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Supreme Court will allow California immigrant to remain in US

For immigrants who are living in the United States, deportation is an ever-present fear. With anti-immigration sentiment seeming to grow stronger every day, many immigrants are concerned for their futures. The current administration has made numerous changes to immigration policy that makes it easier than ever for U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to arrest, detain and deport foreign nationals.

But a new ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court could more difficult to deport certain immigrants. On Tuesday, the court ruled that the State of California could not deport an immigrant who had committed a burglary because his crime was not an aggravated felony. The ruling will set an important precedent for deporting immigrants who have committed felonies.

ICE arrests nearly 100 people in largest workplace raid ever

It seems that every day brings news of another crackdown from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Over the past several months, the agency has steadily intensified its efforts against immigrants. This has led many critics of ICE to express concern that the agency is becoming frighteningly aggressive toward undocumented immigrants.

A recent immigration raid—the largest in years—will do nothing to discourage this claim.

Justice Department halting legal advice program for immigrants

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a temporary halt for a program that offers legal assistance to detained foreign nationals facing deportation. The Justice Department halted the program until an audit for cost effectiveness is complete.

Providing legal services

Fact-checking Trump’s latest claims about immigration

President Donald Trump recently made several controversial and unsubstantiated claims about immigration. He spoke to several reporters on Tuesday, then taking to Twitter to unleash a barrage of misleading and incorrect information related to immigration policy. The reaction to his statements was swift: Anti-immigration activists latched on to his claims while reporters, policymakers, immigration activists and immigrants repeatedly presented evidence to refute his falsehoods.

In the past, the president has made several other statements that have proven misleading at best and outright fabrications at worst. Let’s take a closer look at his recent statements and fact-check them with the truth.

ICE may be using Facebook to monitor immigrants

Facebook is currently embroiled in a major scandal involving Cambridge Analytica, the data mining firm that sought to influence the U.S. Presidential election by using millions of Facebook users’ personal data. But there is another controversy involving Facebook and users’ private information that has largely flown under the radar. A new report indicates that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) may be using the social media platform to identify, monitor and locate immigrants.

Finding immigrants through Facebook

What is the visa process for visitors to California?

For Californians who have family members living in other countries, visits are very precious. It is probably rare to travel out of the country to visit family, or to have relatives fly to the U.S. for a brief stay. When your relatives do fly in, you want to make sure that their stay goes as smoothly s possible.

When family members come to visit, most people prepare by cleaning house, cooking their relatives’ favorite foods and taking them out to see the local attractions. But when your foreign-born relatives are coming to the states for a visit, there are several other important things to take into consideration. This is the process that you and your relatives will need to follow when they come to visit you.

Trump talks immigration, sanctuary policies in California visit

Following a recent lawsuit against California from the Justice Department, President Donald Trump visited San Diego’s Marine Corps Air Station Miramar on Tuesday to discuss immigration. The president doubled down on his administration’s tough immigration policies and had harsh words against states such as California that have passed legislation to protect undocumented immigrants.

A tough legal battle

California and Trump battle it out over immigration

In an attempt to get California to comply with the new deportation demands, the Trump administration is utilizing what some might call “extreme” measures. The Department of Justice wants to label three of The Golden State’s immigration laws as invalid. Officials within the organization claim that these specific laws are being reviewed because they overtly interfere with federal immigration law. Further, these laws are considered to be unconstitutional as they go against the supremacy clause which gives federal law power over state legislation.

Waging a legal war

Can joining the military help you get US citizenship?

The Trump administration has tightened citizenship requirements across many different fields. However, there are still some areas where it is possible to receive expedited citizenship. One of these is the U.S. Armed Forces.

Members of the Armed Forces frequently have the opportunity to have their citizenship status accelerated. In fact, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has a process designed specifically for military personnel who are seeking citizenship. There are several important details to know about this process.

No economic difference between merit-based and family-based visas

A new study has found that there is no significant difference between the benefits that family-based immigration and merit-based immigration provide to the U.S. economy. The study’s findings run contrary to President Donald Trump’s insistence that the economy would benefit from an immigration system that was solely based on merit. The study, authored by a law professor at Rutgers University, found several other important facts about family-based and merit-based immigration.

Family-based vs. merit-based immigration

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