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Crackdown on Arrests in North Carolina for Immigration-Related Crimes

By Dysart Willis |

A crackdown on prosecuting North Carolina residents for immigration-related crimes has significantly escalated of late, as more than 200 people were arrested in ICE raids across the state in February and federal criminal prosecutions were initiated against others charged with illegally voting in the state. Hundreds Arrested In February ICE Raids across North Carolina… Read More »

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Our Immigration Law “Wish List” For the New Congress

By Dysart Willis |

There is no question that immigration legal issues are becoming more and more complex and political—now more than ever. As attorneys who regularly help individuals and families address their immigration legal needs, there are a number of ways that the new Congress could change the laws to improve our immigration system—a kind of “wish… Read More »

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In Spite Of Government Shutdown, Arrests & Deportation Proceedings Continue

By Dysart Willis |

According to recent reports, while many immigration courts are ‘whittled to a skeleton staff,” forcing postponements in hundreds of thousands of cases that are already pending, deportations are still moving forward by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, who are now essentially working without pay. Border security, immigration enforcement, and the cases of detained… Read More »

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Administration Expands Ability to Deport Legal Immigrants

By Dysart Willis |

Starting on November 19, the administration’s guidelines for summoning both undocumented and legal immigrants before immigration judges in order to initiate deportation procedures will officially expand, allowing more “foreigners”—even those present in the U.S. legally—to be officially declared illegal. Specifically, according to U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services (USCIS), officials will have more discretion to… Read More »

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North Carolina Man Entrapped At Church for Deportation

By Dysart Willis |

One North Carolina man—Samuel Oliver-Bruno—who was arrested as he left a sanctuary church to meet immigration officials has made news headlines of late. Church members and faith leaders protested his arrest, forming a human wall around the vehicle taking him to detention, and were arrested alongside the man, without incident. It has a number… Read More »

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Department of Homeland Security Expands List of Immigrants Who Could Become Public Charges, Making It More Difficult to Obtain Admission or Permanent Residency

By Dysart Willis |

In mid-December, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued significant proposed changes regarding what qualifies as a “public charge” within immigration rules. In other words, the agency has changed the process by which it determines who is likely to rely on government benefits for support, which will inevitably affect (increase) how many people are… Read More »

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November Elections Bring Important Changes to Criminal Justice & Immigration Issues in North Carolina

By Dysart Willis |

November 6 brought a number of important changes around the country when it comes to civil rights and criminal justice issues, and North Carolina was no exception, as we discuss below: Civil Rights & Criminal Justice Advocate Elected to North Carolina Supreme Court In November, Anita Earls—founder of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice… Read More »

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Valuable Foreign Nationals Here On Temporary Visas Threatened

By Dysart Willis |

According to ABC News reports, the administration’s immigration policies are now interfering with a decade-old program—the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI) program—that has allowed people with critical language or medical skills to join the military and become U.S. citizens. In fact, not only are they hindering the program, but, in some… Read More »

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What Are The H-1B, L1, And Family Immigration Visas?

By Dysart Willis |

When it comes to dealing with immigration issues, the number of travel and work visa categories can get very confusing. Below, we discuss some of the different visas and processes available to you and your family: H-1B Work Visas H-1B Work Visas are non-immigrant visas that allow companies to employ foreign workers in “specialty”… Read More »

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North Carolinians Arrested For Immigration & Voting Crimes As We Get Closer To November Elections

By Dysart Willis |

It seems that, every day, we hear news of the current administration blurring the lines between criminal prosecution and immigration policies, and this seems to be ever more apparent as we get closer and closer to the November elections here in North Carolina and throughout the country. For example, recently, more than a dozen… Read More »

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