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“Immigrants signed their names to our Declaration and helped win our independence. Immigrants helped lay the railroads and build our cities, calloused hand by calloused hand. Immigrants took up arms to preserve our union, to defeat fascism, and to win a Cold War. Immigrants and their descendants helped pioneer new industries and fuel our Information Age, from Google to the iPhone. So the story of immigrants in America isn’t a story of “them,” it’s a story of “us.” It’s who we are. And now, all of you get to write the next chapter.” – President Barack Obama

(Part of Speech given during military naturalization ceremony for active duty service members in the East Room of the White House, July 4, 2012)

No matter what your plans are for this Fourth of July, make it a memorable day by spending time with your family and friends. Have a picnic, go to the fireworks, watch a parade or just celebrate with a quiet moment. Please remember those brave men and women who gave their lives to defend our country and its freedoms.

On this day 75 years ago, my Grandfather, at age 18, was driving a Naval Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel (LCVP) landing United States soldiers on the beaches of Normandy. He made many trips that day until he was finally wounded. He recovered and was then sent to the South Pacific Islands to continue the war until he returned home.

Thank you to all the soldiers who fought and died on that day, 75 years ago!

We live free because of your sacrifices!

Presidents’ Day was established by the U.S. government in 1885 to honor the birthday date of our first President, George Washington. The official name for the holiday is still “Washington’s Birthday”. Washington’s Birthday is really February 22nd, but this federal holiday is celebrated on the third Monday of February, it extents the holiday weekend!

 

Presidents’ Day in the United States

“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.” I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slaveowners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream…”

Excerpt from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” Speech, delivered on August 28, 1963, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial!

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Attorney Kellie Lego has been selected to the 2019 Super Lawyers – Maryland Rising Stars list in the field of Immigration Law. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. A candidate must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less. This is Kellie’s seventh consecutive Maryland Rising Star honor (2013-2019).

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multi-phase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.

The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers across the country. Super Lawyers Magazines also feature editorial profiles of attorneys who embody excellence in the practice of law. For more information about Super Lawyers, visit SuperLawyers.com.

The partial federal shutdown of the U.S. government will not affect USCIS’s fee-funded activities directly. The USCIS offices will remain open and all individuals should attend scheduled interviews and appointments. Some of USCIS programs which will expire or require reauthorization by Congress will be affected. Please review the USCIS Email Alert, “Lapse in Federal Funding Does Not Impact Most USCIS Operations” for more details.

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USCIS (USCIS.gov), 12/22/18, News Alert:

New Year’s Day is a time for reflection of the good and bad times that we have encountered in the past year. For the new babies born and the friends and loved ones lost, let’s all take a moment to think of each. We here at MVP Law Group would hope that everyone has a wonderful and prosperous new year!

A national day of mourning has been declared by President Donald Trump for Wednesday, December 5th! This day has been set aside to mourn and remember the life of George H. W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) offices will be closed Wednesday, along with all federal government offices. USCIS will reschedule all activities set for that day.

USCIS offices will be closed Wednesday, December 5, 2018

 
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