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Examining U.S. Immigration Statistics

Every three months, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) releases a report with up-to-date statistics on U.S. immigration.  Prepared by the DHS’ Office of Immigration Statistics (OIS), this report provides recent figures on lawful permanent residents, refugee arrivals, and naturalizations, among others. Lawful Permanent Residents In their report, the OIS

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How Many People are Wrongfully Convicted in the United States?

It’s a very difficult question to answer, for many reasons.  To help answer this question, we can begin by reviewing a reliable resource with data on convictions and exonerations for criminal offenses.  One such entity is the National Registry of Exonerations (NRE), a joint project between several law schools. What

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What is the Shifting Landscape of DACA Immigration?

An immigration program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) has been featured prominently in the news of late.  Today we will explore the presently shifting landscape for the DACA program. What is DACA? Created on June 15, 2012, the U.S. Government rolled out the DACA program to protect the

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Drunk Driving Laws in Iowa Explained

It can happen to anyone.  You have a few too many drinks at dinner or a party.  Then you see flashing lights in your rearview mirror on the drive home.  If the police officer suspects intoxication, you may be charged with a DUI and face severe penalties. Given the grave

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Why You Might Need a Criminal Defense Attorney if You Have a Green Card

Like any of the nearly 13 million individuals arrested each year in the United States, those who are arrested and are lawful permanent residents (i.e. green card holders) of the U.S. should seek the counsel of an experienced green card criminal defense attorney.  Often times green card holders can face additional punishment compared

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Five Questions to Ask When Searching for an Immigration Attorney

Immigrants are the lifeblood of our nation, and to this day nearly 15% of the U.S. population is made up of immigrants.  However, immigrating to the United States can be one of the more difficult things an individual can do.  The length of the strenuous immigration process and the ever changing immigration

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Trump Administration Proposes to Reduce Immigration

President Trump backed a bill that would reduce legal immigration by restricting entry of foreign family members into the United States, according to an article by The New York Times.  This change to existing family immigration laws applies to both American citizens petitioning for their family members to live in

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What is Mandatory Minimum Sentencing?

According to the United States Sentencing Commission, nearly 60% of federal offenders were convicted of a crime that carries a minimum mandatory sentence. This means that the individuals were convicted of a crime for which the law mandates the offender serve a certain sentence. These minimums are strictly enforced on

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Stopped by Police, Suspected Drunk Driving?

It can happen to anyone:  You have had one too many drinks and you get behind the wheel and head home.  Before you know it, blue and white lights are flashing in your rearview mirror and you know what is about to happen.  This can be an extremely nerve-wracking experience,

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How to Prepare for the Spouse Visa Interview

Applying for a spouse visa for a foreign citizen involves countless steps and forms to navigate.  There are different processes for different situations – this article deals with the situation where the foreign spouse resides outside of the United States, the US citizen resides in the United States, and the

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Was Your Spouse’s Visa Refused? Here’s What to Do Next

As the Trump Administration continues to roll out sweeping immigration reform tensions are high for families who are concerned about being split up due to lack of immigration status. For couples that are married and only one spouse is a United States citizen, it is common to believe that the spouse seeking

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What is the Difference Between State and Federal Crime?

Americans are used to hearing the words ‘state crime’ and ‘federal crime’ thrown around on the news.  Many do not bat an eye at the differing terms, only passing the terminology off as legal banter, however, it is extremely important to understand the difference between state and federal crime.  State

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What You Need to Know About Your Miranda Rights

Almost everyone is familiar with the idea of Miranda Rights from their favorite television show or their high school civics class.  Americans are generally familiar with the fact that all citizens are entitled to “be read their rights.”  It is common for people to assume that if they have been

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Why You Need an Immigration Lawyer

Are you a business owner seeking to hire or retain a foreign born employee?   Are you a United States citizen who wants to marry someone who lives outside of the United States?  Are you seeking to become a United States citizen?  These common situations involving immigration, and many others, often

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What is a “Sanctuary City” and Why Does it Matter?

“Sanctuary city” is an informal term used to describe cities or jurisdictions where local law enforcement does not cooperate with federal immigration authorities regarding the enforcement of civil immigration laws.  The majority of the controversy with sanctuary cities centers around federal government Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) detainers requesting local

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5 Things to Know About Gun Laws in Iowa

Iowa law respects the Second Amendment, but federal and state gun laws recognize limits to that right. Gun owners should get advice from a Cedar Rapids criminal defense lawyer if they are accused of violating an Iowa gun law. Here are five facts about Iowa gun laws that every Iowa

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What Are the Consequences of a White-Collar Crime Conviction in Iowa?

  Iowa judges take white-collar crimes seriously. While judges tend to reserve the harshest sentences for violent criminals and drug dealers, they might also impose a significant punishment for a serious financial crime Maximum Sentences for Iowa White-Collar Crimes A white-collar crime that causes a loss of more than $10,000

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How Will an Iowa OWI Conviction Affect My CDL?

Only drivers who are licensed to operate commercial vehicles may drive those vehicles on Iowa roads. Commercial vehicles include most trucks (including tractor-trailer combinations) that weigh more than 26,000 pounds, busses that can carry 16 or more occupants, and vehicles that carry certain hazardous materials. Every state prohibits driving under

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How Different Prescription Drugs Can Affect Our Driving

Iowa has a zero tolerance policy for driving under the influence of drugs.  Unlike alcohol, where a person can legally drive with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of less than .08, a person operating a motor vehicle under the influence of any drug commits a DUI offense. What about medications

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DUI and Employment Background Checks

Why do employers run background checks? Background checks have become a regular part of the hiring process for all industries. They provide a relatively reliable way for employers to screen employees. Information discovered in a background check could reveal dishonesty on an application or resume, violent or dishonest behaviour, and

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