people to come into our country in the largest numbers ever, but they have to come in legally.”  That’s news to anyone who follows the (real) news. Contraction of legal immigration has been the administration’s stated priority from the start. In 2017, Trump announced plans to cut legal immigration by half. In…

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No, the Deported Mexican Nurse Did Not Win the U.S. Visa Lottery

No, the Deported Mexican Nurse Did Not Win the U.S. Visa Lottery

Consumers of social and other media have read a great deal this year about the plight of Maria Mendoza-Sanchez, a Mexico-born nurse who worked in Oakland, California treating cancer patients. Though she had tried to obtain a work-based U.S. visa, her past unlawful entry made that all but impossible. The only reason she was able to work and live in the U.S. was that she received temporary relief from removal (as a low enforcement priority) under the Obama administration. After…

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