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April 2017 Archives

Deportation of a DREAMer raises questions and concerns

A 23-year-old man who thought he was protected from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government requesting documentation that explains what led to his deportation in February.

Bill tackles issue of immigration agents identifying as police

The current climate concerning immigration in the United States has left many immigrants who live in Orange County in fear of being deported from the country. The threat of removal is very real for some and immigrations agents appear to be taking advantage of that fact.

Entire state of California may gain sanctuary status

Since President Donald Trump has taken office, the issue of sanctuary cities has been in the spotlight. Sanctuary cities in California and other states are municipalities where law enforcement does not use its resources for the purposes of enforcing immigration laws. If one proposed bill goes on to be signed into law, California will become the first sanctuary state in the country, according to TIME Magazine.

Military service remains pathway to citizenship

Many immigrants who live in Corona, California wish to take the next step and become naturalized citizens of the United States. There are many different ways to go about obtaining citizenship. Despite recent changes in the government’s policies toward immigration, serving in the U.S. armed forces continues to be one way that immigrants can pursue citizenship.

H-1B holders’ spouses’ ability to work remains uncertain

Workers who come to California to live and work in Riverside County under an H-1B visa often bring their families along with them. Spouses and children of those workers are eligible to receive an H-4 visa. For a long time, the spouses of H-1B workers who held H-4 visas were not allowed to seek employment in the United States. However, in 2015, the Obama administration made it possible for such spouses to obtain authorization for employment as long as they met certain eligibility requirements, according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website.

Many Chinese investors seeking visas rather than residency

Immigrants come to live in Riverside County for a variety of reasons, including for purposes related to their employment or business. Each year, China is one of the countries with the largest number of investors seeking to come to the United States. In the past, the EB-5 program was popular with Chinese businesspeople, as it allowed recipients to become permanent residents. However, according to Forbes, as many as one-third of potential Chinese investors may now be looking to an L-1 visa instead.

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