Friday, November 30, 2012

Majority of Americans Support Immigration Reform

ABC News has confirmed that even post election, a significant majority of Americans favor a path to legalization for undocumented immigrants.  The attached article explains why the time is now to demand immigration reform and a path to legalization for the 11 million plus undocumented immigrants that need justice.
http://abcnews.go.com/ABC_Univision/Politics/poll-majority-americans-back-path-legal-status-undocumented/story?id=17713361#.ULjfLNPjn6B

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Arizona Nightmare

 Arizona Governor Jan Brewer didn't "get the memo."  Actually, worse still, Ms. Brewer, after endlessly criticizing Obama's use of an executive order to help children of undocumented aliens attend college, has decided to become the ultimate hypocrite,  by enacting HER own executive order prohibiting "Dreamers" whose cases have been approved from obtaining driver's licenses, despite the fact that they possess a federal work permit and are in a temporary but legally authorized status.  Clearly, Ms. Brewer is a complete idiot, totally lacking in a basic comprehension of federal law, compassion, or even basic human decency, and the citizens of Arizona deserve better.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/anthony-d-romero/arizonas-denial-of-licens_b_2213560.html

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Deferred Action program

When the Obama administration announced its Deferred Action program, young immigrants who stepped forward to participate were worried that there was some risk. If President Obama lost the election, their names would be known as possible candidates for deportation once the program expired.

Following Obama's reelection two weeks ago, those fears are fading fast. And more people are applying for the program, which is formally known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

Shortly before the election, uncertainty about the program's continuation affected the number of applications. The Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, had said that if he won the presidency, he would honor the two-year work visas and deportation deferrals that had already been granted. Romney also said he would not accept any new applications after he was inaugurated. This produced a chilling effect on applications to the program.

Now the number of applications is rising again with the possibility that Congress and the president can address the issue of comprehensive immigration reform that would include older undocumented people who do not meet the eligibility criteria for Deferred Action.

Nationally, as many as 1.7 million people may be eligible for the DACA program. So far (as of November 15), there have been nearly 309,000 applications. And over 53,000 have already been approved.

Friday, November 16, 2012

DACA Approvals Surpass 50,000

The Obama administration released statistics indicating that 53,273 undocumented youths have been granted relief under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

As of November 15, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has received more than 300,000 requests for deferred action, with most applicants still awaiting the completion of background checks.

The figures did not indicate how many beneficiaries have received work permits under the program or whether any requests for deferred action have been denied.

At the rate the agency is processing applications, more than 100,000 requests for deferred action appear likely to be granted by the end of the year.

http://www.uscis.gov/USCIS/Resources/Reports%20and%20Studies/Immigration%20Forms%20Data/Static_files/2012-1116%20DACA%20Monthly%20Report.pdf

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Temporary relief available for Individuals Affected by Hurricane Sandy

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has reminded individuals affected by Hurricane Sandy of certain U.S. immigration benefits or relief that may be available to them.

USCIS understands that a natural disaster can affect an individual’s ability to maintain lawful immigration status or obtain certain other immigration benefits. Eligible individuals may request or apply for temporary relief measures, including:

A change or extension of nonimmigrant status for an individual currently in the United States, even when the request is filed after the authorized period of admission has expired;
Extension or re-parole of individuals previously granted parole by USCIS;
Expedited adjudication of off-campus employment authorization applications for F-1 students experiencing severe economic hardship;
Expedited adjudication of employment authorization applications; and
Assistance to Legal Permanent Residents (LPR) stranded overseas without immigration or travel documents, such as Permanent Resident Cards (Green Cards). USCIS and the Department of State will coordinate on these matters when LPRs are stranded in places that do not have a local USCIS office.
Where appropriate, USCIS may exercise its discretion to allow for delays in filing resulting from the hurricane. This may include, for example:

Assistance to those who have not appeared for an interview or submitted required forms of evidence. You may show how the disrupting event affected your connection to USCIS and your ability to appear or submit documents as required; and Assistance to those who have not been able to respond to Requests For Evidence (RFEs) or Notices of Intent to Deny (NOID). USCIS will extend the deadline for individuals to respond to RFEs or NOIDs by 30 days. This will apply to all RFEs and NOIDs with a deadline of October 26 through November 26, 2012. During this time, USCIS will not issue denials based on abandonment of an application or petition.

For more information, visit www.brandtimmigration.com or call 407-545-2534.


Monday, November 5, 2012

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“Legal Solutions to an Illegal Problem: A Panel Discussion on Immigration”

The UF Federalist Society and Immigration Law Association Present

“Legal Solutions to an Illegal Problem: A Panel Discussion on Immigration” 

When: Wednesday, October 10th, from 12:00-12:50
Where: 285C
Who: Mr. Doug Bandow from the CATO Institution, Professor John Barry from Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law, and Mr. Chad Brandt from Brandt Immigration

Immigration is one of the hottest issues in our society today. This controversial topic requires us to determine how to maintain a coherent, legitimate citizenry while still respecting the safety and individualism of undocumented persons who have migrated into our country searching for freedom and opportunity. Come out and hear our panel discuss some important and controversial immigrations issues as well as potential solutions to those issues.


