Impeachment & Immigration

As of Christmas 2019, The House of Representative has voted to impeach President Trump. The Trump Administration has dramatically slashed the number of refugees allowed into the U.S. to an all-time low, but the real number set to be admitted could be far lower than the official limit. 5,400 children have been separated from their parents at the border, child separation continues at an escalating rate, and the administration has virtually ended asylum and even legal immigration.

Under the current approach to immigration, people who have entered the US illegally as children such as the over 15,000 DACA recipients in Colorado could have their status drastically negatively affected. However, it’s not just the DACA recipients themselves who suffer, it’s also all the companies that employ them and the institutions of higher education they attend.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is updating the USCIS Policy Manual to clarify the effect of travel outside the United States by Temporary Protected Status (TPS) beneficiaries who are subject to removal proceedings. According to the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), TPS beneficiaries may not be removed from the United States while they have TPS.1 In addition, section 244(f)(3) of the INA permits TPS beneficiaries to travel abroad with prior authorization to travel from the Secretary of Homeland Security. Such travel does not result in the execution of any outstanding removal order to which a TPS beneficiary may be subject. To read this entire document click here: https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/policymanual/updates/20191220-TPSTravel.pdf.

Although gaining US citizenship may appear to be hard, with the help of a good lawyer citizenship can be attained. With citizenship comes the rights and privileges such as voting, traveling with a U.S. Passport, bringing family members permanently to this country, sponsoring citizenship for children born abroad and obtaining government benefits.

Listed below are the steps need to become a US citizen.

Requirements for naturalization
▪ An applicant must be at least 18 years old at the time of filing.

▪ Live in the United States as a permanent legal resident for five continuous years, or three if he or she got a green card through a U.S. citizen spouse.

▪ Show physical presence in the United States for at least 30 months during the last five years, or 18 months if married to an American.

▪ Show good moral character. This means a clean criminal record for the previous five years, and not submitting false information as part of any immigration form or procedure. (A person with an aggravated felony is ineligible for naturalization.)

▪ Be able to read, write and speak basic English, and show knowledge of U.S. history and government.

▪ Be willing to support and defend the United States and the U.S. Constitution.

We want to help you find a better life, free of persecution and pain. We pride ourselves on providing compassionate legal services. We know what you are going through, and we are here to help. These are complex cases. Working with an experienced lawyer can help you understand your rights, the application process and what other options are available if your application is denied.

It is important to understand how the immigration process works and what options are available to help you achieve your goals. We will help you learn about the law, how it applies to your specific situation and what steps to take.

Understanding your options is the first step. Call the Danna Young law firm at 501-414-0264 or contact us online to discuss your situation. Spanish-speaking services are available. Hablamos español.

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