Election May Change Immigrant Playing Field

Strid­ing into the spot­light at the Repub­li­can National Con­ven­tion, Ann Rom­ney was quick to remind vot­ers where she had come from before she became the wife of a would-be pres­i­dent. Rom­ney recalled grow­ing up in Michi­gan, the daugh­ter of a Welsh immi­grant father whose rags to riches story res­onates with the core of this country. […]

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Hardship Waiver Process Gets Easier

To file or not to file. That is the ques­tion for U.S. cit­i­zens who have mar­ried a foreign-born spouse who entered the coun­try ille­gally. In order to gain legal sta­tus for the non-citizen spouse, the U.S. cit­i­zen spouse has to suc­cess­fully file a spousal peti­tion and a sep­a­rate waiver appli­ca­tion prov­ing that it would be […]

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Candidates Skirt Immigration

Brows­ing through the cam­paign web sites of Pres­i­dent Barack Obama and chal­lenger Mitt Rom­ney, it’s easy to see where the can­di­dates stand on front-burner issues such as the econ­omy and taxes. The issue of immi­gra­tion, how­ever, is nowhere to be found on their home pages. That’s despite the fact that U.S. immi­gra­tion poli­cies are intri­cately connected […]

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Immigrant stories spin web

As a small girl I would often sit by my father, enthralled with his sto­ries of the “Old Coun­try.” With the skill of an old Irish shanachie, or story teller, he would weave his tales of giants and mere men, often choos­ing lore with a para­ble as its plot and res­o­lu­tion. I still recall his […]

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Law brings order, relief to life of immigrant mother

Not too long ago, before the snow piles had made open-air igloos out of every inter­sec­tion, I came to some­thing of a cross­roads in my life. I became a lawyer at age 49. Sit­ting in the august cham­bers of the Con­necti­cut Supreme Court build­ing, I was get­ting ready to intro­duce myself as Attor­ney Marie Grady for […]

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