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What Are Aggravated Felonies for Immigration?

Immigration Attorney Defines Aggravated Felonies If you are a non-citizen, it is vital that you understand how criminal charges can affect your rights. The immigration system is extremely complex and hard to understand. This is very apparent when it comes to how the government handles criminal convictions. One would think that there would be a […]

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What Happens to My Immigration Status after a Personal Injury Claim?

Any time law enforcement officials have to get involved in a situation can make immigrants who do not have documentation of lawful status nervous. Some immigrants will simply avoid these situations. That means that if they are in an accident, they may just flee the scene. If they are injured in an accident that was […]

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Bond Hearings in Arizona – Everything You Need To Know

How fast can someone get a bond hearing? What is taken into consideration in a bond proceeding? Read this before you attend immigration court. Having a family member or loved one with immigration can be very emotional. Oftentimes families and friends are confused and worried as to what the next steps would be after a […]

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Immigrant’s Rights

Immigrant’s Rights

Taking your first steps towards gaining U.S citizenship can seem like a monumental undertaking. There is much to do and learn and, if you are at the beginning of your journey, you may not even be sure of where to begin. The purpose of this article is to discuss the fundamentals of Immigrant’s Rights, as […]

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ICE Chief Counsel Forged A Document And A Good Person Was Deported: By Immigration Attorney Nick Alcock

“A former federal immigration attorney who forged a document in an effort to get a man deported can be sued for damages, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.” Some people have said that people should not be entitled to legal representation in removal proceedings. I think you all know that many of those people now occupy […]

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We Offer Innovative Immigration Solutions

Most people think of hiring an immigration attorney as a black or white proposition.  At our immigration law firm, we pride ourselves in thinking outside the box.  We look for innovative solutions to meet our clients needs.  But what does that mean? People oftentimes come to the office thinking that they are eligible for one […]

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8 Types of Arizona Immigration Cases Alcock Law Represents

Immigration cases are incredibly prevalent in Arizona.  At Alcock & Associates, we are proud to be Arizona’s premiere immigration attorneys and have successfully represented thousands of clients.  We know that immigration cases can be exceptionally frightening, stressful and confusing.  We are here to help you understand your case, help you navigate the Arizona immigration system, […]

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3 Advantages of Hiring Alcock and Associates for Your Immigration Case

There are many different types of immigration cases that Arizona individuals face every day.  As Arizona attorneys with extensive experience in immigration law, we have a successful history of winning cases and helping our clients get their immigration needs met.  It can be incredibly confusing to understand immigration law for individuals, let alone legal professionals […]

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Getting a bond in a deportation case in Arizona

Deportation and Removal in Arizona Lots of people ask us about how the law works for deportation bond hearings in immigration cases.  If you or a loved one are facing deportation and have been taken into custody here are some basic concepts for you to know. Deportation is known as “removal.”  Anyone who is in […]

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Deportation – How to Handle Cancellation of Removal Case

How to Get a Cancellation of Removal There are few things more stressful for an immigrant that facing deportation proceedings and potential removal.  Cancellation of removal is not simple or straightforward and it is highly recommended that you hire an experienced immigration attorney to assist you in deportation proceedings.  U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services describe […]

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Immigration attorney Jessica Zink wins a cancellation of removal case

While we know that the political situation is now more fragile than ever, it is still possible to get a great result in immigration courts.  Our immigration attorney Jessica Zink just won a contested cancellation of removal case.  She worked for years on the case and we are proud of her and the result she […]

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MEXICAN PRESIDENT PRAISES, THANKS OBAMA FOR DEPORTATION POLICY CHANGE

Following a significant change in immigration policy announced by the White House on Friday, the leaders of the two nations expected to feel the most direct impact met before the start of the G-20 summit in Los Cabos, Mexico. It was during this meeting that Mexican President Felipe Calderon thanked President Obama for what he […]

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OBAMA: NEW IMMIGRATION POLICY IS “THE RIGHT THING TO DO”

