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US: Court Ruling Set a New Precedent for Asylum Seekers

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US Court Ruling Set a New Precedent for Asylum SeekersOn Tuesday, 16 April, US attorney general sets a new immigration precedent that could affect thousands of asylum seekers at the country’s southwest border.

During the immigration ruling, Attorney General William Barr decided that asylum seekers who are facing full removal proceedings should no longer be released on bond implying that the case of lots of asylum seekers who usually reside in the US on bond as related authorities decide on their status will no longer be possible. Such asylum seekers will now have to wait for such decision in detention centers.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is empowered by this ruling to detain this group of asylum seekers indefinitely according to a specialist in immigration matters, Sarah Pierce. Pierce, however, said the ruling would be affected by ICE’s capacity as she does not think the agency currently has it takes to handle such number.

As a result of this capacity limitation, Barr gave ICE 90 days to create more space after which the ruling should become effective.

Unlawful treatment of Asylum seekers

Following this ruling, several immigration organizations have quickly turned into action and are preparing to take the current administration to court regarding this policy according to Michael Tan, an attorney for one of such organizations.

Tan said the ruling is another twist in the punishment of asylum seekers for seeking refuge in the US by the current administration. He said no law in the country allows the government to treat asylum seekers this way without following a due process.

US laws empower the attorney general to overrule the decisions of immigration judges and establish new precedents just as Barr did. Barr set the new precedent by overruling the decision made by an immigration judge and also condemned the decision of the Board of Immigration Appeals which is responsible for reviewing decisions made by immigration courts.

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Liberians Get Extended Immigration Status in the US

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Liberians Get Extended Immigration Status in the USOn Thursday, 28 March, the president of the United States – Donald Trump, extended a humanitarian program that will see Liberians reside and work in the country.

President Trump is famous for his hard stance against immigration, not just illegal immigration. Within the last six months, the US has seen the longest partial government shutdown in its history due to Mr. Trump’s insistence on getting funding for the US-Mexico border wall. He also declared a national emergency as a result. Many asylum seekers are stranded at the US-Mexico border as the number of asylum case treated per day has been significantly limited by his administration. There have also been numerous family separations. All of these have sparked debates not just in the US but across the world; questions are being asked of America’s immigration policies under the current administration. US employers on Wednesday declared Canada’s immigration policies much better.

But in contrary to the usual aggression against immigration, the White House revealed the signing of the extension of a program that sees Liberians seek better lives away from environmental disasters and war for one year by the president.

Trump changed his mind; we hope for more

In 2018, Mr. Trump decided to put an end to the Deferred Enforced Departure program which has been operational since 2007, stating there was no longer need for the program as things are better in Liberia. Therefore, thousands of Liberians were in line for status expiration on Sunday.

To great relief, President Trump has seen a need for the program to continue for another 12 months. Democrats are still seeking a permanent solution via congress.

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No Emergency at the Border as House Says they Reject Emergency Move

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No Emergency at the Border as House Says they Reject Emergency MoveYesterday, US House of Representatives wield their power when they passed legislation to terminate the emergency declared at the U.S.-Mexico border by president Trump in a bid to build a border wall there.

The House passed the resolution following a vote of 245-182 to set up a vote in the Senate, with a Republican majority.

Democratic House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, reveled in the victory but is aware that the tally falls short of what would be needed to override a possible veto from the President, a Republican. The move to stop the president’s declaration was supported by only 13 Republicans.

The main force behind the controversial legislation, Democratic Representative Joaquin Castro, said “Border crossings are at a 40-year low. There is no emergency at the border, he said.

Threat to Constitutional Balance of Power

There is fear amidst the Democrats and some Republicans alike that the emergency declaration, which will give Mr. Trump the power to build the border wall without the lawmakers’ approval, may threaten the constitutional balance of powers between the executive and the Congress.

Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader, shied away from predicting the outcome of Senate legislation after Vice President Mike Pence had a closed meeting with Republican senators. McConnell said he is yet to conclude if the emergency declaration by the President is legal and the meeting with the Vice President a robust one.

Congress has been formally notified by White House that Mr. President could veto the order if the proposal passes Congress.

President Trump insists he has the power to declare the national emergency explaining that US national security is threatened by the humanitarian and security crisis at the southern border.

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Delays in Green Cards and Citizenship Condemned by US Immigration Lawyers

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Delays in Green Cards and Citizenship Condemned by US Immigration LawyersOn Wednesday 30 January, the delay in the handling of citizenship and green cards’ applications along with other benefits of immigration by the government of the United States was condemned by immigration lawyers.

