Immigrants who entered the United States without inspection and seeking asylum, will no longer be eligible to be released on bond
Immigrants who Cross the Border Illegally and Plan to Seek Asylum in the US Will Not Be Entitled to Bail. As usual, the asylum seekers are sent to the Immigration court to decide if they will be deported or granted asylum once they go through their credible fear interview. Now, as they wait for the decision, the applicant will not be able to leave through a bail, but will have to be in the detention center until his/her case is finalized if the immigrant entered the country illegally (they did not appear in front of a border agent) and wishes to apply for asylum in the US This recent guideline will become effective within 90 days. According to US Attorney General William Barr, only the Department of Homeland Security has the authority to allow an undocumented asylum seeker who has entered the country illegally to leave on bail – concluding that these foreigners are ineligible for bail.Read more
The Government of Honduras and the United States initiated an immigrant labor program that would allow Hondurans to travel to work in the North American country. According to press reports, the Secretary of Labor and Security of Honduras and the Consulate of the United States have formalized a plan that would allow the hiring of workers temporarily and legally in activities such as agriculture, construction, cleaning, and maintenance of facilities among others. The hiring options will be carried out under the H2 Visa, which is the one indicated for the aforementioned activities. According to the media, the recruitment will be free and without intermediaries. The program is expected to increase the number of hirings, and reduce fraud. This initiative would represent an important opportunity for companies in the US and Honduran workers.Read more
The federal judge suspended the immigration policy of sending immigrants to Mexico who request an asylum even if they are not originally from that country.
As is known, an asylum seeker has the right to present his case in an Immigration Court while many of them are allowed to remain at liberty, while their applications are processed since the immigration authorities do not have enough places to deal with the massive arrival of people who are arriving to the southern border of the USA with Mexico, of which a large part are from Central American countries; In this regard, the US Administration agreed with the Mexican Government before Christmas last year on a program for immigrants to have to wait in Mexico, the neighboring country, for the result of their asylum application, which has provoked strong criticism within and outside the US However, on Monday of this week the Judge of the Northern District of California issued a preliminary order that will go into effect next Friday where the Central Administration of the US will not be able to implement or expand the program for sending the asylum seekers to Mexico. South border. According to sources, the decision of the Magistrate addresses the narrow question of whether the Central Government of the United States had followed administrative laws when implementing the policy to return asylum seekers to Mexico; in addition to the legal question that whether the program to stay in Mexico (MPP) is a smart or humane policy, or if it is the best approach to face the circumstances at the border. The Federal Judge also said that the Government would allow the 11 plaintiffs in the case to enter the US starting on Sunday.Read more
The US Citizenship and Immigration Service announced a new online service that informs the public about employers applying for H-1B workers. As it is generally known, the H-1B Program allows employers in the US to temporarily hire foreign workers in jobs that require the theoretical and practical application of a highly specialized body of knowledge and a bachelor’s degree or higher in the area of specialty, or its equivalent. In this regard, the USCIS Immigration Agency has launched the new H-1B Employers Data Center, with the purpose of informing the public about the H-1B employers. This new service is part of a continuing effort to increase transparency in employment-based visa programs, allowing the public to seek H-1B petitions per fiscal year – beginning in 2009, in addition to NAICS Industrial Codes, company name, city, state and zip code. This will allow the public to calculate and evaluate the approval and denial rates and assess which employers use the H-1B Program. The individual tax years are available for download on the “Employer Data Center H-1B Records” page. To assist the public in using the Data Center and understand the terminology used in it, the “How to Understand Our Employers Data Center H-1B” page has been created. Cumulative data updates will be provided per quarter and annual data will be published, with an expectation to update the Employer Data Center quarterly. For example, data for the first quarter (October-December) of a fiscal year will be published in April of that fiscal year.Read more
Thousands of West African immigrants in the US today received great news from the administration of President Donald Trump
The President of the United States, Donald Trump, made the decision to extend for 12 months the Deferred Enforcement Departure Program known by the acronym DED. This program began on October 1, 2007 and since then, has continued to be extended – benefiting approximately 200,000 immigrants. The Presidents reason for extending this program is largely owed to the fact that the situation in West Africa in general is still worrying due to a number of conflicts. According to the media, the President and Executive Director of the National Committee of Lawyers for Civil Rights, Kristen Clarke, highlighted that this victory is the result of a courageous organization of groups such as UndocuBlck Network and African Communities Together. Mr. Clarke also recalled that today’s decision provides relief to thousands of Liberian immigrants who have contributed peacefully to their communities and the US economy for decades.Read more
