May 22, 2018

Hablamos Espanol? Welcome to Removal Proceedings!

I saw, with a real sense of disgust, the videos that have circulated recently on the internet. First, I saw the video of the attorney, who […]
May 10, 2018
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We Are Simply Losing Our Humanity

I was seven or eight years old, fleeing, on foot, from civil war. The best elementary school my parents could afford was in the middle between […]
April 17, 2018
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Sessions v. Dimaya: Relief at Last

Today, the Supreme Court ruled in Sessions v. Dimaya, that the crime of violence statute allowing removal of aggravated felons unconstitutional. This will have grave consequences […]
March 29, 2018
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Let Our Experience in Removal Defense Defend You

Removal defense threatens your American Dream.I have recently met with many families with family members detained by ICE. The story goes like this: my husband, son, […]
March 19, 2018
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American Dream Law Office Wins Adjustment Case for An Asylee Accused of Misrepresentation

In a case that proves that the only effective thing to do against the current administration is to fight, our office has won a case for a […]
March 3, 2018
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Did Melania Trump Deserve the Einstein Visa?

There are multiple news stories discussing Melania Trump’s immigration history, and whether the First Lady deserved the EB-1 visa under which she received her permanent residence. In […]
February 28, 2018
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Case Note: Jennings v. Rodriguez

Yesterday, the legal community, and immigration advocates especially, were shocked by the Supreme Court’s decision in Jennings v. Rodriguez. The Supreme Court ruled that arriving aliens […]
February 10, 2018
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Free Consultations to DACA Recipients. The Dream Is ALWAYS ALIVE!

We are offering free phone consultations to DACA recipients. The offer is open to the first 50 DACA recipients who schedule a phone consultation before 3/1/18. […]
January 25, 2018
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Board of Immigration Appeals Issues Decision on Particular Social Groups

The Board issued a new decision regarding “particular social group”. The Board ruled that an asylum applicant must delineate a “particular social group” before the immigration […]
January 21, 2018
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#GovernmentShutdown Affecting Your #AmericanDream?

So now that we are in the midst of a #governmentshutdown, you may be wondering what will happen to your pending case before #USCIS. You might […]
January 17, 2018
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American Dream Law Office Wins Asylum Case Despite Changed Country Conditions

One of the most gratifying wins of my career happened this week. I received a call from a client whose interview took place last month at […]
January 10, 2018
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DACA Ruling Deals Another Blow to the Administration

Late last night, a federal judge in the Northern District of dealt yet another loss to the Administration. This time it was Deferred Action for Childhood […]
January 1, 2018
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Four DACA Alternatives You May Not Know About!!

The deadline for extending Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is fast approaching. There appears to be bipartisan support for renewing the program, and perhaps making […]
December 21, 2017
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5 Things to Say to the Alien Among Us!

This week, one of the most discussed stories was one letting us know that we are not alone in the world. A secret CIA program had […]
December 5, 2017
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No! The Supreme Court Did Not Uphold the Travel Ban!

I read a headline yesterday saying that the Supreme Court of the United States upheld the Administration’s travel ban. I also head that Attorney General Sessions […]
November 21, 2017
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Can I Sue the US Government for Removing My Country’s TPS Designation?

The Trump Administration has removed the Temporary Protected Status designation from several countries, including Honduras, Nicaragua, and Haiti. I have discussed possible avenues for relief in […]
November 13, 2017

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Attorney Ahmad Yakzan Explains Why He Practices Immigration Law
November 7, 2017
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Diversity Immigrant Visa Program- 5 Things to Know

The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program has been in the news lately. The program was established by Congress in 1990 to bring more diverse immigrants into the […]
November 1, 2017

Mr. President, You Are Wrong.

I had a chance of going back to my country of origin a couple of months ago. I usually visit family and meet with clients and […]
October 12, 2017

The Long Road to the American Dream: Getting permanent residence in immigration court

Receiving permanent residence can be long and difficult; winning permanent residence in immigration court could be extremely hard. This week,  a long hard fought battle ended […]
July 14, 2017
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I Told You So!! Judge Limits Trump’s Travel Ban, Again!

I Told You So!! Judge Limits Trump’s Travel Ban, Again! I wrote a post when the Supreme Court ruled on Trump’s travel ban arguing that the […]
July 14, 2017

I Told You So!! Judge Limits Trump's Travel Ban, Again!

I wrote a post when the Supreme Court ruled on Trump’s travel ban arguing that the decision was more expansive than the Administration’s interpretation. I also […]
July 12, 2017

New Eleventh Circuit Decision Overrules BIA Decision on Drug Convictions

Lannie Gordon (“Gordon”) is a citizen of Guayana and a lawful permanent resident of the U.S. since 1985. On October 23, 2014, Gordon pled guilty to […]
July 12, 2017
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NEW ELEVENTH CIRCUIT DECISION OVERRULES BIA DECISION ON DRUG CONVICTIONS

NEW ELEVENTH CIRCUIT DECISION OVERRULES BIA DECISION ON DRUG CONVICTIONS Lannie Gordon (“Gordon”) is a citizen of Guayana and a lawful permanent resident of the U.S. […]
July 10, 2017

Got Options? How to Deal with President Trump's Inhumane Stance on Haiti.

I volunteered yesterday at Catholic Charities’ clinic on Haitian Temporary Protected Status (TPS). The Trump Administration decided to extend such protection for six months, ending in […]
July 10, 2017

Got Options? How to Deal with President Trump’s Inhumane Stance on Haiti.

Got Options? How to Deal with President Trump’s Inhumane Stance on Haiti. I volunteered yesterday at Catholic Charities’ clinic on Haitian Temporary Protected Status (TPS). The […]
June 26, 2017

Beware Mr. President: The Supreme Court Did Not Give You a Win!!

I read the Supreme Court’s decision on the travel ban today, and all I have to say is that it is not a win for the President. I […]
June 26, 2017
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Beware Mr. President: The Supreme Court Did Not Give You a Win!!

I read the Supreme Court’s decision on the travel ban today, and all I have to say is that it is not a win for the President. I […]
June 13, 2017
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The Ninth Circuit Made the Right Decision: Now What?

The Ninth Circuit travel ban decision has now dealt another blow to the Executive Order limiting travel from six predominantly Muslim countries. This decision is the […]
June 13, 2017
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Trump Tells the World to Covfefe Itself: What Does Pulling Out of Paris Mean to Refugees ?

Trump Tells the World to Covfefe Itself: What Does Pulling Out of Paris Mean to Refugees? I am watching the President make one of the worst […]
June 13, 2017

The Ninth Circuit Made the Right Decision: Now What?

The Ninth Circuit travel ban decision has now dealt another blow to the Executive Order limiting travel from six predominantly Muslim countries. This decision is the […]
June 1, 2017

Trump Tells the World to Covfefe Itself: What Does Pulling Out of Paris Mean to Refugees ?

I am watching the President make one of the worst decisions that he has ever made; pulling out of the Paris Agreement puts it at bar […]
April 20, 2017
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Attorney Ahmad Yakzan Appears on WTSP Action 10 News

Attorney Ahmad Yakzan Appears on WTSP Action 10 News Attorney Ahmad Yakzan appeared on WTSP ABC Action News to discuss the President’s new Executive Order on […]
April 20, 2017

Attorney Ahmad Yakzan Appears on WTSP Action 10 News

Attorney Ahmad Yakzan appeared on WTSP ABC Action News to discuss the President’s new Executive Order on H1B visas. Attorney Ahmad Yakzan highlighted the fact that […]
April 10, 2017

Attorney Ahmad Yakzan Appears on Consumer Quarterback Show on 3-29-17

Attorney Ahmad Yakzan appeared on the Consumer Quarterback Show on 3-29-17. Attorney Yakzan spoke about the “wet foot, dry foot” policy of the United States. He […]
April 10, 2017
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Attorney Ahmad Yakzan Appears on Consumer Quarterback Show on 3-29-17

Attorney Ahmad Yakzan Appears on Consumer Quarterback Show on 3-29-17 Attorney Ahmad Yakzan appeared on the Consumer Quarterback Show on 3-29-17. Attorney Yakzan spoke about the […]
March 27, 2017

Attorney General's Statement on Sanctuary Cities Should Worry All Americans

In what I think is another distraction by the Trump Administration, Attorney General Sessions came out today and made a statement about sanctuary cities. The gist […]
March 27, 2017
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Attorney General’s Statement on Sanctuary Cities Should Worry All Americans

In what I think is another distraction by the Trump Administration, Attorney General Sessions came out today and made a statement about sanctuary cities. The gist […]
March 13, 2017

Attorney Ahmad Yakzan Appears on the Consumer Quarterback Show

On March 9, 2017, Attorney Ahmad Yakzan was honored by appearing on the Consumer Quarterback Show. He discussed several immigration related subjects ranging from President Trump’s […]
March 13, 2017

Attorney Ahmad Yakzan Appears on the Consumer Quarterback Show

Attorney Ahmad Yakzan Appears on the Consumer Quarterback Show On March 9, 2017, Attorney Ahmad Yakzan was honored by appearing on the Consumer Quarterback Show. He […]
February 15, 2017

What Should You Do if CBP Asks You to Unlock Your Phone?

