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Senators Announce New Proposed Comprehensive Immigration Reform Law

April 18, 2013

On April 16, 2013, eight U.S. Senators, known as the “Gang of Eight”, introduced a proposed new immigration law that could transform U.S. immigration law as we know it, and provide opportunities for many immigrants.

The proposed law provides that immigrants who entered the United States without permission or who remained after their permission to stay expired will have to register with the government, submit to a background check, and pay a fine and back taxes to be eligible to remain in the U.S. Such undocumented immigrants will be able to obtain a probationary legal status, which will include the ability to live and work legally in the United States.

Undocumented immigrants who have significant criminal records or who are deemed to pose a threat to national security will be ineligible to qualify for the probationary status.

Immigrants who receive probationary status will eventually be allowed to apply for lawful permanent residency (Green Card) after they pass an additional background check, pay taxes, learn English and civics, demonstrate a history of work in the United States, and current employment, although it would take several years to do so.

The proposed law also addresses severely needed reforms to employment-based immigration law, including a much-needed increase on the cap of H-1B visas for highly-skilled workers, the creation of an entry-level workers visa, and exemptions to current quotas for holders of advanced degrees in areas such as science, technology, engineering, and math.

The proposed bill also provides that it is contingent upon increased border security, meaning that certain triggers could be put in place related to securing the border before some other aspects of the proposed law kick in.

There will be much debate during the next several months over the contents of the proposed law, including whether or not it grants “amnesty” to undocumented immigrants. Amnesty has become a political hot-button that is reviled by immigration opponents, although very few really understand what an “amnesty” is. Regardless of one’s view toward immigration reform, or “amnesty” as some call it, what is undeniably certain is that this country’s current immigration system has serious problems, and we are long overdue to fix it. While this proposed new law is not likely the final version we will see, let’s hope it is a major step in the right direction to tackle the immigration issues that so desperately need to be addressed.

Keep in touch with Colorado Springs immigration attorney Josh Deere for the latest news about immigration reform.

Hanes & Bartels attorney Josh Deere is quoted on NBC National News:

October 4, 2012

On the topic of scams that take advantage of immigrants, Josh is quoted as follows:

“It’s pervasive,” says Josh Deere, a Colorado immigration attorney with the firm Hanes Hrbacek & Bartels. “We talk to people almost every day who have at one point or another had contact with or hired these people who are unlicensed.”

 

You can access the article here:

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/08/14/13280541-undocumented-immigrants-are-warned-of-scammers-as-new-obama-policy-takes-effect?lite

Romney Announces that if Elected, He Will Not Revoke Defferred Action Status from DREAMers

October 2, 2012

On August 15, 2012, the government starting taking cases for immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, and who meet certain criteria to qualify for a two-year protection from deportation, as well as possibly a work permit and a driver’s license (depending on the state). While commonly known as DREAM cases, the program is actually called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (D.A.C.A.).

One of the most common questions we have received from our D.A.C.A. clients is what happens if Romney wins the presidential election? Will he revoke our D.A.C.A. status? I have to admit, it’s a great question … and hopefully now we have an answer. Here is the article from U.S.A. Today:

https://myimmigrationhome.wordpress.com/2012/08/06/what-is-deferred-action-and-is-it-the-dream-many-were-hoping-for/

As always, I always take everything a politician says with a grain of salt. But hopefully this is a step in the right direction.

Josh Deere
Immigration Attorney
Hanes & Bartels LLC
102 S. Tejon St., Suite 800
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
jmd@hhbcolorado.com
(719) 260-7900
Español: (719) 433-7571
http://www.colorado-immigration-law.com

DHS Announces Consideration of Same-Sex Couples in Prosecutorial Discretion Cases

October 2, 2012

The Department of Homeland Security announced on September 26, 2012 that it would consider a same-sex couple relationship as evidence of an immigrant’s “ties and contributions to the community, including family relationships” when considering a deportation case for administrative closure. Here is the article from the New York Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/29/us/homeland-security-puts-it-in-writing-on-immigration-policy-and-gay-couples.html?_r=0

To be clear, in a deportation case, the ICE attorney prosecuting the case has the “prosecutorial discretion” to decide whether to continue with deportation, or to close the case and not continue with deportation. In June 2011, the Department of Homeland Security issued a Memo stating that in making those determinations, the government’s attorneys should consider 19 factors, including the immigrant’s “ties and contributions to the community, including family relationships”. Normally in immigration cases, as in most other areas of federal law, partners in a same-sex — including those who are legally married — may not apply for immigration benefits based upon that relationship. This new policy, however, marks what could be the beginning of a significant shift in policy by including same-sex relationships as a positive factor for the immigrant in deportation.

 

by Josh Deere

Immigration Attorney

Hanes & Bartels LLC

102 S. Tejon St., Suite 800

Colorado Springs, CO 80903

jmd@hhbcolorado.com

(719) 260-7900

Español: (719) 433-7571

http://www.colorado-immigration-law.com

Hanes & Bartels Immigration Law Commercial

October 2, 2012

Hanes & Bartels’ immigration law group’s commercial on Univision focusing on Deferred Action (D.A.C.A.) for Dreamer youth.  The new commercial features Josh Deere, our new immigration attorney, Eric Pavri, as well as Tom Hurley and his two paralegals, Jennifer and Maria, who recently merged with our firm:

by Josh Deere

Immigration Attorney

Hanes & Bartels LLC

102 S. Tejon St., Suite 800

Colorado Springs, CO 80903

jmd@hhbcolorado.com

(719) 260-7900

Español: (719) 433-7571

http://www.colorado-immigration-law.com

Attorney Josh Deere Interviewed on Despierta Colorado About Prosecutorial Discretion in Deportation Cases

October 2, 2012

Hanes & Bartels attorney Josh Deere was interviewed on Denver-based Univision about Prosecutorial Discretion in immigration deportation cases:

 

by Josh Deere

Immigration Attorney

Hanes & Bartels LLC

102 S. Tejon St., Suite 800

Colorado Springs, CO 80903

jmd@hhbcolorado.com

(719) 260-7900

Español: (719) 433-7571

http://www.colorado-immigration-law.com

Hanes & Bartels Immigration Commercial

October 2, 2012

This link will take you to our firm’s commercial on Univision:

The commercial ran for several months until we changed it to include our new immigration attorney, Eric Pavri, as well as Tom Hurley and his two paralegals, Jennifer and Maria, who recently merged with our firm.

We have been advertising on Univision ( http://corporate.univision.com/media-kit/kvsn-univision/ ) for almost a year now. They are a great company with great people, and we hope to continue working with them.

by Josh Deere

Immigration Attorney

Hanes & Bartels LLC

102 S. Tejon St., Suite 800

Colorado Springs, CO 80903

jmd@hhbcolorado.com

(719) 260-7900

Español: (719) 433-7571

http://www.colorado-immigration-law.com