Over a four year period, waiting times for applications for citizenship and green cards increased by almost a hundred percent despite only a slight increase in the numbers of applications received according to the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Families and Businesses Affected Alike

American Immigration Lawyers Association consists of over 15,000 law professors as well as immigration. As stated in a report, the group said the delays surrounding these applications are hurting families and businesses in the US that rely on timely adjudication.

The association accused U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) of acting like an arm of the Department of Homeland and Security hence drifting from its purpose of serving immigrant applicants.

There is the need for greater transparency and more oversight by the Congress, the association said.

Responding to the situation, a spokesman for USCIS revealed that in a systematic attempt to speed up the processes, the agency recently opened three new field offices as well as expanded another ten. The workforce handling the processes has increased by 38 percent in just five years, he said.

While several factors peculiar to different cases affect processing time, the delays are usually caused by higher application rates in contrast to the low processing rates claim, the spokesman said.

The lawyers pointed out that applications only increased by four percent between 2014 and 2018 according to a 2018 report by DHS. In 2016, nationwide naturalization wait time was 5.6 months which increased to 10.2 months in 2018, revealed the agency.

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What’s in the Republican Immigration Bill, and why Democrats opposed it?

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Reasons for Democrats Opposing Republican Immigration BillThe funding bill of about 1300 pages, which will grant the $5.8 billion, the president Trump wants to expand the southern walls, give the dreamers temporary protection and put a stop to the government shutdown which is the longest in history, is being pushed forward by the Senate Republicans.

Describing the bill as dead on arrival, the Democrats have complained that the protection that is offered the dreamers are not enough and also that the bill was full of measures of anti-immigration which do not relate at all and would cause the US immigration enforcement to expand dramatically thereby cutting the ability to request asylum by foreigners.

While the Republicans say the bill offers a compromise which is reasonable and will end the partial shutdown, Trojan horse is what the Democrats call it claiming that it will give the dreamers protection which is short-termed and will pose threats which are long-termed.

On Tuesday, the Senior Department of Homeland Security official said that the bill is a “start point” showing negotiations were welcomed.

With the bill debate by both sides coming up this week, it will be good for us to take a look at significant provisions in the Immigration bill which was written by the Senate Republicans, under Trump’s administration.

Temporary Reprieve for Dreamers

On Saturday, President Trump said that he would give temporary protection to millions of immigrants to break the logjam of the shutdown.

The first category of persons would approximately 700,000 Dreamers, undocumented immigrants who came into the country as children and have qualified for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program). Trump tried to stop the program in 2017 but was opposed by the federal courts.

The second category of dreamers is above 300,000 foreigners who have for more than two decades been staying and working in the country under Temporary Protected Status. This category of dreamers is away from their respective countries because of armed conflicts and natural disasters. Also, 98% percent of the TPS population (comprising of six countries) were banned from the program, and given a deadline to leave the country; however, the federal court also blocked the Trump administration in this regard.

The Democrats floated the idea to support the president by granting him the money due for the border walls as a part of the deal which also gives way for citizenship to the TPS and DACA recipients; however, with the bill by Republicans, these recipients are set to be only granted “provisional protected status” for 3 years. The temporal protections are not renewable after three years.

New Wall Funding

The $5.7billion fund request by Trump for the building of the southern walls is the core of the bill.

This request is different from the promise that was made at the presidential campaign. The money was to be used for repairs of the old walls and the building of new barriers, as explained by the Homeland Security.

Asylum Overhaul

The President has continuously warned migrants who marched to the US borders, in order to use the asylum laws to their benefits, as such the Republicans bill offers overhaul of the program. Foreigners who are in fear of being persecuted in their home countries, in terms of their race, nationality, religion, political beliefs, etc.

Although the new bill provides asylum workers with opportunities, it also has restrictions.

A member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Greg Chen said the Central American Minors (CAM) would be restricted from obtaining asylum for 8 months as the new bill would take effect in 240 days while the restrictions will also be effective immediately after that.

The new Asylum bill allows asylum to be granted to individuals that are qualified for it and not for just anyone. The bill caps asylum number to 15,000 persons as supposed to the current bill which keeps the number open.

More Enforcement, More Jails

The Department of Homeland Security would receive $5.7 billion from the $70 billion which the new bill offers for the new borders.

Included in the fund are the provision 750 new Border Patrol agents and 375 new Customs and Border Protection officers.

Also, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) would receive funding for the provision of more beds for detention centers and the hiring of more agents.

