How Immigrant Entrepreneurs Move the U.S. Economy Forward

This week, National Small Business Week, which has occurred each year since 1963, recognizes the contributions of entrepreneurs and small business owners in the United States. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, which SBA defines as an independent business having […]

Processing Time Reports

(Reportes sobre el tiempo procesamiento) Processing time reports for USCIS service centers, the National Benefits Center, EB-5, AAO, and DOL. Limited historical data on I-601s overseas processing times, local processing times, and lockbox receipting is also available. Reportes sobre el tiempo procesamiento de los Centros de Servicio USCIS, el Centro Nacional de Beneficios, EB-5, AAO y […]

Immigrants are Less Likely to be Criminals than the Native-Born

When it comes to understanding the relationship between immigration and crime, anecdotes are no substitute for evidence. And, as a new report from the American Immigration Council explains, the evidence has been clear for more than a century: high rates of immigration are associated with lower crime rates, and immigrants are less likely to commit […]

Immigration Politics Ticker

On Sunday, Republican frontrunner Donald Trump released his immigration policy plan. Trump’s plan reflects the anti-immigration platform that he has run on since he entered the race in June. The plan entitled Immigration Reform That Will Make America Great Again calls for: 1) Building a wall across the U.S.-Mexico border; 2) Enforcing immigration laws by […]

Supreme Court will rule on Obama’s immigration orders

Supreme Court will rule on Obama’s immigration orders The justices are expected to hear arguments on the issue in April and to hand down a ruling by the end of June. Illegal immigration has already been a hot topic in the presidential contest, but the high-profile attention brought on by the Supreme Court fight could amp […]

How many different languages are spoken in the United States?

How many different languages are spoken in the United States? Of course, you have your typical English language, but what about the rest of them? According to the APA Presidential Task Force, the United States of America has over 460 languages that are spoken daily. It may vary from English and Chinese to French and Spanish. […]

Video Recordings to Replace In-Person Interpreters at Immigration Court Hearings

In an effort that is supposed to save costs, the Trump administration is planning on removing in-person interpreters from an immigrant’s initial court hearing. Before, individuals going through the process would have someone with them to clarify laws, explain their rights, and answer questions; however, with the proposed changes, person-to-person interpreters will be replaced by […]

“The Deported” Documentary Premieres on YouTube

Our team at Maria Jones Law Firm is honored and excited to announce our compelling and ground-breaking documentary, “The Deported,” premiered online on July 17th. Streaming for free on YouTube originals, this emotional piece gives viewers an inside look into the lives of 4 families wherein at least 1 loved one is fighting an order […]

Trump Administration Expands Expedited Removal Rule

On July 23, 2019, the Trump administration expanded the Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) authority for expedited removal. This means ICE agents can independently question, arrest, detain, and deport—with only approval from a field supervisor— any undocumented immigrant who has been living in the U.S. for less than two years. Enacted by Congress in 1996, expedited […]


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