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March 2016 Archives

How U.S. immigration policies tear families apart

The spouse of an individual who becomes a U.S. citizen is granted the immigration status of a lawful permanent resident. In most cases, lawful permanent residents are safe from immigration enforcement actions including detention and removal. If, however, they violate certain terms as pursuant to their immigration status, they can become targets of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

Concerns raised about the growing backlog at U.S. immigration courts

As we've discussed in previous blog posts, when it comes to immigration enforcement actions, officials at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency move swiftly and decisively. This is especially true when it comes to operations that involve the arrest, detention and deportation of immigrants who are alleged to be in the U.S. illegally. ICE's ability to carry out detainment and deportation operations so quickly is due in large part the agency's sizable budget, which, during fiscal year 2013, the Department of Homeland Security listed as being more than $5.6 billion.

U.S. immigrants must know their legal rights to exercise them effectively

The United States is a country of immigrants and has long embraced and relied upon people who seek to come to the U.S. to build a better life. Throughout our country's history there have been many changes to immigration requirements, processes and laws. However, perhaps more than during any time in history; today's immigration laws are becoming increasingly restrictive, punitive and complicated.

Is Donald Trump to credit for an increase in U.S. citizenship applications?

Annually, an average of 800,000 individuals apply to become U.S. citizens via the naturalization process. This year, that number is expected to increase by 25 percent and many are crediting none other than the Republican presidential nominee front-runner, Donald Trump for this increased push towards citizenship. 

Top immigration judge's comments about 3 and 4 year-old immigrants called horrifying

There are a total of 58 immigration courts throughout the U.S. and the judges who preside over these courts of law are responsible for making determinations related to removal, deportation and asylum cases involving individuals who are charged with coming to the U.S. illegally. The men and women who serve as judges in these immigration courts receive ongoing training and guidance on various immigration and judicial matters from officials within the U.S. Justice Department's Executive Office for Immigration Review.

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