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Download the “Immigrants in Our Midst” Flyer with Registration Link HERE Jsonobject download!

US Legal Solutions is proud to support and participate in this important election year conference.  Registration is now open and can be accessed through the SIUE Illinois SBDC International Trade Center web site 다운로드.  Download the Flyer linked above and follow the “Register Here” link cure.exe 다운로드.

This year the annual conference will be hosted at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville (SIUE) at the Business School’s Illinois SBDC International Trade Center located at the Morris Universtiy Center 다운로드. The date will be November 4, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. It will focus on developing and unleashing the potential of full participation by aspiring new Americans in our community–the benefit to both the existing community as well as our new community

We are particularly excited to announce that the keynote lunch speaker for this conference will be Michel Waslin of the American Immigration Council 트위치 구독자 다시보기 다운로드.

Michel Waslin

Michele Waslin is a Senior Research and Policy Analyst at the American Immigration Council, where she had also worked from 2007-2012 다운로드. Before returning to the Council, Michele worked at the Pew Charitable Trusts where she launched the Immigration and the States project focusing on the relationship between levels of government 엠페러 배틀 포 듄 다운로드. She also previously served at the National Council of La Raza and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.

The American Immigration Council is located in Washington, D.C 롤 인게임. and its Immigration Policy Center is a recognized national and international authority in the area of immigration policy research.  Among other contributions, it publishes state by state research on the economic impact of immigration, the costs of failing to reform our broken immigration system and the high economic cost that would be incurred by mass deportation 다운로드.  You can see more of AIC’s and Ms. Waslin’s contributions here:

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What is the Economic Cost of Deporting All Undocumented Immigrants? Written by Michele Waslin

or visit the American Immigration Council on the web by clicking here 다운로드.

Each year, LRT brings together experts who work on the ground with immigrants on both sides of the river in our St. Louis Metropolitan area. In the past, speakers have covered interesting and engaging topics related to changing immigrant demographics, legal hot topics effecting immigrants as well as other important issues effecting the well being and success of new Americans in our region.

Don’t miss this engaging and important conference.  See you there!

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Latino Roundtable announces the date for the annual “Immigrants in our Midst”.

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Each year the Latino Roundtable of Southwestern Illinois hosts its annual “Immigrants in our Midst” conference 한글 윈도우 7 iso 다운로드.  US Legal Solutions is proud to support and participate in this conference in this and recent years.

At the conference each year, LRT brings together experts who work on the ground with immigrants on both sides of the river in our St 다운로드. Louis Metropolitan area. In the past, speakers have covered interesting and engaging topics related to changing immigrant demographics, legal hot topics effecting immigrants as well as other important issues effecting the well being and success of new Americans in our region 인터스텔라 무료 다운로드.

This year the annual conference will be hosted at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville (SIUE) 다운로드. The date will be November 4, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. It will focus on developing and unleashing the potential of full participation by aspiring new Americans in our community–the benefit to both the existing community as well as our new community members 다운로드.

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Why America Needs DAPA (As if we had to ask!)

As we all await the Supreme Court’s decision in Texas v. United States, the American Immigration Council again reminds us all why DAPA is so badly needed accross this country all share 다운로드.

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USCIS Clarifies its RECALL of DACA 3 Year Work Document’s (EAD’s).


On July 1, 2015, USCIS Headquarters personnel in Washington, D.C. hosted a public engagement conference call to clarify their efforts to retrieve certain Employment Authorization Documents (EAD’s) issued to Deferred Action recipients under the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program 다운로드.

Recently social media and other media outlets have been buzzing about the return of certain EAD’s issued with a three year validity generating fear that some DACA recipients may be in jeopardy  of losing their DACA status all together or that they may receive a visit from DHS agents to their homes. USCIS therefore attempted to ease much of this fear and clarify who is and who is not required to return a three year EAD.

