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Attorney General Tim Fox is Wasting Taxpayer Dollars on Ideologically-Driven Challenge to President Obama’s New Immigration Policies

Today, Attorney General Tim Fox joined in a lawsuit to challenge President Barack Obama’s recent executive action on immigration, which will protect hundreds of Montana children from being separated from their undocumented parents. Shahid Haque-Hausrath, an immigration attorney in Helena, believes that “it is disappointing that the Attorney General is once again wasting taxpayer dollars and his office’s limited resources by pushing his own ideological agenda.  The Attorney General’s office already used up considerable resources in its failed attempt to defend Montana’s anti-immigrant referendum, which was stricken as unconstitutional earlier this year.  Now, he is wasting even more taxpayer dollars […]

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10 cosas que usted necesita saber sobre las nuevas leyes de inmigración de Obama

El Presidente Obama acaba de anunciar las nuevas leyes de inmigración que protegerán a algunos inmigrantes de deportación y les impiden ser separados de sus seres queridos. Aquí están las 10 cosas que necesita saber: Si usted es el padre de un niño ciudadano de Estados Unidos (o un niño con una tarjeta de residencia permanente), y que ha estado aquí por cinco años, puede calificar para protección temporal y podrá obtener un permiso para trabajar. Cualquier persona que entró a lo Estados Unidos antes de cumplir 16 años de edad, y ha estado aquí por cinco años, también calificará […]

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Top 10 Things You Need to Know About Obama’s New Immigration Policies

President Obama just announced exciting new immigration policies that will protect some immigrants from deportation and prevent them from being separated from their loved ones.  Here are the top 10 things you need to know: If you are the parent of a U.S. citizen child (or a child with a green card), and you have been here for five years, you will qualify for temporary protection and be able to get a work authorization card. Anyone who entered the U.S. before turning 16 years old, and has been here for five years, will also be eligible for temporary protection and work cards.  It doesn’t matter how old […]

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President Obama’s New Immigration Policies Will Protect Many Montanans Who Are Here Without Immigration Status

Tonight, President Obama announced exciting new immigration policies that will shield hundreds of Montanans from deportation and prevent them from being separated from their loved ones. He is calling these new laws the “Immigration Accountability Executive Actions.” The new policies will provide temporary protection and work cards to immigrants who have U.S. citizen children and have been here for five years. Every parent’s worst nightmare is to lose the chance to see their child grow up. For too long, Montanans who don’t have papers have had to live their lives in fear of being torn away from their children. Due […]

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Victory: Firm Prevails in Challenge to Montana Anti-Immigrant Law!

On Friday, Judge Jeffrey Sherlock of the First Judicial District Court struck down the vast majority of Montana’s voter-approved law requiring state agencies to determine an applicant’s citizenship or immigration status before granting a wide variety of state services.  The decision can be downloaded here.  The law would have required denial of unemployment insurance benefits, licenses to practice trades or professions, enrollment in state universities, crime victim services, and infant hearing screenings to those who cannot prove their citizenship or immigration status. The referendum, which was presented to Montana voters in the November 2012 election, passed with almost 80 percent […]

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Client Sexually Assaulted in Immigration Detention in Montana

As an immigration attorney and President of the Montana Immigrant Justice Alliance (“MIJA”), Shahid Haque-Hausrath is representing and advocating for Audemio Orozco-Ramirez, who was the victim of a sexual assault while in immigration detention in Montana. Audemio courageously shared his story the Great Falls Tribune.  Audemio was attacked and raped in his sleep during his first night in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody at the Jefferson County Jail in Boulder, Montana. It took two days before he found a law enforcement officer he could trust to ask for help. When Audemio reported the rape, ICE officers handcuffed him and forced him […]

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Video: An Overview of Immigration Issues in Montana

We have a broad and diverse immigrant population in Montana — more than most realize.  There are a lot of issues that immigrants face in Montana.  Shahid Haque-Hausrath has represented over a thousand Montana immigrants and their families, and has significant knowledge about issued and trends facing immigrants in Montana.  Learn about some of these issues in an interview that Shahid Haque-Hausrath did for the Helena Civic TV show “Everybody’s Business.”  We conducted the interview on December 5, 2013. If you have any thoughts, please feel free to share them with us.

