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Reminders to keep consider if approached by immigration officials

The fluctuating state of immigration law and policy continues to cause concern for non-citizens living in the United States and in Texas in particular. The current administration continues to foster an environment unwelcoming to immigrants, regardless of legal status, which in turn increases the worries of those living in the country.

One major concern for non-citizens is the idea of interacting with immigration law enforcement officials in any capacity. Not every interaction with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers or other law enforcement personnel will necessarily end poorly, but the concerns immigrants feel are valid in the current climate.

Ankle Monitors Raise Serious Concerns About Wearers’ Welfare

For months we have known about the living conditions inside immigrant detention centers. Countless reports have documented that detainees lack access to adequate medical care, causing irreparable damage to detainees’ health. Many are forced to live in unsanitary environments and are provided with water that “smells[s] and tastes like a sewer.”

Due to national outrage, the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency is giving detainees an alternative. Arrestees can wait for their court date in their own homes if they agree to wear ankle monitors that track their every move with GPS and avoid detention facilities. While this may seem to be a more appealing option, some are saying the bracelets are far from acceptable and put nearly every aspect of the wearer’s quality of life in jeopardy.

Could Dallas Be Home For Immigrant Kids Separated From Parents?

Undocumented immigrant children are being taken from their parents at the border at an unprecedented rate, thanks to the recent launch of the zero-tolerance immigration policy. Currently, these children are being housed in makeshift detention centers. However, one Dallas judge has proposed an alternate option.

Are sheriffs becoming the new ICE gatekeepers?

All around the country, tough choices confront county sheriffs regarding Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and their jurisdictions’ values. ICE raids in both urban and rural areas in Texas leave thousands of people incarcerated and vulnerable to deportation.

Secrecy and Seclusion

Could DACA Stay? And At What Cost?

DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, was a policy enacted by the Obama administration in 2012 that was intended to offer children who came to the U.S. illegally as minors and met the requirements of the program the opportunity to apply for a work permit and be granted a two year period of protection from deportation. After this period, recipients of the program, often referred to as Dreamers, would be allowed the opportunity to renew their status as long as they were still eligible.

The DACA policy was rescinded in September 2017 by the Trump Administration, although this was delayed until March 2018 while Congress determines the best way to handle the current recipients of the program. 

What Is The Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act?

Currently, there is a per-country cap on employment-based green cards. In other words, there is the same set number of these green cards available for immigrants from each country. It does not matter how big the country is or how many immigrants from that country are currently living and working legally in the United States. The same number of these green cards are available for immigrants from Greenland as are available for immigrants from India or China.

According to Congress member Kevin Yoder, this has created a nearly impenetrable backlog for immigrants from certain countries, while immigrants from other countries have a much shorter wait to obtain permanent residence. In hopes of solving the problem, he has introduced H.R. 392, the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act.

What Does The End Of DACA Mean For Dreamers?

The Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will be ending. There was much confusion about this program during its lifetime, and there is certain to be even more as it comes to an end. Dreamers and their families must use caution during this time.

Why Do Immigration Cases Take So Long?

Over the last decade, the average amount of time it takes to resolve an immigration case has increased from 198 days to 650 days. In the process, a backlog of more than 585,000 cases has amassed. That is a lot of people left in legal limbo.

According to an article from Immigration Impact, the reason for the increased duration for resolving an immigration law case is not quite what everyone thought it was.

Will Police Crack Down On Undocumented Immigrants?

Senate Bill 4 (SB4) was recently signed by Governor Greg Abbott, making sanctuary cities illegal in Texas and forcing local law enforcement agencies to crack down on undocumented immigrants. However, according to an article from NBC News, local law enforcement agencies throughout Texas may not be in agreement with the new law.

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