A panel of immigration lawyers from the Esperanza Center will be holding a FREE informational session at St Matthew Catholic Church in Baltimore, Maryland on Thursday, March 19, 2015 starting at 7pm.

The session will address recent immigration policies announced by the Obama administration, specifically DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and DAPA (Deferred Action for Parental Accountability), among other immigration topics.

The session is organized by the Immigration Outreach Service Center (IOSC) at St Matthew Catholic Church.

Event Date: 
Thu, 03/19/2015 11:59PM -0400

One of the longest-serving immigrant detainees in the United States is now free. This week an immigration judge in California granted bond to Sylvester Owino, a 38-year-old Kenyan national, almost a decade after he was transferred into Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody on no criminal charges.

New polling data shows that a majority of Americans did not support congressional Republicans who blocked the passage of the Department of Homeland Security funding bill in order to repeal President Obama's executive actions on immigration.

After weeks of debate and a looming partial government shutdown, extremists in the Republican Party finally conceded to funding Homeland Security without adding a policy rider that would have blocked Obama's executive order to prevent the deportation of 5 million undocumented workers currently living in the U.S.

A federal judge in Texas has declined to lift a block of the White House's immigration plan for at least 10 more days.

U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, a city along the border with Mexico, issued a preliminary injunction last month halting President Barack Obama's plans that would have shielded millions of illegal immigrants from deportation.

Federal agents searched three dozen homes Tuesday in California during a crackdown on so-called maternity tourism operators who arrange for pregnant Chinese women to give birth in the U.S., where their babies automatically become American citizens.

The investigation of three alleged birth tourism rings may be the biggest yet by federal homeland security agents who say that, while pregnant women may travel to the United States and deliver their babies here, they cannot lie about the purpose of their trip when applying for a visa.

US President Barack Obama has called on immigrants to start "gathering their papers" to prove their long standing residency in the country and guard against deportation.

President Barack Obama has filed an appeal against a Texas federal judge's suspension of his executive order looking to stop millions of immigrants in the US from potential deportation. The executive action has been highly criticized by House Republicans as overstepping the bounds of his powers.

Julissa Arce | Photo by João Canziani

Sitting at her desk at Goldman Sachs, Julissa Arce is doing her best to keep it together. It’s September 2007. Her father is dying in Taxco de Alarcón, a small and hilly city in Mexico, and she has just hung up after a call from her sister with bad news. Arce stands and leaves the row where she and her colleagues create derivatives and market them to rich people. She walks down the hall, opens the bathroom door, and locks herself in a stall.

The Obama administration said it would ease work restrictions for spouses of certain visa holders, even as Republican lawmakers are fighting the president on earlier actions regarding undocumented immigrants.

The new presidential action allows work permits and longer stays for some spouses of those in the U.S. legally with H-1B visas, Leon Rodriguez, director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, told reporters Tuesday in Washington.

The Obama administration Monday appealed a ruling by a Texas judge that temporarily blocked the president's executive actions on immigration.

The Department of Justice filed a notice of appeal and motion to stay the decision by U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen of Texas. Hanen ruled last week that the administration's program, which would defer the deportations of as many as five million undocumented immigrants, should be temporarily blocked from going forward while a lawsuit filed by 26 states challenging it made its way through the courts.

The U.S. government announced Friday that at the start of next week the Justice Department will seek an emergency order to suspend the ruling of a federal judge in Texas that blocks President Barack Obama's executive measures on immigration.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest told his daily press conference that the emergency order will enable the suspension of the temporary blocking decreed by federal Judge Andrew Scott Hanen that has already halted the first phase of Obama's executive measures, which should have taken effect last Wednesday.

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