The House of Representatives of the US Congress presented a bill that would give many immigrants a path to legality on a permanent basis. The project is known as the “The Dream and Promise Act of 2019″. This law, if approved, would provide permanent residency for many young undocumented immigrants – as well as immigrants protected by the TPS Temporary Protection program, as well as those covered under the program for young DACA dreamers and the Deferred Forced Program. This bill, also known technically as law HR 6, would be a way to permanent residency for undocumented youth who can first qualify for a conditional protection status of 10 years. According to information obtained through the media, immigrants must formalize a 2-year course or vocational program, complete 2 years in the army or work for 3 years (provided they have a work permit at least 75% of the time). The proposed law provides that immigrant youth may request financial aid for their studies and conditional access to professional and commercial licenses, which would allow beneficiaries practice in their professional field The proposed bill also requires the Department of Homeland Security to explain why the TPS was canceled for several countries under this administration, as some, such as the case of Haiti, had not improved enough to accept the return of their citizens according to press reports.Read more
The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of immigrants who have been punished for vague and arbitrary criminal charges. The case heard by the court was the case of a person named Dimaya, who is an immigrant who arrived when he was 13 years old. The Obama administration decided to deport him to the Philippines when a judge determined that his 2 state convictions qualified then as “serious crimes” – which allows for the deportation according to immigration laws for violent crimes. However, the immigrant’s lawyers argued that ordinary intelligence does not understand what kind of crimes lead to deportation. The case reached the Supreme Court and there the immigrant felt hopeless, due to the fact that Trump had just appointed a new conservative Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch, who could tip the balance against him. But Gorsuch voted with the liberal judges in favor of the immigrant. Gorsuch wrote, ”Vague laws invite arbitrary power”. Therefore, the Supreme Court of the United States ,by 5 votes to 4 , annulled the provision of the law that requires the forced deportation of immigrants convicted of violent crimes. For this reason, the immigration authorities withdrew the deportation order that the immigrant had against him, and he was able to recover his permanent residency and now become a citizen. What was the government’s response to this fact? The answer was to demand that Congress close the legislative holes that in their opinion “block the expulsion of foreigners.”Read more
Dishonest people have used numbers from the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to obtain personal information and extort money from their victims, in this case immigrants. The trap consists of the intentional alteration of the information transmitted to a call identification screen, to camouflage or conceal an identity, this is known in English as Spoofing. The trapper is usually identified as a DHS official, but also uses other government agencies, such as the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE), posing as agents to intimidate potential victims by detaining or deporting them, unless make payments to them through different procedures. Among the numbers used to perpetrate these crimes are 202-282-8000, and 202-401-1474 which is the number of the DHS Civil Rights office. They also send emails with an e-mail address with uscis.org. It is necessary to inform the immigrant community that the Department of National Security of the USA (DHS) has published their telephone numbers to report this type of scam. 1(800)323-8603 y el 1(800)168-5000Read more
The US Department of National Security Extends the Validity of Work Permits for Nicaraguans, Haitians, Salvadorans and Sudanese
To comply with the ruling of a Federal Court in California, the US Department of Homeland Security decided to extend the validity of work permits, starting today, March 1, 2019 until January 2020 for approximately 250,000 people covered under the Protection Status Program Temporary known as TPS, for the following countries: Nicaragua, Haiti, El Salvador, Sudan. The people covered by the TPS Program do not have to pay the renewal again. Their applications will automatically renew. It is recommended that TPS beneficiaries seek permanent status, such as being married to an American Citizen, having children over 21 years of age, among other options, always within the law. It is necessary to insist on the urgency of seeking permanent status, since the TPS program remains in litigation court. If a Federal Judge rules in favor of the Federal Administration, this Temporary Protection Program would lose effect automatically.Read more
The US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) Announced Through its Website that it will Use its New Online Tool for People Who Call their Contact Center.
To help resolve the issue of waiting times to speak with an Immigration Service (USCIS) representative, USCIS has decided to use its online tool known as Self-Service Tool, which would save applicants a phone call or a visit to the offices of the USCIS Immigration Agency. This important tool includes: – A USCIS online account – Status of your case online – Change of address – and an online virtual assistant called “Emma” If you have a question that can not be resolved via the self-help tools, you can call the USCIS Contact Center at 800-375-5283 (TTY 800-767-1833) The USCIS Contact Center is changing its hours of operation to ensure that the maximum number of representatives are made available during the busiest hours of the day. Representatives are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday (except Federal holidays).Read more