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…

Read More Read More

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…

Read More Read More

Class-Action Lawsuit Putting Pressure on Realtors to Lower Commissions

Class-Action Lawsuit Putting Pressure on Realtors to Lower Commissions

A real estate commission of around 5% to 6% has been the standard for so long that almost no one thinks about it anymore—until, that is, one is selling a home. Then, the joy of realizing that one’s home has appreciated in value and will sell at a tidy profit is often tempered by the realization that, “Hey, my agent is going to earn a heap of money, only because the real estate market is hot!” So it’s interesting news…

Read More Read More

More Than Half of Millennials Want to Buy a Home

More Than Half of Millennials Want to Buy a Home

The idea that real estate is a solid long-term investment is not a new one. And despite a major dip in the real estate market about ten years back, the market has recently picked up enough that many prospective home buyers have forgotten that it can go anywhere but up, up, up, in value. But here’s a factoid that seems less tied to tradition:  Wanting to buy a home not only to live in (preferably shielded by the rest of…

Read More Read More

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…

Read More Read More