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Important tips for immigrants coming into the United States

There are a lot of considerations for a person immigrating into the United States. With the constantly changing guidelines, regulations and other shifting aspects of immigration, it is imperative that you have a complete understanding of what you need to do and what rights you have here.

New visa policies could lead to instant deportations

Immigrants in Texas and across the U.S. could have their visa applications suddenly rejected for clerical errors and other mistakes, according to new policy memos issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. According to immigration experts, applicants who have their visas denied could be immediately deported.

Sanctuary cities are no more

In early March, Texas ruled in favor of banning sanctuary cities. What are sanctuary cities, you ask? These are places that offer protection to illegal immigrants, due to their not needing to identify their status of citizenship. The federal government is the primary enforcer of immigration laws; however, state officials were previously able to choose whether or not to follow their policies.

Deadlines for reuniting separated kids with their families

Texas residents might be interested in developments from the immigration cases where children have been separated from their parents. A court established July 10 as a firm deadline for the return of 102 children under age 5 who were separated from undocumented immigrant parents. At a hearing on July 10, lawyers for the Justice Department said that only 38 of the 102 children would actually be reunited with their families by the end of that day; only four had rejoined their parents prior to the hearing.

Sponsors of separated children can face obstacles

Those in Austin, Texas, and other southwestern cities are witnessing the impact of the current administration's "no tolerance" policy for undocumented immigrants crossing the border. Much of the headlines have focused on separating children from their families and placing them in temporary facilities.

The penalties for overstaying a visa

When an individual's visa expires, he or she must leave the country. However, an individual may be able to extend his or her visa to remain in Texas or any other state legally. This can be done by mailing a request to the USCIS or through the organization's website. An extension may be granted if the individual is lawfully in the country and has not committed an illegal act while here.

Travel ban is upheld

Texas residents should be aware that the United States Supreme Court issued a ruling that states the executive order issued in September 2017 to restrict travel from many countries with a Muslim majority to the United States was constitutional. According to the 5-4 ruling, the travel restriction was within the authority of the president. With its ruling, the court rejected allegations that the motivation for the ban was based on religious hostility.

Tips for maintaining green card status

People in Texas who have a green card might wonder what rules must be followed in order to keep it. There are basically two major types of violations that could lead to a green card being rescinded. One is by leaving the country for an extended period of time, and the other is by breaking the law.

Attorney general may deny asylum to domestic violence survivors

Major shifts to immigration policy and enforcement have occurred in the first two years of the Trump administration. One issue that has yet to be resolved is whether some victims of domestic violence will continue to gain asylum status in U.S. immigration courts. For women who escape abuse in their home countries to states like Texas, how the attorney general decides to rule on these cases will have a serious impact on their future.

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