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February 2020 Archives

New standards set for how Border Patrol must treat detainees

A recent ruling sets new constitutional standards for how detainees in California and across the nation must be treated. Judge David C. Bury ruled that the U.S Border Patrol's Tucson detention facility must give all detainees a bed with a blanket, drinkable water, food, showers and medical assessment. The detainees also may not be held longer than 48 hours. The same judge had previously ruled that people who were being held longer than 12 hours had a physiological need to lie down and must be given a sleeping pad and a mylar blanket as well as a shower or body wipe.

The US government often grants asylum for these reasons

If you arrive at a U.S. border, hoping to gain asylum so that you can enter California or another state, you rely on immigration officials to acknowledge and grant your need for protection. Because the U.S. government denies many requests for protected legal status, it's important to know ahead of time what types of issues immigration officials are likely to consider the most legitimate reasons for granting a request.

Lawsuit challenges policy returning asylum seekers to Mexico

Many people in California are very concerned about changing federal immigration policy, especially if they or someone they love are directly involved in the system or awaiting a decision on asylum, permanent residence or another status change. In particular, the Trump administration's policy of requiring asylum seekers at the southern border to wait in Mexico for their claims to be addressed by a U.S. immigration judge has sparked serious concerns. A number of families have been separated as part of this policy, while other advocates have noted that asylum seekers, already on the run from violence and persecution, may continue to face severe risks in Mexico.

Hiring a foreign nurse in the United States

A California resident who wants to hire a foreign registered nurse to work in the U.S. might be able to sponsor them for permanent residence. In most cases, this process moves more quickly when the nurse already resides in the U.S. It is possible to launch the immigration process for a nurse from abroad as well, but it can be completed within six months for people already in the country. Nurses in the U.S. can take the national RN licensing exam in any state, where it is administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

New travel restrictions threaten over 12,000 visa applications

Continuing its practice of imposing travel and immigration bans on specific countries, the Trump administration announced that the government would bar immigrant visas for people from Nigeria, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar and Eritrea. An additional two countries, Sudan and Tanzania, have been removed from the diversity visa program that randomly grants green cards to people from certain countries. California residents who were hoping to secure visas for relatives from these countries could now face extra roadblocks or outright denials. According to government estimates, the latest round of restrictions could affect about 12,400 current visa applications.

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