Coming to the United States may have been a frightening experience. However, the fear of immigrating to a new country may have seemed manageable compared to the circumstances that existed for you in your homeland. Like many, you came to the U.S. and made your way to Colorado to find a new life with new opportunities. However, you may only achieve this if your lawful status protects you from removal.
California readers could be concerned to learn that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has released two memos that significantly alter the way the federal government handles visa applications. The changes make it easier for officials to deny applications and deport immigrants.
Many people consider the United States the land of opportunity. As a result, you may have come to the country years ago on a visa in hopes of taking advantage of the opportunities offered. Over time, you may have come to consider this country your home and built a life here. Now, you feel ready to work toward obtaining citizenship.
California has been one of the states on the front line of the child separation controversy. Although the reunification of families seeking asylum in the United States has begun, the American Civil Liberties Union took action to challenge the federal government's intention to immediately deport the families. After considering the ACLU's motion, a federal judge halted the immediate deportation of reunited families. The temporary stay grants reunified families one week to file their asylum paperwork.
At some point during your adjustment phase to a new life in Colorado, you may have to attend an interview with immigration officials. There may be several reasons for this, some more benign than others. If Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have called you to a Stokes interview, it means the U.S. government doubts the validity of your marriage to a U.S. citizen, which is definitely no minor issue.
California residents may be aware that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents are supposedly no longer separating undocumented immigrant families at the Mexican border. However, getting children that have been detained out of immigration facilities is often a difficult and expensive process for their parents or relatives. Strict rules have been put into place to prevent vulnerable children being placed in unfit homes and keep them out of the hands of human traffickers, which some advocacy groups are being used by the authorities to gather information on undocumented workers.
What would you do if you and your family were strolling through a public festival, enjoying some free time together, when suddenly, you hear someone shouting your name in a crowd? You turn in the direction of the voice and immediately see several Immigration and Customer Enforcement officers making their way toward you. Should you answer them? Should you turn around and walk away?
People in Denver applying for a green card or U.S. permanent residency may be concerned about how the immigration policies of the Trump administration could affect their applications. In some cases, people who were undocumented in the United States but are now applying for green cards due to marriage to a citizen have faced detention and threats of deportation. Two civil liberties organizations have filed a lawsuit against the government to block the practice after a man was arrested in New York at an ICE office, where he went to begin his green card application.