The problem arose because immediately after the President’s November 20, 2014 Executive Action announcement (which included an expansion of the 2012 DACA program from two year to three year approvals), USCIS began issuing EAD’s to new and renewal DACA applicants with a three year validity period 가루약. On February 16, 2015, Judge Hanen issued an injunction as part of the Texas et al. v. U.S.A. litigation in the Southern District of Texas halting the expansion of the 2012 DACA program to three years as well as the implementation of Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA).  According to Judge Hanen’s Order, USCIS should have stopped issuing three year EAD’s immediately on February 16, 2015.  However, USCIS took some time to implement the terms of the Order and to switch back to issuing two year EAD’s.  As a result, approximately 2100 EAD’s were issued AFTER February 16, 2015 valid for three years.

In addition, USCIS also reported that approximately 500 EAD’s valid for three years were actually approved and first issued before February 16, 2015 but were returned to USCIS by the US Postal Service as undeliverable and re-mailed by USCIS AFTER February 16, 2015 오버워치 라이센스 다운로드.

What you need to know about the RECALL is:

                • USCIS was very clear that the approximately 108,000 three year EAD’s issued prior to February 16, 2015 ARE NOT SUBJECT TO THE RECALL 다운로드.
                • The recall is being carried out by Notice Letters being mailed to all affected DACA recipients.
                      • All three year EAD’s described above (about 2600 EAD’s nationwide) MUST be surrendered to USCIS no later than July 30, 2015.  Failure to surrender and affected three year EAD’s will expose the recipient to termination of their DACA status.  If a recipient has their DACA status terminated because of a failure to surrender an affected three year EAD subject to the recall, their failure will be considered as a negative consideration in any future application for DACA 다운로드.
                        • If a DACA recipient has a three year EAD and is not sure if their EAD is subject to the recall, the recipient should call USCIS at: 800-375-5283 and select option #8.   At the time of this posting, the option provides recorded information about this recall and the opportunity to speak with USCIS customer service agents who USCIS states will be able to confirm if a specific recipient’s EAD is subject to the recall 카카오 페이지 영화 다운로드.
                • Recipients of three year EAD’s subject to the recall should follow the instructions in the Notice Letter to mail the affected EAD back to USCIS by overnight mail to the address provided by the July 30, 2015 deadline.  If a recipient returns an affected EAD by mail, it is strongly recommended that you use a receipted and tracked service such as UPS or Federal Express or DHL which will provide you confirmation and signature proof of delivery.
        • USCIS also advises that recipients who are unable to meet that deadline by mail can also walk into any USCIS Field Office nationwide to surrender their affected three year EAD.  An Infopass appointment is NOT REQUIRED and the recipient can walk in to surrender the EAD.  The St 다운로드. Louis USCIS Field Office is located in the Young Federal Building in downtown St. Louis at 1222 Spruce Street, Room 2.205 Saint Louis, MO 63103-2815 The Kansas City USCIS Field Office is located at 10320 NW Prairie View Rd. Kansas City, MO 64153. If a recipient returns an affected EAD in person at a USCIS Field Office, the USCIS personnel should provide a receipt for the surrendered EAD 다운로드. DO NOT LEAVE the USCIS Field Office without a receipt.
        • USCIS has confirmed that if a DACA recipient had a three year EAD affected by this recall but is now unable to surrender the EAD because it has been lost or stolen or destroyed, the recipient must provide a sworn statement to that effect and the submission of the statement will constitute surrender of the affected EAD.
    • As of the date of this posting, USCIS states that ALL recipients of three year EAD’s which are subject to the recall have been mailed replacement EAD’s with a two year validity period. 
  • USCIS expects that a DACA recipient who is required to return a three year EAD should receive their two year replacement EAD very shortly after if not before the deadline to surrender their three year EAD 다운로드. There should be very little if any time that the DACA recipient will be without a valid EAD.
  • USCIS has confirmed that in the case of an affected EAD that is not timely surrendered, USCIS personnel may be sent to the residence of the DACA recipient in an effort to retrieve the affected three year EAD.  USCIS has explicitly confirmed that these visits will not be by ICE, CBP or other law enforcement agents. USCIS also reports that if a home visit is going to be attempted, USCIS will make an effort to contact the recipient by phone the day before the intended visit.  If a USCIS employee makes a visit, they should be in plain clothes and provide identification and a badge proving they are employed by USCIS.  They are not authorized to question any person in the residence or search any part of the residence and the sole purpose of the visit will be to retrieve the affected three year EAD 다운로드.

