Hundreds of thousands of people across the world face persecution in their home country because of their sexuality or gender identity. And for decades, many of those individuals have come to the United States hoping to find a better life. Seeking asylum is just one way someone who fears violence or discrimination can work towards American citizenship.
Every year, hundreds of thousands of people file applications to obtain United States visas. They gather their paperwork, line up jobs, and do everything they can to show they are set up for success. But, thanks to changes in the way the State Department reviews visa applications, obtaining a visa became more difficult in 2018.
Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2013 decision in United States v. Windsor, same-sex married couples hold the same rights as heterosexual couples when it comes to immigration.
The immigration process in the U.S. is becoming increasingly complex. The current administration is creating additional hurdles for foreign nationals from certain countries who wish to enter the U.S. However, for citizens and nationals of other countries, the process is comparatively simple.
About 20 miles south of the Canadian border, at a convenience store in Havre, Montana, a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer stopped and detained two local residents who were picking up a few groceries. Their crime? Speaking Spanish.
You’re driving home late at night after a long day at work. Suddenly, you look up and see the lights of a police car flashing in your rear-view mirror. The officer pulls you over and asks whether you’ve been drinking. You haven’t; you’re simply exhausted. The officer, however, doesn’t believe you—and arrests you on the spot.
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.
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.
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.
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.