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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.

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:

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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Ellis Island operated as the nations’ busiest Immigration inspection station from 1892 until 1954. They processed over 12 million immigrants in its 62 years of operation. Ellis Island was the gateway to America; approximately 40% of U.S. citizens today had at least one ancestor immigrate through the Island. This article presents a photo history of Ellis Island’s operations.

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History.com, 10/3/18, History Stories:

On July 1, 2018, the Mexican people elected a new President, Andrés Manuel López Obrador! The next day he spoke by phone with President Trump. Just this past Sunday, July 22nd, he and the White House, together released a copy of the letter López Obrador sent to President Trump as a follow-up.

Here are five key topics from the seven page letter sent by Mexican President-Elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador to President Trump:

  1. “There will be many changes, Mr. President Trump.”

Memorial Day in United States

“This weekend, folks across the country are opening up the pool, firing up the grill, and taking a well-earned moment to relax. But Memorial Day is more than a three-day weekend. In town squares and national cemeteries, in public services and moments of quiet reflection, we will honor those who loved their country enough to sacrifice their own lives for it.”

– President Obama, Memorial Day 2012 at Arlington National Cemetery

Washington’s Birthday (actual date: February 22, 1732), now known as Presidents’ Day, is a federal holiday held on the third Monday of February. This day now honors all the presidents of the United States, including George Washington, the United States’ first president.

“The bosom of America is open to receive not only the Opulent and respectable Stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all Nations and Religions; whom we shall welcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges, if by decency and propriety of conduct they appear to merit the enjoyment.”George Washington

Position: Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army

All of us at MVP Law Group would like to wish everyone a wonderful and Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving 2016 marks 153 years of a national tradition. In 1863, Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday of November as a “day of Thanksgiving and Praise,” making Thanksgiving Day an annual holiday.

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