Whether you have been living in Texas for a number of years or have only recently just arrived, when you married a U.S. citizen, you likely encountered some challenges. Depending on how familiar you may or may not have been with American culture, you may have struggled to master the English language as well as get used to new foods, new friends and new customs.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services claims that it is "relentlessly pursuing necessary immigration reforms that move towards a merit-based system," but Congress hasn't yet authorized any changes to the system. Indeed, there is still a great deal of disagreement about what an ideal immigration system might look like.
On August 9, Viktor and Amalija Knavs, the parents of Melania Trump, were sworn in as U.S. citizens in a private ceremony in Manhattan. They were sponsored by the First Lady, who obtained a green card in 2001 became a U.S. citizen in 2006. She and her parents are originally from Slovenia.
A trial judge from the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia recently ruled that the Trump administration must fully restore DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. However, he delayed the effect of the ruling for 20 days to give the administration a chance to appeal.
If your status in the United States is unlawful, it is understandable that you would feel concern and even fear for your fate. Whether your visa or green card expired or you never had documentation in the first place, the government expects foreigners to abide by the rules of immigration or face the consequences of removal.
Last week marked the deadline for migrant children who had been unlawfully separated from their parents to be reunited. Many families were reunified—although not without sustaining considerable emotional and physical trauma. Still, many children remain separated—for a variety of concerning reasons.