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Pot, Meet Kettle: U.S. Department of Justice’s Mishandling of Violent Assault Against Missoula Woman

The U.S. Department of Justice has issued a scathing report detailing the alleged failures of the Missoula County Attorney’s office in handling sexual assault cases.  The U.S. Department of Justice has said that a pattern of misconduct by the Missoula County Attorney’s office is so serious that it amounts to gender discrimination.  Among other things, the report states that there is a lack of training offered to deputy county attorneys, low priority placed on sexual assault cases, and little time spent developing evidence.  The press has also been vicious in its criticism (and rightly so) of comments allegedly made by deputy county attorneys to victims. […]

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Video: NAFTA and How U.S. Trade Policy Impacts Immigration

In our national debates on immigration reform, we typically omit an extraordinarily important component of the whole discussion:  How U.S. trade policy impacts immigration.  Understanding how trade policies such as NAFTA actually create and drive undocumented immigration is essential to the discussion, and  is perhaps the missing link to greater public understanding and appreciation of the need for immigration reform.  However, these are complex issues, and we rarely have the opportunity to delve into them. This is why I was so pleased to be interviewed on these topics by Will Boland for the Helena Civic TV show “Everybody’s Business.”  We conducted […]

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Thank You, Linda Gryczan: How Gay Rights Pioneers Helped Immigrants in Montana

by Shahid Haque-Hausrath, Immigration Attorney with the Border Crossing Law Firm, P.C. and President of the Montana Immigrant Justice Alliance (“MIJA”). Immigrants who are challenging LR-121, the State of Montana’s new anti-immigrant law, owe a debt of gratitude to the pioneering gay rights advocates who established an important legal precedent that gives marginalized groups legal standing to challenge laws that threaten to deprive them of their rights. In 1993, Linda Gryczan led a legal challenge to Montana’s “deviate sexual conduct” statute, which criminalized consensual, private, same-gender sex between adults. In bringing this lawsuit against the State of Montana, she and her five colleagues broke new ground — this was […]

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Victory Against Montana Attorney General, Lawsuit Against Anti-Immigrant Law Continues

As we have written about before, Shahid Haque-Hausrath of the Border Crossing Law Firm, P.C. is representing the Montana Immigrant Justice Alliance (“MIJA”) in a lawsuit to challenge Montana’s new anti-immigrant law called LR-121.  You can read all about the law and what it does here. This week, Judge Sherlock  rejected the Montana Attorney General’s efforts to dismiss our lawsuit, and has ruled that the Montana Immigrant Justice Alliance (MIJA) has standing to challenge LR-121 on behalf of its members, who have a reasonable fear that the law will be used to wrongly deny them benefits. Over ten members of MIJA, all […]

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Immigrant Victims of Domestic Abuse

On May 9, 2013, I participated in a panel discussion about immigrant victims of domestic abuse and sex trafficking victims in rural Montana.  The focus was on the remedies available to these victims, and issues surrounding lawyering and advocating for these groups.  The other panelists were Laurie Grygiel of the Montana Legal Services Association, Cynthia Wolken of the Montana Human Rights Commission, and Representative Jenifer Gursky.  The University of Montana Law School has made a video of this event available for all to view.  (Click here to view the video.) We have assisted numerous immigrant victims of domestic abuse with petitions under the Violence […]

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Final Deportation Hearings in Montana Will Now Be Conducted by Video Conferencing

We just received a call from the Immigration Court Administrator with jurisdiction over the state of Montana, and were informed that the final deportation hearings scheduled in Montana this May will now be conducted by video conferencing. We are representing clients in eight final deportation hearings next month, and this came as a surprise to us. We were told that this change in policy arose due to budget cuts from the sequester, and is likely to continue for the foreseeable future. This means that when a Montana resident appears for a final deportation/removal hearing, only the individuals and their attorney […]

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Shahid Haque-Hausrath Interviewed by Brian Kahn for Home Ground Radio

Home Ground Radio, hosted by Brian Kahn, is one of the most intellectually stimulating radio programs in the state of Montana.   We were proud to be asked to appear on the show to discuss immigration issues, and found it to be a great experience.  The interview was described as follows: During the 2012 election, illegal immigration was a red-hot topic. But we didn’t learn much about who illegal immigrants are, why they come to America, or the pros and cons of allowing them to stay. Shahid Haque-Hausrath provides some context. You can listen to the whole interview here: Home Ground Radio […]

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Firm Proves That Client Facing Deportation Was U.S. Citizen

The U.S. government often tries to deport U.S. citizens. This is a harsh and inescapable fact, and it is also a difficult one for many people to believe. However, it almost happened right here in the State of Montana. Thankfully, the Border Crossing Law Firm, P.C. stepped in to prove our client’s citizenship and terminate the deportation proceedings against her. The Immigration Judge just issued a decision ordering that the deportation process be stopped because we established U.S. citizenship.

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