The Trump Administration’s increasingly hostile zero-tolerance immigration policies are adversely affecting families and businesses across the state of Oklahoma. Various news and media outlets nationwide have been reporting on the recent ICE raids against companies hiring naturalized and undocumented immigrants.
On July 11, 2018, Oklahoma Senator James Lankford addressed the Senate in support of President Donald Trump’s request for new immigration legislation. While Senator Lankford has been pushing the administration to keep immigrant families together, he believes the issue of “fake families” must be dealt with before any constructive legislation can be passed.
As of August 15, 2012, many undocumented residents of the United States who entered as child immigrants may be eligible for protection under a portion of the proposed Dream Act's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. This will put a hold on deportation proceedings and allow the individual to seek work authorization.
The Tenth Circuit recently reviewed the requirement of social visibility set out in cases such asMatter of S-E-G-, 24 I&N Dec. 579 (BIA 2008) for applicants for asylum or withholding of removal. Immigration decisions have consistently interpreted social visibility very strictly. Connection to a social group may seem vague to some courts and removal imminent. Many possibly deserving applicants have been removed despite the violent threats they face on return to their homes.
The economy has not left anyone untouched by its dramatic impact. Stories of banking crises, bailouts, rising unemployment, plummeting securities and housing prices, rising inflation, rising gas and food prices, recession, depression, and laid off of foreign employees in the US abound.
According to NewsWeek,"In the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti, pressure is intensifying on the Obama administration to grant temporary protected status (TPS) to undocumented Haitians living in the U.S. TPS, which is aimed at illegal immigrants who cannot return home safely due to natural and man-made disasters…
Here in Oklahoma City many immigrants may think they know how to effectively represent themselves. This may be true, but immigrants should understand that statements they make at their personal interview may get them barred from the United States for many years, or even for a lifetime.