Immigration Law Blog

 

5 Things That You Need to Know About Your Master Calendar Hearing

A master calendar hearing, or MCH, is the first step in any legal action involving immigration matters. Typically, a MCH is the primary occurrence in an immigrant’s deportation hearing – if the U.S. government is trying to deport you, you’ll get a master calendar hearing.. If you’re an immigrant to the United States who will be attending your own master calendar hearing, here are five things you need to know:

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DOJ Lawyers and Possible Sanctions

In February of 2015, a federal judge blocked an executive immigration order, given by President Obama, that would have granted deportation stays to five million immigrants currently residing in the U.S. without proper documentation. What’s more, the immigration action would have also provided many of those same immigrants with the right to lawfully obtain permits to work.

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Immigrant Detainees Used as a Source of Cheap Labor in Boston Jail

In an egregious infraction of justice, immigrant detainees in Suffolk County, Massachusetts, may have been exploited for their labor. Now, one of the immigrant detainees, 40-year-old Anthony Whyte, is filing a class action lawsuit against Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department which states that he and other detainees should have been paid minimum wage for their labor over the past six years.

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Marriage Fraud: A Growing Problem in the U.S.

For some immigrants, the idea of marrying an American citizen to gain legal status within the U.S. is a tempting idea – some will even go so far as to commit marriage fraud. Marriage fraud is the act of engaging in a fraudulent marriage, usually by bribing an individual with money to get them to agree to the marriage, for the purpose of gaining U.S. lawful permanent residence. The following reviews what constitutes an authentic marriage in the U.S., and what the penalties for committing marriage fraud are. If you’re facing penalties for marriage fraud in Boston, the immigration attorneys at the Law Offices of Joshua L. Goldstein, P.C. can help.

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Deportation Updates

In 2014, unprecedented legislation on immigration reform was signed into law. The legislation, which was opposed by many, granted relief from deportation for more than four million undocumented immigrants living in the United States. As a result, those who support deportation have argued that Obama’s immigration policy is too soft, and that it doesn’t address the real problem. However, the number of illegal immigrants deported under the Obama administration suggests otherwise. If you’re facing deportation in Boston, the attorneys at the Law Offices of Joshua L. Goldstein can help. Continue reading “Deportation Updates”

Arpaio Sues Over Immigration

In November of 2014, President Barack Obama announced his long-awaited plans for immigration reform. Perhaps most significant of the reform is the inclusion of deportation stays for more than four million immigrants in the U.S., namely those who are the undocumented parents of American citizens or legal residents. While the reform was viewed as a step in the right direction by many, others, like Arizona County Sherriff Joe Arpaio, are prepared to take legal action against the President for the immigration action. In fact, in December of 2014, Arpaio filed one of the first lawsuits (in what may be a series of many) against Obama’s immigration plan. Continue reading “Arpaio Sues Over Immigration”