Posted by Phoenix Immigration Attorney Nick Alcock: President Barack Obama addressed the nation at the White House today regarding a major immigration policy change expected to potentially affect 800,000 people. A politically strategic election-year move, Obama announced the U.S. will stop deporting young illegal immigrants who entered the United States as children if they meet […]

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IMMIGRATION ATTORNEY DISCUSSES ADMINISTRATIVE CHANGES BY OBAMA

Posted by: Arizona Immigration Lawyers at Alcock & Associates Phoenix immigration attorney Nick Alcock has never seen more uncertainty in the immigration system. Rumors are flying and nobody seems to know what will happen to 300,000 facing deportation hearings. Similarly, there is confusion regarding how ICE will handle future deportations. Says Phoenix Immigration Attorney Alcock, […]

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ARIZONA AGENCIES READY TO ENFORCE IMMIGRATION LAW AFTER RULING

Arizona law-enforcement agencies are preparing to enforce the controversial immigration legislation the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday. Every agency in the state had mandatory training from the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board that included legal explanations on enforcing every aspect of the law, even those that U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton struck […]

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HIGH COURT MOSTLY REJECTS ARIZONA IMMIGRATION LAW SB-1070 June 25, 2012Legal Blogadmin

Posted by Phoenix Immigration Attorney Nick Alcock: The U.S. Supreme Court struck down three key parts of an Arizona law that sought to deter illegal immigration, but it let stand a controversial provision that lets police check a person’s immigration status while enforcing other laws. In a decision sure to ripple across the political landscape […]

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IMMIGRATION ATTORNEYS, DEFENDANTS ALIKE, AWAITING GOVERNMENT ACTION ON DEPORTATION SUSPENSIONS

Posted by: Phoenix Arizona Immigration Lawyers “So when does Obama’s new immigration law go into effect,” asks a concerned client. Phoenix Immigration Attorney Darius Amiri has been seeing more and more questions such as these lately. “The primary misconception is that there has been some kind of change in immigration law,” says Immigration Defense Lawyer […]

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STRAUSS-KAHN ACCUSER IS IMMIGRANT SURVIVOR

Posted by: Phoenix Arizona Criminal Defense Attorneys Original Article Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/26/us-strausskahn-accuser-idUSTRE76P4FA20110726 ” (Reuters) – First she was portrayed as a model of virtue who was violated by a rich and powerful man. Then she was presented as a liar, a schemer associated with criminals in the New York underworld, who may have taken down the […]

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MISSISSIPPI LATEST STATE TO PASS HARSH IMMIGRATION BILL

Posted by: the Phoenix Immigration Lawyers at Alcock & Associates   latest-state-to-pass-anti-immigration-bill   Immigration attorneys and activists alike scratch their heads as yet another contoversial immigration bill is about to be passed. Like Georgia, Alabama, and Louisiana and South Carolina, this current iteration of anti-immigration legislation is set to come through from the South, a […]

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IMMIGRATION ATTORNEYS COMMENT ON ARPAIO’S LATEST

Posted by Immigration Attorneys at Alcock & Associates. About 100 protesters gathered Friday afternoon outside the offices of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, to protest the death of Ernest Atencio at Arpaio’s 4th Avenue Jail in Phoenix, Arizona. This latest protest was convened by the PUENTE Movement, an Arizona-based immigrant rights group, in the wake […]

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IMMIGRATION NEWS: PRE-ELECTION POSTURING? DARIUS AMIRI EXPLAINS

Phoenix Immigration Lawyer Darius Amiri on Proposed Immigration Changes: Promising Developments or Pre-Election Political Posturing As an immigration attorney in Phoenix, Darius Amiri is constantly on the lookout for changes that may benefit his immigration clients. One such change is now on the horizon. On January 6, 2012, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced […]

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MSCO TRAFFIC STOP HELPS ICE NABS TWO SUSPECTED ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS

