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Hablando con la abogada Jessica Piedra: Start your case in the new year!

Happy New Year, friends! The new year is a great time to start your immigration case! What are you waiting for? In Kansas City, it only takes about 4-5 months to get an interview for citizenship and green cards for family members who entered with a visa and qualify for adjustment of status. For citizenship applications, it takes about four …

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Deportation, family separation impact communities, research shows

By Tere Siqueira Research suggests that deportation and the forced separation of immigrants have negative effects that extend to communities in the United States. According to a recent Society for Community Research and Action study, deportation has psychological and economic effects on communities, along with the immigrant families who are directly affected. In studying the effects on communities, the authors …

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Border Patrol agents fire tear gas into Mexico

By Chara For the second time in recent weeks, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers reportedly fired tear gas and pepper spray into a crowd of Central American immigrants in Mexico. Media outlets reported the incident began when about 150 immigrants tried to cross into the United States from Tijuana, the temporary home to thousands of Central American migrants …

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Backlog of area immigration cases reflects pain of immigration crisis

Commentary by Eulogio JP It is a painful truth that there is an immigration crisis in the United States. And the pain of that truth is being felt in the Kansas City area. In the United States, there is a deepening backlog of immigration cases throughout the court system that is leaving people’s lives in suspense for years. In Kansas …

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ICE reports arrest and deportation increases for FY 2018

By chara The number of deportations and arrests of undocumented immigrants increased during the last fiscal year, according to data released recently by the U.S. government. Provided by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the data stated that around 256,000 people were deported from the United States in 2018. Ronald D. Vitiello, ICE deputy director, said the number of deportees increased …

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Hablando con la abogada Jessica Piedra: Don’t disqualify yourself!

Hello my friends, it is almost the end of 2018! I’m thinking back on the year and I have some advice on how to prepare yourself for future immigration reform. Think twice about simple things so that you don’t disqualify yourself for future options! First, the most obvious, don’t get in trouble with the police! Problems such as driving under …

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ICE arrests 170 potential sponsors of minors

By Chara According to information from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), 170 people who were potential sponsors of minor immigrants in government custody were arrested from late July to late November. ICE stated that 109 of those arrested had no criminal record and were suspected of being in the country illegally. The other 61 people had criminal records. …

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Numbers of asylum applications and denials are growing

By Eulogio JP According to a recent report published by Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, immigration judges rejected a record 65 percent of asylum applications during fiscal year 2018. During the U.S. government’s 2018 fiscal year, which ended on Sept. 30, more than 42,000 asylum cases were concluded, making 2018 the fiscal year with the largest number of asylum cases closed …

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Illegal immigration decreases while legal immigration increases

By Eulogio JP The number of unauthorized immigrants has fallen to its lowest level in more than a decade, according to the Pew Research Center. In late November, the center posted on its website the research findings of undocumented immigration trends in the United States since the 1990s. The data showed there were 10.7 million unauthorized immigrants in 2016, down …

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Situation has worsened for Latinos under Trump, survey reveals

By Angie Baldelomar A recent survey from the Pew Research Center revealed it is harder to be Latino in the United States now than it was before Donald Trump was elected president. Nearly half of the Hispanics surveyed said the situation has worsened for people of their ethnicity in the past year – up from a third just after the …

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