Can I be found guilty of a false claim to U.S. citizenship when my statement was not made to an immigration official?

Do not make a claim to US citizenship if you are not a citizen

I am currently working on a case for a client who applied for a Social Security card claiming that he was a U.S. citizen. He did not realize at the time that his misstatement would have severe immigration consequences. An individual is inadmissible (not permitted into the United States) if they make a misrepresentation of […]

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Rally to End Title 42 Expulsions and Welcome Asylum Seekers With Dignity

There will be an Immigration Rally today at the federal building in San Francisco!  Several immigrants’ rights groups together with Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity will be holding a rally to urge President Biden to end Title 42 at the border.  Title 42 is an obscure provision of a public health law that the Trump […]

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Temporary Protected Status Announced for Ukrainians

Last week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the designation of Ukraine for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months. A country may be designated for TPS when conditions in the country fall into one or more of the three statutory bases for designation: ongoing armed conflict, environmental disasters, or extraordinary and temporary conditions. […]

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If I apply for DACA, will USCIS share my information with immigration enforcement?

It is often troublesome to apply for immigration benefits if you have had contact with any law enforcement agency. It is especially worrisome when applying or renewing DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) because up until the time of the application, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) is perhaps unaware that the applicant is in […]

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Honduran Witness Protection and Its Shortcomings

I am proud to present an article by a guest blogger, Dr. Robert Kirkland. Dr. Robert Kirkland is a retired career army officer who is a security expert in the Americas. He provides expert witness testimony in cases where Mexican and Central American nationals in the United States facing deportation are requesting either asylum or […]

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What is a “skill” for purposes of filling out Form I-944, “declaration of self sufficiency?”

There is a new form that is now required to be submitted with all adjustment of status applications filed in the United States. This form is known by Form I-944 and the title of it is “Declaration of Self Sufficiency.” This form must be submitted with every application where public charge applies. The draconian form […]

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“We Demand the Right to Vote” – 100 years since the 19th Amendment

The Benicia-Vallejo branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will host a free, public Zoom program “We Demand the Right to Vote” – 100 years since the 19th Amendment. Participants may sign in starting at 1:30 pm; the program starts at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020. Individuals may join the Zoom meeting […]

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How to change your name in California, Part One

changing your name

My immigration clients often end up with documents that have different names on them.  They will have a passport with one name and a driver’s license with another.  When it comes time to apply for a green card, they want to change their name to match the name on their driver’s license but USCIS will […]

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