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.
Thanksgiving is just around the corner. It’s a time to gather with family and friends, feasting on turkey, potatoes and pie. If you’re like most Americans, you get your turkey from the nation’s leading turkey provider: Butterball. But it might surprise you to learn that Butterball couldn’t run its company without Haitian asylum seekers who came to the U.S. under Temporary Protected Status (TPS). This program is currently under threat.
There are certain privacy rights that we may not question. One example: the ability to stay at a hotel without the management reporting your presence to the government. Unfortunately, a popular hotel chain violated this right and wrongfully reported guests within its hotel chains. These guests did not do anything wrong. The hotel completed the reports as part of a business policy.
With heightened deportation efforts underway, undocumented immigrants in the U.S. are living in fear. Many American citizens have responded to the current administration’s crackdown on illegal immigration by volunteering their time and energy to help out their undocumented neighbors in need.