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November 2017 Archives

Tough to transfer from TPS to permanent resident

The revocation of Temporary Protected Status for some otherwise deportable aliens has recently been in the news. A person who is not yet a permanent resident of the United States, who resides in New York, may be subject to deportation. However, due to deteriorating circumstances in some countries, the U.S. has granted TPS for some individuals. 

No path to U.S. citizenship for Haitian TPS recipients

An earthquake, a major hurricane and a persistent cholera outbreak -- this is what migrant Haitians are facing a return to. After the disasters, the United States offered a program called Temporary Protected Status, that allowed these individuals to come to this country for relief from the various crises. But now, the current administration has decided to discontinue the TPS for Haitians and asks those individuals in New York and elsewhere to prepare to go home instead of preparing for citizenship

US immigration law being enforced in courts, and just outside

Authorities are looking for migrants wherever people are to be found. Under the new presidential administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement is enforcing US immigration law more than ever. In New York, ICE agents are even making arrests in courthouses, grabbing folks on their way in or out of the courts. 

Police in schools increase frequency of immigration detention

Because of the recent increase in crime and violence in the nation's schools, parents have embraced the idea of police officers, called school resources officers, lingering at the entrances and patrolling the halls of their children's schools. The presence of a police officer in the building may give many a feeling of security and relief. However, for those who fear immigration detention, either for themselves or for their parents, these SROs create an atmosphere of terror.

New York city employees won't aid immigration detention

Sanctuary cities provide a haven for immigrants by putting policies in place that are designed not to persecute individuals who may not yet have legal status. Recently, New York City has fortified its status as a sanctuary city by implementing new regulations. The new policies may cut down on immigration detention since city employees will not use their resources to aid federal immigration officials in tracking down immigrants. 

Family immigration and merit immigration basics

Talk of changes in immigration policy is causing some individuals to review the various ways that immigrants arrive in the United States. The U.S. government seems to be moving away from family immigration toward a merit-based system. Both types of immigration have their place in U.S. policy, and individuals from New York may wish to be informed on the basics of each. 

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