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Tag Archives: Asylum

Options for Afghans to Immigrate to the United States

Afghans who seek to enter the United States can do so through various immigrant visas or other procedures: The Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program allows Afghans who work or worked “by or on behalf of the U.S. government in Afghanistan,” as well as family members, to qualify for visas and lawful permanent resident status in […]

The Fall of Afghanistan: Visa Options for Those Who Can Depart *

The most recent fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban is both stunning in speed and devastating for the tens of thousands who supported the U.S. mission over the last two decades. In a span of just 10 days, Afghans saw their hopes and dreams crumble. With many people stuck at the airport and others sheltering […]

Informative!! The Stories ICE Didn’t Want You to See

Posted by Katy Murdza of the American Immigration Council | Aug 17, 2020 Immigration Nation, a six-episode docuseries that provides a rare view of the internal workings of immigration enforcement—and its impact on individuals and families—began streaming on Netflix in August. The series provides a unique, up-close look at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) operations in communities […]

UPDATE – Trump Proclamations Halting or Delaying Immigration

July 22, 2020 On July 22, 2020, the Department of State (DOS) further explained the “national interest” exceptions to the current policy of nonissuance of H-1B, L-1, J and Immigrant Visas: For H-1Bs, exceptions are available in these situations: For travel as a public health or healthcare professional, or researcher to alleviate the effects of the […]

USCIS Preparing to Resume Public Services on June 4th

USCIS announced that, as of June 4th, 2020, it will reopen and resume nonemergency public services. On March 18, USCIS had temporarily suspended routine in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices and application support centersto help slow the spread of COVID-19. The USCIS website lists full information about the resumption of interviews, naturalization oath ceremonies and biometrics […]

USCIS Finalizes Changes to “Public Charge” Rule – USCIS FACT SHEET

Here is the USCIS web page on the “public charge” issue. ALERT: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will implement the Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds final rule on Feb. 24, 2020, except in Illinois, where the rule remains enjoined by a federal court as of Jan. 30, 2020. The final rule will apply only to […]

Refugee Wars

I drove along I-35 South from San Antonio to Dilley, TX, to spend a week with 30 other volunteers, advising intending refugees from Central America how to navigate the U.S. asylum system. We were headed to the South Texas Family Residential Center (STFRC), the largest immigrant detention center in the United States. Over the next […]

How You Can Support the Fight Against Family Detention and Family Separation

Dear clients and friends: Many have asked me what they can do about the current crisis and national horror, family separation. Here are the legal organizations I am supporting in this fight: American Immigration Council The American Immigration Council, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is a powerful voice in promoting laws, policies, and attitudes that honor our […]

DHS Terminates Temporary Protected Status for Salvadorans

On Jan. 8, 2018, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen announced her decision to terminate the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for El Salvador with a delayed effective date of 18 months to allow for an orderly transition before the designation terminates on Sept. 9, 2019.  Text of the government’s announcement is below.  Contact […]

Pres. Trump Has Kept His Word and Ramped Up Deportations Significantly

One of the few areas where the Trump administration is actually accomplishing its goals is in deporting a lot more of the people who lack permission to be in the United States.  An article by the American Immigration Council, reprinted in full below, sets it out nicely: Six Months of Immigration Enforcement Under the New […]

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