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Immigration Agency Ends Some Deportations - by Julia Preston
Immigration enforcement officials have started to cancel the deportations of thousands of immigrants they have detained, a policy they said would pare huge case backlogs in the immigration courts.

Preparing for the Marriage Based Green Card Interview
If you are applying for your green card based on marriage to a US citizen, you will be required to appear for an interview at your local USCIS office or at a US consulate before your green card application can be approved.

What do I do if my Green Card was lost or stolen?
Your Green Card, also known as a Permanent Resident Card, is an important document. Not only does it serve as evidence of your status as a legal immigrant in the United States, it is proof that you are eligible to live and work in the United States. Without the card, it would be difficult for you to travel abroad or to prove your status as a legal immigrant. Therefore, if your Green Card is lost or stolen, you should take steps to replace it immediately.

Immigration Reform in 2010?
Democratic Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez (IL) introduced a new bill in Congress yesterday – “the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America’s Security and Prosperity Act of 2009” or “CIR ASAP” for short. Mr. Gutierrez, who is chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Immigration Task Force, has described the bill as the product of months of collaboration with civil rights advocates, labor organizations, and members of Congress. More than 80 co-sponsors have already signed on to the legislation.

New Public Charge Fact Sheet Released by USCIS
USCIS has recently released a new fact sheet discussing what it means to be a “public charge.” Someone who is likely to become a public charge is inadmissible to the United States. If a foreign national becomes a public charge, he or she can be deported from the U.S. So what exactly does it mean to be a public charge?

ICE Changes Detention Procedures for Asylum Seekers
On December 16, 2009, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released a statement announcing a change affecting those coming to the U.S. seeking asylum. ICE will no longer detain asylum seekers who have a credible fear of persecution or torture in their home country if the asylum seekers can establish their identity and do not present a flight risk or a threat to public safety.

US Census Releases Report on Foreign-Born Workers
A new US census report confirms that there are more foreign-born workers in the United States than ever before. Foreign-born workers represent 16% of the US workforce, which is lower only than percentages from the early 1900’s. The report relies on data collected in 2007.

Supreme Court Decision Requires Immigrants Be Informed of Immigration Consequences to Criminal Convictions
The Supreme Court recently issued a ruling that provides more rights for immigrants convicted of criminal offences. Criminal defense lawyers are now required to advise immigrants of the potential risk of deportation if they plead guilty. The Court noted that news laws requiring mandatory deportation for certain criminal convictions make these warnings even more important. "These changes to our immigration law have dramatically raised the stakes of a noncitizen´s criminal conviction. The importance of accurate legal advice for noncitizens accused of crimes has never been more important," stated the Court.