Latest Immigration News for US citizenship law and Sondra Miller-Wein, ESQ., founder of Immigration Law Options, LLC.
The Dream Act
The Development Relief and Education for Alien Minors or DREAM Act would
amend a 1996 law to give illegal immigrants access to higher education
benefits and a path to citizenship for anyone who entered the United States
illegally when he or she was 15 years old or younger. In addition to this
age qualification, the bill stipulates that to be eligible for conditional
legal status, applicants must have lived in the United States for at least
five years and must have graduated from high school or earned a GED. In
order to earn full legal status, they must then either attend college
or serve in the military for at least two years.
The Supreme Court ruled in 1982 that illegal immigrants are entitled to
a K-12 public education, but federal law is silent as to their college
rights. Texas, California, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, New
York, Oklahoma, Utah and Washington are the only states still offering
in-state tuition to illegal immigrants. In the House, the bill is H.R.1751,
in the Senate, it is S.729, and both were introduced on 3/26/2009.
Miller-Wein Named as Panelist
(Philadelphia, PA – March 2010) Sondra Miller-Wein, Esq., was recently
named a Panelist for the AILA Philadelphia Chapter 2010 Annual Conference. Ms.
Miller-Wein spoke on the topic, "Do's and Dont's of USCIS Marriage-Based
Adjustments" on March 12, 2010 at the Downtown Club of Philadelphia,
PA for the Program "Issues in Family-Based Immigration Practice." Over
150 immigration practitioners attended the program.
2009 CITIZENSHIP DAY A Success!
More than 20 individuals assisted.
(Ambler, PA – December 11, 2009) On November 15, Sondra Miller-Wein,
Esq. coordinated the first Montgomery County Citizenship Day, a day designed
to provide free legal services for income-qualified individuals interested
in applying for United States citizenship. The day was a tremendous
success, with twenty individuals attending who each received personalized
attention from a participating attorney.
The event was held at St. Patrick's Church in Norristown, Pennsylvania.
Sponsoring organizations included Hillary Blecker and PICC (Pennsylvania
Immigration and Citizenship Coalition) and Cherylle Corpuz, Esq., and
the Philadelphia Chapter of AILA (the American Immigration Lawyers Association).
Stephen Britt, Esq., and a core group of pro bono immigration attorneys,
including CJ Lyford, Matthew Archambeault, Audrey Allen, Karen Pollins,
Mary Clark, Marcia Ibrahim, and assisted by attorneys Marla Soffer, Joo
Park, Allyson Block, and Margaret Boyle, provided immigration services
to the individuals.
A very Special Thanks to all of the law students, interns, and paralegals
who assisted in making this day happen.
For more information on PICC and future Citizenship Days, please go to
Miller-Wein Named to Legal Advisory Panel at Esperanza
(Ambler, PA – October 2009) Sondra Miller-Wein, Esq., was
recently named to the Attorney Advisory Panel of the newly-formed Esperanza
Immigration Legal Services. Esperanza is one of the largest
Hispanic faith-based networks in the United States, and its latest initiative
furthers this mission by providing community education, advocacy, and
direct legal services to immigrants and their families, so that they may
participate in and benefit fully from American society.
For more information on Esperanza, please go to www.esperanza.us.
Miller-Wein Facilitates Citizenship Program
(Ambler, PA – November 2009) Sondra Miller-Wein, Esq., recently
conducted a CLE (Continuing Legal Education) program
for pro-bono attorneys on the topic of Citizenship. Held in the Montgomery
County Courthouse on November 12, 2009, the program trained Montgomery
County Bar volunteer attorneys in the naturalization process. Miller-Wein
also, along with Hillary Blecker of PICC (Pennsylvania Immigration and
Citizenship Coalition), conducted a community training at Partners for
Families in Norristown recently for community leaders in conjunction with
For more information on PICC, please go to www.paimmigrant.org.
Miller-Wein named Coordinator of AILA’s Annual Creative
Writing Contest for Pennsylvania
(Ambler, PA – November 2009) Sondra Miller-Wein, Esq., together
with CJ Lyford, Esq., was named co-coordinator of AILA's Annual Creative
Writing Contest for Pennsylvania. The essay contest, held under
the auspices of the AIC, allows fifth-grade students to submit an essay
on the yearly topic, "Why I am Glad America is a Nation of Immigrants."
Past winners have used the theme to discuss their personal immigration
experiences, learn about and share family histories, or write about the
broader questions of the challenges facing immigrants in a new land. Fifth
grade students enter their work in local contests, and each chapter forwards
the local winning entry to the National Competition where entries are
reviewed by a distinguished panel including U.S. Senators, award winning
authors and noted journalists. Winning entries will then be printed in
the Congressional Record.
For more information about the essay contest, go to www.communityeducationcenter.org.
Provides citizens and noncitizens with information about their constitutional
Shows the answers to "frequently asked questions" about the
Philadelphia Immigration Court.
This link is the official government website for information about US
Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which is the government
agency that oversees immigration to the United States of America. If you
want to obtain information about your case, you should check this website