Legal Immigration Process Slows Under the Trump Administration

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has increased their wait time on immigrant benefit applications by 46% since the last full Fiscal Year (FY) of the Obama administration, FY 2016. Meanwhile, the number of new applications has fallen. In fact, processing times have increased by 19% from FY 2017 to 2018, despite the receipt of new […]

Citizenship Loans from Chicanos Por La Causa

Here at Maria Jones Law Firm, we understand that the fees and finances associated with applying for citizenship can be insurmountable for some families. As a result, we’ve been in touch with Chicanos Por La Causa, a charitable organization that offers 0% interest loans to individuals applying for citizenship. Offering Financial Assistance Chicanos Por La Causa wants […]

Obama and Immigration

President Obama discussed immigration in a meeting recently and spoke about making the process easier, faster, and better. In an essence, he wanted to focus on two main departments which he felt could alter the immigration policies: The Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security. He proposed making the detention centers a safer […]

Welcome to Permanent Residency of the United States!!!

Friday, February 19, 2016 – after years and years of wait, Maria Jones Law Firm is beyond excited to congratulate 16 immigrants who just found out that they became Permanent Residents of the United States. As a surprise, Maria Jones put together a red carpet celebration for every family along with recording of this historical […]

Pope on Trump

Last Wednesday, the Pope, without mentioning his name, rebuked Trump and other immigration hard-liners about the border problem. He discussed the issue with several others during the GOP debate in El Paso, Texas. Many called the Pope’s remarks “very strange” and they have become suspicious of Trump. Trump responded to the Pope saying that the […]

Happy Immigrants

Many people think that immigration does not affect the United States too much at all; however, according to the CAP Immigration Team, “Immigration has been a constant source of economic vitality and demographic dynamism throughout our nation’s history. Immigrants are taxpayers, entrepreneurs, job creators, and consumers”. Many immigrants help and even change our economic output […]

Texas vs. Obama

This week, Texas and several other states took the Obama Administration to court over DACA and DAPA matters. According to the article, “The brief sets forth the arguments for why the Fifth Circuit was wrong to block expanded DACA and DAPA from being implemented”. The administration tried to defend itself saying that the case shouldn’t […]


Immigration has been one of many topics at recent debates, however, it’s usually seen as a negative rather than a positive. Many candidates wish to have a “better plan” than previous policies, but they talk about “fixing a situation” rather than “promoting upgrades for immigrants”. Even the internet has articles on immigration that say that […]

4 Reasons Why States Suing to Stop Immigration Actions Stand to Lose Big

On April 18, the U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments in a lawsuit, United States v. Texas, brought by more than two dozen states challenging an immigration enforcement policy by the secretary of homeland security. If successful, the lawsuit could tear apart millions of American families, while at the same time greatly […]

Practice Alert: USCIS Releases New Form Versions, Effective Immediately

Today, December 23, 2016, USCIS posted a large number of new form versions. The forms all have an effective date of today, December 23, 2016, and the website indicates that no other versions of the forms are acceptable, with the exception of Form I-129. It appears USCIS is accepting prior version of Form I-129. No […]


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