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Chapo Guzman’s Arrest Sheds Light on Mexican Convention Against Torture Claims

Mexico’s most-wanted narco-trafficking kingpin, known as “El Chapo Guzman,” was arrested on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at a hotel in the resort town of Mazatlan, Mexico.  Mr. Guzman is one of Mexico’s richest citizens and is reported to be the head of the “Sinaloa Cartel,” one of Mexico’s most powerful drug cartels.  The Sinaloa Cartel


Senators Urge DOS to Extend TPS to Filipino Nationals

On February 6, 2014 a group of 19 Senators, including both Republicans and Democrats, urged Secretary of State John Kerry to extend Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, to nationals of the Philippines.  In late November, 2013 a similar letter was sent to the Department of Homeland Security.  The government of the Philippines requested that the


I-130 Spousal Visa Backlog Needs Immediate Fix

US citizens filing visa petitions for foreign national spouses, children or parents previously waited only about five months to have their petitions approved. However, over the last year, waits for approvals of these I-130 visa petitions have taken much longer.   In some cases, the normal 5 month wait has been as long as 15


New Law Makes Immigration for Adopted Orphans Easier

On January 17, 2014, President Obama signed a new law which eased the immigration for adopted orphans.  The change, which applies to Non-Hague convention adoptions, allows adoptive parents to petition for their adoptive child so long as one of the parents has “personally saw and observed the child before or during the adoption proceedings.”  Previously, both