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Chicago immigration attorneys, current immigration law, immigration attorney, undocumented immigrant, authorized immigrationOn August 2, 2017, the current administration unveiled a plan designed to convert the existing U.S. immigration system into a skill or merit-based structure, which would drastically curb documented immigration (as opposed to undocumented). While on paper, the plan merely appears to suggest mere procedural changes, conservative estimates show it would lead to a drop of approximately 50 percent in immigration overall, especially among those from non-English-speaking countries.

Uninformed pundits have been characterizing this as a positive, arguing that other immigrants will receive faster service than they would otherwise, and no one “undeserving” will be able to jump the proverbial queue. In reality, this is simply not how the U.S. immigration system works, and clearing up misconceptions like this can actually work in everyone’s favor—even citizens’.

Immigration is Not a Zero Sum Game

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Chicago immigration attorneys, Priority Enforcement Program, immigration detentionU.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) maintained a directive referred to as Secure Communities (Secomm for short) between 2008 and 2014. This program professed to establish a new direction for U.S. immigration enforcement, largely by enlisting local and state police to help detain and deport undocumented immigrants. However, it steadily declined in popularity after implementation, with the program eventually being discontinued in favor of a new initiative, the Priority Enforcement Program (PEP). Modifications have been made; however, if you or a loved one is undocumented, it is still something of which you need to be aware.

How it Works

Many of PEP’s primary features do vary greatly from those in place under Secomm. If someone is arrested by state or local authorities for a criminal violation, then the fingerprints and biometrics taken at that time are forwarded to both the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and ICE. A hit at either agency may raise the urgency to deport that individual.

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Chicago immigration attorneys, naturalization interviewWhen a person declares his or her intent to naturalize, or become a U.S. citizen, he or she is put through a rigorous application process. Citizenship is a privilege, not a right; therefore, one must meet all the criteria before being approved to naturalize. This includes passing an interview with immigration personnel, and for many this represents the final hurdle.

Avoid Sinking Your Chances

Certain actions will effectively get your application denied with very little review even before an interview occurs. One of the most common reasons for a naturalization application to be denied is missing one’s interview date. If you have a conflict on the date you are given, it is critical that you contact U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) as soon as possible. If you simply blow off the interview and do not communicate with authorities within a certain period of time (usually 6 months), your case will be ‘administratively’ closed and your application denied.

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DuPage County immigration attorneys, deportation reliefSometimes, the situation in a specific country or countries can simply be too difficult or dangerous to allow immigrants to return. However, not every immigrant has or can get into the appropriate immigration status in time. To prevent potential violence to innocents, the United States has a variety of humanitarian immigration benefits that can be applied for if a temporary safe harbor is needed while life becomes less dangerous.

Temporary Protected Status

Temporary Protected Status (TPS), while it does not provide any permanent immigration benefit, is an immigration status granted by the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to the citizens of countries undergoing significant (but temporary) upheaval, such as a natural disaster or ongoing war. Recent examples of nations whose citizens have been granted TPS in the United States include Nepal and South Sudan.

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DuPage County immigration attorneys, u-visas and crime victimsMany people do not wind up in the United States of their own volition. Rather, they are brought here by traffickers, or come into the country to marry someone who them abuses them. If a foreign national is brought to the United States as a result of a crime, or becomes a crime victim while living in the country, he or she may have immigration recourse that can separate him or her from their abuser.

U Visas

The U visa is perhaps the most common way that victims of crimes are able to stay in the United States after their experiences. U visas are awarded to victims who have been mentally or physically abused, and have been able to aid law enforcement in the “investigation or prosecution of criminal activity.” The program began in 2000 as a way to both help law enforcement agencies crack down on crime, and to help vulnerable people get into safer situations.

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