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New Immigration Policy Making Release More Difficult for Jailed Pregnant Immigrants

A new immigration policy has made it more difficult for jailed pregnant immigrants to be released from custody. Under the previous 2016 policy, special considerations had been given to pregnant women being held in prison awaiting hearings on charges of being in the United States illegally. Unless the woman had a serious criminal history or […]

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Supreme Court Immigration Ruling on Crimes of Violence

In a recent 5-4 decision, the United States Supreme Court undermined the federal law used to deport immigrants convicted of certain types of crimes. The ruling addressed the law’s definition of “crimes of violence,” calling it unconstitutionally vague and claiming it gives prosecutors and courts arbitrary power to determine what constitutes a violent crime. The […]

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Immigration Agents Separating Parents and Children

According to some immigrant activists, federal immigration officials are breaking up families to send a message to those seeking asylum in this country. Where border crossers were historically sent back to their countries of origin, federal agents under the current administration have begun prosecuting migrant parents with the federal crime of entering the United States […]

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What You Need to Know About Marriage Fraud

According to United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS), there are different types of fraudulent marriages, including those involving United States citizens marrying a foreign national as a favor or for money; foreign nationals defrauding U.S. citizens into marrying them for a green card; mail order marriages; and fraudulent visa lottery marriages. Each individual in […]

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Federal Government to Scrutinize Immigration Caseworkers

The federal agency that oversees the U.S. immigration system announced plans to create an internal watch group tasked with monitoring its own workers. The Washington Post learned of the plans to form this internal division from staffers and internal documents. Insiders speculate the new division is being used as a tool to prevent employees from […]

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Citizenship Tests

If you are applying to become a citizen of the United States, you must demonstrate knowledge and understanding of both the English language and U.S. history and government. This is done through citizenship tests. However, test requirements can differ depending on who is taking the test. The following is an overview of the tests that […]

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Clarifying Green Card Eligibility

A green card identifies a person as a U.S. permanent resident, allowing them to live, work, enter, and exit the United States throughout their entire lives. Individuals with green cards can also eventually apply for U.S. citizenship. Green card eligibility is determined by the following categories: Immediate relatives of U.S citizens: This includes spouses, widows […]

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Latino Parents Experiencing Distress

New and rapidly changing immigration policies in the U.S. are having adverse effects on Latino parents and their families according to a report by researchers from the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University. Kathleen M. Roche, MSW, PhD and her colleagues analyzed data gathered in a survey of 213 Latino parents […]

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New Immigration Policy Creates Issues for Asylum Seekers

For many immigrants seeking asylum in the United States, the process become increasingly difficult. The Trump Administration has set forth a new immigration policy that will make it more difficult for individuals fleeing persecution in their home countries to obtain protection in the United States. Asylum Scheduling Process There are over 311,000 individuals with pending […]

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Immigrants Thrive with Civic Involvement

As the debate over immigrants’ rights wages on, one important question arises. How can we as a country support not just the survival of immigrants in the United States, but further encourage their long-term success? For one expert on immigration, success comes when immigrants actively participate in the community around them. Manuel Portillo, director of […]

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