The USCIS senior directorate level personnel who conducted this conference call were very explicit that the only purpose of these efforts was to bring the 2012 DACA program into full and complete compliance with Judge Hanen’s February 16, 2015 Order and that USCIS’ overriding concern is to assure that all current DACA recipients are able to remain in full compliance with the program and maintain their valid work authorization.

If you have any further questions about this recall, please contact us at:

US Legal Solutions, LLC

Kenneth K. Schmitt

Gustavo Arango

8714 Gravois Road, St. Louis, Missouri 63123


You can also visit the USCIS website for more information by clicking here.

GO VOTE: Election Day is Tomorrow, November 4, 2014!

GO VOTE: Election Day is Tomorrow, November 4, 2014!

With all the talk of the Republicans being poised to take control of the Senate, you may think you have a million other things to do more compelling than standing in line to vote 다운로드. And you could not be more WRONG!

Even if Republicans do win the Senate and control both houses of Congress after tomorrow, they will not gain enough seats to effectively pass legislation without Democratic support in the Senate since it requires 60 votes to invoke cloture and vote on legislation 다운로드. It also takes 66 votes to override any veto by President Obama. As a result, a minority Democrat party will still be in a position to defend the precious few but important gains achieved in the immigrant community, such as DACA 다운로드. While many vocal Republicans in the House and Senate have squawked about repealing or ending DACA, this will be impossible with the slim control they may have after tomorrow–provided the new Democrat minority stands up against them 맥용 오피스 무료.

But consider, what incentive will this new Democrat minority have to stand up and defend these important gains if our voices are not heard on Tuesday 건강손지압? If in the minority on Wednesday, the Democrats will be on the defensive on many many different fronts: Budget, Taxes, Appropriations, Keystone, etc. etc 비발디 브라우저. etc. The Democrat party, which has benefited greatly from the immigrant advocacy over the last decade, MUST know that we demand they stand up for our community and push back to preserve what immigration gains we have made 레나 마리아.

AND President Obama MUST now be willing to go big on administrative prosecutorial discretion relief 다운로드. With the Senate Democrats forming the firewall against any Republican push back, now is the time for Obama to bring the majority of undocumented immigrants, who are law abiding, productive, tax paying members of our communities, out of the shadows 이상한 나라의 앨리스 자막 다운로드!

Doing so will set the table and the standard against which any Republican effort at immigration reform will be judged (if indeed they even have the backbone to address the issue in the run up to 2016) 다운로드. Failure to do so will leave a huge indelible stain on any legacy Obama hopes to have!

I’ll see you tomorrow morning, bright and early!


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Immigration Reform Update: Napolitano Pushes for Broader Executive Action!

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The Washington Post this weekend reported that former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano stated in an interview:

“If Congress refuses to act and perform its duties, then I think it’s appropriate for the executive to step in and use his authorities based on law . .  텔레 그램 pc 버전 다운로드. to take action in the immigration arena,’’ Napolitano, a lawyer and former U.S. attorney in Arizona, said in an exclusive interview with The Washington Post 다운로드.

She made her remarks to the Washington Post ahead of what the Post has reported will be a significant speech by her scheduled for Monday, October 27, 2014 to be delivered in Georgia.  The Post has further reported that she is expected to detail the heated debate that took place inside the Administration in 2012 when the Administration and Napolitano announced and implemented the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  DACA  is now considered to be largely successful, benefiting over 580,000 young immigrants to date.  It is expected that Napolitano will detail how she urged much broader action in 2012.  It is expected that she will likely push for broader action now 다운로드.

You can read the complete Washington Post Article by clicking here 다운로드.

