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April 2015 Archives

Guarantees are hard to come by when it comes to immigration

When someone is dealing with an immigration issue, the matter usually doesn't just entail the future of the individual in question. That person has a family, and the immigration proceedings can greatly affect the family as well. There is so much at stake in these proceedings that it is absolutely crucial for those in the spotlight to be prepared and to get it right so that they have the best chance for success.

Overcoming some common citizenship and naturalization issues

Obtaining US Citizenship is both incredibly easy and incredibly difficult. Allow us to demonstrate these two diametrically opposed descriptions. On the one hand, if you are born in the United States or in many U.S. territories, you obtain citizenship at birth. It's so simple that you don't have to do anything except be born. However, for those who were not born in the U.S., the process for obtaining U.S. citizenship -- a process called naturalization -- is far more difficult.

International adoptee faces deportation hearings

A young man adopted from Korea when he was three-years-old is facing deportation due to his adoptive parents failing to apply for naturalization. He is awaiting deportation hearings in June. Meanwhile, two U.S. senators are sponsoring an amendment to the Child Citizenship Act of 2000. This amendment grants U.S. citizenship for international adoptees automatically. This would include retroactive citizenship to children such as the young adoptee who reached the age of 18 when this act first placed into law.

Violence in Central American leading to more asylum cases

Many parents are worried about their children being deported and are going to court to keep their kids in the United States with them. In 2014, almost 60,000 cases were filed in federal immigration court in an effort to prevent the deportation of children. This is a significant increase from previous years due to the number of Central American kids who have come to the U.S.

Immigration and crawfish season in Louisiana

The crawfish industry in Louisiana possibly faces adversity due to Congressional limits on H-2B visas. These limitations amount to only 66,000 H-2B permits issued per year. These limitations could prevent enough workers coming from Central America and Mexico in assisting crawfish industry employers.

The naturalization test: exemptions and accommodations

The naturalization test that you must take and pass to become a U.S. citizen has a reputation for being grueling. For some people, this means hours and hours of studying and preparation, something we discussed in a post back in December. But when even the most able people have difficulty passing the naturalization test, imagine what it must be like for those who live with a physical or developmental disability.

On extreme hardship, the 601 waiver, and deportation

Deportation is obviously a very touchy subject, no matter who you are. On the one hand, people who are here in breach of the rules and laws obviously are putting themselves in a position of legal punishment. But at the same time, they're people just like anyone else, and you can't help but feel some sympathy for their situation. Maybe they are fleeing a truly terrible situation in their home country.