Tag: immigration law

Detention is an Issue in State Elections, Not Immigration Court

Oct 10, 2019

In one of his campaign ads, Louisiana gubernatorial candidate Eddie Rispone promises to end sanctuary cities in Louisiana, “end taxpayer benefits for illegal immigrants,” and he says he “supports Pres...

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What Is It Like to Practice Immigration Law in 2019?

Oct 3, 2019

I am asked almost daily what it’s like to be an immigration attorney. Before this administration, immigration law lived in the background. Many people didn’t even think about immigration as a specific...

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Spivey Graduated from Goldman Sachs' 10,000 Small Businesses Program

Aug 28, 2019

Recently, I attended graduation for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. I completed the program a year ago and we got together last week in a graduation ceremony with representativ...

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The Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act Is Not That Fair

Aug 23, 2019

The Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019 sounds like a good thing because Americans like fairness. But measures that want to make sure that fairness extends to those the system already fav...

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Time to Naturalize if You Hope to Vote in 2020

Aug 20, 2019

People eligible to apply for naturalization need to do so now if they hope to vote in the elections in November 2020. Processing times vary from field office to field office, but the New Orleans offic...

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Can We Get Beyond Conversations about Section 1325?

Aug 8, 2019

When Julian Castro introduced the idea of decriminalizing border crossing into the Democratic presidential nominee conversation, it took over. That is in part because it is one of the places where day...

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Visa Applicants Need to Be Careful on Social Media

Jun 12, 2019

If you’re applying for a visa, you can make your immigration lawyer’s life easier and improve your chances of success if you think before you tweet.  Social media is simply a fact of life in ...

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DOJ, Louisiana Courts Agree to Improve Language Access

May 31, 2019

In 2017, the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ) received a complaint that the 24th Judicial District Court based in Gretna failed to provide help with language access including i...

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A Rare Window Will Open to Apply for F2A Visas

May 22, 2019

Recently, Leah Spivey attended a session with Charlie Oppenheim, the Visa Chief for the Department of State at the Federal Bar Immigration Law Conference in Austin, Texas. Oppenheim monitors the ...

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Trump's Immigration Reform More Campaign Document Than Threat

May 17, 2019

On Thursday, President Donald Trump announced what he called a “big, beautiful, bold plan” and a “sweeping modernization of our dysfunctional legal immigration process.” The proposal is an effort...

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