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Couples separated by Trump's travel ban put hopes in faulty visa waiver system

Fereshteh Abbasi who is from Iran and Chris Gibson who is a U.S. Citizen got married in August of 2016, on January 27, 2017 President Donald Trump announced the travel ban. The travel ban states close family to U.S. Citizens such as spouses can apply for a waiver to enter the country. Fereshteh has yet to receive a decision on her waiver she applied for in July of 2017. As of April of 2018, only 579 waivers were granted from 33,176 applicants. 

Congress's deal on immigration detention, explained

The funding deal encourages ICE to detain fewer immigrants. Will it work?

The heart of the tentative deal reached Monday night to fund the Department of Homeland Security and avert another government shutdown before Friday's deadline isn't actually the $1.375 billion in funds for a physical barrier (President Trump's "wall") along 55 miles of the US-Mexico border.

Four paths to obtain access to the United States

Many factors influence residents’ ability to enter the United States, but one of the largest indicators for access to America is the level of education an applicant has.

According to a Pew Research Center report, the United States accepted 14.7 million immigrants over the age of 25 with a college diploma. The U.S. has more college-educated immigrants than Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and Germany combined.

5 factors for extreme hardship in your removal proceeding

Facing deportation can be a scary time for you and your family. You may be wondering what options you have for defending yourself. Proof of “extreme hardship” can be helpful in many types of immigration relief. One of your options may be "a waiver of inadmissibility" You must also have a family member who is a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident.

How do you show “extreme hardship,” though? First, be aware that the extreme hardship must be on the family member, not the applicant. How the government looks at the factors may depend on whether the family member would stay in the U.S. without you, or leave with you.

What you should know about fiancé visas

People from all over the world are meeting and falling in love thanks to dating websites and social media. Though falling in love is an exciting time, couples may struggle to come together in the United States and get married.

If you want to marry a foreign fiancé in the United States, you will need to obtain a fiancé visa. To obtain a K-1 fiancé visa, you must intend to marry them within 90 days of entry into the country as a K-1 non-immigrant. This marriage must be valid with the intent to begin a life together.

Immigrants Are Not Criminals

Immigrants come to the United States for many reason. Some come to be with family. Some come for work. Some simply come for a better life. It should go without saying that immigrants are not criminals. Unfortunately, among many American citizens, the myth of the criminal immigrant continues.

One year after the travel ban and no end is in sight

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services are still busy canceling resettlement interviews one year after President Donald Trump signed the first immigration ban that barred travel from Muslim-majority countries for 90 days. Trump enacted three different travel bans during the last year. All three banned travel from citizens within Muslim-majority countries. The first two bans also suspended the refugee resettlement program for 120 days.

A look at the statistics

What Is The Illinois TRUST Act?

Should law enforcement be able to detain people based only on their immigration status?

That is the question that the Illinois TRUST Act answers loud and clear. The act, which was signed into law by Governor Bruce Rauner in August, prohibits police officers from stopping, detaining or arresting people just because they are undocumented immigrants.

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