Avert the USCIS Budget Crisis but make USCIS Accountable

Before I get into the specifics of this blog, it is important to explain the function and funding of USCIS. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the governmental agency that handles applications for permanent residence based on family or employer petitions, handles non-immigrant matters for students, temporary workers, religious personnel, issues work permits and adjudicates Read More

Office Reopening, USCIS reopening and Black Lives Matter

We hope that you are well. Natalie and I are well and have been working remotely. As of June 4th, we will reopen our physical offices but request that you make an appointment or call before coming to the office.  As always you can contact us by phone or email, and we can arrange virtual appointments. Please let us know how we can help during these difficult times. In the midst of the Pandemic and feeling the Read More

Don’t let the virus silence your voice – How to Vote Carefully in the time of Covid-19

Register or Verify your Voter’s Registration and Sign up for Vote by Mail. Also Check your Signature so that your vote is counted and Track Your Ballot. In June of 2018, I wrote a blog entitled “Voting is a right of U.S. Citizens as Well as a Responsibility”. It can be found here. I bring this up again because of the importance of voting in these unsettling times. We need to be prepared in the event we do not Read More

Our Survival Infra-Structure is staffed by Immigrants

In February, I wrote a blog – No Farmers, No Food. No Immigrants, No Farmers – that discussed the importance of Immigrants to American’s getting feed.  A client of mine who is a real estate developer wrote and said I had forgotten to discuss the importance of  immigrants to the construction industry. I thanked him for an idea for a future blog which will be written in due time but when I received an email from Read More

We are all in this together

We are all in this together, we always have been but the behavior of some has often not reflected this fact of life. Our current health care crisis has taught this lesson to some.  Previously, few were concerned about whether or not food service workers were paid sick leave.  We all know that if sick pay is not available, people will come to work sick, infecting other workers and the customers. Now many Read More

No Farmers, No Food. No Immigrants, No Farmers.

A farmer friend of mine has a bumper sticker on her truck that says, “No Farmers, No Food.” This came to mind last night when I saw the first episode of a new min-series on MSNBC entitled “What’s Eating America” with Chef and activist Andrew Zimmem. Episode 1 is titled “Who’s Feeding America” Watching this made me understand better than ever that whether we are talking about row crop workers, winery workers, dairy Read More

Traveler Redress Inquiry Program (DHS TRIP) – A little known resolution procedure

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Traveler Redress Inquiry Program (TRIP) is a procedure to allow persons who have experienced difficulties during their travel screening at airports or crossing U.S. land borders to address the issues and prevent future problems upon entry. Homeland Security says this program is part of an effort by the departments of State and Homeland Security to welcome legitimate travelers Read More

“Citizenship Delayed: Civil and Voting Rights Implications of the Backlog in Citizenship and Naturalization Applications”

U.S. law has established an advisory committee in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia to advise the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights of civil rights issues in their states. The state commissions are asked to advise the Commission of any alleged deprivation of voting rights and discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin or in the administration of justice.  In Read More

Changes in Attitudes About Immigrants

Having practiced immigration law for more than 25 years, I was interested in a recent study done by the Pew Research Institute. When I first started handling immigration matters, immigration was, from my perspective, rarely discussed. But over the last few years, I have had people (citizens whose families had been in the U.S. for generations) come up to me in the grocery store or at meetings and thank me for the work Read More

The Upper Keys League of Women Voters and the Upper Keys Business and Professional Women Invite You to Join Us in Celebrating the Constitution

The Upper Keys League of Women Voters and the Upper Keys Business and Professional Women invite you to join us in Celebrating the Constitution on September 16th from 6 -9 PM at the Murray Nelson Government and Cultural Center. The Keynote speaker will be our U.S. House Representative Debbie Mucarsel-Powell. At the event, the winners of a student essay contest will be presented. Our middle and high school students Read More