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U.S. Government Tracking Immigration Journalists

Recently, San Diego news affiliate, NBC 7, shared documents they received suggesting the federal government has been tracking journalists and immigration advocates associated with the migrant caravan reaching the southern United States border from Central America. As the caravan reached the border and media attention increased, some activists, journalists, and social media influencers began to […]

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Health Care and Immigration Status

As the current administration continues to implement increasingly restrictive immigration policies, health care providers find themselves grappling with how to manage sensitive information about immigrant patients and their status. Some feel that immigration status falls under the protections of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA). Yet, at least one state, Arizona, requires clinicians […]

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ICE Circumventing Sanctuary Policies 

In today’s contentious political climate, one might mistakenly believe that lacking proper documentation equates one with criminality. However, being an undocumented immigrant does not make one a criminal. According to the law, all individuals on U.S. soil have a right to due process. Due process ensures that the government respects individuals’ rights and civil liberties. […]

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Family Sponsorship

In the United States, citizens and permanent residents (green card holders) can petition to bring family members into the country. This is called sponsorship. Family members of permanent residents who can petition for a green card are determined by a system of preferences. Immediate relatives, including spouses and minor children, have priority over other family […]

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Employment Authorization Card

An Employment Authorization Document card (EAD) is a temporary permit that allows foreign nationals to lawfully enter and work in the United States. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issues EADs to individuals who are permitted to work in the U.S. Citizens, permanent residents, and conditional permanent residents are not required to apply […]

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Videoconferencing in Immigration Court

As the backlog of immigration cases continues to swell, some federal authorities have proposed a high-tech solution for tackling the surge of legal proceedings. Last year, New York immigration officials began videoconferencing with individuals in detainment facilities. While this may seem like a practical solution to move cases along more efficiently, not everyone agrees with […]

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ICE Arrests in Courthouses

United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents generally avoid making arrests in places they consider sensitive, such as in schools, churches, and hospitals. Yet, they are still actively making arrests at courthouses throughout the country, despite strong opposition from immigration advocates. According to a recent study by the Sheller Center for Social Justice at […]

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Immigration Status and Workers’ Rights

Recently, the Illinois state Attorney General released guidelines clarifying workers rights as they relate to their immigration status. The move comes in response to the growing confusion regarding foreign-born workers’ rights to seek employment in the United States. Ongoing changes in immigration law and policies have many men and women wondering if they are permitted […]

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Forms of Relief for Avoiding Removal

Multiple forms of relief are available to foreign nationals in the United States who are facing removal. These forms are classified as either “discretionary” or “administrative/judicial.” Discretionary relief is available after removal proceedings have begun. Administrative or judicial relief is available after hearings have ended. Discretionary Relief Discretionary relief requires the individual to prove they […]

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L-1A Visas

Multinational companies utilize the L-1A intracompany visa to transfer executives or managers outside of the country to the United States to either establish a new branch of the company or work at an existing branch. The L-1A applicant must have worked for the beneficiary company for at least one year within the three years prior […]

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