Family Unity Waiver Blog

I ran across a video in which Kris Kobach and David Leopold were debating on CNN whether the proposed family unity waiver is an “amnesty.”  The term “amnesty” implies that someone gets pardoned or forgiven for having committed an offense.  When I understand amnesty in this way, I have to side with David Leopold. (I must disclose that like David Leopold I am also a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.) Under the proposed family unity waiver, it does not pardon or forgive the offense of having been in the US unlawfully because the intending immigrant must still apply for a waiver of that offense.  Really, the only aspect of the current waiver process that is changing under the family unity waiver is that it allows the intending immigrant to apply for the waiver here in the United States rather than applying for the waiver from abroad.  This change…

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About David Leopold
Past President American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), In-the-Trenches practicing immigration Attorney, Blogger, Activist, Photographer, Educator, World Traveler. All opinions are my own.

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