Recent Blog Posts
What Happens to American-born Children of Undocumented Immigrants?
Many people across the country were excited about the recent visit of Pope Francis to the United States. As the Pope began his visit to the U.S. in our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., five-year-old Sophie Cruz made headlines by gaining access to the Pope during a parade and presenting him with a letter. In… Read More »
Employment Authorization and Employment-Based Immigration
Many immigrants come to the United States in an effort to seek better lives for themselves and their families. Being able to prosper in the U.S. requires an income, which requires finding some type of employment. What kinds of jobs are available to immigrants? What are the rules and restrictions on an immigrant’s employment… Read More »
Demise of Another of Arizona’s Controversial Immigration Laws
After Demise of Another of Arizona’s Controversial Immigration Laws, Florida Tries Hand at Immigration Law Making: Proposed Bills in Florida Legislature Would Make Being Present in State After a Final Removal Order a First Degree Felony Federal law takes precedence over state law. This is called “preemption,” and it is enshrined in the Supremacy… Read More »
How do I become a U.S. Citizen?
For many immigrants who are seeking legal status in the United States, their ultimate goal is to obtain U.S. citizenship. Citizenship confers a whole host of rights – including constitutional protections, the right to vote, protection from the loss of legal status (citizens cannot be deported), freedom of travel (citizens cannot be denied admission… Read More »
Andrea Montavon-McKillip elected to Board of Directors of AILA South Florida
We are proud to announce that Andrea Montavon-McKillip was elected to the Board of Directors of the South Florida chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) for the 2014-2015 year. She will also be serving as a member of the Pro Bono Committee and the Litigation Committee of AILA South Florida this year…. Read More »
President Obama Promises Executive Action on Immigration
Obama announced yesterday that he would be taking action, by means of executive order, to make fixes to the immigration system. He explained that he preferred permanent action by Congress to administrative action, but that his decision resulted from the House of Representatives refusal to bring an immigration reform bill to a vote. A… Read More »
Peregrine Law, P.A. Moving to New Office
As of February 17, 2014, Peregrine Law, P.A. and Board Certified immigration attorney Andrea Montavon-McKillip will be moving into a new and larger office space. The move is necessary to provide better service to our clients and more space to the growing firm. Peregrine Law, P.A. will be sharing office space with the wonderful… Read More »
AILA Krome Mental Incompetency Project Recognized with Award
Since 2011, the Pro Bono Committee of the South Florida Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) has operated a mental incompetency project at the Krome Detention Center in Miami. The project’s goal was to provide legal representation for mentally ill detainees at Krome’s Immigration Court, and to bring attention to treatment of… Read More »
Potential for TPS relief for Filipino Nationals in the Untied States
Several advocacy organizations, including the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), have called on the U.S. government to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) benefits to Filipino nationals in the United States in the wake of the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan. In addition, the Phillipine government has formally requested that the U.S. government extend TPS relief… Read More »
Will 2014 finally bring Immigration Reform?
One of the great disappointments of 2013 is the failure of Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform. While cynicism abounds about the possibility of immigration reform in 2014, the facts show a favorable environment for reform in the next year. Let’s look at the facts: The Senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill, S.744,… Read More »