There has been a lot of discussions regarding cell phone unlocking at airports These reports mention that CBP is asking US citizens and other individuals to […]
February 9, 2017

Analysis of the Ninth Circuit's Decision on Travel Ban

Well, to start with, judges are people. If you attack them, they subconsciously, will hold it against you. So please have some respect for other branches […]
February 4, 2017

Democracy WINS! Judge Suspends Immigration Executive Order Nationwide

GREAT News!! Last night, a federal judge ordered the immediate suspension of enforcement of the President Trump’s executive order on refugees and immigration. The order is […]
January 30, 2017

In the News: Attorney Ahmad Yakzan Quoted by WTFS Action News 

Yesterday, Attorney Ahmad Yakzan took part in a protest against President Trump’s immigration Executive Order. To view the interview, please click this link.
January 29, 2017

What to do if your country is included in the immigration Executive Order?

As many of you have heard, there is a lot of confusion regarding Mr. Trump’s Executive Order regarding immigration. There are several precautions that you need […]
November 26, 2016

Fidel Castro is Dead, now what?

I was stunned this morning Fromhearing that Fidel Castro’s dead. The relationships between the United States and Cuba nation have been thawing recently. They are election […]
November 15, 2016

Attorney Ahmad Yakzan Participates in Discussion about the Global Refugee Crisis

Attorney Ahmad Yakzan participated in a discussion about the international refugee crisis. The discussion was held at Stetson University College of Law and included experts on […]
November 11, 2016

On this Veterans Day, we thank all who served, including our immigrant veterans 

November 10, 2016
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What does a Trump victory mean for (un)documented immigrants? 

I’m sitting here at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Tampa, FL, still in shock over what happened two nights ago. Now that I have thought about it, […]
October 28, 2016

Attorney Ahmad Yakzan Featured in GEO Magazine in a Story about the American Dream

Attorney Ahmad Yakzan, the founder and the managing attorney of American Dream Law Office PLLC, was featured in a story discussing the American Dream. The story […]
October 27, 2016

When Will They Listen?

Source: AILA Leadership Blog
October 26, 2016

California’s TRUTH Act – Due Process for Immigrants Held in Local Jails

Source: AILA Leadership Blog
October 25, 2016

New Approaches to Refugee Crises in the 21st Century: The Role of the International Community

Source: Migration Policy Ins
October 24, 2016

CLINIC Fellow Profile: Susana Quiroga – Attorney, Immigrant, Daughter, Fellow

Source: Catholic Charities
October 24, 2016

A Needed Wake-Up Call

Source: Catholic Charities
October 24, 2016

Improved U.S.-Cuba Relations Are Creating A Surge Of Cuban Migrants

Source: KOSU
October 21, 2016

Hostile Jurisdictions

U.S. immigration lawyers, members of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), practice in every state in the union and other countries besides. We fight for clients […]
October 20, 2016

Shining a Light on Domestic Violence to Assist Immigrant Victims

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which is intended to shine a light on the human right to be free from violence, ensure that all victims […]
October 19, 2016

Despite Trump's Alienating Rhetoric, Arizona GOP Tries To Woo Latinos

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: This week, Michelle Obama, Chelsea Clinton and Bernie Sanders are paying visits to Arizona. They’re […]
October 19, 2016

Maid in Hong Kong: Protecting Foreign Domestic Workers

Hong Kong’s more than 340,000 foreign domestic workers, who comprise 5 percent of total population in the territory and can be found in one of every […]
October 19, 2016

Immigration to the Heartland: A Profile of Immigrants in the Kansas City Region

You are here Download Fact Sheet The foreign-born population in the Kansas City metropolitan area has grown rapidly over the past quarter-century: from 33,000 in 1990 […]
October 19, 2016

