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Removal of residence conditions after marriage

Marrying a U.S. citizen or green card holder brings many benefits aside from the joy of starting your married life together. You may have endured some time of separation while waiting for approval for your conditional status. Now that you are together, you have much to look forward to in your future here in Texas. However, your transition to lawful permanent resident of the U.S. is not quite over.

If you entered the U.S. on a visa for the purpose of marrying a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, your lawful status in the country is conditional. This means you have a deadline for having those conditions removed. The process can be complex, and it is critical that you begin in a timely manner to avoid losing your privilege of remaining in the country.

Why a shutdown over a wall may actually harm border security

We’ve posted a lot recently about the partial government shutdown currently in effect—and its impacts on immigration-related services. But it’s also worth noting that the president’s shutdown may be working against the very issue he’s attempting to address.

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E-Verify suspended during the shutdown: what this means

In a previous post, we discussed some of the ways in which the current partial government shutdown is affecting immigration services. One of the areas that is currently out of operation is the E-Verify system. This system impacts immigrants and U.S. citizens alike.

E-Verify is an online system, which employers can use to confirm the eligibility of their employees to work in the U.S. It does this by comparing information on an employee’s I-9 form, Social Security Administration records and Department of Homeland Security records.

Does the government shutdown affect immigration processes?

More than three weeks ago, the disagreement between the executive and legislative branches of our government over funding for a wall between the U.S. and Mexico resulted in a stalemate. Consequently, the president called for a partial government shutdown.

While immigration issues were the root cause of the shutdown, federal immigration services will remain—by and large—unaffected by it. In today’s post, we outline the services that are impacted:

Investigation into the deaths of two migrant children in custody

Last month saw troubling events at U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Two young Guatemalan children died while in a detention facility at the border.

Jakelin Caal, a seven-year-old migrant girl, died of undisclosed causes at the beginning of December. Jakelin’s family reports that she was in good health during her entire journey across Mexico—and had no pre-existing conditions. Meanwhile, CBP reports that during her trip, Jakelin did not eat or drink anything for days.

Trump continues attacks on asylum seekers

The caravan of migrants that has been making its way from Honduras to the U.S. for some months now has finally reached the Mexico-U.S. border. The migrants are fleeing violence and persecution in their native land, and they are legally seeking asylum in the U.S.

However, since taking office nearly two years ago, the Trump administration has taken seemingly constant steps to thwart migrant efforts. He has villainized the caravan in the media—in an effort to increase anti-immigrant sentiment. In addition, he is trying to make the asylum application process longer and more cumbersome—to discourage desperate refugees from applying in the first place.

Traveling outside the US as permanent resident requires planning

More than likely you made Texas your home and waited a long time to become a permanent resident of the United States. Considering the current climate regarding immigration, you jealously guard your status. Now, you have the chance to travel outside the country whether it's for vacation, work or to visit family.

Not surprisingly, you probably fear that once you leave the country, you may not be able to return. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has procedures in place to allow you to come back into the country, and it would be in your best interests to make sure that you follow them closely so as not to jeopardize your permanent residency or path to citizenship.

Mid-term election results spell good news for immigrants

Since President Trump took office at the beginning of 2017, immigrants have been alarmed by the onslaught of federal measures designed to thwart the arrival of new immigrants in the U.S.—and expel those who already reside here. Such attacks have affected legal and illegal immigrants alike.

Over the last two years, immigration advocates have loudly questioned the constitutionality of such actions and fought to repeal them. However, the Republican majorities in both the House and the Senate upheld the president’s anti-immigration agenda—leaving federal courts to serve as the only form of checks and balances against such efforts.

Should undocumented immigrants report crimes against them?

Undocumented immigrants in the United States must cope with high levels of stress. They may live in constant fear that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents could show up at their place of work anytime to arrest them. A minor traffic violation could lead to arrest and deportation. Even a hospital visit could result in medical repatriation.

But what happens if an undocumented immigrant is assaulted or robbed? Is it safe for them to report the crime to the police?

Finding creative ways to legally protect asylum seekers

We’ve reported at length in previous posts on the current administration’s targeted efforts to deter asylum seekers in the U.S. However, asylum seekers are not only facing critical challenges in this country. Many governments around the world are struggling with how to handle the increasing number of refugees and displaced people in need of a sanctuary.

The Netherlands has been dealing with an onslaught of asylum seekers in recent years. When one desperate Armenian family was recently denied refuge, the community took creative action to protect them—while still operating within the confines of the law.

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