Thursday, November 20, 2014

Client Advisory about President Obama's Executive Action

We would like to provide information to our clients and potential clients about President Obama's announcement today, providing new opportunities and benefits to many people currently in the United States.

On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced several changes to U.S. immigration policy.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will be granting a temporary form of
immigration protection called “deferred action” to individuals who meet certain requirements. Under this executive action, individuals who meet the following criteria may be eligible:
  • Undocumented individuals who have lived continuously in the United States since January 1, 2010 and who are parents of U.S. citizen or permanent resident children;
  • Undocumented individuals who arrived to the United States before the age of 16 and who have lived continuously in the U.S. since January 1, 2010 and who meet other requirements.

There are other requirements that will also need to be met.  There is more information available on the DHS website.

What is Deferred Action? 

Deferred action essentially means that the government knows an individual is in the country without permission but will not try to deport them. It allows the person to apply for a work permit and be free from the fear of deportation. Deferred action is not permanent status and will not, in itself, allow someone to become a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

How Can I Apply? 

YOU CANNOT APPLY YET FOR THE NEW PROGRAMS. The application period will NOT open for several months.  We urge potential applicants to be very cautious, as these types of announcements have generated opportunities for scams in the past.

Should I Apply for this Program if I Qualify? 

This is a decision that you will have to make, but we urge you to make that decision only after you consult with an attorney specializing in immigration who can explain your options and the risks in your individual case.

How Can I Get More Information?
Karol Brown and World One Law Group will be providing events around Washington State to provide additional information, and personalized assistance.  We will also be scheduling consultations with potential applicants to review your qualifications and to provide information on the documents you will need to gather.

Please continue to check our website at karolbrown.com for more information, dates, and times.  If you would like to host a free presentation about these new developments, please contact our office at 425-519-3617 or email us at info@karolbrown.com.

Is There Anything I Can Do Now if I May Qualify? 

There are several steps you can take right now to prepare for this application process:

  • Start collecting documentation showing that you meet the requirements and that you have been living in the U.S. since January 1, 2010.  However, do NOT submit anything to the government until you get a legal consultation and the application period is open.
  • If you have had any problems with the police or the courts, you may also want to collect any documents you can about those cases or request these documents from the police department or court involved;
  • You may want to begin saving money to pay for application fees and other costs;
  • Stay informed and beware of scams;
  • You should not travel outside the U.S., as this may make you ineligible for the programs.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Representative Steve King Comments Follow Up With Certain Position Removal

Representative (Rep. of Iowa) Steve King has always urged the public not to sympathize with Dreamers or undocumented immigrants who entered the U.S. as children. But last week Rep. Steve King suggested that he has witnessed various undocumented immigrants smuggling drugs across the border during his watch as a border security patrol. These false statements from the Representative has followed up w...ith petitions calling to remove Steve King from a House subcommittee on immigration and has attracted over 100,000 total signatures. Following that, a Credo petition to strip King of his seat on the subcommittee has garnered over 40,000 signatures and a removal of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Border Security that has overpassed 76,000 signatures. As King continues to be processed for removal of certain said positions he continues to claim, "There's no question that my comments were anything but ignorant."

Monday, July 29, 2013

Facts Over Fiction for Public Policies


As he sits in Border Patrol vehicles at night, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) says he sees hundreds of DREAM ACT-eligible drug mules with bulging muscular calves hauling tons of marijuana across the border. But how can he possibly know that these drug mules fit the criteria for legalization under the DREAM ACT. This is one of many reasons that Steve Kings claim is considered an anecdote powered by the fear and innuendo that many individuals like him use to their dispossession on the topic of immigration and crime. Facts that have been gathered within the past 100 years have proven that immigrants are less likely to commit crimes or end up behind bars in comparison to native-born Americans. In-fact high rates of immigration is in no form associated with higher crime rates. Between 1900 and 2010 there was a huge increase of immigrants and a 42 percent to 45 percent decline in the crime rate in violence and property crimes not just nationally, but in major cities with large immigrant population such as San Diego, El Paso, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Miami. If that’s not enough, incarceration rates are lowest for immigrant men among the ages of 18 to 39 years of age both educated and uneducated. While native born incarceration rate were found to be five times higher in comparison. For this reason public policies must be based on facts and not anecdotes or emotions because that is intellectually dishonest. Furthermore it is a fact that the vast majority of immigrants are in fact not criminals.  

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