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DHS Formally Reverses Trump-era “Public Charge” Inadmissibility Policy

By Allison Lofgren, J.D. Class of 2023 In December, as the result of a new Department of Homeland Security rule, non-citizens who apply for a visa, arrive at a port of entry, or apply for adjustment to permanent resident status (a “green card”) will no longer be negatively impacted in immigration “inadmissibility” determinations as aContinue reading “DHS Formally Reverses Trump-era “Public Charge” Inadmissibility Policy”

How Special Immigrant Juvenile Status Should Leave Room for Reunification

By Kelsey Anliker, J.D. Class of 2023 One thing that I found interesting so far in the Immigration Clinic was our discussion of Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS). SIJS was created in the 1990s out of a need to support undocumented immigrant youth in the foster care system.1 Congress made more significant changes to theContinue reading “How Special Immigrant Juvenile Status Should Leave Room for Reunification”

Clinic Students and Attorneys Volunteer at Citizenship Fair

On Saturday, Immigration Clinic students and supervising attorneys volunteered at a Citizenship Fair in Virginia Beach. The Fair was sponsored by Gardner & Mendoza, PC and Tidewater Mortgage Services. At the fair, Clinic students helped green card holders from across Hampton Roads fill out applications for citizenship and gather the evidence necessary to support theirContinue reading “Clinic Students and Attorneys Volunteer at Citizenship Fair”

Naturalization & the Good Moral Charter Requirement for Veterans: Making the Ultimate Sacrifice and Yet Still Barred from Citizenship

By Victoria Nauman, J.D. Class of 2023 Approximately three percent of veterans today are foreign born, a total of roughly 530,000 people of 18.6 million veterans nationwide.1 More than 148,000 members of the U.S. Military have naturalized since 2002, which includes 30,000 service members in the last five years.2 In 2021 alone, over 8,800 serviceContinue reading Naturalization & the Good Moral Charter Requirement for Veterans: Making the Ultimate Sacrifice and Yet Still Barred from Citizenship

Revisiting Immigration Policy as a Win-Win for Noncitizens and the Economy

By Harlin Oh, J.D. Class of 2023 In October, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed the decision of the District Court that the implementation of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in 2012 was illegal. In the decision, the Circuit Court remanded the case back to the lower U.S. District CourtContinue reading Revisiting Immigration Policy as a Win-Win for Noncitizens and the Economy

USCIS Releases New Data on Residents Eligible for Citizenship 

This month, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published data on lawful permanent residents (“green card holders”) who may be eligible to apply for citizenship. The data is broken down by country of birth, date, and core-based statistical area (CBSA). The data allows scholars, attorneys, and the public to view how many people acrossContinue reading “USCIS Releases New Data on Residents Eligible for Citizenship “

Immigration Clinic Presents at Women’s Weekend

On Saturday, Clinic Director Stacy Kern-Scheerer and Attorney Fellow Nicole Alanko presented at William & Mary’s Women’s Weekend. Stacy and Nicole presented on their work advocating for immigrant women. Approximately fifty people attended the presentation. Attendees included current students, friends of the College, and alumnae, including members of the Society of 1918.   The presentation beganContinue reading “Immigration Clinic Presents at Women’s Weekend”

Immigration Clinic Participates in Local Community Wellness Fair

On Saturday, Immigration Clinic Director Stacy Kern-Scheerer and Fellow Nicole Alanko tabled at the Community Wellness Fair in Williamsburg. The Fair was sponsored by Olde Towne Medical and Dental Center, the James City County Department of Social Services, and The Maximized Life. The Clinic participated alongside other community-based organizations, including Literacy for Life, Colonial BehavioralContinue reading “Immigration Clinic Participates in Local Community Wellness Fair”

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