A recent report from the New York Times profiles yet another controversial change to immigrant vetting procedures in the United States. On Oct. 18, the Department of Homeland Security will begin screening the social media accounts of all immigrants who enter the U.S. The DHS will also track the social media data of green card holders and naturalized citizens including user names, aliases, search results, and associated identifiable information.
5 Ways to Qualify for U.S. Citizenship Without Residing in the Country for 5 Years
Becoming a citizen of the United States is a complicated and time-consuming process. In most cases, an immigrant who wants to become a naturalized U.S. citizen must reside in this country for five years and remain physically present in the U.S. for 30 months within that five-year period; however, there are several exceptions to this rule, and if one of those exceptions applies to your situation, you may be able to become a U.S. citizen without meeting the physical presence requirement.
What Constitutes a “Credible Fear” of Persecution or Torture for Asylum Seekers?
If you left your home country out of fear for your own safety and you are afraid to return, you may qualify for asylum in the United States. However, you must meet strict eligibility requirements in order for your asylum application to be approved. One of the most important of these requirements is to establish that you have a “credible fear” of persecution or torture.
Are Recent Immigration Crackdowns Lead to a Shortage of Low-Skilled Labor?
President Trump missed no opportunity on the campaign trail to promise tougher immigration policies. Trump and those who support his immigration agenda contend that undocumented immigrants take away job opportunities from U.S.-born citizens. However, a recent report from Bloomberg indicates that the unprecedented increase in arrests of undocumented immigrants, which have jumped 38 percent compared to 2016, is leading to a shortage of low-skilled labor.
U.S. Immigration Crackdowns Have Caused Unprecedented Surge of Illegal Immigration to Canada
In response to new policies that have expanded the categories of immigrants who are eligible for deportation from the United States, thousands of immigrants have crossed the U.S.-Quebec border—many illegally—to avoid removal proceedings.
Supreme Court Rules Travel Ban Does Not Affect Grandparents and Other Close Relatives
In a previous blog, I explained how the U.S. Supreme Court removed certain roadblocks that were stifling President Trump’s travel ban. As a result, parts of the ban were allowed to proceed, but it could only be enforced against people who do not have a “bona fide connection” with a U.S.-based relative or entity.