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Afia Yunus selected in “Whos’ Next: Law” by Billy Penn

Young people make up some of the best lawyers and legal minds in Philadelphia. So for the third year in a row, Billy Penn is highlighting the city’s next great stars in law, from prosecutors to litigators to defenders to social justice advocates.

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AFIA YUNUS

Owner, Yunus Law P.C.

31 years old

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Afia Yunus is the principal attorney and founder of Yunus Law, a firm with offices in Philadelphia and Chicago that focuses exclusively on US immigration and nationality law. She represents clients from all over the country and abroad in employment-based immigration, family-based immigration and removal defense before the US Immigration Court and Board of Immigration Appeals. She’s used her experience to consult with affected parties, particularly since the election of President Donald Trump (whose immigration-related executive orders placed responsibilities squarely on the shoulders of attorneys like Yunus), waiving her consultation fee for any “travel ban” inquiries. She’s conducted workshops, livestreamed seminars on Facebook and spoken at mosques and synagogues. Yunus is involved in supporting her local refugee community through a partnership with the Catholic Charities of Camden and with Islamic Circle of North America Relief. She’s also a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the National Association of Muslim Lawyers and the Illinois State Bar Association. view more

Summary of Leaked Progress Report on Immigration Enforcement Order

Trump’s Executive Order on immigration enforcement, signed 1/25/17, called for a progress report within 90 days. That report was LEAKED. Here’s what you need to know:

  1. More money on the wall, more detention beds in ICE detention centers, and faster, lesse effective hiring policies for agents
  2. calls for approximately 50 MORE miles of border wall, pending funding
  3. Even though detention is at an all-time high-around 41,000 per day in January 2017-calls for an additional 1,100 detention beds and another 33,500 beds pending Congressional approval.
  4. The Administration will establish border courts that hear cases by video conference. The courts are certain to violate due process and return asylum seeker to life-threatening harms.
  5. Verified reports of abuse by border agents, but hiring standards will be loosened in order to fulfill increased hiring requirements. Polygraph tests can now be WAIVED.
  6. We can expect a dramatic increase in deportation forces. Eight new local law enforcement agencies have approved cooperation agreements (aka 287(g)s) with ICE and 18 new applications are being reviewed. An additional 50 have expressed interest.

On January 27, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order entitled, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry in to the United States.” The order sparked feelings of anger and fear in millions of people throughout the nation and abroad. These feelings quickly transformed into a strong desire to help. In response, we created the following list of specific actions you can take to support immigrants and challenge your local, state, and federal officials to do the same.

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BREAKING NEWS: MUSLIM BAN 3.0 PARTIALLY UPHELD. Just now, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals limited the Hawaii injunction against Muslim Ban 3.0 to persons with bona fide relationships in the U.S. In plain terms, that means that travelers without a “bona fide relationship” with a person or entity in the U.S. from the listed countries will not be able to obtain a visa or travel to the U.S. unless they qualify for a waiver ... See MoreSee Less

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Excited to share practical ways to conquer outrage fatigue at Congregation M'kor Shalom. All our welcome on 11/29 at 7 pm! ... See MoreSee Less

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Scam Alert: USCIS Does Not Request Forms I-9 Via Email

certain employers have received scam emails that appear to come from USCIS and request Form I-9 information. Employers are not required to submit Forms I-9 to USCIS. These scam emails originate from a fraudulent email address that is not a USCIS email address. Anyone receiving a request via email for I-9 information should report it to the Federal Trade Commission.
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Catch me tonight on @chasingnews getting passionate about #freedomofspeech #democracy and #resistance against regimes. We talked #zimbabwe #philmurphy #bullying and much more! ... See MoreSee Less

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Learn the FACTS about Diversity Visa Lottery :

1) DV Lottery winners are screened just like every other immigrant visa applicant. This process is extremely thorough and can take many months.

2)Security screening involves numerous procedures, including biometrics capture (fingerprints and photos) to confirm the individual's identity using facial recognition and other technologies; name checks and fingerprint checks against multiple interagency government databases to identify potential criminal or national security issues; and checks against terrorist, organized crime, gang, and other watch-lists

3)all DV Lottery winners must go through an in-person interview and are again screened for eligibility through careful questioning. If any "inadmissibility ground" arises, which includes prior convictions for most crimes, security concerns, health-related issues, and prior U.S. immigration violations, the visa can be denied
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I felt like Charlie in Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory at the National Visa Center yesterday. The NVC is responsible for processing all visa applications and scheduling interviews for applicants at consulates abroad. We had the opportunity to ask the tough questions of NVC management, including Director Schrader. Moreover, I learned tips and tricks to help my clients achieve a smoother process. The NVC houses 2.4 million application files, sends 3.5 million letters annually, and answers 5000-8000 phone inquiries a day! 😱 #alwaysadvocating #clientcentered #willywonkaandthechocolatefactory #nationalvisacenter @ National Visa Center ... See MoreSee Less

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