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Maryland Senator, Immigration Activists Push for Immigration Rights

Written by Washington, D.C. immigration attorney April Cockerham Nov. 20, 2013 There’s a hopeful development on the horizon for the immigrant community in Maryland. On Tuesday, State Senator Victor Ramirez (D-MD) introduced the Maryland TRUST Act, a bill which is aimed at limiting local law enforcement’s authority to detain suspected undocumented individuals for 48 hours […]

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US Immigration Service, Immigration Lawyer May Find Temporary Relief for U Visa Applicants

Written by Washington, D.C. immigration attorney April Cockerham November 22, 2013 In a recent stakeholder conference with immigration advocacy organizations, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service’s (USCIS) Vermont Service Center announced that the 10,000 cap on U visa approvals for fiscal year 2014 will be reached earlier than ever before. This will result in […]

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D.C., Maryland Join List of States Issuing Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented Residents

Written by Immigration Attorney April Cockerham Nov. 25, 2013 Even amidst frustration with the federal government’s inability to move forward with comprehensive immigration reform before the end of 2013, the immigrant communities in Maryland and Washington D.C. have recently won a smaller battle. As of January 1, 2013 in Maryland, and May 1, 2013 in […]

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Immigration Attorney Breaks Down House Push for Protected Status of Undocumented Immigrants Affected by Typhoon Haiyan

Written by Immigration Attorney April Cockerham November 27, 2013 In the wake of the profound devastation the Philippines is facing after Typhoon Haiyan, there is growing momentum in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to designate the country with Temporary Protected Status, or TPS. TPS is a type of legal immigration status granted to […]

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USCIS Hits Cap for U Visas

Dec. 18, 2013 USCIS announced last week that it has hit the 10,000 cap for U visa applicants for fiscal year 2013. The fiscal year runs from October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014, so this means the cap was hit in less than three months. The cap has been hit each year since the […]

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Immigration Reform Looking Up in 2014

Jan. 2, 2014 Is Boehner Finally on Board for Immigration Reform in 2014? Though there has been speculation for the past several months that House Speaker John Boehner was ready to embrace some sort of immigration reform, the New York Times reported on New Year’s Day that he may finally be getting serious. In the […]

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