Across A Divide On Immigration, Trump Inspires Hope And Fear In A Changing Nevada

Brent Harger of Washoe County, Nev., says he has always voted, but until this year, he’d never really gotten involved in politics. “I’ve always been told […]
October 17, 2016

Digital Humanitarianism: How Tech Entrepreneurs Are Supporting Refugee Integration

You are here Download Report The 2015–16 period has seen an explosion of social and technological innovation to address the refugee crisis and the massive numbers […]
October 16, 2016

Cooperation on Migration: The Role of the European Union in the Follow-Up to the UN Summit

One month ago, world leaders gathered at the United Nations for a summit to discuss movements of refugees and migrants. This historic gathering, spurred in part by […]
October 14, 2016

Local organizations speak out against locking infants in detention centers

Voicing moral outrage to the federal policy of holding immigrant families in detention became the focus of a creative campaign, Diapers in Detention. Beginning in late […]
October 14, 2016

'We're Not Hypothetical': Immigrants In The U.S. Illegally Speak Out

Jin Park remembers where he was when Donald Trump announced his presidential bid in June, 2015. He was alone in his Harvard dorm room and watching […]
October 12, 2016

Immigrant Veterans in the United States

Approximately 511,000 foreign-born veterans of the U.S. armed forces resided in the United States in 2016, accounting for 3 percent of the 18.8 million veterans nationwide. […]
October 12, 2016

Feds Will Press Criminal Contempt Charges Against Ariz. Sheriff Arpaio

Federal prosecutors will charge Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio with criminal contempt of court for violating a judge’s order to stop immigration patrols that led to […]
October 11, 2016

Jimenez Moreno v. Napolitano: Immigration Detainers Require a Warrant

The interior enforcement agency of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), employs various ways to co-opt state and local law enforcement […]
October 11, 2016

End Family Detention Share Federal Government Must Adopt Own Advisory Committee’s Recommendations and End Family Detention

Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Advisory Committee on Family Residential Centers issued a report in which it unanimously concluded that “detention is generally neither […]
October 10, 2016

Moving Beyond Crisis: Germany’s New Approaches to Integrating Refugees into the Labor Market

You are here Download Report The rapid surge of asylum seekers and other migrants entering Europe during 2015, many with Germany as their prized destination, has […]
October 7, 2016

Sometimes the best strategy is flying under the radar

Immigration advocates and state legislators across the country had their hands full protecting “sanctuary cities” this past legislative term. These cities and local municipalities are known […]
October 7, 2016

All at Sea: The Policy Challenges of Rescue, Interception, and Long-Term Response to Maritime Migration

You are here ISBN  978-0-9831591-6-2 Price – Paperback  Page Length  Publisher  Migration Policy Institute As the world’s refugee and asylum-seeker populations climbed past post-World War II […]
October 6, 2016

Taming the Seas: Safety, Protection, and Attempts to Create Order in Maritime Migration Corridors

Source: Migration Policy Ins
October 6, 2016

Farm to Table: The Role of Immigrants in U.S. Farm Labor in 2016

Daniel Carroll, Federal Program Officer, National Agricultural Workers Survey, Employment and Training Administration, Office of Policy Development and Research, U.S. Department of Labor Tom Hertz, Economist, Rural […]
October 6, 2016

How Do You Manage the Risks of EB-5 Practice?

Author: Guest Blogger on 10/06/2016 Do you remember your Risk Management class in law school? Neither do I. It’s not offered. Yet as lawyers, we have […]
October 5, 2016

Integrating Refugees into Host Country Labor Markets: Challenges and Policy Options

You are here Download Report As countries in Europe and beyond have faced a large influx of refugees and other migrants, the emergency response took immediate […]
October 4, 2016

Borders and Walls: Do Barriers Deter Unauthorized Migration?

