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As the federal government continues to debate what to do with participants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which the Trump administration has ended, gay and lesbian DACA recipients have spoken out about their unique predicament. For them, the situation is even more dire than for some other DACA recipients; in other … Continue reading “LGBT Immigrants Fear Deportation”
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has called upon the nation’s immigration courts to decide immigration cases in a quicker and more efficient manner, as the increasing backlog of cases is interfering with the administration’s efforts to crack down on immigration enforcement laws. In an effort to reduce the backlog of 600,000 pending cases, the Trump … Continue reading “Sessions Urges Immigration Courts to Increase Efficiency”
The National Immigrant Justice Center and Americans for Immigrant Justice, along with six other immigrant advocacy organizations, have filed complaints about Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) with its parent agency, Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The complaints arose after a series of raids this past summer that resulted in the detention of almost 400 undocumented … Continue reading “Advocates File Complaint Against DHS for Exploiting Minors”
ABC News is reporting that a Houston man has been charged with the unlawful practice of law for pretending to be an immigration attorney when he is no longer licensed to practice law in the state of Texas. The man reportedly represented himself as an immigration attorney and took thousands of dollars from unsuspecting immigrants … Continue reading “Man Charged with Posing as Licensed Immigration Attorney”
According to a recent National Public Radio story, about five million children in the United States have at least one parent who is an undocumented immigrant. While there has always been a risk of a family separation if a parent is deported, with the increased immigration enforcement efforts that have occurred since Trump took office … Continue reading “Immigration Detainees Lose Their Children to Foster Care”
In late October, Trump lifted the temporary ban on most admissions of refugees to the United States. You might think that the move would’ve opened the flood gates to a record number of refugees entering the country. However, State Department records indicate that in the five-week period after the travel ban was lifted, there was … Continue reading “Refugee Numbers Down, Even as Ban Lifted”
Although Trump has made good on his promise to deport non-citizens with criminal records by steadily increasing the number of these deportations, he also has deported more and more immigrants with no criminal record at all. The skyrocketing number of deportations of non-criminal immigrants has led many to question whether the Trump administration is using … Continue reading “The Loss of Discretion in Immigration Enforcement”
According to a recent news story, a man who arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border with his 12-year-old son seeking asylum last November was forced to separate from his son while in detention, along with other fathers and their children. The man has appeared at the border seeking asylum because the MS-13 gang was forcing his … Continue reading “DHS Sued for Intentionally Separating Families at the Border”
As a general rule, state law and state licensing boards govern the eligibility requirements for professional licenses, including immigration status. However, federal law prohibits undocumented immigrants from obtaining professional licenses, unless a state specifically enacts legislation that permits an undocumented immigrant to obtain a professional license. Currently, ten states, including the state of California, allow … Continue reading “Can I Apply for a Professional License if I Am Undocumented?”
Nationwide, more and more churches are offering sanctuary for undocumented immigrants who are facing deportation. Church World Service, an international humanitarian non-profit organization, estimates that about 800 churches have declared themselves to be sanctuaries for undocumented immigrants. Nonetheless, only a very small number of immigrants are taking refuge in churches, typically as a last resort, … Continue reading “Can I Seek Sanctuary From Deportation at My Church?”
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