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Migrant kids go to school as they wait

The school year has started for children here in the United States. Now in a happy turn of events, volunteers created a pop-up school on the sidewalk in Matamoros, Mexico. The idea is to provide migrant kids with some of the stability they would typically have.

Migrants receiving medical treatment in US to be deported

The current administration recently cut access to sick and disabled migrants and their caretakers, telling them they have 33 days to leave the United States. The "medical deferred action" program has allowed them to remain on American soil while receiving life-saving medical treatment. The move is controversial because U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services cut the program without a moment's notice, potentially leaving some patients on their deathbeds.

Understanding immigration law as it pertains to minors

Bringing a minor into the United States is always going to be a complicated process. In addition to determining the child's current citizenship status, the courts will also need to take a close look at the status of their parents and siblings. Those who plan on immigrating to the United States with younger children should spend some extra time familiarizing themselves with the current immigration and naturalization laws so that they don't run into any major roadblocks.

Immigrants could now face DNA testing

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) acting head Kevin McAleenan recently announced that rapid DNA testing would be used on migrants at the southern border. The results will reportedly not be saved, but this test involving a swab on the inside cheek will take about 90 minutes to get the results.

Young immigrants can seek Special Immigrant Juvenile Status

Last week, U.S. Magistrate Judge Nathanael Cousins denied the Trump Administration’s move to dismiss the class action brought by young immigrants abused, abandoned or neglected by their parents. While here in California young immigrants up to age 20 are allowed to apply for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services had begun to deny this special status to immigrants as young as 18.

California teen leads immigration lawsuit

It would seem that the only thing that interests teens these days is looking at their smart phone and posting on social media. However, high school freshman Crista Ramos has found time to respond to the Trump administration’s announced plan to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS). This program enables 300,000 immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan to legally remain in the country. 

Courts blocks Trump’s attempt to end DACA

A Federal Appeals Court for the 9th Circuit last week blocked the Trump administration’s latest attempt to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). This ruling agreed with a judge’s decision last January that the president did not have the authority to rescind the program. This is good news for an estimated 700,000 individuals who were brought to the U.S. as young children by parents who immigrated without documentation.

“Ineligible” parents try to get kids back amid chaos

There are still hundreds of immigrant parents who still need to be reunited with an estimated 650 children well after the deadline set by federal judge has passed. Some have even been deemed “ineligible” to get their children back. One reason for this is that officials believe they were smuggling children for profit. Other reasons include the child had been traveling with relative other than the parent; or they are the parent has a criminal record or has been caught trying to enter the country before by ICE. Some are given no reason at all.

Reuniting 430 deported parents with their children

The challenge of reuniting separated children and parents is still a long way from complete despite a federal judge’s deadline. However, this issue will be even more difficult for officials as they attempt to find the 430 parents deported while their children remain detained here in the U.S.

Justice Department asks for delay of DACA injunction

Texas and six other states (none of which are California) have filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration seeking to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the 2012 program created by the Obama administration to protect 700,000 young immigrants who entered the country from being deported.

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