In 2015, borders and walls seemed to burst onto the global agenda in the context of migration and halting spontaneous movement. Countries as diverse as Austria, […]
October 4, 2016

Influencing legal trends in domestic violence

CLINIC and our affiliates are always looking for individuals who want to promote the dignity and protect the rights of immigrants. Browse the job and internship board for the latest […]
October 3, 2016

Protection through Mobility: Opening Labor and Study Migration Channels to Refugees

You are here Download Report The limitations of the current refugee protection system have become painfully evident as the number of refugees and displaced persons passed […]
October 3, 2016

Bosnian husband, wife repatriated after more than decade-long immigration fraud probe

CLEVELAND — A former Bosnian Serb military officer and his wife were deported Sept. 30, after being convicted separately for lying to gain immigration benefits in […]
September 30, 2016

The Mediterranean Dimension of the Refugee Crisis: Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities for Cooperation

A discussion on the situation of Syrian refugees, recent developments in the region, and the U.S. humanitarian response, along with reports from recent fact-finding missions to […]
September 30, 2016

A New Era in Refugee Protection and Migration Management? Looking Forward After UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants

World leaders met with significant fanfare in New York in September 2016 for the UN Summit on Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants, with the aim […]
September 30, 2016

Building a Force of Zealous, Creative Refugee and Asylum Advocates

According to UNHCR’s 2015 Global Trends Report, one out of every 122 humans is now either a refugee, internally displaced, or seeking asylum due to wars, […]
September 29, 2016

Immigration: the Facts, the Challenges and the Nonprofit Response

[unable to retrieve full-text content] This past August, CLINIC Director Jeanne Atkinson presented at an event sponsored by SC Ministry Foundation, which gathered nearly 70 community partners. […]
September 28, 2016

13th Annual Immigration Law & Policy Conference

During this online chat, MPI researchers discuss their findings in an MPI brief, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals at the One-Year Mark: A Profile of Currently […]
September 28, 2016

Global Refugee Summits Offer Reasons for Both Disappointment and Hope

World leaders convened two summits in New York last week focusing on multilateral responses to the growing challenge of refugee crises and unmanaged migration flows, which […]
September 28, 2016

A New Era in Refugee Protection and Migration Management? Looking Forward After UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants

World leaders met with significant fanfare in New York earlier in September for the UN Summit on Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants, with the aim […]
September 28, 2016

Protection on the Move: Eritrean Refugee Flows through the Greater Horn of Africa

You are here Download Report Eritrea is the origin of a significant share of the mixed migration flows seen both in the Greater Horn of Africa […]
September 27, 2016

U.S. Meets 2016 Syrian Refugee Admission Goal; Opposition to New Resettlement Mounts

Though the Obama administration’s commitment to admit 10,000 Syrian refugees by the end of September 2016 seemed in doubt, with fewer than 2,000 resettled during the […]
September 27, 2016

CLINIC Fellow Profile: Monica Callahan, where passion and culture meets

Monica Callahan began working with Catholic Immigration Services of Little Rock as a CLINIC Fellow less than a year ago. She did not have much exposure […]
September 26, 2016

No More Diapers in Detention

The beginning of a young lawyer’s career is, naturally, a time of many first experiences. Many of these “firsts” are so nerve-wracking they churn your stomach: […]
September 26, 2016

Will the sunset provisions be extended again?

The Comboni Missionary Sisters, a client of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., is a Catholic religious order based in Richmond, Virginia, whose members minister to […]
September 23, 2016

Resolving Policy Conundrums: Enhancing Humanitarian Protection in Southeast Asia

You are here Download Report Southeast Asia has a complex history of migration within and outside the region, linked to uneven economic development and income disparity, […]
September 23, 2016

Baby Steps Toward Transparency

Author: Victor Nieblas Pradis on 09/23/2016 Last week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) took another small step toward transparency – issuing a Request for Quote […]
September 22, 2016

An Uncertain Future for Somali Refugees in Dadaab

The Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya houses an estimated 263,000 Somali refugees, making it one the world’s largest refugee camps. For more than 20 years, it […]
September 22, 2016

The Evolving Approach to Refugee Protection in Turkey: Assessing the Practical and Political Needs

You are here Download Report Turkey hosts more refugees than any other country in the world, having taken in more than 2.7 million refugees from neighboring […]
September 21, 2016

Opening Minds and Hearts in the Immigration Debate

There are very few issues facing our country today that are more polarizing than immigration. From the White House to your parents’ house, Wall Street to […]
September 21, 2016

The Australia-Cambodia Refugee Relocation Agreement Is Unique, But Does Little to Improve Protection

The refugee relocation agreement between Australia and the Kingdom of Cambodia—which marked its second anniversary in September 2016—is simultaneously one of the most extraordinary yet underwhelming […]
September 21, 2016

U.S. Appeals Court Rejects Class Action Lawsuit Filed By Immigrant Kids

A federal appeals court panel in Seattle has ruled that immigrant children under the threat of deportation may not sue the government for legal representation as […]