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November 2014

Expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which continues to implement President Obama’s proposed immigration executive action, will expand the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program. Under this program, the DHS uses its power of prosecutorial discretion on a case-by-case basis for deferred action concerning undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children. As a result of the President’s executive action, the program will no longer require—among other things—eligible immigrants to have been born after June 15, 1981, and the entry date for these individuals has been pushed back from June 15, 2007 to January 1, 2010.


Read more about the proposed changes to the DACA program, and please feel free to contact our office if you have any questions.

Many LGBT Families Feel Left Out of President’s New Immigration Plan

President Obama’s new immigration plan focused on keeping families together and avoiding devastating deportations of the parents of children. However, the plan does not help families that do not have children. Also, the plan does not help the parents of US citizen children or lawful permanent resident children, when the parents are not the biological or legal parents. The Huffington Post reports that LGBT advocates say that these exclusions disproportionately affect LGBT families.

DHS Announces Revised Removal Priorities

As part of President Obama’s proposed immigration executive actions, the Department of Homeland Security has announced revised removal priorities as applied to illegal immigrants. Among those illegal immigrants whom the DHS plans to focus their resources on removing are convicted felons, national security threats, immigrants apprehended at the border, and those who entered unlawfully after January 1, 2014. President Obama summarized these removal priorities by stating that the United States government would focus on deporting “felons, not families.”

Follow the link for DHS’s memorandum on these revised removal priorities and further details: DHS Revised Removal Priorities.

President to Speak on Immigration Reform

After weeks of speculation surrounding the proposed use of executive authority, President Obama announced an address that would outline his plans for unilaterally passing immigration reform, The New York Times reports.

Reports have indicated that up to 5 million undocumented immigrants could receive work permits and additional protection from deportation as a result of the President’s authority. However, those individuals covered by the executive action would still not be granted full legal status and would not have access to government subsidized health care coverage or other benefits.

President Obama’s proposed use of executive authority comes after his mounting frustration with House and Senate Republicans for not passing meaningful immigration reform. Republicans–who will wield a Congressional majority beginning in January–plan to fight and overturn the President’s executive action, arguing that the President is using his authority too broadly.

Details of the reform will be discussed in the President’s address, which will give a clearer view of the impact of the executive action both in terms of immigration reform and political fallout.

The address is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, November 20.

Office Relocation

Just a brief—but important—announcement:

I have officially completed my office relocation to 111 Rice Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

After months of working diligently to establish my new practice, I am very excited about this new space, and it is my hope that it will allow me to better represent my clients with a more accessible office and workable space for both myself and others. Relocating to this new office will give me even more time to focus on my passion: helping individuals and businesses navigate the demands of their immigration matters. I would like to thank everyone who has made this transition possible (and so seamless!), as well as my clients who inspire me to come to work every day.

We plan to continue updating both our office space and online presence, so please check back often. Feel free to contact me with your immigration related matters, and I hope to hear from you soon!

Kicking Off the Blog

The Law Office of Ellen Sullivan opened in September 2014 as a solo law practice so that I may represent individuals, families, and businesses primarily on immigration matters. I have practiced law since 2005, representing hundreds of families and businesses with their immigration needs, including H1B visas, family based petitions, K-1 visas, and I-751 petitions. Since the fall of the Defense of Marriage Act last year, I have also expanded my practice to represent same-sex families on their immigration petitions.

As part of my legal practice, I plan to maintain this blog as a medium to share some of the knowledge that I have acquired throughout my practice. I will also share news articles that are of particular relevance to my practice and clients.

Please feel free to leave comments on the blog, or visit my Facebook and LinkedIn pages for more announcements and information. If you would like to contact my office, please either use the contact submission form on the website, or call my office directly.


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