Month: September 2013

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Ken Stern Voted Best Immigration Lawyer

Earlier this month, Senior Partner Ken Stern was voted Barrister’s Best Immigration Lawyer. In over 30 years as an immigration attorney, “Ken Stern has done just about everything in immigration law – he is past chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, a group that’s honored him with more than one award including a lifetime achievement award in 2002.” The Barrister’s Best is an annual selection of the best of the best in the legal profession by Law Week Colorado.

Ken’s practice encompasses all areas of immigration law including all aspects of business and family immigration law, investor visas, and intra-company transferees. Ken works closely with HR Professionals and Corporate Counsel to help their companies develop a strategic vision for using immigration visas as a way to attract and retain the best talent from around the world. He also helps companies develop effective and efficient internal practices and policies in the area of immigration law. (More about Ken Stern)


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Colorado Voices Its Support for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

This week, more than 50 Colorado businesses and civic organizations joined together to urge Colorado representatives to vote in favor of comprehensive immigration reform.  In a letter emphasizing Colorado’s unique ties to the immigrant community, the group pointed out how immigration reform will benefit Colorado’s tourism and agriculture industries by providing a steady stream of willing workers.  The letter also urged immigration reform as the right thing to do for Colorado immigrant families.

Aspen’s Chamber of Commerce endorsed the letter just before U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton’s (R-Cortez) visit to the mountain town, scheduled for Friday.  The Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition reports that immigration activists will be on hand during Rep. Tipton’s visit to push the message home.

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Amended Policy Regarding False Claims to Citizenship

The Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State have outlined an amended policy regarding false claims to citizenship.  From now on, a person will only be found to be inadmissible for making a false claim to citizenship if the claim was “knowingly made.”  The burden of proof remains with the individual to provide an affirmative defense.  Additionally, the policy states that persons who were under 18 years old at the time of making a false claim to citizenship may use their minor status as a defense based on the premise that they are unable to fully grasp their actions. This policy shift is a helpful move forward so that people are not inadvertently found to be inadmissible for mistakenly claiming to be a U.S. citizen.

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Immigration Reform Still on the Table for 2013

As immigration activists continue to put the pressure on the government to pass immigration reform, there have been signs that a vote on more limited immigration reform bills may occur in 2013.  On Sunday, President Obama told ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” that if the Senate’s immigration reform bill were put up for a vote in the House, it would pass.  While House leaders have made no indications that the Senate’s bill will be presented for vote, other immigration and border security bills may be considered by the House in 2013.  In a memo to House Republicans, House Majority Leader, Eric Cantor, recently stated that the Judiciary and Homeland Security Committees have produced bills which the House may consider this fall.   The Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, Bob Goodlatte, also stated that he expected votes as soon as October on bills related to border security, internal enforcement, guest workers, and high-tech visas.   Nevertheless, according to Mr. Cantor, it appears that any other immigration related reforms will not be considered until “we pass legislation securing our borders and providing enforcement mechanisms to our law enforcement officials.”  We will continue to keep you apprised of any new developments on immigration reform.