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Timothy Cretsinger Memorial

We are saddened by the sudden passing of our friend and colleague Timothy Cretsinger. A tireless advocate for our clients, he worked in all areas of law but was passionate about assisting our immigration cases and practiced from our offices in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

“Crime of Violence” is Unconstitutionally Vague

The U.S. Supreme Court declared a clause in federal law, requiring the deportation of immigrants convicted of a “crime of violence,” unconstitutionally vague. Read More at NPR.org Read the full opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court here.

Voluntary Departure: When the Consequences of Failing to Depart Should and Should Not Apply

From the American Immigration Council: This Practice Advisory addresses when the voluntary departure period runs and the events that cause automatic termination of a voluntary departure order; the serious consequences that result from failing to depart; and when these consequences do not apply.

Index of Approved Spanish Michigan Court Forms

Translated court forms do not replace the use of the English versions. Michigan Court Rules and Michigan Trial Court Case File Management Standards require that all pleadings and other documents be in the English language.

National Immigrant Justice Center Response to RFI from ICE

Original Press Release found on ImmigrantJustice.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Tara Tidwell Cullen, NIJC, (312) 660-1337, ttidwellcullen@heartlandalliance.org U.S. Government Issues RFI for New Immigration Detention Facilities; Advocates Respond with Information about Escalating Due Process and Civil Rights Violations WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 26, 2017) – As U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) seeks new sites for immigration detention …

Could Immigration Officals Be Looking at Your Social Media?

Social Media, Criminalization, and Immigration via National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) uses social media accounts, such as Facebook and Twitter, in immigration enforcement.1 Information shared on social media could be used against a person to arrest you, detain you, put you in fast-track deportation or regular deportation …

Memorandum on Rescission Of Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Originally on Homeland Security’s website: Release Date: September 5, 2017 MEMORANDUM FOR: James W. McCament Acting Director U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Thomas D. Homan Acting Director U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Kevin K. McAleenan Acting Commissioner U.S. Customs and Border Protection Joseph B. Maher Acting General Counsel Ambassador James D. Nealon Assistant Secretary, International …

Governor Signs Law Limiting Illinois Police On Immigration

Originally from ABC News: “Illinois will limit how local and state police can cooperate with federal immigration authorities under a plan signed into law Monday by Gov. Bruce Rauner, a move that puts the first-term Republican at odds with his party on immigration issues. The narrow measure prohibits police from searching, arresting or detaining someone solely …

Updates to current USCIS forms for 2017

There have been recent updates to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services forms below.

Rescission of Memorandum Providing for Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (“DAPA”)

Source On June 15, Department of Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly, after consulting with the Attorney General, signed a memorandum rescinding the November 20, 2014 memorandum that created the program known as Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (“DAPA”) because there is no credible path forward to litigate the currently …