Hopefully, Secretary Nepolitano’s interview this weekend and her speech on Monday is part of a broader effort to lay the groundwork for a concerted push for expanded executive action once the November elections are over!  Stay tuned 삼성노트북 무선랜 드라이버 다운로드.

HAPPY HOUR! “The Art of a Helping Heart”

Please come out for happy hour and support St. Francis Community Services’ art therapy services for Immigrant and Refugee youth on November 7, 2014 at the eclectic and trendy “ArtBar” on Cherokee Street.  The ArtBar is a new and unique space for enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in an interesting and stimulating atmosphere full of great folks and interesting new artwork 고릴라 pc.

We are asking for donations at the door.  Happy hour specials will be provided courtesy of the ArtBar 다운로드!

EVENT:            “The Art of a Helping Heart” Happy Hour

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DATE:             November 7, 2014

TIME:              5:30pm to 8:30pm


Proceeds from the event will go to benefit art therapy programming for immigrant and refugee youth at St 다운로드. Francis Community Services.  SFCS is a member agency of the Catholic Charities of St. Louis Federation and plays a key role in providing vital direct services to immigrant families and individuals in need.  From family counseling, to utility assistance to after school youth tutoring and social growth programs to you name it, SFCS Immigrant and Refugee Services have often been the vital link that has made possible so many success stories of immigrant families and individuals 다운로드.

Please pass the word to all your friends to come out and join us on November 7, 2014.  You can download the below flyer for maximum distribution by clicking: The Art of a Healing Heart, November 7, 2014.  Please share all your Facebook page, Twitter, LinkedIn and all that social media “stuff”!!!! 다운로드!

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September 27-28, 2014: Kansas City Mexican Mobile Consulate visits St. Charles, MO

US Legal Solutions provides legal expertise at the Mexican Consulate.

US Legal Solutions provides legal expertise at the Mexican Consulate.

Since 2007, Ken Schmitt and Gustavo Arango have served as Consultant Attorneys to the Kansas City Mexican Consulate, serving as the “go to” attorneys for the Consulate when Mexican nationals  need help.  On September 27 and 28, US Legal Solutions lawyers spent the day with Consular staff at 검은사막m. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church" href="" target="_blank">St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in St. Charles, Missouri visiting with hundreds of individuals seeking their Mexican passports, consular ID’s as well as advice on a wide of legal issues within the expertise of the US Legel Solutions staff attorneys 다운로드.

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Si El puede 다운로드! (Yes he can!)

And by “El” we mean President Obama.

For those who did not completely tune out the news cycle over this past Labor Day weekend, you know (or by now have heard) that President Obama will likely not take up the issue of an expanded deferred action plan or other expanded prosecutorial discretion based immigration policy change until after the elections.  In fact this is hardly surprising.  Given the fact that the Democrats have been on the defensive in the US Senate nearly all year and that any action taken by the administration will be campaigned against as “amnesty” it is no surprise that the White House, as of last week, is still debating with the Homeland Security and Justice Departments about what to do.  So the political choice is made to take no action until after the elections Spirited away download.

Of course, following up on our previous post of DACA Update and Things to Come 다운로드?  of August 28, 2014, the law is overwhelmingly on the President’s side.  He does have the legal authority to take further action based on the current Deferred Action for Early Childhood Arrivals (DACA) model.  This authority is firmly rooted in the President’s constitutional prerogative of prosecutorial discretion as protected by the separation of powers doctrine 증명사진 배경 다운로드.

But you don’t have to take our word for it.  Following our post of August 28, 2014, over 130 leading law professors across the United States agreed with us and said so in a letter to the President signed by them and dated September 3, 2014.  You can see the entire letter and all 137 signatories by clicking here:

September 3, 2014 Letter to President Obama

Echoing the words of our August 28, 2014 post, the letter states, in part:

The application of prosecutorial discretion to individuals or groups is grounded in the Constitution, and has been part of the immigration system for many years 다운로드. Furthermore, court decisions, the immigration statute, regulations and policy guidance have recognized prosecutorial discretion dating back to at least the 1970s 다운로드. Notably, in 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court reiterated: “A principal feature of the removal system is the broad discretion exercised by immigration officials…Federal officials, as an initial matter, must decide whether it makes sense to pursue removal at all…”7 Federal courts have also recognized prosecutorial discretion and with respect to deferred action in particular, discussed its reviewability 윈도우 7 언어 팩 다운로드.8

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DACA Update and Things to Come?

