Nearly five years ago, when President Obama signed his DACA executive order, many supported the bill by pointing out how unfair it was to deport people who had been brought here as children and who had never done anything different from U.S. citizens. That argument still rings true today and has only been refocused by President Trump's anti-immigration blitz and the uncertainty surrounding DACA's future.
"Courthouses should not be used as bait in the necessary enforcement of our country's immigration laws," wrote California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye recently in a letter to newly-appointed U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly.
Victims of or witnesses to crime can struggle enormously with feelings of fear, trauma, isolation and shame. Being in this position can take an incredible toll on any person, particularly if the person committing the crimes is in your family. If you are also dealing with the anxiety and fear of being an immigrant in the United States without proper documentation, then every day can feel harder than the day before.
On Monday March 9th, President Donald Trump, signed a new executive order on immigration, which would clearly limit the ability to hire immigrants from certain parts of the world to travel to and from the United States. This controversial order limits the rights of immigrants to come into the country, and it focuses on six countries, mostly of Muslim religion.
Every day, it seems as though we read about another change to immigration laws. While change is certainly not new with regard to immigration laws, the current climate of change feels particularly rapid and unstable.
Securing a visa to come live and/or work in the United States is a top priority for hundreds of thousands of people every year, from the immigrant themselves to the companies and families who are waiting to welcome them.