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What happens when the migrant caravan reaches the border

The caravan consisting of thousands of migrants is making its way through Mexico. It is getting a lot of attention from the media, the president and local Mexicans who seem to be the only ones helping them. If they make it and depending on where they joined and where they cross, the migrants will have walked well over a thousand miles before they reach the U.S.

When can asylum seekers claim “changed circumstances?”

When someone faces persecution or physical danger in their home country, they may choose to move to the United States and seek asylum. Though the nation’s current stance toward immigration is sometimes less than friendly, the U.S. is still known around the world for opening its doors for people from all nations.

Administration’s bid to end TPS halted by judge

A U.S. District Judge in San Francisco granted a preliminary injunction to stop the Trump administration’s attempt to terminate the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program. This means that 300,000 immigrants from El Salvador, Nicaragua, Haiti and Sudan are breathing little easier today. The humanitarian program was created in 1990 to provide safe haven to immigrants fleeing civil war or natural disasters, enabling immigrants to legally live and work in the U.S. Many have since given birth to and raised U.S. citizens here.

Credible fear claim rejections on the rise

One thing that has a very big impact on asylum seekers who are facing expedited removal is what happens in their credible fear review. Generally, in order to pursue an asylum claim, individuals facing expedited removal have to be found to have a credible fear of facing persecution if they were to return to their home country.

Trump blames Dems for separating asylum seekers from their kids

The president’s platform regarding immigration has been controversial from his earliest days as a candidate. The recent escalation in the spring of 2018 now involves more aggressive actions from the administration in separating detained asylum seekers from their children.

Plattsburg group provides instructions on how to enter Canada

Canadian officials are crying foul after it discovered that a group in Plattsburg, New York, distributed fliers with instructions on how to enter Canada and seek asylum. The group calling itself Plattsburgh Cares posted an estimated 20,000 fliers that included a map and instructions to thousands of asylum seekers leaving the United States for Canada.

LGBTQ asylum seekers face an excruciating wait

The United States has some of the most progressive laws in the world when it comes to LGBTQ rights. Though many LGBTQ Americans still face de facto discrimination, the country’s laws permit same-sex marriage, allow same-sex couples to adopt children and provide many other forms of protection. The U.S. is one of the few countries in the world where its residents can openly love someone of the same gender.

Asylum applicant arrested at his own hearing

In a move that his attorney deemed unprecedented, an asylum seeker was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at his very own asylum hearing. After a two-hour-long hearing in San Francisco, the Sudanese national was apprehended by several ICE officials at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office.

Understanding the different types of asylum hearings

The asylum process can be different for everyone. One thing that most cases have in common, however, is that there will probably be an asylum hearing. An asylum hearing is a type of court hearing in which an immigration judge issues a ruling regarding an individual’s asylum process.

Affirmative Asylum vs. Defensive Asylum

If you are seeking asylum in the United States, you should know that there are two different types of asylum applications available to immigrants: The affirmative application, and the defensive application. Both are similar, but there are also some key differences that you should know about when choosing which application is the best fit for you.

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