Why workplace harassment of immigrants can be illegal
You worked hard to get your U.S. citizenship or your green card. Maybe you’re in the U.S. on a visa granted because of your professional experience or skills. However, some of your colleagues and maybe even your manager don’t seem to see you as anything but a “foreigner.” “National origin” is a protected class for […]
What should you expect in immigration court?
If you have to go to immigration court because of a problem with your visa, committing a crime or some other reason, you should know what to expect. You will be meeting an immigration judge, so you’ll want to have an immigration attorney on your team. Immigration courts are specialized, because they only handle removal […]
Undocumented workers can still file discrimination claims
If you’re an undocumented worker, you may think that you cannot do anything about discrimination or harassment on the job. If coworkers make jokes at your expense, if you face sexual harassment and advances from a boss or if you are discriminated against in any other way, it’s natural to assume that you just have […]
Finally, some good news if you are from Venezuela
The last few years have been challenging if you are from Venezuela. You watched as your once-prosperous country descended into turmoil and poverty. Although you managed to get out, you probably left family members behind. To top it all, you have been living in uncertainty about your right to stay in the U.S. Fortunately, that […]
You can leave an abusive marriage without facing deportation
If you enter the United States through a family visa or a fiance visa, your status largely depends on your relationship with the citizen or lawful permanent resident that you married. Unfortunately, that power imbalance sometimes leads to an abusive situation. Whether your spouse has physically abused you, attempted to traffic you or sexually assaulted […]
Is a DUI conviction enough to lead to deportation?
Fortunately, a DUI itself is not a basis for deportation in the Immigration and Nationality Act. However, the circumstances under which you found yourself when the DUI occurred could. If it can be shown that you are not of good or moral character, then it is possible for you to be deported, but that’s not […]
Why it’s critical to have an attorney on your side when you’re facing deportation
A Memphis news reporter recently sat down with a retired immigration judge to gain some perspective as to how this unique court system works and any steps immigrants could take to achieve the best outcome in their deportation cases. The judge noted that the odds of a defendant reversing fate in such instances is very […]
A plea bargain is extra risky for immigrants facing charges
The U.S. criminal justice system often doesn’t send people accused of crimes to trial. Prosecutors often push plea bargains to ensure a high conviction rate and reduce court costs. To those facing serious criminal charges, pleading guilty to a reduced charge that offers lower penalties can seem very tempting. However, plea bargains carry with them […]
What will 2021 bring for DACA and Dreamers?
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has been in flux for the last few years, putting the future of all “Dreamers” in doubt. Where do things stand now? What’s expected in 2021? Below are some things that you should know. The Supreme Court punted, but challenges keep rising The June decision by the […]
How you are protected from national origin discrimination at work
Immigrants are essential to the U.S. economy, and workers from all over the world provide valuable contributions to workplaces across the country, regardless of whether they have lived in the United States for a matter of months or for many years. While your national origin is likely to play a significant part in your sense […]