Blog Posts in 2013

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women; VAWA and U.S. Immigration Laws for Victims of Domestic Abuse

November 25, 2013 is International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Here are just a few of the alarming statistics that underscore the importance of recognizing such a day and taking ...
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Immigration News: USCIS Issues Memo on Visa Waiver Program; TPS Sought for the Philippines

USCIS Memo on Visa Waiver Program and Adjustment of Status : On November 14, 2013, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a policy memorandum clarifying the eligibility of ...
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Typhoon Haiyan Relief Efforts in the Philippines

It has been 10 days since Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded, first hit the Philippines and left in its wake a nation devastated and in desperate need of aid. As a ...
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USCIS Announces Potential Immigration Benefits for Filipinos in the U.S.

With the Philippines suffering the devastating effects of Typhoon Haiyan, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that Filipino nationals in the U.S. may be eligible for certain ...
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Happy Birthday to the United States Marine Corps

Marine Corps War Memorial. Photo taken Memorial Day weekend 2011. (R. Milla) Yesterday, the United States Marine Corps celebrated its 238 th birthday. On this Veterans Day, I would like to express a ...
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Happy Veterans Day: honoring all who serve

Marine Corps Memorial. Photo taken Memorial Day weekend 2011. (R. Milla) Today we celebrate the men and women of our U.S. Armed Forces, past and present. As the son of a U.S. Marine, I have a special ...
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The EB-5: Embracing the Entrepreneurial Spirit in U.S. Immigration

Entrepreneurial spirit has long been a prized trait that has driven progress and innovation throughout the history of the United States. However, America, known as a nation of immigrants, has not ...
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NEWS: A Historic Week – SCOTUS strikes down DOMA & Senate passes CIR bill

June 26, 2013, SCOTUS RULED DOMA UNCONSTITUTIONAL: This week we witnessed history. The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) ruled the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional for its ...
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News: WBEZ Radio Interview and a New Beginning – MILLA LAW, LLC

Radio Interview on Immigration Reform and Deportation: Earlier this week, 400 groups urged President Obama to suspend deportations for those who would otherwise qualify for lawful status under the ...
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Immigration Reform's Newest Odd Couple: a Michigan Wolverine and a WHAT?!

April 25, 2013: OFA Chicago Mid-Northside CIR Panel One of the fundamental themes of comprehensive immigration reform 2013 has been its ability to bring together the unlikeliest of pairs. By now, the ...
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The Gang of 8’s Proposed Paths to Citizenship Visualized – courtesy of Ritchie King

Yesterday, the Senate Gang of 8 formally announced its comprehensive immigration reform bill: the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act. The mammoth 844-page bill is ...
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The Gang of 8’s Immigration Reform Bill

Late last night, the Gang of 8 filed its comprehensive immigration reform bill: the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013. Try saying that 3 times quickly. ...
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Finding Hope and Humanity: Thoughts after Boston

With a heavy heart I sit at my computer, hands at the ready, fingers pressed to keys, but my mind is as clouded as ever with more questions than answers. I was prepared to write in anticipation of the ...
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The House Immigration Reform Bill: Pathway for DREAMers, Problem for Parents?

With Congress returning from recess, an immigration reform bill was expected to be unveiled this week. Much of the news coming from the Capitol has reflected optimism from insiders among the ...
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Immigration Reform News Roundup: April 2, 2013

All is not quiet at the Capitol. With a recent post, I highlighted the Key Players and Plans in Immigration Reform. In the few days that have passed since that post, those key players have been busy ...
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SCOTUS to Hear Prop 8 Today, DOMA Tomorrow

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) hears oral argument on California’s Proposition 8 in Hollingsworth v. Perry, the first of two same-sex marriage cases scheduled for this ...
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Key Players and Plans in Immigration Reform

Will the storm clouds part for CIR? Trying to keep pace with the news on immigration reform is not easy. It's tough enough reading all of the articles and reports, not to mention following Twitter ...
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Recognizing Our Great Women: National Women’s History Month

Raise your hand if you didn't know that March is National Women's History Month. A week ago, I would have counted myself among the guilty, until my Twitter feed taught me otherwise. As the ...
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News: Alabama Allows Driver’s Licenses for Deferred Action; Illinois Allows for Undocumented Immigrants

ALABAMA I recently wrote about North Carolina’s controversial plan to issue driver’s licenses to deferred action recipients with the mark “No Lawful Status.” This week, Alabama ...
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Deferred Action and North Carolina's Driver's License Mark: The Scarlet Letter Redux

North Carolina’s controversial plan to mark driver's licenses issued to deferred action recipients was met with protests last week in Washington, D.C. Last month, North Carolina's ...
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Pathways to Citizenship: Reflections on a Client’s Naturalization

While this week in immigration news began with the launch of provisional waivers for unlawful presence, soon after, media outlets pounced on Jeb Bush for his flip-flop on immigration reform, namely ...
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The Start of Something: The Provisional Waiver

March 4, 2013 marks the first day that immigrant visa applicants can file provisional waivers for unlawful presence. Under the prior procedure, individuals had to leave the U.S. before applying for ...
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SCOTUS to Hear Arguments on DOMA and Prop 8

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) hath taken away, but could it giveth soon? Last week SCOTUS shut down pathways to relief for thousands of noncitizens in the criminal context, but next ...
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An Introduction

A friend recently told me that I am one of a very few number of people she knows who genuinely loves what they do for a living. While making my way through law school, on a whim I decided to take an ...
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