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Proposed policy may deny citizenship to legal immigrants

New York, home to the Statue of Liberty and the historic Ellis Island, has long been a beacon to immigrants from all over the world. A symbol of opportunity and new beginnings, immigrants have flocked to the state for centuries with the hopes of becoming a tried and true American. A new policy may bring those American dreams crashing to a halt, as proposed immigration policy changes may deny citizenship to legal immigrants. 

The document was first reported by NBC as an internal proposal by the current president's administration. Upon investigation, it has become known that a plan is in the works to attempt to deny citizenship to legal immigrants who have lawfully accepted various types of aid. Some examples are government-assisted health insurance and the SNAP program, which allows impoverished families to have access to healthy and appropriate amounts of food. 

Governor pardons several facing immigration charges

The residents of New York may feel as if it is nearly impossible to keep up with news stories pertaining to U.S. immigration law. Each day, hundreds of stories pepper the headlines with tales of people facing immigration charges. Immigrants and there families may worry that there has been a change they are not aware of, or a remedy available to help them. 

Recently, the governor of New York decided it would be fitting to issue pardons to immigrants that were facing deportation because they had a minor conviction on their record. Current policy states that someone who has not acquired citizenship may be deported if they have a criminal record of any kind. The governor decided to pardon several people in this situation, clearing their criminal history so they may remain in the United States.

Need for deportation defense grows by the hour

Residents of New York would likely admit that though there are certainly no shortage of news stories surrounding immigration issues, they still find themselves confused. Recently, the need for deportation defense rose exponentially across the state. People report that they have witnessed the troubles of friends and family members that have been targeted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and similar agencies in an attempt to prevent undocumented immigrants from living in the United States. 

Unfortunately, many immigrants have been living in the country for decades without incident. They have homes, families, jobs and friends here. Recent changes to U.S. immigration law have made many immigrants fear they will be taken from all they know and love, and sent to a country that they find alien and unfamiliar. 

Marriage-based immigration: Is a Stokes interview in your future?

Any person who has emigrated from another country to live and work in New York can no doubt relate to various challenges and obstacles that many immigrants say they've encountered when navigating similar processes. If anything can cause stress levels to soar, it is having the U.S. government call a marriage-based immigration situation into question. If that happens, a Stokes interview will likely occur at some point.

Knowing what to expect ahead of time, what to do and not do during an official immigration interview, and how to protect personal rights can help those being interviewed avoid serious problems. The purpose of a Stokes interview is to give immigration officials an opportunity to question both U.S. citizens and their non-citizen spouses to determine whether their marital relationships are legitimate or were affected as means to obtain immigration visas. There are several things spouses can do to increase their chances of obtaining a positive outcome.

Deportation defense can help prevent trouble for migrants

Citizens of New York are certainly no strangers to recent news pertaining to immigration. A recent government crackdown on undocumented immigrants has resulted in thousands of deportations in the past few months. While U.S. immigration law may seem unclear, penalties for not following procedure can be severe. When it is announced that a person will be sent out of the country, immigrants and their families may need to plan to present a deportation defense case. 

Recently, a pair of journalists travelled to Mexico to follow up with people who had been deported. They found that many of the people they interviewed had previously lived in the United States. It was the country they called home, and they had friends, families, jobs and lives here. Many of them expressed that they felt out of place in Mexico and that the new surroundings were quite foreign. 

New legislation would affect parents facing immigration charges

There is new legislation making its way to the New York law books. The bill, awaiting the expected signature of Governor Cuomo, looks to ease the stress of families that have parents facing immigration charges. Currently, children of undocumented parents may be taken into state or federal custody as a parent awaits his or her day in court. 

The legislation states that undocumented parents should be allowed to personally appoint a legal guardian for their children when they are being detained or facing deportation. This expands on existing laws that provide similar relief for parents that have a terminal illness or a similar situation that will render them unable to care for their own children for a period of time. If the bill is signed into law, it will mean that parents facing "administrative separations" will be allowed to do the same. This will now include parents that are incarcerated, deported, detained or arrested. 

President calls for more changes to US immigration law

New York residents would be hard pressed to watch or read the news in recent weeks and not hear mention of immigration issues. In what has quickly become a nationwide debate, recent changes to U.S. immigration law have Americans concerned and confused. In a political climate that seems to change daily, it can be difficult to know what the laws currently state and what changes are being proposed. 

Over the weekend, President Trump called for even more changes regarding the process used for deportations. He stated that people that have entered or are currently residing in the country in a manner not in accordance with U.S. immigration law should be deported without the benefit of judicial process. Currently, a person may only be deported without due process if they are discovered within 14 days of entry, and are physically located within 100 miles of the United States border. 

Permanent resident finds himself facing deportation

A century ago, New York itself was the hub of arrival for immigrants from all over the globe. Even in modern times, the Empire State is home to a variety of people who speak over 800 languages combined, making New York City the most linguistically diverse city in the entire world. One thing people may not be aware of, however, is that there is a difference between a legal permanent resident and a U.S. citizen.

While it can be difficult to keep up with the daily stories of the conflicts surrounding the recent changes to U.S. immigration policy, there are some stories that bring the matter close to home. One such story introduces readers to a woman that found herself in a state of shock when ICE agents showed up at a family residence with paperwork allowing them to detain her father-in-law, a legal permanent resident who had lived in the United States since his youth.  She soon learned that her father-in-law was facing deportation to Mexico. 

Family immigration issues discussed in House

Recent media coverage has sparked a new wave of talks about asylum seekers in the U.S. Individuals seeking asylum at the United States borders are now being separated from their children due to a new border policy. What the change means long-term for family immigration has yet to be revealed. For now, people interested in migrating to New York may wish to be aware of current policy. 

In May, the United States began enforcing a new "zero-tolerance" policy. The new policy charges individuals alleged to be crossing the border illegally as felons in criminal court. Prior to the change, the same class of individuals would have been charged in civil court and detained in immigration detention facilities. Since charges are now criminal, a person found to be with children at the time of his or her arrest will be separated from those children and sent to prison.

Man held in immigration detention following pizza delivery

One man remains detained following an incident at a military base. He worked as a pizza delivery man in New York and often delivered to the base. The last time he visited, he said that the check-in procedure had changed, which led to him being arrested and held in immigration detention

The individual stated that he had delivered pizza to the military base many times before. Most recently, he was stopped at the gate and asked for a valid Department of Defense ID. Previously, his city ID card had been sufficient for him to enter and deliver food. 

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