Comment: States v. Federal Immigration Battles
Time Magazine published an article predicting the states will continue to find themselves at odds with federal immigration policy in the coming months and years. As Matthew Kolken noted in his blog late last week, this trend has already begun in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision in the Arizona SB 1070 case and this article suggests this trend is likely to gain steam. State and local governments are, for example, passing ordinances that are not directly contradictory to federal policy, but certainly not consistent with it either. The article quotes a professor who suggests that such ordinances are not pre-empted. The question then becomes how the federal government will handle this - will they pursue remedies in the courts, even if they are likely to fail? Will they simply cut off federal funds? Will they do something entirely different, or even nothing at all? Share your thoughts with us at and read the full article here.

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Focus: Family Immigration For Experts

Tuesday, July 17 is the deadline to sign up for the Thursday, July 19 phone session of "Family Immigration For Experts " Robert Frank, Ronald Rex Velasquez, and Other Speakers to be Announced. The curriculum is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on July 19: Marriage

  • Prior marriages and prior applications
  • Issues if there is prior removal/deportation proceedings
  • What was basis of divorce?
  • Should they get married or come as a fiancé
  • Pitfalls what to watch out for
  • What if they are not living together?
  • What about the I-751, getting the denial reviewed, filing a second I-751
    • Ethical problems representing husband and wife
    • Challenging a fraud finding
    • Consequences of the Adam Walsh Act

SECOND Phone Session on August 9: Non-Spouse Relative

  • Children and stepchildren
  • Marriage of the unmarried child
  • Illegitimate children/ Proving the relationship
    • Adopted children
    • Death of Petitioner
  • Bringing the family from abroad initial processing or following to join

THIRD Phone Session on September 6: Bars to Admissibility

  • Criminal Issues:
    • Effect of aggravated felony conviction
    • What is a crime involving moral turptidue
  • Disclosure of conviction, effect of expungement
  • What about drug convictions, Where do you live
  • Obtaining a 212(h) waiver
  • Non-Criminal Grounds of Inadmissibility
  • Waiver of Non-Criminal Grounds of Inadmissibility
  • Other problems:
    • False SS#
    • Passport shows entry in home country while in US
Tuesday, July 17 is the deadline to sign up. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: Online:

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