Attorney General Clenches Hard on Immigrants Fleeing Gang Violence in Central America

Attorney General Clenches Hard on Immigrants Fleeing Gang Violence in Central America

Central America has, for several years now, been the source of a great surge of migrants seeking political asylum or related immigration benefits in the United States. On June 11, 2018, Attorney General (AG) Jeff Sessions issued a potentially deep-cutting legally-binding decision on policy that may greatly affect the ability of potential asylees to succeed in seeking a place in this country. Asylum and related immigration-seekers have been fleeing extreme gang violence in levels that have prompted the U.S. government to build large-scale immigration detention facilities, and have given rise to the Attorney General's recent statement indicating he will separate children from parents crossing the border.

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Raw Deal for Students and Exchange Visitors: USCIS Attempts to Eliminate "Duration of Status"

Raw Deal for Students and Exchange Visitors: USCIS Attempts to Eliminate "Duration of Status"

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued policy guidance stating that people in the United States as students and exchange visitors (F-1, M-1, and J-1) will begin accruing "unlawful presence" after passing the expiration of their program. This runs contrary to a long-standing policy that gave some leniency to students and young people seeking to learn about our country. It's effect reduces options for talented young people, who we traditionally have encouraged to contribute to our country's culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. It's legality is, unsurprisingly, questionable.

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