The rights of immigrants throughout the country enjoyed a significant win recently. Several federal judges in Chicago and Philadelphia ruled that the Trump administration's orders to cut funding to so-called "sanctuary cities" is unconstitutional breathing some life into the fight of many cities and counties who refuse or limit cooperation with the Department of Justice (DOJ) or Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Before a visa is awarded to an immigrant wishing to come to the United States, it's commonplace for an interview to have to take place with an official at one of the American embassies or consulates beforehand.
If you're planning to immigrate to the United States, it's important for you to understand that there may be some delays. For instance, if your paperwork is delayed by an unusually high amount of applications, it could take longer than expected to receive information on whether or not you've received a visa. Keep that in mind if you need to apply for a renewal, since you could be arrested if your visa runs out while you're waiting for the renewal to come.
Here in Georgia, we see local conflicts playing out around immigration issues, and those conflicts often mirror the larger immigrations conflicts going on in the political world throughout the country. While some parties want to comply with the President Trump's emphasis on restricting immigration and enforcing immigration laws to their full extent, many others do not see immigration enforcement as an issue that Georgia law enforcement should deal with much at all.
Decatur recently took a huge step forward in protecting the rights and privileges of immigrants who may face deportation under the new immigration guidelines laid out by the Trump administration. The city manager signed off on a policy directed at Decatur law enforcement, instructing officers that they may not detain or arrest, or even transport any person if they would only do so because of a detaining order from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Immigrants in sanctuary cities around the country were arrested in by the hundreds this week by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents on orders from the Trump administration.
For undocumented immigrants, the number of places that are safe spaces in America is growing smaller. During the Obama administration, law enforcement abided by policies that kept them from arresting undocumented individuals in certain locations deemed sensitive locations, such as churches, hospitals, and schools, unless special circumstances justified doing so.
Many immigrant communities in Georgia and throughout the country are frightened at the moment, as news that President Trump is setting wheels in motion to discontinue the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This is very reasonable concern, as reports of troubling action by law enforcement agencies continue to be reported.
For many immigrant families throughout the country, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is an essential part of keeping their children safe and furthering educational and vocational opportunities. Under the program, undocumented immigrants under the age of 30 who came to America as children can apply for deportation deferrals every two years, provided that they continue to meet the requirements to qualify for the deferrals.
The F4 visa, also known as the Family Fourth Preference Immigrant Visa, allows the non-American siblings of United States citizens to lawfully come into the country. It allows them to bring their children and spouse into the country as well.