Issue 18 June 18, 2017
The Immigrant Journey, published weekly by Batara Immigration Law, is a hand-picked collection of top news, blog posts, and resources from around the web. Our goal is to provide you with an overview of issues faced by immigrants and their families – without the noise and fluff of the internet – in the fast moving world of immigration law and politics.
In this edition, I open with a tribute to my father, an immigrant, my role model and hero, on Father's Day.
-- Carlos A. Batara
San Diego immigration lawyer Carlos Batara shares how his father, born in the Philippines, inspired him to become a Harvard-trained advocate for immigrants.
The Women's Refugee Commission is dedicated to improving the lives of women, children, and youth displaced by conflict and crisis. Their work includes first ever reports on the need for reproductive health services for displaced women and girls in conflict- and disaster-affected areas and the impact of widespread disabilities among refugees and those affected by conflict.
Much confusion surrounds the use of immigration detainers. This report explains how they are used by federal and local enforcement, and the impact they have on immigrants.
The Trump Administration has asked immigration courts to reopen cases of undocumented immigrants who saw temporary reprieve under Obama under prosecutorial discretion and deferred prosecution guidelines.
Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Director Thomas Homan praised ICE officers and emphasized undocumented immigrants should be “uncomfortable” and "worried" during a House Appropriations Committee meeting.
The Trump administration is canceling an Obama-era policy allowing millions of undocumented parents of US-born children to stay in the country, but leaving intact a separate scheme protecting young immigrants.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday struck down a gender distinction in immigration law that treats mothers and fathers differently when determining a child's citizenship, calling such inequality "stunningly anachronistic."
Refugees have been at the center of a political maelstrom, from exagerrated claims of terrorism to being a drain on taxpayers — but a new study shows that refugees end up paying more in taxes than they receive in welfare benefits after just eight years of living in this country.
With more immigrants bypassing the U.S. and heading for Canada, now is a good time to discuss Canadian immigration rules. As in the United States, Canadian immigration programs change frequently, and there is a lot of misinformation, or out-of-date information, believed by applicants.
The U.S. is adding new requirements for social media disclosures as part of visa applications. The new questionnaire will ask for social media handles dating back over the last five years and biographical information dating back 15 years.
Tens of thousands of Cubans living in the U.S. are adapting to a harsh new reality. After enjoying decades of favored status dating back to the Cold War, and the passage of the Cuban Adjustment Act in 1966, many of them now face the same deportation ordeals as other immigrants.