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ARIZONA IMMIGRATION BLOG:
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Arizona Enters The Battle To Curb Immigration Fraud

As a green card lawyer, I’ve heard far too many tales from immigrant families ripped off by scammers and con artists.

Until a few years ago, the problem went relatively unnoticed. Now, several states, following the lead of California and New York, are taking steps to eliminate the victimizing of immigrants.

Even Arizona, not known for its cordiality towards immigrants, has joined the battle to curb the actions of those who would take advantage of unsuspecting immigrants.

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Six Articles To Better Understand New
Parole Program For Pinoy World War Veterans

Are you a family member of one of the estimated 2,000 – 6,000 Filipino World War Veterans living in the United States?

If you are, the odds are that you have been waiting many, many years to be reunited with your parents?

With an estimated population of 40,000 Filipino-Americans living in Arizona, it is likely that a few hundred may have originated with World War II veterans who made their way into the United States after the war ended.

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Birthright Citizenship, Anchor Babies, And The 14th Amendment

In the view of immigration restrictionists, a simple legal reform would reduce illegal immigration.

All that is required, writes George Will in the Washington Post, is to correct the misinterpretation of the 14th Amendment’s first sentence.

Other constitutional scholars believe the position advanced by Will is dead wrong.

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The Need To Restore Judicial Discretion
In Deportation Cases

For nearly 15 years, judicial discretion has been absent from the review of many minor criminal convictions in the deportation context.

Offenses considered small under state law are often deemed aggravated felonies under immigration law. Aggravated felonies lead to the near automatic loss of an immigrant’s lawful permanent resident status.

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Sleeping Justice: The Board Of Immigration Appeals’ Failure To Lead

14 1/2 years ago, immigration law underwent a major shift.

By now the dust should have settled.

However, due to the lack of guidance by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), the nation’s top immigration court, many immigrants and their attorneys are still wondering what some of the changes mean.

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Why Congress Should Pass The Dream Act

Some opponents of immigration reform believe that all undocumented immigrants, including children, are undeserving of pathways to legalization.

They never met Omar and Anthony.

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How The Board of Immigration Appeals
Twisted Immigration Law

Careless judicial interpretation often leads to unjustified consequences.

For immigrants, it can mean deportation.

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A Simple Suggestion To Reform Immigration Bureaucracy

After waiting 2 1/2 hours, my client was finally called for her green card interview.

We headed to the hallway door to meet the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Servicesofficer. I extended my right hand to greet the officer and introduce myself. He turned and walked away.

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Do You Really Need An Immigration Attorney?

At our first meeting, many clients ask:

“Do I really need an immigration attorney?”

Since they have a hearing coming up at immigration court in a few days, the decision could make the difference – the difference between winning a green card and being deported.

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From Civil War To Community

Born in El Salvador, Ana Martinez was raised in a comfortable environment. Her mother’s family members held respectable positions in the Salvadorian government. Her grandfather had been a colonel in the military.

A civil war erupted. This tore the country apart and placed her family in jeopardy.

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