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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Even the Camels Celebrated Hispanic Culture in St. Louis! (September 26-28, 2014).


Joe Camel says: "Ay Caramba!"

Joe Camel says: “Ay Caramba!”

The staff at US Legal Solutions always appreciates the chance to spend a weekend celebrating Hispanic and Latino culture in St 다운로드. Louis.  This year’s Hispanic Festival was held in the historic Soulard Market neighborhood.  There were many different cuisines to enjoy reflecting nearly every country of Latin America as well as music, artisan crafts and, of course, the margaritas and Coronas!  Our staff had the opportunity to speak with many visitors to our tent and answer quest ions related to Differed Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), hope for expanded administrative relief for immigrants and other legal matters impacting our immigrant community windows 지원 소프트웨어. For the kiddies, there were horse and camel rides.  Seems like even Joe Camel agreed–Viva la vida Latina!

The Hispanic Festival in St 크리스마스 카드 다운로드. Louis is sponsored every year by Hispanic Festival, Inc.  More information about other events sponsored by Hispanic Festival, Inc 다운로드. as well as future events can be found by clicking here 다운로드.

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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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Not Just Children at Risk on our Southern Border!-UPDATED


August 28, 2013:  The eyewitness accounts continue to come in from Artesia.  Click here to see a video update from Laura Lichter (former AILA National President and others) about what is happening 다운로드. Additional video accounts can be seen here 타블렛 다운로드.


statue_of_liberty_with_extract_of_poem_by_emma_lazarus_fixedIn the past two months, many of my professional colleagues and fellow members of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) have chosen to give up time from their practices and families to travel to Artesia, New Mexico.  Many for more than a week at a time 다운로드. However, Artesia is not the latest resort city slated to host an AILA conference and golf outing!  They have chosen to travel to Artesia to provide pro bono representation to women and children, including infants, and to assure that, minimally, the government provides a fair credible fear hearing to those fleeing violence and likely death in their home countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras mc 스퀘어.

While, these women, children and infant detainees are legally entitled to this hearing process, they are are not entitled to an attorney at the government’s expense.  Consequently, without volunteer legal representation, these individuals are left to explain to the government why they qualify as refugees according to a legal definition they can’t read contained in a statute they don’t know exists in an environment that may has well be Mars to them.  Not only the children themselves are at risk on our border.  Our nation’s own commitment to due process equally hangs in the balance 다운로드.

The threat to our basic national values is not theoretical, it is real and in practice.  Consider some of the examples shared from my colleagues:

  • Bond determination hearings in cases where the detained person has an attorney lasting an hour and half or more 다운로드. (Typical bond determination hearings in Immigration Court last less than 30 minutes).
  • Only two bonds granted in cases represented by pro bono attorneys and no bond less than $25,000.  One additional bond granted in a case represented by a private attorney.  The vast majority of detainees are simply denied bonds altogether.  (The minimum Bond permitted under the Immigration and Nationality Act is $1500 and, even in cases where the person in removal proceedings may have minor convictions, an average bond before the Kansas City Immigration Court is $5000 to $7500) 철권 4 다운로드. Of course, there is no such thing as bond agents or “10% cash allowed.”
  • Attorneys in cases where the detainee is represented, are generally not allowed to participate in the hearing in any meaningful manner other than to take notes.  (The USCIS Adjudicator’s Field Manual clearly details the role of the attorney to specifically permit the attorney to ask clarifying questions and to participate in creating a clear and complete record) 포토샵 한글판 무료 다운로드.
  • AILA attorneys are routinely harassed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents for so much as attempting to access public legal reference materials and conducting detailed interviews of their detainee clients 이엑스아이디 핫핑크 다운로드.

And the list of due process complaints goes on and one.  One can only shudder to think of what happens to the unrepresented detainees 다운로드.

Accordingly, several non-profit groups, including the American Immigration Council, filed suit on August 22, 2014 in the Federal District Court for the District of Colombia bringing to light this attack on due process and abject failure of our immigration system to live up to the expectations of our American values.  The suit filed last week and can be read in its entirety by clicking below.

If you are interested in supporting the work of the attorneys providing pro bono representation to detainees in Artesia, New Mexico, please contact our office by clicking here and indicate your desire.  We will promptly follow up to get you in direct contact with them!

Download and read the entire law suit here: M.S.P.C. et al. v. Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security















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.

US Legal Solutions is on Facebook!


Please “Like” us and “Follow” our Facebook page: US Legal Solutions, LLC.  Then “Share” the US Legal Solutions, LLC page with all your friends 다운로드!

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Immigrants, Immigration Courts and Chicken Littles–all by the Numbers!


Many folks have passionate opinions about our immigration system and how to fix it.  Usually these opinions flow from what people believe about our immigrant new Americans and how the immigration and enforcement process in this country functions or fails to function.  As in any debate, however, the old adage holds firmly true:  “Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but they are not entitled to their own facts”.  So, the facts (and in this case, the hard numbers) really do matter 다운로드.

