Three (03) Immigration Topics Should Be Watching
With so many uncertainties about the current US immigration situation, you may easily overlook some important issues. A review of three (03) issues that Mr. Franklin Nelson, a Los Angeles immigration attorney, shared in late July.
1. The U.S. Government Falls Short or Immigrant Reunification Deadlines Issued by U.S. District Court Judge
It was July 26th, 2018 when United States District Court Judge Dana M. Sabraw ordered the U.S. government to reunite immigrant parents with the children they had been separated from when they entered the U.S. Older children under the age of 18 are to be reunited with their parents by July 26th, but children under 5 were ordered to be reunited with their parents by July 10th. On July 9th the Trump administration stated that only 54 of the 102 children under 5 would be reunited with their parents by the deadline. By late afternoon on July 10th, it was determined that 75 of the 102 children were eligible to be returned to their parent’s custody yet only 38 of those children are estimated to have been reunited with their parents by the end of the day.
2. Dozens of Immigrants Are Claiming to Have Been Discharged By U.S. Army Officials
The Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest program promised an avenue to American citizenship for immigrants recruited into the U.S. Armed Forces. The 2016 program recruited over 5,000 immigrants for military service and offered recruits the opportunity to be naturalized as citizens if they earned an honorable service designation. The recruitment program was de-authorized in September of 2017 but recently the program made headlines again as lawsuits mount claiming discharge of immigrants from the Armed Forces without a valid reason. Among the cases noted, many referenced that recruited service members were even denied the opportunity to attend basic training which alone would give recruits the distinction of honorable service. According to the Associated Press, immigration attorneys believe that over 40 program recruits are currently of questionable status in the Armed Forces or have already been discharged leaving them no path to naturalization despite having served. When presented with questions in reference to discharges made without explanation, the spokespeople for the Army and Pentagon told the Associated Press that the pending litigation prevented them from commenting.
3. Federal District Judge Bans the Indefinite Detention of Asylum-Seekers
On July 2nd, 2018, federal district judge, James E. Boasberg of the District of Columbia issued a preliminary injunction that prevented the U.S. federal government from the practice of blanket detentions at five Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention centers. In 2009, the U.S. Government established the “Parole Directive” which aimed to provide parole to legitimate asylum-seekers deemed “no risk” while their application for asylum was processed. Despite that directive, however, the five centers which once had parole rates of 90% for immigrants seeking asylum have dropped to close to 0% of asylum-seekers being granted parole. This incredible decline isn’t just unfair, it’s a breach of the U.S. Government’s instruction to provide asylum to those seeking protection in the United States.
Processing asylum applications can take years and with such startlingly low parole rates, these asylum-seekers face years of being held in detention centers. The July 2nd injunction was intended to stop this practice of holding asylum-seekers indefinitely and encourage the release of asylum-seekers who pose no risk to American society by being free while their application is being processed.
Since the injunction was issued, the Trump administration has requested further modifications to detainment regulations in an attempt to allow the detainment of families through the conclusion of criminal proceedings and the termination of asylum proceedings. In response to this request, U.S. district judge Dolly Gee not only denied the change but noted that it was “procedurally improper and wholly without merit.”
Obviously, the war of immigration is continuously complicated. President Trump persisted with tough policies to limit the number of immigrants who are deemed illegal in United States. It is still a matter of constant opposition from federal courts, organizations and individuals who protect these immigrants, since in the eyes of immigrants, America is still the place has the humanitarian laws gained worldwide admiration
Nelson & Associates, A Professional Law Corporation: Immigration Lawyer Los Angeles Shares 3 Immigration Topics You Should Be Watching – Link: https://plus.google.com/106978595039810881084/posts/UR99eYkXcTD