Posted by Phoenix Immigration Attorney Nick Alcock: Over a week has passed since the Supreme Court ruled on Arizona’s immigration law, SB-1070. In shooting down key provisions of the law, the justices elected to keep an integral component requiring police to determine a person’s immigration status if they are pulled over, detained, or arrested. Federal […]

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IRAN REFUGEE FINALLY GRANTED GREEN CARD, AVOIDS DEPORTATION AND POSSIBLE EXECUTION

Posted by Phoenix Immigration Attorney Nick Alcock: Fatemeh Asadi fled Iran 22 years ago and immigrated to the U.S. in 2003. She has been waiting on pins and needles for several years for a chance at U.S. Citizenship. The refugee who resides in Mesa was finally granted her wish when she received her green card […]

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OBAMA ADMINISTRATION DEPORTATION REFORM

Huge news from the Obama administration today. It looks as if immigration officials will review all pending deportation cases to determine who should stay and who will be deported. Too early to know exactly how this will change things, but we will see. I will keep you posted. CNN REPORTs “In a move that could […]

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OBAMA ADMINISTRATION REVIEWS PENDING DEPORTATION CASES

Immigration Attorney Blog: Huge news from the Obama administration today. It looks as if immigration officials will review all pending deportation cases to determine who should stay and who will be deported. Too early to know exactly how this will change things, but we will see. I will keep you posted. CNN REPORTs “In a […]

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IMMIGRATION ATTORNEYS WHO KNOW THE SYSTEM

At Alcock & Associates each lawyer is dedicated to providing the highest level of customer service. When you come to our office the first time, you will see that there are no high pressure sales pitches. Our goal is to help you bring your life back to normal as quickly as possible. Call for a […]

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IMMIGRANTS CAN EMBRACE HUGE OPPORTUNITIES IN UPCOMING DREAM ACT

Posted by Phoenix Immigration Attorney Nick Alcock: Those long-awaited work permits that young illegal immigrants can begin applying for are just around the corner. That’s right, beginning next Wednesday so many of the young people previously limited to jobs that do not require proof of citizenship or a work permit will finally be eligible for […]

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GOP HISPANIC GROUPS LOSING SUPPORT OVER ANTI-IMMIGRATION MESSAGE

NOTE: The GOP’s hard line stance on immigration issues, including its local support of the highly polarizing SB 1070 Arizona anti-immigration bill, is seemingly driving a wedge between the political groups Latino base and party leaders, forcing a decision- support anti-immigration legislation at the risk of polarizing Latino support within the party- or fight such […]

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Immigration Attorneys to Sue D.H.S for Refusing to Disclose Records

Immigration Attorneys to Sue Department of Homeland Security Posted by the Immigration Lawyers at Alcock & Associates in Phoenix, Arizona Last week, immigration attorneys and other public advocates announced their intention to file a suit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for its refusal to disclose records on its immense immigration enforcement intiative, the […]

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High School Valedictorian Dodges Deportation

Posted by: the immigration lawyers at Alcock & Associates in Phoenix, Arizona As immigration attorneys in Phoenix, Arizona, we come across a lot of cases where a client is facing unjustified deportation. The case of Florida high school student valedictorian Daniela Pelaez is right up there with some of the most sympathetic. And the news […]

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Local Phoenix Southern Baptists back Immigration Plan

Posted by: Phoenix Arizona Immigration Lawyers PHOENIX • Southern Baptists adopted a resolution this week that supports a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants but clearly states they reject “amnesty.” After heated debate at their annual meeting in Phoenix, the Baptists approved a statement that called for secure borders and “a just and compassionate path […]

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New Immigration Rule Intended to Ease Family Separations

Despite the recent distractions of the fiscal cliff, President Obama has kept true to his promise by indicating that comprehensive immigration reform is a top priority for his second term. To Mr. Obama’s credit, the Department of Homeland Security has now published a rule it says will cut the time U.S. citizens are separated from […]

