Immigrants may be allowed to enter California or any other state to see a dying relative or for other extraordinary reasons. In some cases, they may be given the ability to find employment while they are in the United States. However, the Trump administration has created new guidance that it says will prevent this policy from being abused. A statement from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said that it issued the guidance in part because of a national emergency at the border with Mexico.
It also said that there were many factors that should be used when determining whether an individual can work while in the country under Section 212(d(5(A) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. In July, there were 82,049 individuals encountered by authorities at the border with Mexico. This was a 21% drop from June, and officials said that this drop was a result of a tougher stance on illegal immigration.
Authorities have taken several steps to discourage individuals from entering the country or to detain them after they have arrived. Mexico was threatened with tariffs if they didn’t do more to prevent individuals from crossing into the United States. The United States has also worked with Guatemala to stem the flow of immigrants into the country.
Those who are granted temporary visas to visit the United States might be granted the right to both live and work here until the visas expire. An attorney may explain how to obtain a visa, what it allows a person to do and how an immigrant may be able to extend his or her stay. Legal counsel might also be helpful in the event that a person is selected for deportation or is otherwise detained while in the United States legally.