Immigration Law Blog

 

Trump Administration Releases Proclamation—Seeks to Bar Visas for Uninsured Immigrants 

On October 4th, 2019, the Los Angeles Times reported that the Trump Administration is rolling out a new policy proposal that will prohibit most immigrants who do not have health insurance coverage from obtaining visas. The move is just the latest attempt by President Trump to punish low-income immigrants and immigrants who use basic social…

Immigrant Detainee Dies in Southern California ICE Facility

On October 2nd, 2019, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that Nebane Abienwi, a 37-year-old migrant from Cameroon, died in ICE custody in Southern California. In early September, Mr. Abienwi was detained at the United States-Mexico border, where he applied for asylum. For the last month, he was being held inside of the Otay Mesa Detention…

Federal Judge Blocks Trump Administration’s Plan to Detain Migrant Children Indefinitely

According to reporting from the Los Angeles Times, United States District Judge Dolly Gee has blocked the Trump Administration’s latest effort to push for the indefinite detention of migrant children. Earlier this summer, the administration unveiled proposed rule changes that sought to end key aspects of the Flores Settlement. At least for the time being,…

Trump Administration Slashes Refugee Cap Again — Down to a Historic Low of 18,000

According to reporting from The Washington Post, the Trump Administration is set to cut the refugee limit down to 18,000 for the upcoming fiscal year. Not only has President Trump slashed the number of refugees every year that he has been in office, but this will be the lowest cap in the nearly 40-year history…

Five Mistakes that Could Get Your Student Visa Application Denied

The United States is the home to many of the world’s finest colleges and universities. In fact, U.S. News & World Report listed five California-based schools in the top 20 of its 2019 global rankings.  Securing admission to an American school is a significant achievement. Of course, for foreign students, acceptance is only one step…

The Trump Administration is Blocking Public Access to the “Immigration Tent Courts”

According to reporting from the Los Angeles Times, the Trump Administration announced that it will not allow any independent access to the so-called “immigration tent courts” that have been set up in multiple locations along the United States-Mexico border in Texas. Indeed, neither the press, legal observers, no members of the public will be allowed…

California Legislators Pass Bill to Ban Private Prisons — Including Immigration Detention Facilities  

According to reporting from the San Francisco Chronicle, the California Legislature has passed a bill that would phase out the private prison industry in the state. Notably, the bill — Assembly Bill 32 (AB32) — will also apply to private immigration detention facilities contracted for by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Originally, AB32 only…

Disappointing News: Supreme Court Lifts Injunction — Allows Trump Administration’s Latest Asylum Restrictions to Take Effect

According to reporting from the Associated Press, the Supreme Court of the United States will allow the Trump Administration to enforce a devastating new rule that will prevent many Central American migrants from obtaining asylum protections in California and other states. By a vote of seven to two (7-2), the nation’s highest court has allowed…

Trump Administration’s Public Charge Rule is Likely a Factor

Unfortunately, new data reveals that a growing percentage of American children lack adequate health insurance coverage. On September 10th, 2019, The Washington Post reported on the latest survey from the United States Census Bureau — which found that the percentage of Americans under the age of 19 without health insurance coverage increased from 5 percent…

What is Visa Retrogression?

Based on regulations set by the United States Congress, many different types of immigration visas are capped. This means that only a limited number of them may be issued each year. As a result, some qualified applicants may find their employment immigration approval has been delayed because of ‘visa retrogression’.  As described by U.S. Citizenship…
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