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement Chief Criticized for Policy Changes

Posted by: Phoenix Arizona Criminal and Immigration Lawyers Pro-immigrant lawyers and activists are slamming the director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for recently announced policy “changes” that they say will do nothing to improve the way illegal immigrants are being deported. ICE director John Morton is saying he will give the department’s lawyers more […]

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Detained Gay Immigrants Fear for Safety

Posted by: Phoenix Arizona Immigration Defense Attorneys The assault took place while Ramon Catalan, an illegal immigrant from Mexico, was detained by federal immigration authorities in a Pinal County jail. Catalan, a transgender man who lives as a woman, was in a cell when four other immigration detainees began insulting her in Spanish. “One guy […]

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Border Patrol Agent Arrested for Stealing Purse

Posted by: Phoenix Arizona Immigration Attorneys at Alcock & Associates Original article Source: http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2011/08/09/20110809arizona-border-agent-purse-theft.html A Border Patrol agent has been arrested on suspicion of stealing a woman’s purse and using her credit cards to go shopping at a Walmart in Douglas in southeastern Arizona. Douglas police said Tuesday that 32-year-old Agent Teofilo Rodarte of El […]

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Immigration Lawyers Object to Unfair Rules Change

Posted by: Phoenix Arizona Immigration Attorneys at Alcock & Associates Law Firm Immigration Lawyers Object to Unfair Rules Change Once again local immigration attorneys are bristling another rules change that will make our client’s lives more difficult. Instead of simply going to their local consulate, alien relatives must now mail their I-130 forms to Chicago. […]

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Phoenix Immigration Policy a Concern for MLB? Lawyers and Baseball

Posted by Nick Alcock, Attorney at Law, for the Phoenix, Arizona Immigration Lawyers at Alcock & Associates The Associated Press – Bud Selig likes to call himself a student of history. If so, he’s headed for an “F” on this assignment, and he’s not alone. Rarely passing up a chance to laud baseball as a […]

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Phoenix Immigration Lawyers and Clients might not benefit from New ICE Guidelines

Posted by Nick Alcock, Attorney at Law, for the Phoenix Immigration Lawyers at Alcock & Associates Pro-immigrant lawyers and activists are slamming the director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for recently announced policy “changes” that they say will do nothing to improve the way illegal immigrants are being deported. ICE director John Morton is […]

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Justice Department Attorneys to Review Controversial Alabama Immigration Law

Posted by: Phoenix Arizona Immigration Defense Lawyers at Alcock & Associates The U.S. Justice Department said Friday it is reviewing Alaba­ma’s strict new immigration law and has scheduled a meeting Tuesday to discuss it with state law enforcement officials. “To the extent we find state laws that interfere with the feder­al government’s enforcement of immigration […]

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President Obama Says E-Verify System Needs Work. Immigration Consequences?

Posted by: Phoenix Arizona Immigration and Criminal Defense Lawyers, Alcock & Associates Computerworld – The Internet-based E-Verify employment eligibility system can be an important enforcement tool in the fight against illegal immigration, but only if it can be made error-free and reliable, President Obama said on Wednesday. Speaking at a White House press conference on […]

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Arizona Gov. Brewer Fights to Keep Immigration Lawsuit Alive

Posted by: Phoenix Arizona Immigration Defense Attorney PHOENIX (AP) — Gov. Jan Brewer has asked a judge to keep alive her lawsuit that accuses the federal government of failing to secure the border and enforce immigration laws. The governor’s lawyers asked U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton to deny a request by the U.S. Justice Department […]

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Georgia Latest in Line of States Following Arizona’s Lead in Passing Harsh Immigration Laws

Posted by: Phoenix Arizona Immigration Defense Lawyers Five states this year followed Arizona’s lead by passing laws that expanded the powers of local police officers to enforce immigration laws. And although each of the states has tried different approaches, they are seeing the same results. By David Goldman, AP David Barrera, 16, an undocumented immigrant, […]

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Immigrant Arizona High School Track Coach Deported, Missed by Those He Helped

Posted by: Phoenix Arizona Immigration Attorney Nick Alcock PHOENIX – Friends and students of volunteer high school track coach Miguel Aparicio expressed Tuesday their regrets that the 37-year-old Mexican immigrant was deported after more than 20 years in the United States helping young people in his community. Aparicio’s grandmother brought him to the United States […]

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How Close Are We To Immigration Reform?

