Tag: Citizenship and Immigration Services (US)

El Paso, Two Weeks Later

Two weeks after a killer drove over 600 miles to kill Mexicans at an El Paso Walmart, the husband of one of the 22 victims was joined by members of our community at his wife’s funeral service. Antonio Basco and Margie Reckard had no other family living in town, so he invited us to stand […]

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America Made Lady Liberty a Hypocrite

I’m really glad we’re having a discussion about what the Statue of Liberty means to America, even if it is precipitated by nefarious thinking. This week, the Trump administration moved forward with a change in legal immigration policy that will limit people allowed to enter the country to those who are well enough off not […]

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Trump Immigration Plan Offers a Ticket to the American Dream. The Poor Need Not Apply.

The Trump administration has said the immigration overhaul it announced this week will ensure that new legal residents carry their own weight, without prejudice or favor. Yet the new rule for weeding out those who might be a drain on taxpayers will almost certainly disadvantage poor people from Latin America, Africa and parts of Asia. […]

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California Counties Sue to Block Trump’s New Green Card Test

San Francisco and Santa Clara County in California filed a lawsuit Tuesday to block the Trump administration from implementing a new rule that would deny permanent residency to legal immigrants if they are judged likely to use government benefit programs. President Trump issued the regulation, called the public charge rule, on Monday. Starting in October, […]

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I’m Muslim and Live in Baltimore. Fear Made Me Become a U.S. Citizen.

BALTIMORE — I walked into the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services branch here on a hot afternoon two weeks ago. After passing through security, I entered a waiting room that looked like your average D.M.V. The majority of the people looked like me in that they were people of color, and they had come […]

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Visa Delays at Backlogged Immigration Service Strand International Students

WASHINGTON — The visa applications of hundreds of international students seeking to work in the United States this summer are languishing at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, where increased processing times have left students stranded and university leaders struggling with the fallout. Students have written petitions and panicked letters to leaders of some […]

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Trump Appoints Fierce Loyalist to Top Border Post

WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Friday that he planned to appoint Thomas D. Homan, his former acting head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and a fierce supporter of his policies during frequent appearances on Fox News, to oversee border policy in the White House. “He’ll be a border czar,” Mr. Trump said during a […]

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