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Why to thank Haitian immigrants for your Thanksgiving turkey

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.

Motel chain gets sued for giving guest lists to ICE agents

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.

Permanent residents can face serious consequences for voting

The midterm elections are just around the corner. The Get Out the Vote efforts in your community may have you excited to participate in the democratic process. But if you’re a permanent resident, it’s important to understand that you are not allowed to vote.

Can you face charges for helping an undocumented immigrant?

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.

Preliminary numbers indicate fewer international college students

Student visa numbers and reports from college officials suggest that international enrollment at U.S. colleges and universities has been down for the past couple of years. Unfortunately for educational institutions, that decline coincides with a drop in enrollment among domestic students "and has led to real pain," according to the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

Federal judge orders reinstatement of DACA, another to hear case

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.

How may extreme hardships offer you a chance to stay in the US

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.

Parents unwittingly deported without their children

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.

If you get a text from someone claiming to be an ICE agent

Since President Trump took office in 2017, he has vowed to crack down on illegal immigration. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has been taking tougher action to find and remove undocumented immigrants from the country. For the millions of undocumented immigrants who have made the U.S. their home, this change has created an atmosphere of fear.

What to do as an immigrant if you’re arrested by ICE

The security of immigrants in the U.S. is under increasing threat. The federal government is targeting undocumented immigrants all over the country—seeking to deport anyone not permitted to reside here. This environment can be both intimidating and terrifying for anyone without the right papers.

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