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About the Speakers:

Mr. Doug Bandow:
Mr. Doug Bandow is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, specializing in foreign policy and civil liberties. He worked as special assistant to President Reagan and editor of the political magazine Inquiry. He writes regularly for leading publications such as Fortune magazine, National Interest, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Times. Mr. Bandow speaks frequently at academic conferences, on college campuses, and to business groups. Mr. Bandow has been a regular commentator on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox News Channel, and MSNBC. He holds a J.D. from Stanford University.

Professor John Barry:
By day, attorney John Barry is a Vice-President and in house Counsel for SunTrust Bank. At night, Mr. Barry is an Adjunct Professor of Immigration Law at Barry College of Law, where he enjoys the ironic coincidence in sharing the same name as the school. In addition, for over ten years, Professor Barry has provided pro bono legal representation in dozens of immigration cases – including the high profile Rita Cote case - and is a proud supporter of immigrant rights and humane immigration reform. He was born in and went to law school at The University of Iowa. He has traveled, studied, and taught around the world.

Mr. Chad M. Brandt:
Attorney Chad M. Brandt is a UF Levin College of law graduate from the class of 1999. Mr. Brandt is the son of a Cuban immigrant, and is passionate about ensuring that immigrants are afforded due process of law consistent with American ideals. He devotes his practice exclusively to representing and defending immigrants. Chad M. Brandt is the owner and founder of Brandt Immigration, specializing in complex immigration litigation. He uses his extensive litigation experience to effectively represent immigrants facing deportation. Mr. Brandt helps immigrants and their families solve problems caused by the failure to reform our great nation’s broken immigration system.“Legal Solutions to an Illegal Problem: A Panel Discussion on Immigration”

Dream Big: Obama Policy Allows Immigrant Children to Remain in the U.S.

ORLANDO, Fla.June 15, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- 

Dream Big: Obama Enacts Dramatic Policy Reform for Immigrant Children
Many Immigrant Children Should Qualify to Stay in US


The Obama Administration announced sweeping changes which should allow many illegal immigrant children to stay in the United States and pursue the American Dream. According to experienced immigration attorney Chad Brandt, Obama's new policy is as close to the "Dream Act" as can be achieved given Congress' failure to pass the Dream Act, which has stalled in Washington since the 1990's. Attorney Brandt stated that "today is truly a historic day for children here in the U.S. that never made the choice to come here illegally, and have been trapped in the shadows and denied the simple opportunity to study and better themselves and our great nation."  Brandt, a first-generation American himself, personally understands the struggles this policy should ease. 

Attorney Brandt, who dedicates his practice exclusively to immigration law, with a particular emphasis on deportation defense, cautions that parents and children need expert legal advice to make sure they can take advantage of the new policy.  Attorney Brandt states that the range of children that may be eligible is between 800,000 to 1.4 million.  "At the same time, some desperate children and parents can fall victim to people purely out to profit from today's new policy.  This is about children.  And dreams.  We need to ensure that families pursue the new policy in a legally responsible manner to be certain that all eligible children can benefit."

Brandt further stated that not all immigrant children qualify, and anyone considering benefiting from the policy should first consult with an immigration attorney. For example, Brandt stated that children who may benefit must be present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012, and must also have lived in the U.S. for at least 5 years continuously, among other requirements. Due to the specific requirements, which include no serious criminal convictions, attorney Brandt is concerned that some may try to take advantage of desperate children and parents, and he encourages all families affected to make sure that the person giving them advice is not only professional, but caring and honest.

Nonetheless, the significance of the policy shift is huge, according to attorney Brandt. "I have watched children suffer and families suffer for my entire career because of a choice those kids never had, and today is an emotional and legally significant victory for children, regardless of where they are from."  As both the son of an Cuban immigrant, and as a father himself, Brandt said that he was pleased to see kids finally see light at the end of the tunnel. Attorney Brandt concluded his analysis by smiling broadly and declaring that "now is the time to be aggressive, and make dreams a reality!"

Chad Brandt is an attorney and founder of Brandt immigration. He can be reached for a free consultation at chad@brandtimmigration.com , or by visiting his website at www.brandtimmigration.com, or by calling (407) 545-2534.

Media Contact: Chad Brandt Brandt Immigration, 407-545-2534, chad@brandtimmigration.com

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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Waiting For DACA Approval

Top 5 Things To Do While You Wait For Your DACA Approval

http://www.juansaaa.com/post/34770098958

Dreamers

Don't waste an opportunity and take advantage of deferred action now. This is your opportunity to obtain a work permit and attend college or university. You have earned this right. If you have questions please post here.

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