With president elect Donald Trump threatening to do away with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, it is important to understand this program and what it means for young immigrants in the United States. In an article in the New York Times, former secretary of homeland security Janet Napolitano attempts to clarify misunderstandings about the program and explain its true intent.
Immigration has been a top issue through several presidential election cycles. While Mitt Romney's immigrant rhetoric was certainly considered harsh in 2012, it now seems relatively mild in comparison with Donald Trump's blustery promise of build a wall and have Mexico pay for it. As the election approaches, Trump seems to have moved on to other topics, taking notable and ill-advised swipes at former Ms. Universe Alicia Machado of Venezuela. Trump plays by his own set of rules, but the fact remains that the GOP stance doesn't hold much appeal for most immigrants and their children, with Latinos skewing Democratic at least since the 1980s and Obama winning 71 percent of the Latino vote in 2012.
While past elections of seen large blocs of Latino voters in non-battleground states like California, New York and Texas, the Pew Research Center's Facttank is finding a shift in demographics. The U.S. has seen increase in the number of Latino voters eligible to vote, jumping from 23.3 million voters in 2012 to a projected 27.3 million in 2016. This represents 12 percent increase in the total number of eligible voters. It's projected that two-thirds of these voters will vote for Hillary Clinton.
One of the last hurdles to overcome on the road to U.S. citizenship is the naturalization test. It is administered to test an applicant's ability to read, write and speak English. It also tests the applicant's knowledge of United States government and history. Careful preparation for this test is critical for success.
Potentially Good News on Immigration Reform. Late Monday, the Department of Justice file a Petition for Rehearing with the Supreme Court in the case of United States v. Texas when a ninth justice is Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). As you may recall, last month the Court handed down a "non-decision" because of a 4-4 tie.
In March, the Library of Congress announced that it would no longer use the term "illegal alien" as a subject heading. The term would be replaced with "noncitizen" and "unauthorized immigration." This move was the result of a grassroots campaign spearheaded by students and university librarians at Dartmouth College. The American Library Association (ALA) has also sided with the campaign to change terminology.
According to a recent article in Library Journal, the change has resulted in a major political battle. Now, the Stopping Partisan Policy at the Library of Congress Act has forced the Library of Congress to revert to the previous terminology.
So much for immigration reform. It has been nearly two years since the Obama administration began its aggressive strategy of rounding up and deporting immigrants deemed to be illegally present in the United States. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has reported a plan to begin an aggressive nationwide surge in these efforts over the next thirty days. This surge will focus on mothers and children who have already been told to leave the United States. The operation will also target minors who entered the country without a guardian and are now 18 years old. According to the Obama administration, this is consistent with their enforcement priorities, which include not just criminal aliens but also recent border crossers.
A New Nonimmigrant Visa Revocation Policy is creating significant concerns and potential problems for nonimmigrants lawfully present in the United States. On November 5, 2015 the U.S. Department of State Visa Office notified consular officers to begin prudential revocation nonimmigrant visas previously issued to individuals who have been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI). Why? Because a DUI is indicative of possible visa ineligibility under INA 212(a)(1)(A)(iii) due to physical or mental disorder with associated harmful behavior. Conviction is NOT required! REALLY?!? Aren't you innocent until proven guilty? Nope! Not in the never, never land of 212(a)(1)(A)(iii). Wow!
Immigrants come to the United States to build a better life for themselves. Sometimes they are fleeing dangerous situations. Unfortunately, many arrive in this country only to find that they are faced with an entirely new set of threats. A pair of recent news releases from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) detail some of the unique schemes that have been used to defraud immigrants.
When it comes to immigration law matters, misconceptions abound. K-1 visas, also referred to as fiancé visas, are complex. However, matters may become unnecessarily challenging when petitioners and fiancés fall prey to myths about the process. Here are five important myths to be aware of if you are petitioning for a fiancé visa:
From the very start of his presidential campaign, Donald Trump's comments about Mexican immigrants have been controversial.
Upon announcing his run for the White House, he made statements that implied that most immigrants from Mexico are involved in drugs and criminal activity. In the following months, he has continued to make statements about building a border wall, among other actions to curb immigration. Has this led to a surge in legal Mexican immigrants seeking naturalization to vote against Trump? A recent article in the New York Times speculates that it has.