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Irene Vaisman

Irene Vaisman’s Legal Guides

9 total

  • The Senate Passes Comprehensive Immigration Reform Legislation

    Yesterday June 27, 2013, the Senate took a momentous step forward with a vote of 68-32 in favor of final passage of S. 744, the "Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act." The comprehensive immigration reform legislation (S. 744) passed by a vote o...

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  • Defense of Marriage Act Struck Down, but Challenges Still Exist

    Yesterday, June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court affirmed that there is no constitutional reason for the federal government to discriminate against married couples on account of their sexual orientation. The Justices struck down section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which d...

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  • The United States Supreme Court Strikes Down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)

    The U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling today by striking down the Defense of Marriage Act's (DOMA) provision prohibiting the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages as unconstitutional. This decision is a major advancement in the LGBT fight for equality to...

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  • VAWA victory!

    Earlier today (2/28/13) the House of Representatives passed, with broad bipartisan support, Senate bill 47, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act. First, the House had to vote down the bad House substitute bill, which they did on a vote of 257 ayes to 166 nays before mov...

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  • In the News – Comprehensive Immigration Reform

    The announcements of this week made millions of people, their families and legal representatives very happy and hopeful. After all, it is the closest we came to meaningfully discuss the Comprehensive Immigration reform since 2007. So what actually happened and what does it mean?...

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  • ICE Releases Hundreds from Immigration Detention

    Federal immigration officials have released hundreds of detainees from detention centers around the country in recent days in a highly unusual effort to save money as automatic budget cuts loom in Washington. The government has not dropped the deportation cases against the immigr...

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  • Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver

    On April 1, 2012, US Citizenship and Immigration Services proposed a new rule for the processing of waivers for people who are spouses, parents and children of United States citizens. Until the end of 2012, many public comments were taken and on January 2, 2013, the final rule w...

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  • Prosecutorial Discretion: An Analysis of the Morton Memorandum and Secretary Napolitano’s Announceme

    On August 18, 2011, the Obama Administration and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the creation of a deportation tier system. This system of review, named prosecutorial discretion, means that the government will begin accepting applications to stop deportations of ...

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    On December 12, 2011, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a unanimous decision in Judulang v. Holder, overturning the Board of Immigration Appeals (Board or BIA) policy of restricting 212(c) relief for many lawful permanent residents (LPRs) with old criminal convictio...

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