“As an Iranian-born American, my family and I were able to immigrate to the U.S. for safety. With the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the travel ban, families around the world no longer have this option. The travel ban abandons refugees, limits businesses’ ability to recruit employees, and separates families. I spoke out against the Court’s decision because it endorses a discriminatory policy and denigrates our position in the world.” – Navid Dayzad
“When I fled as a child refugee, I was fortunate that my family was not inhumanely detained by ICE or scapegoated as criminals. I was able to attend school and flourish. Today’s child refugees are hardly given a fair start. On CNN, I argued that it is unlawful to imprison these children with their families indefinitely. I was also proud to dispel the myth that immigrants, like me, are criminals.” – Navid Dayzad
On CNN, Navid explains the ongoing immigration crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border. He dismantles the false narrative that all families arriving at the U.S. border are doing so illegally. Instead, these individuals are fleeing violence in their home countries and are lawfully seeking asylum in the U.S. Yet, due to a Trump administration immigration policy change, border agents are tearing families apart, separating children from their parents.
In just the past month, border agents have separated 2000 children from their families. As if this separation were not traumatic enough, the government has failed to properly track these children and reunify them with their families. Children have experienced physical and mental abuse in the government facilities and, in some cases, have been released to non-custodial adults who traffic the children for labor.
As more information about this human rights catastrophe has emerged, public outrage has increased. We are a nation of immigrants who should be welcoming those who flee violence and who lawfully ask for our help. Navid’s own personal experience drives his empathy, but he reminds us that many of us need only look back a generation or two to our own immigration story to understand the struggle these individuals experience today. From asylum-seekers, to foreign-national employees working in the U.S., to families seeking reunification with their U.S. citizen relatives, the common thread among these individuals is the hope for a better life and opportunity to realize the American Dream. This is why we will continue to defend the rights of all immigrants, no matter what changes the Trump administration throws our way.
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As many of our clients already know, USCIS has been experiencing significant backlogs in adjudicating many types of applications. However, the I-751 Removal of Conditions petitions are among the slowest to be processed. Conditional permanent residents rely on the receipt notice as proof of legal status to work and re-enter the United States.
In an effort to ameliorate these slow processing times, the government will now issue receipts with an 18-month validity as opposed to the previous 12-month validity. For those applications that are already pending as of June 11, 2018, the government will issue new receipt notices valid for 18 months. Those individuals who have currently pending I-751 petitions should expect an updated receipt notice in the next several weeks. If your current receipt notice is expiring you still may need to obtain an I-551 stamp in the interim.
We wish a happy Pride to all of our clients and friends of the firm! As Pride month kicks off, we are thrilled to honor our clients and reflect on the immigration victories that have been accomplished over the last few years. This past year we have had the privilege to see some of our very first beneficiaries of the federal legalization of gay marriage obtain not only their permanent green cards—but now their U.S. citizenship. Such progress would not have been possible just three years ago. Nothing brings us more satisfaction than keeping families and loved ones together. While there is currently an estimated 267,000 undocumented LGBT individuals in the US, we are committed to making their rights to live and love our priority. This month (and every month), we are excited to join them in celebrating these rights and remembering that Love Always Wins!