People in California who are not United States citizens or who may have friends or family members who are not U.S. citizens know all too well how uncertain their future in the country may feel since the new president and administration came into office. Talk of a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico, the potential deportation of millions of immigrants and more all contribute to this situation.
For hundreds of thousands of people fleeing their home countries because of natural and humanitarian disasters, Temporary Protected Status has served as their means of achieving a new life in the United States. This program has been in place for upwards of 30 years, offering sanctuary to people mostly from Central America and the Caribbean, although people from Nepal and Sudan also have come under its protection.
Whether you are taking the first steps toward obtaining United States citizenship or permanent residency, or applying for permission to visit America, your first step is gaining a visa. This process can be complex and daunting for those wishing to visit California, and it may help to understand some of the reasons your visa application could be denied.
The Trump immigration policies continue to impact thousands of families nationwide. More and more families in which one or both parents are undocumented live in constant fear that they will be next in the attempt by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to round up and deport anyone living here illegally.
With the recent spate of deportations, undocumented immigrants in California and across the nation are in a state of panic, fearing that Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials could swoop down on them at any time and deport them to their country of origin. Now, thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court, they can breathe a little easier.
With the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program due to expire on March 5, the Senate has been scrambling to come up with a compromise to address the plight of California and other U.S. residents who were illegally brought into this country as children. The Trump administration has been against DACA, a program instituted during the Obama administration, from the beginning, and on Sept. 5, 2017, vowed to end it once it expires.
Since Donald Trump became president last year, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have increased arrests by 42 percent. A recent blitz of deportations have been in the news recounting the stories of long-time U.S. residents who were deported simply because they were undocumented immigrants, even though they never committed a crime while living in this country. For undocumented workers in California and all other states, the prospect of deportation has become a daily worry.
There have been a lot of recent news stories concerning young immigrants and young refugees to California and the rest of the United States. It is worthwhile to point out that the U.S. government does provide protections for young immigrants who are abused, abandoned or neglected by their parents or other custodians. According to the Department of Homeland Security website, if such abuse can be proven, immigrant children may receive Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) status.
Many immigrants in California are becoming increasingly nervous about their status in the USA. California has a reputation as a haven for new Americans, but it reasonable to assume, based on current events, that the United States federal government does not share the position of acceptance. This federal attitude is illustrated by a number of high-profile actions by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
There are a number of conditions that people seeking permanency residency in the United States must meet in order to qualify. One of them, according to the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act, is to meet certain health requirements. Without being cleared medically, a person cannot become a permanent resident of California or any other state.