The inscription on the Statue of Liberty reads, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses…”. These lines were intended to give hope to immigrants from around the world, traveling to America in search of a brighter future.
Last year, we reported on the administration’s horrifying policy to separate migrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border—which was first announced in May of 2018. The policy led to massive public outcry. At the end of June, federal courts ordered that the policy be ended—and families to be reunified.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.