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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.

DHS announced that the conditions in Sudan no longer support its designation for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and that it will terminate TPS for Sudan on November 2, 2018.

Make sure you re-register on November 2, 2017 for the last remaining year and consult an immigration attorney to see if there are any other options.
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ICE Philadelphia has reaffirmed that Officers are instructed not to leave children unattended.

If you are approached by ICE, make sure to inform them if you are responsible for the care of children.
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Water damage to passport/visa?

Please replace them prior to traveling internationally. The ink that is used in the documents does not hold up to water, and if the damage is apparent by looking at the document, there is a high likelihood that the visa/ passport will not be machine readable. People who seek reentry to the United States by air will not be permitted to board an airplane if their passports cannot be scanned. There is very little room for discretion for those entering by air, as the airlines will likely deny boarding before customs ever sees you.
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New visa sanctions on Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea, and Sierra Leone due to a lack of cooperation in accepting their nationals who were ordered removed from the United States. ... See MoreSee Less

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The Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act (RAISE) Act - introduced by Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue, with the support of President Trump - would eliminate the immigration system that we know today and replace it with a points-based system that ignores the benefits of family unity and the needs of U.S. employers. ... See MoreSee Less

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Come join us at the National Association of Muslims Lawyers' Annual Conference where Attorney Afia Yunus will be speaking on immigration hot topics! ... See MoreSee Less

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What you need to know in a nutshell: a high court said grandmothers are considered close relatives and, therefore, excluded from those banned by the Travel ban. This same court also said refugees who have a formal assurance from a resettlement agency in the US are also excluded from the travel ban. The Supreme Court agreed with the grandmother portion but DISAGREED with the refugee portion.

Now--> refugees from the 6 countries with a formal agreement with a resettlement agency in the US are BANNED from the US under the Travel Ban.
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