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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Instead of Voting on Immigration Reform, Republicans Waste Time Looking for Fraud Among Victims

      While millions wait for a yes or no vote on immigration reform, two Republicans are instead wasting taxpayer money on a hearing about fraud in the asylum system. 
      Representative Goodlatte (R-VA) is the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and Representative Gowdy (R-SC) is the Chairman of the Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee.
        What you will not hear the Republicans saying:
  • that effective anti-fraud measures already exist in the adjudications process
  • that mandatory detention for asylum seekers does not improve national security
  • that government resources are already insufficient to detain foreigners
  • that the asylum processing time would be shortened if funds were allocated to the courts
        View the video by clicking here.  Then, contact your U.S. representative and tell them you want them to vote yes or no on immigration reform.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Landowners and Those Who Oppose Gangs May Be Able to Get Asylum Under New PSG Definition

    Thirty years after the first case that defined "particular social group" in asylum, the Board of Immigration Appeals has just published a new case with a more detailed definition.  It can be read here.
    Thanks to the fact that  foreigners who are members of a particular social group can get protection in the U.S., gays, victims of domestic violence, former police members, and others are here legally.  In this case, the Board was trying to decide whether "youth from Honduras who do not want to join a gang."
    In order to obtain asylum as a member of a particular social group, foreigners must demonstrate that they are "socially distinct within their societies."  In other words, they need to show how others know they are different.  A "successful case will require evidence that members of the proposed particular social group share a common immutable characteristic, that the group is sufficiently particular, and that it is set apart within the society in some significant way."

Monday, February 3, 2014

Virtual Library of Country Conditions Helps Win Asylum

     A new website makes information available for the conditions of each country.  The link is found here.  This research is important because a foreigner may be able to reopen her case if the conditions of her homeland have worsened.
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     When we represent asylum applicants, Blandon Law uses this research, and looks for other articles.  Recently, we have won asylum cases for persons from Central and South America based on the terrible conditions in El Salvador and Venezuela.
     If the situation in your home country has worsened, please call the Broward County law firm to see how we can help you.  The phone number is (954) 385-0157.

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