Following President Obama’s lopsided margin of victory among Hispanic voters in the presidential election Republicans were understandably concerned. After all, the results have many on Capitol Hill beaming with optimism that an immigration overhaul is indeed possible. However, the path to such reform may be far more complicated than you would think, especially since both […]

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Immigration Attorneys Fighting to Keep Families Together

Immigration Attorneys Fighting to Keep Families Together One of the primary goals immigration attorneys in removal proceedings have is to keep families together. And a new report indicating that during the first half of 2011, 46,000 parents claiming United States Citizen (USC) children as dependants were deported futher enhances this goal. While Department of Homeland […]

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Immigration Attorney Darius Amiri on New ICE Public Advocate

Posted by the Immigration Attorneys at Alcock & Associates ICE public advocate a plus Earlier this month, Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that Andrew Lorenzon Strait will serve as its public advocate- the first such appointment in the history of ICE. The move is one in a series of steps taken by ICE purportedly to […]

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New Proposals Being Finalized for Immigration Reform

After last year’s election, when Hispanic voters overwhelmingly backed Mr. Obama’s bid for a second term, there now appears to be broad support in the Senate for a so-called path to citizenship. But the length of the waiting period has continued to be at the heart of the philosophical struggle between Democrats and Republicans. The […]

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Obama Calls for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

In a highly anticipated event that took place at a Las Vegas High School, President Obama emotionally urged the public in supporting bipartisan efforts at immigration reform, appealing both to voters’ pocketbooks and their sentimentality. Obama, who faced much criticism from Latino activists for failing to deliver on a 2008 campaign promise to make overhauling […]

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Sen. Schumer Wants to Revieve Immigration Bill, Affect on Phoenix Immigration Laws?

Very encouraging to see that our elected representatives are not giving up on some type of comprehensive immigration reform. But this has been tried twice under the Obama presidency and both times unsuccessfully. Will the Dream Act finally pass, or is this just pre-election political posturing? Posted by: Phoenix Arizona Immigration Attorneys at Alcock & […]

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States and Courts at Odds on Immigration Reform, Demonstrating that Change Must Come from Washington

(Reuters) – A year ago, immigrant labor activist Salvador Reza thought Arizona’s tough state immigration crackdown could empty the work site he ran in north Phoenix. But 12 months on, after a federal judge blocked key parts of the law, day laborers still line up from dawn to tout for work, occasionally heckled by protesters […]

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Car Wash Indictment Shows Need for Immigration Reform

The weekend raids that took place at 16 Danny’s Family Car Wash locations throughout the valley invoked fear among immigrants already on edge by years of relentless enforcement. These events came as the Obama administration treads carefully around the minefield that is immigration enforcement and as an overhaul of the country’s immigration system hangs in […]

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DOMA Ruling Helps LGBT Couples in Immigration Despair

Gay marriage and immigration are inextricably intertwined. So when the Supreme Court struck down a key portion of the Defense of Marriage Act on Wednesday, it also solved one of the thorniest dilemmas facing Congress: whether and how to give same-sex couples access to immigration benefits. The Supreme Court has finally decided to extend federal […]

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Sheriff Arpaio Reluctantly Suspends Immigration Crackdown Efforts

Last month’s landmark federal court ruling has proven to be a big blow to Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the movement for more local immigration enforcement. In the wake of the judge’s decision that the sheriff’s office had racially profiled Latinos in its patrols, Arpaio has, at least, temporarily suspended all his immigration efforts. […]

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