An important message for those of you planning enter or pass through the US on a non-immigrant visa, including visitor and student visas: The U.S. Department of State has recently changed its policy in the Foreign Affairs Manual (“FAM”) regarding the formerly known 30/60 day rule. The amendment provides broader grounds for immigration officers to find that foreign nationals misrepresented their intentions when they come to the United States on a non-immigrant visa. This is an important consideration for anyone coming to the United States on a temporary visa. Any finding of fraud or representation could possibly result in serious consequences, up to and including permanent grounds of inadmissibility.Read More
Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission has remained the law of the land regarding federal election financing. 588 U.S. 310 (2010) It is such a deeply flawed decision and its promulgation by Justice Anthony Kennedy stands in wild derision of precedent and reasonable jurisprudence and raises a troubling question of the heavy influence on Justice Kennedy by factors outside our democracy and proud legal tradition. Streff Legal examines why this decision should have been overruled years ago and has no basis in US jurisprudence.Read More
The Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA), an association of roughly 15,000 Minnesota Lawyers, has adopted an official position on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) repeal. The MSBA position represents a strong showing by Minnesota Lawyers in support of DACA recipients, often called "Dreamers." The DACA program has been an amazing and well-deserved immigration benefit for almost 800,000 individuals who came to the U.S. while under 16 years of age, and meet certain criteria, including that they have no significant criminal history. The DACA program, implemented by the Obama Administration, has provided work authorization and protection from removal (deportation) using powers granted to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) by Congress. President Trump, in a statement issued by Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, made the decision to end the DACA program, placing these hundreds of thousands of Dreamers in a precarious legal situation.
The MSBA position is based on a recommendation from the MSBA Immigration Law Section Council and the MSBA Diversity and Inclusion Council, which are sub-groups of the MSBA. Both sub-groups debated the wording of the proposed statement and came to a consensus. This blogger, who serves as Secretary of the Immigration Section Council, was honored to present the proposed statement to the MSBA Assembly, the MSBA's legislative body, in its meeting today, Friday, September 14, 2017. The discussion about the policy position included the argument that compassion and consideration of "equities" (positive vs. negative factors) are built into our legal system.Read More
The National Lawyer's Guild (NLG) Local Minnesota Chapter has released the statement below opposing the appointment of current Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Stras to the Federal 8th Circuit Bench.
Senator Al Franken Voices Strong Opposition
Senator Amy Klobuchar Officially AmbivalentRead More
Welcome to those of you planning to travel to the US!! Maybe for the first time? Maybe not? (Or maybe you're helping someone come to the US for a visit.) Here is a guide that will help new US visitors, or even veteran visitors who feel that Immigration Officers act like you’re wearing out your welcome.Read More