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Alejandro Mayorkas, Director, USCIS

Alejandro Mayorkas is the Director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  President Obama nominated Mayorkas for the position on April 24, 2009, and the United States Senate unanimously confirmed his nomination on August 7, 2009.

Donald M. Kerwin, Jr.

Donald Kerwin has served as Executive Director of the Center for Migration Studies since September 2011.  Prior to joining CMS, Mr. Kerwin served as Vice-President for Programs at the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), where he coordinated MPI’s programs and wrote on US immigration, refugee and labor standards issues. Before joining MPI, Mr. Kerwin worked for 16 years at the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), serving as that agency’s Executive Director for 15 years.

Toolkit for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Workshops

A group application workshop is a one-day, and in some cases two-day, community even that brings professionals and trained volunteers together to assist childhood arrivals or “DREAMers” in completing applications for Deferred Action.  The workshop is an essential tool for efficiently and effectively providing application assistance to large numbers of people.  The success of the workshop model depends on careful planning, thorough training of staff and volunteers, and high quality services.  The purpose of this toolkit is to help charitable immigration programs and their volunteers achieve

BIA Holds LPR Subject to Inadmissibility for Alleged Smuggling

One of benefits of being an LPR is the ability to travel abroad and return without being subject to the grounds of inadmissibility.  There are important exceptions to this, of course.  For example, if you have been abroad for more than 180 days, that is considered a meaningful departure.  If you have been absent for more than one year or otherwise abandoned your residency, you could be denied admission or paroled in for a hearing.