The military and their families sometimes make the ultimate sacrifice while serving. Ex-marine Mark Esqueda served tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2007 to 2011, but he has since had his application for a passport twice rejected by the State Department, which maintains that he has insufficient documentation to prove he was born in the U.S. This is despite the fact that Esqueda had high-level clearance that requires multiple background checks while serving.
Most migrants entering the country either speak English as a second language or not at all. Finding a Spanish to English translator is not a problem here in California, but what about hiring someone who speaks K’iche’ from Central America or Creole from Haiti? The Department of Justice’s (DOJ) answer is to use translators who work via phone. Spanish is the lone exception to this rule, but it applies to all other languages. The DOJ cites budget concerns as the reason for doing this.
Twin boys recently made the national news when it was initially ruled that one was a citizen and the other was visitor. According to various news sources, they are the children of a married gay couple where one father was a U.S. citizen and the other was from Israel. The couple used an anonymous egg donor and chose to use the sperm of one father per egg. A surrogate carried both babies, which were born minutes apart. Initially boy with the Israeli father was granted a visitor visa instead of citizenship.
It is an unfortunate fact that immigrants are often targeted by individuals who claim to be qualified to give legal guidance and services. These criminals can offer to help with immigration, employment visas or other legal matters.
Everyone understands that differing views on immigration policy between the president and the Democratic Congressmen and Congresswomen are at the heart of the partial shutdown. Now the government is reopening after more than a month, which will add a tremendous backlog of business to attend to by furloughed government workers. This includes judges who handle immigration hearings.
Becoming a naturalized citizen is one of the most important days in the lives of all who go through the process. Many will feel a great sense of relief, feeling that the days of uncertainty are behind them. However, others shift their concern to losing citizenship they worked so hard to get.
The incoming majority leader for the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi covered many topics during her acceptance speech on the night of the mid-term elections. The overall theme is that President Trump will have new checks and balances since the Republican Party will no longer control both legislative branches of government, which are the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.
The famed Pew Research Center polled 2,002 adults who lean either Republican or Democrat last June. It found that top issue in the minds of voters going into this midterm election. With 20 percent of voters wanting to hear about candidate’s policies regarding immigration, this number is higher than such topics as the economy or health care.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently filed a complaint against American Immigration Center and its owner. The company, also known as Forms Direct, Inc., is accused of falsely claiming that the company is affiliated with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The company used this false affiliation to market itself online to customers, many of whom were looking for government web sites to apply for naturalization or renew a green card. The FTC $2.2 million in damages to compensate misled consumers. The suit was settled in October of 2018.
The current administration continues to crack down on illegal aliens living in the U.S. as well as make it more difficult for those trying to enter the country legally or illegally. Now there is news reports that U.S. citizens living on the border between Texas and Mexico have been denied passports by the State Department, which claims that it does not believe the applicants are citizens. In certain cases, those passport applicants with valid U.S. birth certificates are going to jail.