Proposed changes to immigration laws would cost California jobs, harm public health December 7, 2018
U.S. immigration officials use the term “public charge” to describe people applying for a green card who are deemed likely to become primarily dependent on the government to meet their basic needs. Under proposed changes to Department of Homeland Security immigration rules that could be..
Canadians, Others Brace As U.S. Shuffles Green Card Deck December 2, 2018
Canadians and other nationals are bracing against a serious new threat to their eligibility to get green cards under American immigration policy. This, after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau just sidestepped another U.S. threat, by grudgingly signing the USMCA free trade agreement without getting a..
Trump demand that asylum seekers wait in Mexico may turn on legal clause November 30, 2018
Tom Hals, WASHINGTON DC, (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump’s unprecedented proposal to keep migrants waiting in Mexico while seeking U.S. asylum will likely face challenges that it endangers refugees and denies them due process, and may be decided by an obscure provision of U.S. immigration..
Curiosity for the undiscovered last tribe, that tantalising moment when eyes are cast upon the previously unseen, remains the anthropological Holy Grail. But to do so would lead to the natural consequences that come with contact and invasion: the foisting of an alien divinity upon others, most..
AP News Break: Prison group faces lawsuit over immigrant wages November 15, 2018
By RUSSELL CONTRERAS, ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., (AP) – The operator of one of the largest private prison systems in the United States paid detained immigrants at a New Mexico prison as little as $1 per day as part of "volunteer" work programs, and refused to pay them minimum wages even though they were..
Convenient Demonologies: Stopping Migrant Caravans November 13, 2018
President Donald J. Trump has been engaged with berating human caravans, a spectacle that might have been odd in another era. At first instance, it all seems fundamentally anachronistic, a sort of history in reverse. It was, after all, the caravan packed with invasive pioneers that gave the United..
Giving immigrants amnesty a success US needs to repeat October 28, 2018
One afternoon in July 1985, President Ronald Reagan met with his domestic policy council in the White House. The question: Should he keep pushing legislation to offer amnesty to undocumented migrants? Many Reagan aides wanted to drop his bid for amnesty, the term for granting legal status to..
Trump’s stance on migrant caravan could increase illegal immigration October 23, 2018
(CNN): Every week, I offer a glimpse of the kind of intelligence assessments that are likely to come across the desk of the President of the United States. Modeled on the President's Daily Briefing, or PDB, which the director of national intelligence prepares for the President almost daily, my..
U.S. wants ruling on ‘Dreamers’ in Supreme Court’s current term October 18, 2018
The U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday it will ask the Supreme Court to intervene if an appellate court has not ruled by Oct. 31 on whether the Trump administration can end protections for “Dreamers” who entered the country illegally as children. In a letter to the clerk of the 9th U.S...
U.S. courts abruptly tossed 9,000 deportation cases. Here’s why October 17, 2018
Liliana Barrios was working in a California bakery in July and facing possible deportation when she got a call from her immigration attorney with some good news. The notice to appear in court that Barrios had received in her deportation case hadn’t specified a time or date for her first hearing,..
When I came to Boston from (what was then) Yugoslavia in 1991 to attend my senior year of high school, the most astonishing thing wasn’t the oversized cars or dozens of TV channels. It was my ESL class, which was filled with kids from all over the world: Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Venezuela,..
Be careful with your green card or visa application. A mistake can now get you deported September 13, 2018
A new policy by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services that took effect Tuesday will have a significant negative impact on legal immigrants with pending or upcoming applications. The updated guidance will affect almost all immigration applications, petitions and requests, including U.S...
The Universal Notebook: Immigrants are US September 11, 2018
The United States is a nation of immigrants. The majority of us welcome them, because we understand they are us. According to a June Gallup poll, 57 percent of Americans oppose Trump’s wall, 83 percent favor a path to citizenship for Dreamers, and 84 percent believe immigration is a good thing..
US must update, pass Immigration and Nationality Act September 7, 2018
“I believe that this nation is the last hope of Western civilization and if this oasis of the world shall be overrun, perverted, contaminated or destroyed, then the last flickering light of humanity will be extinguished. I take no issue with those who would praise the contributions which have..
How undocumented immigrants prepare for life after deportation September 4, 2018
A bank account. Power of attorney. Dual citizenship. These are some of the strategies the Consulate of Mexico in Dallas recommends for undocumented immigrants to protect their assets in case they're deported. Héctor Martínez and his family recently scheduled an appointment to apply for dual..