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Travel ban goes into effect tonight, close relations excepted

The U.S. Supreme Court made a surprise ruling on President Trump's travel ban against nationals of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. The revised executive order had been put on ice by two lower courts. The Fourth and Ninth Circuit courts of appeal had issued injunctions keeping the ban from going into effect while its ultimate legality is being sorted out.

Law enforcement signs on to pro-sanctuary California Values Act

One of the main issues with setting up California as a so-called "sanctuary state" has been whether law enforcement could support it. The California Senate has just passed the California Values Act, a pro-sanctuary bill, with overall support from law enforcement. The bill's author, State Senator Kevin de Leon, worked closely with law enforcement and passed several amendments to meet their needs.

Supreme Court: No gender distinctions in citizenship eligibility

Many people assume that a child born abroad who has a U.S. citizen parent is automatically a U.S. citizen. This is not the case. If only one parent is a U.S. citizen, that parent can't pass citizenship to a foreign-born child without specific criteria -- and the criteria have traditionally differed depending on the gender of the parent.

Will the Supreme Court give the go-ahead to Trump's travel ban?

Banning all travel into the U.S. from certain Muslim-majority countries was a centerpiece of Candidate Trump's immigration policy proposals. A week after President Trump took office he issued a 90-day executive order barring visitors and refugees alike from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan and Libya. He exempted religious minorities (Christians) from the order.

Will the Administration's new visa policy replace the travel ban?

International students, scientists, visitors and others could be in for a surprise when they next apply for a visa to enter the United States. The Trump Administration has just announced a new policy -- and a new visa questionnaire that will be given to those the administration says warrant additional security.

What type of visa does your foreign spouse need?

When you marry a non-U.S. citizen outside of the United States and want to live in your homeland together, your newlywed will need a visa to get in. Immigration law, however, is very complex, and you may be unsure of which type of visa to apply for.


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