GOP Unable to Even Vote on Border Crisis Bill

The GOP in the House of Representatives had anticipated voting on a bill to address the humanitarian crisis at the border. Although the bill had no chance of becoming law, as it provided less than %25 of the funds the President had requested and required drastic changes to policies in place to protect children from violence, the GOP planned the vote as a symbolic effort to claim they at least tried to address the issue.

However after even member of the GOP were unable to come to an agreement, eventually the vote was cancelled. Click here to read more.

Potential Executive Action on Immigration

President Obama has stated that if Congress is unable to pass immigration reform by the end of Summer he will use his executive authority. Use of executive authority has become unavoidable as the immigration system is buckling under the weight of hundreds of thousands of cases.

Although it is still unclear who would qualify for benefits under an executive immigration program, MyRights Immigration Law Firm anticipates a program that may help millions of individuals and family. Read more from the LA Times.

Shawn D. Meade Discusses Supreme Court Ruling on Aged-Out Derivative Beneficiaries

The United States Supreme Court issued a precedent decision on June 9, 2014 limiting the options for derivative beneficiaries who age out (turn 21) while waiting for a visa to become available. Although the decision is negative, it does not change the current options for people in this situation as the Board of Immigration Appeals had already set this precedent in Matter of Wang, 25 I&N Dec. 28 (BIA 2009).

USCIS Releases Forms and Instructions for DACA Renewal

Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson today announced the process for individuals to renew enrollment in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has submitted to the Federal Register an updated form to allow individuals previously enrolled in DACA, to renew their deferral for a period of two years. At the direction of the Secretary, effective immediately, USCIS will begin accepting renewal requests. USCIS will also continue to accept requests for DACA from individuals who have not previously sought to access the program. As of April 2014, more than 560,000 individuals have received DACA.

Click the link below for additional information:

USCIS I-821D Page

USCIS DACA Renewal Page

USCIS DACA Frequently Asked Questions

MyRights Immigration Law Firm DACA Page

 

 

BIA Overturns Denial of I-130 from Step-father

MyRights Immigration Law Firm successfully appealed the denial of form I-130 from a United States citizen step father. Under INA 101(b) a step-father may petition for his step-children as long as the marriage creating the relationship was formed before the child turned 18 years old. Some issues arise if the petition is filed after the marriage has ended, however the petition generally will still be valid.

The Denver Field office discounted the evidence of a continued relationship between the petitioner and beneficiary. However, on appeal the Board of Immigration appeals agreed with MyRights Immigration Law Firm stating, “The Director appears to have erred in declining to assign any evidentiary value to certain documents submitted.”

Our client will now be able to file for his immigrant visa and return to the United States to join his mother and step-father.