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.
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.
In a blow to advocates for migrant justice, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Trump's travel restrictions on people from seven countries on June 26. In the ruling, authored by Chief Justice John Roberts, the court sided with the Trump administration against a challenge from the state of Hawaii, saying that the travel restrictions do not amount to a "Muslim ban" despite the rhetoric used by Trump during his campaign and on Twitter in relation to the policy.
When immigrants living in California get their green card, it gives them additional rights while in the United States. However, it is possible to lose a green card. Generally, this happens because a person committed a crime or left the country. Permanent residents who are planning on leaving the United States should come back within six months of doing so.
Officers with Immigration and Customs Enforcement may begin deporting families in California and throughout the country who have received deportation orders from a judge. The agency's intention is to start cracking down on immigrants even if they do not have a criminal record and to target what are known as sanctuary cities.
According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, in order to qualify for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, you must meet these requirements: