Non-citizens living in California may be interested in some information on how to seek asylum in the United States. These rules may also allow the families of those fleeing persecution to immigrate to the country.
The news in California has been full of stories about the hundreds of children who have been streaming across the U.S. border in order to try to join relatives already living in the United States. For relatives who are currently living legally in California, the federal government has changed stances and is now preparing to allow children from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to seek asylum status.
It has been awhile since we last touched upon the subject of asylum, but when we last did, the atmosphere surrounding asylum was looking up. It has always been notoriously difficult to obtain asylum on the grounds of domestic abuse. For many years, the issue pinged around immigration courts and the U.S. government without any resolution.
For many years, the matter of domestic violence and asylum has been an issue. Politicians had balked at concrete reform, as had many immigration courts. That isn't to say that it was impossible for victims of domestic violence in their home country to earn asylum here in the United States. But it was a difficult request to have fulfilled.
The humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border has been a recurring theme on this blog over the last month, and with good reason. The crisis itself is bad enough, but there are also individual stories that mirror the circumstances that many of the children at the border had to experience before reaching the border.