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Hablando con la abogada Jessica Piedra: What’s happening with TPS?

The courts demand that the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program be extended despite the president’s attempt to cancel it. Like DACA, the federal courts have said that the president unlawfully acted to cancel the program and so it has been automatically extended. The situation is complicated for current TPS holders. Two court cases are keeping TPS alive while it is …

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“Dreamers” bill moves to Senate

By Chara On June 4, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to protect “Dreamers” from deportation and open a path to citizenship to more than 2 million undocumented immigrants. Known as the Dream and Promise Act, the bill is moving to the Senate, thanks to a House vote of 237-187. Those who voted for it included seven Republicans. …

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You are not stuck with your lawyer!

Hello friends, your legal process for immigration is one of the most important things in your life. Be sure to chose a lawyer that you can trust and who responds to your questions. Lawyers have a lot of rules so that the clients are protected. One of those rules is that the client can change lawyers if they want to …

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Immigration bills moving forward

By Chara Two immigration-related bills are moving forward in Congress, multiple news sources are reporting. The Dream and Promise Act of 2019, an immigration proposal submitted in March by Democrats, is one of those bills. On May 22, it cleared the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee. In addition, the Venezuela TPS Act cleared the House Judiciary Committee on May …

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Toddler, teen migrants die in U.S. custody

By Roberta Pardo A Guatemalan toddler died in a hospital on May 14 after weeks in the hospital, according to the Guatemalan Consulate in Del Rio, Texas. The toddler and his mother crossed the border, and were apprehended in early April, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The 2-year-old boy “had a high fever (and) difficulty breathing,” Guatemalan …

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Trump’s new immigration proposal

By Roberta Pardo President Trump unveiled a proposal to reform border security and legal immigration on May 16. The new proposal wants to prioritize high-skilled workers over those with family members who are U.S. citizens. This would allow applicants to increase eligibility based on factors such as age, ability to speak English, job offers and educational background. “Our proposal builds …

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Jessica Piedra Immigration attorney moves to new office

By Roberta Pardo As of May 1, attorney Jessica Piedra has a new office location. To celebrate the third anniversary of starting her own law firm, Piedra has relocated to the Rivergate Office building at 600 Broadway Blvd., Suite 250, in Kansas City, Missouri. “We are trying to provide an even better service to our clients,” she said. This new …

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Deportation of permanent residents and citizens possible but not common

By Roberta Pardo Deportation processes are not exclusive to undocumented immigrants. There are instances where permanent residents have been deported, though it is difficult to know how many green card holders are deported because U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement does not track statistics on arrests of immigrants who are in the United States legally. However, immigration lawyers and activists recognize …

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Hablando con la Abogada Jessica Piedra: Good news for Missouri’s Immigrant Students!

Good news today! The state legislature has agreed to a compromise regarding the tuition restrictions for immigrant students. After four years of requiring DACA students and others to pay international tuition rates, the legislature removed that restriction from the bill! Missouri has been a difficult state for immigrant students. This contrasts with Kansas, where they have had a law allowing …

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Toddler migrant found alone near southern border

By Roberta Pardo A 3-year-old was found alone on April 23 in the middle of a cornfield on the Texas border by Border Patrol agents, authorities confirmed. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said the boy was crying and had his name and phone numbers written on his shoes. “We believe the boy was with a larger group that ran …

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