DACA Toolkit Published

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DACA 1 is still alive. Many individuals, who have not applied, remain eligible – despite all the news about the death of DACA 2.

To assist them, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) has published a new “toolkit”.

The first-of-its-kind toolkit provides guidance and forms to help applicants obtain records required to apply for benefits under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Under DACA 1, undocumented youths who were born after 1981, came to the United States before age 16, and remained in the country since 2007, are eligible to receive relief from potential removal, work authorization, and a Social Security card.

Tackling The Global Refugee Crisis: From Shirking To Sharing Responsibility

A new report by Amnesty International, “Tackling The Global Refugee Crisis: From Shirking To Sharing Responsibility,” reveals over 50% of the world’s refugees live in just 10 countries.

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Calling this an “inherently unsustainable” situation, the Amnesty International report seeks to enlist the support of nations with greater capacity for helping migrants without a home.

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Black Immigrants In The United States

A new report, The State of Black Immigrants, sheds light on the unique challenges facing the nearly 3.5 million immigrants in the U.S. from Africa, the Caribbean, Afro-Latino countries, and elsewhere, due in large part to their race.

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The report, a joint project, was authored by the Black Alliance for Just Immigration in conjunction with New York University Law School’s Immigrant Rights Clinic.

Key findings include:

  • The number of undocumented Black immigrants in the U.S. increased by nearly 50% from 389,000 in 2000 to 602,000 in 2013
      • Nearly 1 in 5 Black immigrants live below the poverty line
          • Black immigrants have the highest unemployment rates among all immigrant groups
          • More than one out of every five non-citizens facing deportation on criminal grounds before the Executive Office of Immigration Review is Black
          • Black immigrants are more likely to be detained for criminal convictions than the immigrant population overall

Access To Counsel In Immigration Court

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The American Immigration Council has released a new report, Access To Counsel In Immigration Court, covering 1.2 million removal (i.e., deportation) cases between 2007 and 2012.

Among their findings:

  • Access to legal counsel varies by geographic locations and ethnic groups
  • Immigrants with a lawyer fared better than unrepresented immigrants
  • Only 37% of all immigrants hired attorneys for their deportation cases

A PDF version of the report can be downloaded here >>> Access To Counsel In Immigration Court

Written by Ingrid Eagly and Steven Shafer, this is the first nationwide study of access to access to counsel in immigration court proceedings.

Immigration Hardship 1900-2000

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For almost 100 years after our country’s birth, immigration law was nearly non-existent.

Since that time, the world has changed dramatically.

So has the concept of hardship, one of the most important concepts in immigration defense law.

Jesuit Refugee Service

The Jesuit Refugee Service is a non-profit organization, whose mission is to accompany, serve and advocate for the rights of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons.

You can access the organization’s entire set of materials, including an outstanding collections of videos about refugees from various parts of the world, online free of charge.

Donations can be made here >>> JRS Donation Page .

Brazilian Immigrants In The United States

Brazilian migration to the United States is the subject of a new study by the Migration Policy Institute.

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According to MPI, the amount of Brazilian immigrants arriving in the U.S. were relatively small until the early 1980s, caused by a series of economic crises in Brazil.

By the end of the 1980s, the Brazilian immigrant population had doubled. It nearly tripled in the 1990s. It tapered off during the recession years of 2007 – 2009.

As of 2014, 336,000 Brazilian immigrants lived in the United States, representing 1 percent of the 42.4 million immigrants in the country.

I-601 Family Unity Waivers: 8 Practice Tips

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Preparing, organizing, and presenting WINNING evidence for family unity waivers is not easy.

This blog post outlines eight key pointers:

  • Successful Clients Take Responsibility For Their Cases
  • Never Underestimate The Hardship Of Proving Hardship
  • Is Your Hardship Ordinary Or Extreme?
  • What Is Your Special Immigration Story?
  • Do Not Overlook Community Service
  • Show. Tell. Prove. But Do Not Exaggerate
  • Do You Know Your Qualifying Relatives?
  • Explain The Totality Of Your Circumstances

Vietnamese Immigrants In The United States

The Migration Policy Institute has released a new report on the Vietnamese immigrant population in the United States.

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As the MPI study shows, large-scale Vietnamese migration to the United States started as an influx of refugees following the end of the Vietnam War in 1975.

Early refugees were part of the United States-sponsored evacuation, which consisted mainly of military personnel and urban, well-educated professionals associated with the U.S. military or the South Vietnamese government. A second wave of Vietnamese refugees, commonly known as “boat people,” arrived in the late 1970s. The majority of these arrivals came from rural areas and were often less educated.

At present, Vietnamese is the sixth largest immigrant group in the country.