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P+B Honored to Partner with TULAP to Support Tulane’s Immigrant Community

We are honored to have been selected as counsel to serve the immigrant community of Tulane University through its law school’s Tulane Legal Assistance Program (TULAP).

TULAP is a legal services program funded by the Tulane University Associated Student Body. It pairs Tulane law students with experienced lawyers to provide accessible legal advice and services to the Tulane community. TULAP provides free legal advice and low-cost representation to current Tulane University students, staff, and faculty. TULAP also provides free notarial services and information regarding legal rights. In addition, we will also provide an immigration-focused “know your rights” presentation at Tulane in March.

We look forward to working with the TULAP law students to make sure that all members of the Tulane community, irrespective of immigration status, feel welcome and supported on campus.

Here are some articles from the Times-Picayune and Tulane University discussing the addition of immigration to TULAP’s legal services:

http://www.nola.com/education/index.ssf/2018/02/tulane_to_offer_legal-aid_for.html

http://www.law.tulane.edu/tlsNews/newsItem.aspx?id=21106

Maycoll and Stephanie Look Forward to a Bright Future in US After Winning Asylum

Maycoll and Stephanie Mendoza fled to the U.S. in 2012, escaping a multitude of horrors in their native Honduras. This resilient brother and sister pair journeyed through Guatemala and Mexico mostly alone, two pre-teen children, seeking refuge in the United States. Immigration authorities apprehended Maycoll and Stephanie at the Texas border, and there began their struggle to win asylum in the United States.

The harm Maycoll and Stephanie suffered in Honduras over the years was vast, including attempted recruitment by gang members when they resided in the cities of Honduras and attempted recruitment by narco-traffickers when they resided in the remote Mosquito Coast of Honduras. The children also suffered additional forms of unthinkable harm that ultimately led to their grant of asylum.

Maycoll and Stephanie’s case was presented before the Immigration Judge, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and USCIS before they were granted asylum. Throughout the initial setbacks in their case, the children and their family never lost the courage to persevere. They have long been outspoken advocates with the local New Orleans Worker’s Center for Racial Justice / Congress of Day Laborers. Maycoll and Stephanie appeared together with their family in a New Orleans Advocate article addressing the tougher immigration enforcement policies implemented shortly after Trump’s election. Maycoll bravely spoke to the national media for an NPR All Things Considered story featuring his family’s situation in the era of Trump enforcement.

As for the future, Maycoll recently graduated from high school and is currently enrolled as a college student at the University of New Orleans (UNO). Stephanie is a junior in high school, with plans to study cardiology in the future. We are grateful for the opportunity to have worked with these outstanding, tenacious young people!

*This and all other featured client stories and photographs have been approved for publication by the clients.

Important Information for Central American TPS Holders

Please note that United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that all Nicaraguans and Hondurans who wish to maintain their Temporary Protected Status (TPS), MUST re-register between December 15, 2017 and February 13, 2018. Although the re-registration dates are the same, please note that there are very important differences.

First, USCIS has announced that TPS for Nicaragua will be terminated on January 5, 2019. THERE WILL BE NO SUBSEQUENT RENEWAL OF NICARAGUAN TPS.

Second, USCIS has not made a final determination as to whether to continue Honduran TPS. As a result, Honduras’ TPS designation has automatically been extended through July 5, 2018. However, the status of Honduran TPS Holders WILL NOT BE EXTENDED AUTOMATICALLY. Individuals currently holding Honduran TPS MUST RE-REGISTER between December 15, 2017 and February 13, 2018. Otherwise, they will lose their status. Unfortunately, their extension will only be valid until July 5, 2018. However, USCIS has indicated that it is automatically extending the validity of employment authorization documents issued under Honduran TPS until July 5, 2018.

The longterm future of Honduran TPS remains uncertain. USCIS is required to make a decision by May 6, 2018.

We are still awaiting a decision on the future of Salvadoran TPS.

Schedule a consultation with us today if you are interested in discussing the extension of your TPS or exploring alternative immigration options.

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