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February 2017 Archives

What should you do if customs agents come to your home?

With all of the conversation around immigration and deportation in this new administration, understandably, many people are nervous, regardless of their immigration status. We recently saw extensive media coverage of an undocumented woman who had been living in this country for many years and checking in with authorities regularly. She was suddenly arrested and deported to Mexico.

Special programs help those who need it most: Children

If you ask many parents who immigrate to the United States why they did it, they'll give you the same answer: They did it for their children. They wanted their kids to have a chance at a better life. They wanted them to have world-class medical care and a good education.

New executive order expands who might be deported

It has been an exceptionally difficult season for immigrant communities in Georgia and around the country, and it does not look like things will be getting much easier any time soon. Right here in the Atlanta area, Immigration and Customs Enforcement recently performed "targeted raids" along Buford Highway, detaining around 40 individuals. Under the new, expanded standards for detaining and deporting immigrants, ICE is reportedly picking up individuals who have any kind of violation on their records, not only violent offenses. According to some sources, even those around them may be in danger of being detained and deported.

What happens after I apply for asylum?

After you spent time gathering your information and filing your application for asylum, the next step requires you to wait patiently for a decision. Like other applicants here in Georgia, this seems like the hardest part of the process. While you wait, understanding the different decisions might help.

Becoming a citizen can help prevent travel problems, deportation

No matter what your political view, it's hard to argue that the first couple of weeks of the Trump administration has caused confusion and concern among people coming into or returning to this country as well as their family, friends and employers. The president issued an executive order that resulted in people coming to the U.S. from seven countries in the Middle East being detained or sent back. The order affected those traveling from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Sudan, Somalia and Yemen.

Bill protests immigration executive order

The immigrant community has suffered many blows in the last several weeks, from both official and unofficial sources. Unless you have been living in an isolation chamber, you have almost certainly already heard about the President Trump's executive order halting immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries. The response to the measure has been overwhelming, to say the least. It is understandable to be concerned or overwhelmed by the news, but there has also been some encouraging news in the wake of the frustrating order.

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