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Global Warming and Immigration

The dire news of the severe California drought has got me wondering what the future holds for our state.  Will Californians become refugees in other states?  It may sound farfetched now, but at this rate, we are going to become the next Oklahoma dust bowl or go through the crisis that Sao Paulo is going through.  I ...

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Employment Authorization Will Be Extended To Certain H-4 Dependents

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that, effective May 26, 2015, it will extend employment authorization to H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B visa holders who are seeking lawful permanent residence based on their employment.  The H-1B is a nonimmigrant visa for employees working in a "specialty ...

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Changing the “Us” and “Them” Rhetoric

I have a healthy dose of skepticism towards the corporate mainstream American news. This has developed over the last few years, even before the Brian Williams scandal. I recently read a great Rick Steves op-ed piece called “Tune out cable news and turn away fear.” He writes: “After traveling and lecturing across the ...

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Texas Injunction Temporarily Halts Expansion of DACA

What's happening? A federal judge in Texas issued a temporary injunction Monday that will halt President Obama's executive actions.  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was supposed to begin accepting applications for the expansion of the DACA program starting February 18.  DHS will not begin accepting expanded ...

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Consulate Selection for LGBT Immigrant and Fiancé Visa Applicants

Since the Supreme Court’s decision in Windsor v. U.S. ruling on Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) holding it unconstitutional, many same sex couples have been able to marry and petition their spouses and fiancés. One cause for concern, however, is fear for the safety of the spouse or fiancé when applying for ...