The Trump administration has issued a new proposed rule that would further limit access to asylum. If the rule goes into effect, would apply extra scrutiny to noncitizens who travel from Latin America to the Southern border of the United States. Primarily, the proposal would make it harder for people to claim asylum in the U.S. if they did not apply in other countries that they traveled through on their way here.
The Convention Against Torture (CAT), which refers to the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, can prevent the deportation of immigrants who can show it is more likely than not that they will be tortured if sent back to their home countries.
Has your spouse, parent or child said that you could be deported for reporting family violence? That may not be true.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) relies on application fees for 97% of its $4.8-billion budget. Now, immigration has dropped substantially, and the agency is asking Congress for a $1.2 billion cash infusion and the right to add a 10% surcharge to those applications it does receive.
Effective at midnight tonight (12:00 a.m. on April 24, 2020), President Trump has issued an executive order suspending certain types of immigration for 60 days. Although this may sound alarming, there are large categories of immigrants who are not affected at all.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many people are in tough immigration situations. Were you on a work visa but lost your job? Is your non-immigrant visa status expiring? You may have had plans to leave the U.S., but now you're stuck because travel is not advised. Are you worried that sheltering in place in the U.S. will place you out of status?
The coronavirus pandemic has caused a lot of anxiety. Among other worries, many workers are concerned that they won't be able to make ends meet and provide for their families. Many people are facing reduced hours or reduced pay or have even been laid off from their jobs.
When a natural disaster or other unforeseen event occurs, it can sometimes affect the processing of immigration requests. Currently, all U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) offices are closed for in-person services, as is the Executive Office for Immigration Review in Sacramento. The Department of State is closing embassies and consulates around the world.
Late last week, a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Trump administration's "remain in Mexico" policy for asylum seekers violates federal asylum law. Another policy was also ruled invalid: one disqualifying immigrants from asylum if they don't enter the U.S. legally.
"This rule establishes that travel to the United States with the primary purpose of obtaining U.S. citizenship for a child by giving birth in the United States is an impermissible basis for the issuance of a B nonimmigrant visa," reads the State Department's summary of its new rule.