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Immigration News2018-01-24T11:37:58+00:00

Immigration News and Updates

For the latest updates on immigration news in Georgia and all of the United States, bookmark this page and get the inside perspective from our immigration attorneys here at The Law Offices of Matthew C. Hines.

  • Immigrants Can Now Get Mexican Birth Certificates in US


The Mexican government Thursday began issuing birth certificates to its citizens at its consulates in the United States to make it easier for immigrants to obtain U.S. work permits, driver’s licenses and protection from deportation

Until now, Mexico has required its citizens to get birth certificates at government offices in Mexico. Many of those living in the U.S. ask friends and relatives back home to retrieve the paperwork, but the delay can hold up their applications for various benefits.

  • The Deferred Action for Parental Accountability Act (DAPA)12/10/2014
  • Recent memos from the U.S government indicate that people who want to apply for Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA or “the Obama Parents Program”) will need to show that they were in the U.S. on November 20, 2014. The best way to do this is with a receipt or some other document that has the applicant’s name and the date on it.

While the U.S. government is still NOT ready to accept applications, you can start preparing if you think you might be able to participate in the program:

  1. Make sure to save ANY papers you have that have your name on them and a date between November 5 and December 1, 2014;
  2. DO NOT throw out any papers that have on them your name and a date on or after December 1, 2009; and
  3. SAVE any papers you get that have on them your name and the date from now until you sign your application for submission.
  • Changes to how Dekalb County handles immigration detainees:


Dekalb County announced yesterday that they are no longer honoring immigration detainers without a warrant or “sufficient probable cause.” This means that, without a warrant or other concrete evidence to think someone is inappropriately present in the United States, Dekalb County Sheriffs will no longer keep people in prison for ICE after they have paid their criminal bail or been released. Read the full story here.

  • President Obama to Speak on the Status of Immigration


Tonight at 8 pm EST, President Obama is scheduled to announce his plan for executive action on immigration. The Executive Orders implementing this plan are scheduled to be signed into being tomorrow. At that point, the government agencies involved in implementing those orders will start the process of figuring out exactly how they will achieve the President’s orders.

This means that it may take a few weeks or even months for anyone benefiting from the President’s action to be able to apply and know how much it will cost.

Check back here regularly for on-going updates about who can benefit, what kind of benefits will be available, the documents beneficiaries will need to gather, when we will start taking appointments, and when we can start sending in applications.

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  • Refugee Processing Program for Central American Immigrants


Last Friday (Nov. 14, 2014), the State Department announced that they are opening up a refugee processing program in December 2014. The program will be in Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala for unmarried children under the age of 21 who have at least one parent in the United States with lawful status.

Processing will be handled in Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala by the U.S. Department of State, so people who think they might be eligible should remain in their home countries until further announcements about procedures are made. A second parent residing with the child(ren) may also be eligible. Check back on this website regularly for on-going updates on the implementation of this program.

  • Temporary Protective Status for Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone


USCIS announced today (Nov. 20, 2014) that they have designated Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). This means that people who are citizens of those countries and already residing in the United States without status may be eligible for permission to stay in the United States for a period of 18 months and receive work authorization for that time. Please call our office at (770) 941-0913 to schedule an appointment if you think you may be eligible for this program.