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March 2018 Archives

Pop singer acquires permanent resident status

It's been a long road, but pop singer Izzy Azalea has finally reached her goal. The singer announced via social media that she was granted green card status in the United States. Individuals in New York working toward permanent resident status may be encouraged by the singer's achievement, knowing that the option could be granted to them in the future. 

Bus searches lead to immigration detention, protests in New York

Advocates recently held a national protest against a major bus company claiming that they are allowing travelers to be disrupted by federal officials. Chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union collaborated to speak out against Greyhound Bus Lines' policy of allowing border patrol agents to board buses and question passengers about their immigration status. The message from the ACLU says that, in New York, the bus raids unfairly target people of color and result in people who are in compliance with the law to be sent to immigration detention

Families held in separate immigration detention centers

If family members find themselves facing jail time after entering the country, they could be held in separate facilities. Two separate departments handle the detention of adults and minor children, and people who enter the country together may be separated into far-apart immigration detention facilities. Recently, the ACLU has sued the U.S. Government, claiming that the practice is an unlawful separation of families. Under current policy, a person held in New York could be thousands of miles away from where a family member is being held. 

Naturalization offices closed at three basic training sites

The military has traditionally been a path for immigrants to become part of life here in the United States. Now, the path to citizenship through the military just got a little more difficult. A new policy change has led to the closing of three naturalization centers at military basic training sites. Immigrants in New York hoping to gain citizenship after basic training may have to wait a little bit longer. 

Supreme Court weighs in on U.S. immigration law

A recent Supreme Court ruling continues a conversation about a detained person's right to periodic bond hearings. In its recent ruling, the Court said the immigrants who are being held do not have the legal right to regular hearings and could potentially be detained indefinitely in New York and other detention centers. The U.S. immigration law ruling is seen as a blow to immigrants and their advocates, but it may not be the final say. 

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