Some immigrants in California might be concerned about the effect a proposed new change by the Trump administration will have on their ability to access government benefits and still get a green card. The proposal would disqualify some immigrants from becoming permanent residents even if they were eligible for the benefits they received.
LGBTQ rights remain a hot-button topic almost certain to provoke spirited disagreement. Since a 2015 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, same-sex marriages must be granted by each state and each state must recognize same-sex marriages formed in other states, such as California, for example. That ruling, however, does not address the issue of same-sex marriages in other countries.
Immigrants in California and around the country could be denied a green card if they have been reliant on certain forms of public assistance. They could also be denied the chance to have a green card renewed if they are already in the country legally. This is according to action taken by the Trump administration. It seeks to update a 1999 rule that applied to immigrants who had used cash benefits.
While the fate of Trump's promise to build a stronger border wall is up in the air, what is not uncertain is the administration's determination to place obstacles in the path of those seeking legal admission to or permanent residency in the U.S. Some people in California and other states are calling this the "paper wall."
California families and friends of immigrants are probably aware of the controversy that has surrounded the Trump administration's policy of separating children from parents and detaining them apart from their parents, who in some cases have been deported while the children remain in custody. Over 2,900 children were separated and detained in the initial stages of the policy, sparking international outrage over what has been characterized by critics as inhumane treatment of immigrant children. Now, the Department of Homeland Security has announced plans to circumvent the standing rule that required the release of children within 20 days of their detention.
When people have lived their lives as U.S. citizens in California, they expect to receive their passports when they plan to travel abroad. However, immigration lawyers report a growing number of cases in which American citizens are denied passports despite having a U.S. birth certificate. In many of these cases, people have lived their lives as citizens, including participating in elections or serving in the military. However, they are now seeing their citizenship called into question because they were born near the border. Some people have even been held in immigration detention or threatened with deportation.
The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program is one method in which a person can obtain permanent resident status in California or other states. Each year, 10,000 such visas are given out, and each country can claim up to 7 percent of them annually. It is sometimes referred to as the visa for millionaires, and its goal is to inject large sums of capital into rural areas. It is also meant to help other areas that have high rates of unemployment.
Immigrant advocacy groups may have celebrated on June 26 when a federal judge in California gave U.S. immigration authorities 30 days to reunite families separated at the Mexican border. While officials were struggling to meet this deadline, the Trump administration suffered another legal setback in Texas. On July 30, a district court judge ordered the Department of Health and Human Services to transfer all of the children being detained at the Shiloh Residential Treatment Center to other facilities. The judge made her ruling after hearing that children at the Manvel facility were being abused and overmedicated with psychotropic drugs.
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.
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.