And that’s where the University of Syracuse comes in.  The University provides a great public service which is completely free (donations welcome of course) that is invaluable to ensuring an intelligent and productive immigration debate.  The service is called the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) and is a free public repository of seemingly endless government data, often obtained through the Freedom of Information Act 다운로드. The data pertains to a wide variety of topics, is published online and is easily accessed by the public.  You can find the TRAC database by clicking here 탭 소닉 크랙 판 다운로드.

One of the most interesting “reality checks” that emerges by sifting through this data can be gleaned using a particular data set tool on the TRAC site which can be found here 윈도우 소프트웨어 다운로드. This particular tool analyzes data related to immigrant children in removal proceedings; by state, by whether the child in proceedings has legal counsel and by whether they actually show up for their court cases ios 8.4. Any person in removal proceedings (in this case a minor) who does not appear before the court as scheduled is usually ordered removed from the county in abstensia (in the person’s absence).  Thus, in abstensia orders of removal serve as a near perfect proxy for failures to appear 아이폰 노래 다운로드.

Now, consider the heated rhetoric of many elected politicians shrieking that the unaccompanied minors pouring over the border, if not immediately returned home, would simply disappear into the US population and never bother to appear in immigration court as ordered.  Some Chicken Little politicians have publicly warned that as many as 90% of all unaccompanied minors in removal proceedings currently fail to appear.  This argument might seem like common sense–surely the sky must really be falling.  But again, one is entitled to their opinions, but not their own facts.  And the facts, or in this case the numbers, just don’t support the Chicken Littles 최적화 프로그램 다운로드.

Back to TRAC.  By utilizing the tools linked above, one can easily examine the following data sets:

2005 to present: Number of minors in removal proceedings unrepresented (pro se) whose cases were closed by an in abstensia order of removal (i.e 포켓몬 다운로드. they failed to appear for their court case):  29% failed to appear, over 70% appeared.

Juveniles – Immigration Court Deportation Proceedings — all states-pro se

2005 to present: Number of minors in removal proceedings with legal counsel whose cases were closed by an in abstensia order of removal (i.e 다운로드. they failed to appear for their court case even though they had a lawyer):  4.5% failed to appear, over 95% appeared.

Juveniles – Immigration Court Deportation Proceedings–all states–with counsel

Being from the generation who grew up watching Bugs Bunny on TV, I can’t help hearing the famous rabbit TV star’s words ring in my head:  “what’s all the hubbub, bub?”

Funny thing about facts–sometimes they just won’t get with the agenda 모털엔진! And in this case, the facts show that an enormously high percentage of minors in removal proceedings really do show up for court.  Fair enough, nearly 30% who aren’t fortunate enough to afford a lawyer don’t go to their court date and overall slightly more than 18% don’t show up. (Set aside for the moment what this might say about the inequity of being in removal proceedings without counsel–save that for another post!) But 90% no show–no way! Myth busted!

For now, our nation’s collective conscience is fixated on the racial inequities that have been exposed by Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri–and rightfully so.  However, sooner than we may realize, our collective focus and, hopefully the Administration’s as well, will again shift to the other great human rights calamity challenging our nation–our broken immigration system.  When attentions shift back, you can bet the fever pitched Chicken Little rhetoric prophesying the sky’s fall will crescendo.  When it does, best to take a breath, look at the numbers and separate rhetoric from reality.

We certainly will! Stay tuned!



The American Immigration Council (AIC) recently released its report titled: Unauthorized Immigrants Today: A Demographic Profile 다운로드.

Too often participants in the immigration debate hold strong opinions based on a completely inaccurate understanding of who the folks are who make up the population of undocumented immigrants in this country.  In fact, of particular note, the AIC’s recent report points out:

Three-fifths of unauthorized immigrants have been in the United States for more than a decade 소니 노트북 드라이버 다운로드. According to estimates from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), 41 percent of unauthorized immigrants in the United States as of 2012 had arrived in the United States during the 1990s, and another 18 percent during the 1980s 속초시 지도 다운로드. 42 percent of unauthorized immigrants had arrived in the United States between 2000 and 2011. (Report, page 2).

Nearly half of adult unauthorized immigrants live in households with children under the age of 18 soundwire. According to Pew, 46 percent of unauthorized immigrant adults had minor children in 2010. In comparison, 38 percent of legal immigrants (including naturalized U.S 코넬식 노트 다운로드. citizens) and 29 percent of U.S. natives had minor children. (Report, page 4).

Roughly 4.5 million native-born U.S.-citizen children have at least one unauthorized parent 트립컴퓨터 다운로드. Pew estimates that unauthorized immigrants already in the United States had approximately 5.5 million children in 2010. Roughly 1 million of those children were themselves unauthorized immigrants, while the remaining 4.5 million were native-born U.S bve 1호선 다운로드. citizens. (Report, page 4).

The AIC report helps remind us that “The truth     r스튜디오 32비트.     .     .      is that unauthorized immigrants include adults and children, mothers and fathers, homeowners and people of faith, most of whom are invested in their communities” 제너레이션 킬 다운로드.

This report is well worth reading and sharing with others.  Read the entire Report by clicking below 다운로드.

Unauthorized Immigrants Today_ A Demographic Profile _ Immigration Policy Center

or view the report directly on AIC’s site with with all addition hyper-linked resources by clicking here.