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Blog Posts in 2015

  • Cuban Adjustment Act

    For many years, Cubans have been able to avail themselves of a law enacted solely for their benefit known as the Cuban Adjustment Act. The point of this post is not to debate the merits of that law but to discuss the possibilities of its demise, and the consequences of that demise, given changes in the political relations between Cuba and the U.S.. This prospect should be of special interest to ...
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  • Naturalization Should Be Your Goal

    Many people who have been US Permanent Residents for a very long time and qualify for Naturalization are reluctant to apply for various reasons, including language issues. They may feel secure because they have had their green cards for a long time and have never had problems. However, the fact is that while Permanent Residence is certainly a desirable thing, the ultimate goal should be attaining ...
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  • The Schizophrenia of Immigration

    Having practiced in the immigration field for the relatively long period of twenty seven years, first as an attorney with the government, then as an immigration judge for eighteen years, and now as a private attorney, I have often been asked by various people why it is that our country just never seems to be able to get it right on immigration matters. To me, the answer has always been simple, our ...
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  • The Elephant In The Room

    So it appears that we can not any longer ignore the elephant in the living room. He is not leaving. At least, it doesn't seem so at this point. Those who thought he would be gone by now were clearly wrong. He still seems out of place, sitting there in your best chair, too large, too loud, breaking everything around him with every swing of his trunk, impaling the furniture and the drapes with his ...
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  • Our Wonderful, Fragile, Democracy.

    It seems that politicians are deemed to be the scourge of the earth whenever people don’t agree with the woman, man, or party in charge. The same people who today are clamoring for the heads of all politicians and for having them substituted by a “regular’ person, whatever that is, your barber, doctor, mechanic, accountant, you name it, except, of course for a lawyer, were perfectly content ten ...
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  • Obama's immigration action blocked again; Supreme Court only option left

    President Barack Obama’s executive action to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation suffered a legal setback on Monday with an appeal to the Supreme Court now the administration’s only option. Source: Obama’s immigration action blocked again; Supreme Court only option left
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  • Senator Rubio on DACA.

    NOV 4 2015, 5:00 PM ET Marco Rubio: DACA Must End With or Without Immigration Reform by SUZANNE GAMBOA Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. answers a reporter’s question after a campaign event at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) Charles Krupa / AP GOP presidential candidate Marco Rubio said Wednesday in New Hampshire ...
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  • Constitution; Triumph of Compromise and Negotiation.

    Our Constitution; Triumph of Compromise and Negotiation. James Madison, one of the Framers of the Constitution, our fourth president and widely considered to be the Constitution’s principal architect, made the following observation on what was going through his mind as the document that would become The Constitution was finally being signed. “Whilst the last members were signing it, Doctor ...
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  • Freedom of Religion.

    Allah (English pronunciation: /ˈælə/, /ˈɑːlə/ or /əlˈlɑː/; Arabic: الله Allāh, IPA: [ʔalˤˈlˤɑːh] ( listen)) is the Arabic word for God (al ilāh, literally “the God”). I was surprised by recent comments by one of the Republican nomination contenders that he would rather have a nation under God than under Allah because I had always understood that Allah was the word for God in the Arabic language, ...
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  • What to do about illegal immigration

    What Americans want to do about illegal immigration BY SARA KEHAULANI The debate over the future of the nation’s estimated 11.3 million unauthorized immigrants is on the political front burner once more. President Barack Obama set the stage in November when he announced new executive actions (now tied up in court) to prevent the deportation of millions of unauthorized immigrants, expanding 2012’s ...
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  • False Claims of Previous Mass Deportations

    Hoover, Truman & Ike: Mass Deporters? By Brooks Jackson Posted on July 9, 2010 Q: Did Eisenhower deport 13 million illegal immigrants? Did Hoover and Truman use mass deportations to open jobs for U.S. citizens? A: No. Nothing close to 13 million persons were deported during any administration. All three of these presidents wrestled with a rising tide of illegal immigration, but a long-running ...
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