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Public Charge Rule for U.S. visa applicants
The policy behind the proposed public charge rule was created to reduce the number of people who are eligible for visas, such as green cards, by reevaluating what makes those individuals dependent on government benefits.  Such policy also considers the likelihood of whether those individuals will be placed on benefits in the future. The criteria ...

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New Asylum Restrictions
According to the Department of Justice and Homeland Security, the southern border has been overwhelmed with asylum applicants in the past year. There are nearly 436,000 pending asylum applications that have yet to be decided. The Supreme Court of the United States rendered a decision this past week that would prohibit migrants who have resided ...

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The U.S. government issues thousands of green cards daily. A green card is a permit that allows foreign nationals to live and work lawfully within the United States. Most importantly, it gives these individuals the opportunity to qualify for U.S. citizenship after a certain amount of time.   For individuals seeking to apply for a  ...

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Defensive Asylum Hearing Process in Immigration Court
Generally, individuals seek asylum in the United States to escape specific types of persecution should he or she be forced to return to their homeland. The asylum hearing process varies on whether the foreign national is seeking asylum through an affirmative process or a defensive process. Unlike in an affirmative asylum application, the removal proceedings ...

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Understanding The Bond Hearing Process In Immigration Court
A person who is detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) may be eligible for release upon payment of a bond. A bond is an amount of money paid as collateral for the release of a person from custody. The bond guarantees the court that the person will appear for upcoming court proceedings. If the ...

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Often times, individuals do not become permanent residents until much later in life. This often occurs when adult United States citizen children who are over twenty-one filing a petition on behalf of their much older non-citizen parent. As a result, many of these parents are not fluent in the English language and find it very ...

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U.S citizens, lawful permanent residents, and other individuals with lawful or unlawful status who are unlawfully arrested and detained by ICE officers may potentially have claims against the U.S government under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA). FTCA claims also may consist of claims for wrongful deportation, physical abuse, wrongful death, denial of medical services, ...

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Immigrants who are detained by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers and placed in removal proceedings in Louisiana will most likely be either be housed either at the LaSalle Detention Facility in Jena, Louisiana or the Pine Prairie Correctional Center in Pine Prairie, Louisiana. These facilities are run and operated  by The Geo Group, Inc., ...

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In light of the recent raids conducted by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers, worry and anxiety has been spreading like wildfire throughout the entire immigrant community. While we do not know the extent to which the ICE raids have increased since Donald Trump started serving as president, we do know one thing for sure ...

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United States immigration law is one of the most complicated and difficult fields in the legal profession to navigate. In relation to the challenges immigration law brings, one federal judge in the Southern District of New York noted the following: "The statutory scheme defining and delimiting the rights of aliens is exceedingly complex. Courts and ...

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COMPARING DONALD TRUMP AND HILLARY CLINTON’S POSITIONS ON IMMIGRATION
Luis first entered into the United States without inspection when he was just twelve years old. Ever since his arrival in 2005, Luis has been hopeful that Congress would pass comprehensive immigration reform allowing individuals like himself a pathway to United States citizenship.  Unfortunately for Luis and millions of others like him, Congress has failed ...

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