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July 2019 Archives

Can I still apply for DACA in 2019?

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has been batted around by the courts in recent years. While different rulings and challenges have threatened the program’s existence, as of July 2019, DACA is in a relatively stable place.

White house announces detailed new immigration bill

The president seems to make announcements or write Tweets about changes to the immigration system on a daily or weekly basis. This happens amid other controversial comments regarding political enemies, perceived slights and other topics. Such is the case this week – he aggressively Tweeted about four liberal freshmen congresswomen (and allowed a racist chant about them at a political rally), the administration has also announced that it has drafted a new immigration bill.

Traveling through other countries makes immigrants ineligible

The current administration continues to create new barriers and hurdles for many asylum seekers. The administration has now published a tough new rule for the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice that goes into effect on July 16.

What to know if you or a loved one is facing deportation

Deportation is a constant threat in this current climate, hanging over not just individuals but their family, friends and other loved ones. An arrest by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is not just disruptive. It is emotionally challenging, requiring time, energy and perseverance to get through.

Visa applicants must now provide social media identifiers

The U.S. Department of State recently updated its work visa forms to now include a social media question on Form DS-160 non-immigrant visa and Form DS-260 immigrant visa applications. The question is: “Do you have a social media presence?” Applicants are expected to provide a list of platforms (such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Twitter) and usernames used in the previous five years. Passwords are not to be provided. There will be a long pulldown menu for the platforms, and then a field to enter the information.

Drug use can lead to visa denials

The current administration is using many different reasons to prevent visitors from entering the U.S. One that has not gotten a lot of coverage is casual drug use. According to one recent report, a visitor from Britain arriving at LAX was denied entry after 24 hours of questioning and a search that yielded a two-year-old phone text that mentioned cocaine. The visitor who had planned the trip of a lifetime, spending one month in Los Angeles and one in New York City was sent home after admitting to drug use.

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  • State Bar of California | California Board of Legal Specialization
  • Avvo
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Irvine Chamber