Posts Tagged ‘Immigration Law’

States Continue to Carve Out Piecemeal Immigration Law and Policy in Absence of Federal Approach

Friday, September 9th, 2011

As previously reported, state and local governments continue to be the staging ground for real action on immigration reform while Congress does nothing. Conservative state legislatures have enacted draconian, restrictive immigration laws (Arizona, Alabama, Utah, Georgia, and South Carolina) that, in some cases, are winding their way through the courts, while other states have moved in the direction of enacting more liberal policies toward immigrants. Most recently, the governors of Illinois and California signed into law “DREAM Act” bills that would allow undocumented immigrants to receive private funds to attend state colleges and universities. The same issue will go before the Maryland electorate as part of a referendum in November 2011.  And the courts, state as well as federal, continue to enter the fray. In Texas, a district court recently barred the Texas Department of Public Safety from enforcing rules that denied driver’s licenses to immigrants living and working in Texas with valid work authorization.  In Georgia, a federal district court blocked key provisions of that state’s “Show Me Your Papers” law, granting a preliminary injunction in the suit filed by a coalition of civil rights groups and individual attorneys.

In the absence of a federal approach to immigration reform and continued congressional inaction which is expected until after the next presidential election, we can expect more of the same from state and local governments as they attempt to regulate immigration and address the strain our broken immigration system causes to their communities.

New Full-Service Immigration Law Firm Opens In Downtown Denver

Monday, January 4th, 2010

Nancy Elkind and Phil Alterman, formerly of Stern Elkind Curray & Alterman LLP, have joined forces with longtime associate David Harston to form the Immigration Law Firm of Elkind Alterman Harston PC. The firm, located at their new offices at Blake Street Terrace, offers a full line of services to fulfill employment-based and family immigration, deportation defense,asylum and refugee law. The partners bring more than 60 years of combined experience dealing exclusively with the complexities of the immigration process. All three partners are former Chapter Chairs of the Colorado Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association. Nancy Elkind and Phil Alterman have been cited in the prestigious Best Lawyers in America for more than ten years. Both partners also have been cited in the publication Super Lawyers on an annual basis since 2006. Super Lawyers also named Ms. Elkind one of the top twenty-five lawyers in Colorado in 2007, 2008, and 2009. The Denver Bar Association honored Phil Alterman with the Special President’s Award for his pro bono work. David Harston was cited in Law Week Colorado as an “Up-and-Coming” Lawyer in 2007. The three partners are supported by a six-person support staff that also has decades of experience working in government, non-profit and corporate immigration law.

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