A federal judge has ruled that the Defense Department must stop blocking applications for U.S. citizenship made by reserve soldiers who were promised a fast track. A 2008 pilot program, the Military Accessions Vital to National Interest, promised certain noncitizens expedited citizenship in exchange for eight years of military service. Now that they've fulfilled their side of the bargain, the DOD is trying to back out.
Over the past few weeks, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement posted notices on a federal contracting website seeking privately run jails to house some 4,000 immigration detainees. It sought bids for facilities in Chicago, Detroit, St. Paul, Salt Lake City and southern Texas, according to USA TODAY.
According to a recent poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, only 19 percent of Americans are in favor of deporting Dreamers -- those who are unauthorized in the U.S. only because they were brought here illegally as children. As expected, a large majority of Americans -- at least 60 percent -- prefer to have the Dreamers stay in the U.S. legally.
Although President Trump has declined to renew the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, existing permit holders can still renew their status. If your DACA permit expires before March 5, 2018, the deadline to renew is this Thursday, Oct. 5.
If you unlawfully moved to the United States, the good news is you may not have to continue to live in fear of deportation. There are options that can allow you to remain in the country legally. It is important for you to understand those options to avoid mistakes that could void your immigration rights and result in you being deported and separated from your loved ones in California.