Earlier this week, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) published its updated performance statistics for the Deferred Action for Early Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  The data is published through June 2014 and therefore covers almost a solid two years of data since DACA applications first could be filed in August 2012.  The performance data can be reviewed in its entirety here:

USCIS DACA Stats through to mid year 2014 다운로드.

Of some note, the data reflects that nearly 581,000 DACA approvals have been issued since August 2012.  Nearly 24,000 DACA denials have been issued during the same time period 윈도우10 익스플로러 11 다운로드.

While 581,000 may seem like a fairly large number indicating a successful program, this number actually falls significantly short of the nearly 937,000 immediately eligible individuals estimated at the announcement of the program in July 2012.  See the below analysis by Rob Paral prepared for the American Immigration Council / Immigration Policy Center 다운로드.

 7.31.2012 IPC Article on Who and Where the Dreamer DA Cases Are

In the meantime, The Hill newspaper reported yesterday that Obama is facing extreme pressure from immigration reform groups to move forward on an expanded prosecutorial discretion program – one which would benefit a much broader class of individuals.  Of course, the President is also facing fierce push back from the Republicans on the right X force 2014 download.

The Hill article quotes our own Professor Legomsky of Washington University School of Law who is back on the faculty after serving two years as Chief Counsel to USCIS then director, Mayorkas.  As Chief Counsel, Professor Legomsky was truly in the USCIS inner circle and had a significant hand in guiding the formulation of the USCIS Policy Memorandum that eventually resulted in the DACA program 다운로드.

The Hill article can be downloaded here:

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To understand the current debate over any expanded executive action which may or may not occur this year, it is very important to realize that what is being considered is purely an exercise of the President’s discretion to decide where and where not to expend the very limited resources appropriated by the Congress to enforce the immigration law 다운로드.

By the way, this discretion is actually a well established constitutionally protected prerogative of the Executive branch of the federal government rooted in the separation of powers doctrine 다운로드. On many past occasions, the Supreme Court has explained that if the Executive did not have the power of prosecutorial discretion, the Congress would be too easily enabled to move from writing the law into meddling with the enforcement of the law.  The constitution unequivocally delegates the power to write laws to Congress but the power to execute the law to the Executive 구글 지도 앱.

Since it is well established that there are in excess of 11 million undocumented individuals currently in the United States and the Congress only appropriates each year enough money to remove approximately 400,000 people a year (including removals of new arrivals at the boarder, not just folks already living in the interior United States), the President is left with no option but to prioritize where and how removal resources should be expended 다운로드.

Importantly, this reality we find ourselves in is entirely of the Congress’ own creation by its complete failure to address comprehensive immigration reform, the blind insistence by some Congressional members that immigration law be enforced to the maximum extent possible all coupled with the Congress’ refusal to budget anywhere near the money necessary to do so.  It’s a classic example the child stomping his feet and demanding to have all the goodies but not wanting to pay for them 다운로드.

Consequently, the President is left to a triage approach to immigration enforcement.  Under these conditions, it is simply common sense that the President must prioritize enforcement and focus the very limited enforcement resources available to him on the folks who pose the gravest threat to our communities such as those convicted of violent felony crimes.  Meanwhile, the undocumented immigrants technically subject to removal but who work, pay taxes, go to church, raise their children, cook our food, clean our houses, mow our yards (i.e. the VAST MAJORITY of the undocumented immigrants in our communities) will certainly end up being given a pass. Same old rule applies Congress, you get what you pay for.

The upshot to all this is that our communities will actually be better for it.

Stay tuned, Autumn will be interesting even after the elections.