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US New Immigration Moves Scaring Immigrant Families off Food Stamps

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US New Immigration Moves Scaring Immigrant Families off Food StampsAfter two years of President Trump’s aggressive moves as regards immigration, it has been observed that fewer immigrant families now use federal food stamps. It must be noted that in this same period, no formal changes were made to the food stamps program as well as its eligibility rules. Experts in the country think the decline in federal food stamps’ usage is as a result of the government’s anti-immigrant rhetoric.

Researchers who have been studying US food stamps for decades as well as experts who have been monitoring Trump’s immigration policies said the implication of the decline in the patronage of the program is that eligible families who still very much need such benefits are leaving the program of their own accord because they are afraid of eventualities should they apply through the official channels. In simpler terms, immigrant families are afraid to apply for federal assistance programs.

A study by researchers from Boston Medical Center’s Children’s HealthWatch revealed that eligible immigrant families, who have been in the US for less than 5 years and have participated in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, are down by 10% in the first half of this year. The same was observed for immigrant families who have been in the US beyond five years whose participation in the program has declined by 2%. Speaking on this, Bovell-Ammon said people are really scared for their lives according to what has been gathered.

How Much Inference Can Be Made

These findings are still preliminary and might be too much to ascertain a cause and effect situation between these variables. Nevertheless, they happen to be a proof of what advocates and physicians working immigrant families encounter in the field.

David Thomsen, who works with UnidosUS on health policy, said he believes the findings are confirmation of their networks and affiliates have been telling them about the sudden fear that has been discovered in immigrant families including their children concerning getting public benefits.

Things are expected to get even worse when the present administration pushes through new regulations that would restrict migrant families in accessing public funds.

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Immigration is an Economic Necessity, Not a Threat to US

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Immigration is an Economic Necessity, Not a Threat to USThe United States of America is a nation with distinguished achievements in all human endeavours. The country has received tremendous contributions from different peoples from different backgrounds – simply put, the US thrives on diversity. Immigration has been a core of the country’s operations. Going forward, every nation or organization must never forget where it’s coming from – its past or history. Hence, at this point, all Americans must realize that immigration is an economic necessity, not a threat to their beloved country.

Recent developments in the country contradict the nation’s pro-immigration policies. Thousands of American troops were deployed to the country’s borders to stop the entry of thousands of Central Americans who are in dire need of better conditions. The government declared these immigrants as dangerous and harmful to the country. Our American fathers once sorted greener pastures too. To drive their point home, a latest ad (featuring a Mexican immigrant) released for the midterm campaigns by the Republicans, immigrants were portrayed as criminals and dangerous people who have no good to offer America.

Another drastic move by the government is an attempt to use executive order to put a stop to birthright citizenship. What more can one say than to say these developments are not American-like.

What Should Be the Position of Americans?

In the light of the latest anti-immigrant moves and policies, the position of each American must be informed of what a government makes them believe.

Truly, immigration may have its shortcomings, but we must not forget everything must get better. While addressing this, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute, Vanda Felbab-Brown, said what America needs is not a massive deportation but creation of legal visa systems that give immigrants access to jobs Americans do not want. This is a profound statement that all Americans must consider irrespective of their current position about immigration.

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Latest US Immigration Move Tagged Political Opportunism

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Latest US Immigration Move Tagged Political Opportunism

800 US troops are moving to the Texas border as well as 5, 200 troops expected to be deployed to the south-west region by the end of the week according to the head of US northern command, General Terrence O’Shaughnessy. The government’s is responsible for the thousands of Central American migrants who are presently in southern Mexico and are heading north. They are said to include families, children and elderly people.

US President Trump, en-route winning the presidential election in 2016, fueled fear and anger concerning illegal immigration. His latest move is coming just days before the midterm elections. He is leveraging on the caravan situation in his campaign for next week’s midterm polls with the expectation of firing up his core support. In a tweet on Monday, he ordered the migrant caravan to go back as they won’t be received into the US except through legal process. He also stated that the Military is waiting for them at the border as their movement is seen as an invasion of the country.

Critics Response

This latest move has been condemned as political opportunism by the American Civil Liberties Union, a human rights organization.

Policy counsel, Shaw Drake said the military is being forced into furthering the president’s anti-immigrant agenda of division and fear. He continued to say it is another aggressive move by Trump to trump immigrant families including children seeking the country’s protection. He concluded by saying military personnel are not permitted by the law to be involved in immigration enforcement, and nothing justifies this move.

Mexico is equally tightening the security on the country’s southern border. Migrants usually use rafts to make their way across the Suchiate River on the southern border. It is not known if the US has a hand in Mexico’s move, but their move is obviously in favour of the anti-immigrant agenda by the Trump government.

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