This Week in Immigration

Atty. Gwendolyn Malaya-Santos

Columns Archive


Can the CBP search your electronic devices?

RECENTLY, he merican Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the ACLU of Massachusetts, on behalf of 10 U.S. citizens and a permanent resident, sued the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) before the U.S. District Court for the District of … Continue reading

October 07, 2017

Chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcy: Means test

SOME debtors contemplating filing bankruptcy have expressed their personal preference of filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy, instead of Chapter 13, for various reasons such as a shorter time frame to get a discharge under a Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing. While a … Continue reading

September 18, 2017

FAQ: Consequences of the DACA rescission

ON September 5, 2017, President Trump, through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced the rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. As a backgrounder, on June 12, 2012, then President Obama, also through the DHS, issued … Continue reading

September 09, 2017

USCIS mandates in-person interview requirement for certain permanent resident applicants

IN an advisory dated August 28, 2017, the USCIS informed the public starting October 1, 2017, in person interviews will now be required for certain applicants seeking permanent residency status in the U.S. This new directive applies to: • “Adjustment … Continue reading

September 02, 2017

President Trump’s “Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment” (RAISE) Act

LAST August 2, 2017, the Trump Administration endorsed new legislation called “Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment (RAISE) Act” that would change the system of granting legal permanent residency. The act was introduced by Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David … Continue reading

August 20, 2017

Search Column