|Live Event Date: 01/11/2024
Since the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA) was passed, its interpretation and implementation by USCIS, the State Department, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the courts continues to perplex many practitioners. The legislative intent of the CSPA was to prevent dependent children from aging out of their parents’ permanent residence process due to government delays, but this protection has since proven inadequate in light of significant retrogression in employment– and family-based preference categories. The panelists will discuss everything attorneys need to know to complete a CSPA age calculation, and they will discuss the USCIS policy guidance enacted in February 2023.
- When does the CSPA apply?
- CSPA age calculation: Math!
- Recent developments in USCIS policy
- Legislative updates, including the American Dream and Promise Act and America’s CHILDREN Act
- Advocacy ideas: comparing DACA to documented DREAMers
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Charles Wheeler (DL), AILA Author, Public Charge and Affidavits of Support: A Practitioner’s Guide, 2nd ed., Immigration Law and the Family, 6th Ed., Provisional Waivers: A Practitioner’s Guide, 3rd ed., AILA’s Focus on the Child Status Protection Act, 4th ed., Oakland, CA
Charles Wheeler is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law, and has practiced and taught immigration law for two decades. He oversees CLINIC’s Training and Legal Support section, managing support and advocacy work on immigration law and related issues affecting immigrants. Wheeler directed the National Immigration Law Center for more than 10 years. He has served on boards of the National Immigration Forum, American Immigration Lawyers Association, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild and other leading organizations.
Kathleen E. Irish, AILA Family Section Steering Committee, Kansas City, MO
Kathleen Irish is a solo practitioner located in Kansas City, Missouri. She devotes her practice to family-based immigration, VAWA and U visa petitions, with an emphasis on juvenile immigration matters. She is a current member of the Family Section Steering Committee. Ms. Irish received her JD from the University of Missouri - Kansas City (2009) and is licensed to practice in both Kansas and Missouri.
Cyrus D. Mehta, AILA Ethics Committee Chair/Benefits Litigation Committee, New York, NY
Cyrus D. Mehta, a graduate of Cambridge University and Columbia Law School, is the Managing Partner of Cyrus D. Mehta & Partners PLLC in New York City. Mr. Mehta is the Editor-in-Chief of the AILA Law Journal and the recipient of the AILA 2018 Edith Lowenstein Memorial Award for advancing the practice of immigration law, the AILA 2011 Michael Maggio Memorial Award for his outstanding efforts in providing pro bono representation in the immigration field and the AILA 1997 Joseph Minsky Young Lawyers Award for outstanding contributions in the immigration field.
Elina Santana, AILA USCIS Case Assistance Committee, Miami, FL
Elina M. Santana is the founder of Santana Rodriguez Law, an immigration firm based in Miami, Florida. She focuses her immigration practice on family-based residency, removal defense, and waivers. Elina is a past chair of the AILA South Florida Chapter. She earned her JD from Boston University School of Law and her BA from New York University. She is a native Spanish speaker and was raised in Miami by a proud Cuban American immigrant family.