Tag: Citizenship and Immigration Services (US)

Will Neil Young’s Marijuana Use Keep Him From Becoming a U.S. Citizen?

Neil Young had a certain birthday present in mind this year: United States citizenship. Everything seemed to be in place for him to take his oath on Tuesday, his 74th birthday, the Canadian singer told The Los Angeles Times last month. Amid what he called a “climate emergency,” he was looking forward to voting in […]

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New Trump Administration Proposal Would Charge Asylum Seekers an Application Fee

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Friday proposed hiking a range of fees assessed on those pursuing legal immigration and citizenship, as well as for the first time charging those fleeing persecution for seeking protection in the United States. The rule, which will be published on Thursday and will have a monthlong comment period, would […]

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Under Trump, Iraqis Who Helped U.S. in War Are Stalled in Refugee System

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is refusing to take in thousands of Iraqis who risked their lives helping American forces during the Iraq war, cutting the number of high-priority refugees allowed into the United States this year and drastically slowing background checks they must undergo. Only 153 Iraqi refugees whose applications were given high priority […]

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The Trump Administration’s Latest Experiment on the Border: Tent Courts

SAN ANTONIO — The immigration court judge stared at his long docket list on Thursday morning and told the officer he was ready to hear the next case. No one inside the small courtroom made a move. All the action was happening up front on a large flat-screen television. On the screen, an officer could […]

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Trump Backs Down, Again and Again

On Aug. 7, the Trump administration quietly changed its immigration policy to end medical deferred action, a program that allows a small number of gravely ill immigrants to remain in the United States to receive lifesaving treatment. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services began sending notices to applicants that it would “no longer consider” such […]

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Ken Cuccinelli Emerges as Public Face, and Irritant, of Homeland Security

WASHINGTON — As Donald J. Trump moved to wrap up his unlikely Republican nomination for the presidency, a senior adviser to Senator Ted Cruz laced into the front-runner in March 2016, in a last-ditch effort to swing the contest to Mr. Cruz, the more traditionally conservative candidate. The target? Mr. Trump’s soft stand on immigrant […]

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Faced With Criticism, Trump Administration Reverses Abrupt End to Humanitarian Relief

LOS ANGELES — The Trump administration on Monday announced that it would reconsider its decision to force immigrants facing life-threatening health crises to return to their home countries, an abrupt move last month that generated public outrage and was roundly condemned by the medical establishment. On Aug. 7, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, […]

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Citizenship Change Will Affect a Handful, but the Backlash Is Fierce

WASHINGTON — A new homeland security policy that will restrict the conferral of automatic citizenship for some children born abroad to active service members will affect only a handful of families each year, but the botched rollout of the policy this week incited a fierce backlash against President Trump, who has hailed himself as an […]

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Sick Migrants Undergoing Lifesaving Care Can Now Be Deported

LOS ANGELES — Maria Isabel Bueso was 7 years old when she came to the United States from Guatemala at the invitation of doctors who were conducting a clinical trial for the treatment of her rare, disfiguring genetic disease. The trial was short on participants, and thanks to her enrollment, the Federal Drug Administration eventually […]

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Federal Workers’ Children Born Abroad May Not Receive Automatic Citizenship

Children born abroad to certain United States service members and other federal employees will no longer be granted automatic citizenship under a Trump administration policy set to take effect in October. Parents of those children, including those born on military bases, will have to apply for citizenship on the children’s behalf before they turn 18, […]

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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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