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Donald Trump And Immigration: What Can We Expect?

Donald Trump And Immigration: What Can We Expect? | Riverside Immigration Attorney | Scoop.it
What might happen to immigration policy during his presidency?
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Over the past week, I've been frequently asked what do I think will happen with immigration under a Trump administration.

 

The Forbes article here is one perspective.

 

On a personal level, I think folks who have benefitted from temporary measures like DACA, Stateside I-601 Waiver Applications, Prosecutorial Discretion at Immigration Court [including Administrative Closure] could be in a rough ride.

 

Even TPS beneficiaries may face the same problem.

 

The Trump term has the potential to be the nightmare I have feared with all temporary programs implemented by the Obama Administration.

 

Consider this: if you applied for DACA, what does the government know about your family? Most likely your parents and some of your siblings are also here without legal permission. In short, as I have warned, there is a long-term danger when you file these applications. By coming out of the shadow, the government has gained a fair amount of insight about other members of your family. 

 

They could now also be in the direct line of fire.

 

Here is my earlier writings on the Immigration Twilight Zone created by the Obama initiatives, however well intended.

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Migration Policy Institute Report Traces History Of Vietnamese Immigrants In The United States

Migration Policy Institute Report Traces History Of Vietnamese Immigrants In The United States | Riverside Immigration Attorney | Scoop.it
Now comprising the sixth largest foreign-born group in the country, the Vietnamese immigrant population in the United States has grown significantly since the end of the Vietnam War. Learn more about this population with the latest data in this Spotlight article.
Carlos Batara's insight:

 

As a child growing up and watching news after news report about the ongoing conflict in Vietnam, a new report by the Migration Policy Institute on the Vietnamese immigrant population in the United States warms my heart.

 

I didn't understand the Vietnam War until I entered college, and then I was opposed to it.  I watched the public reaction, a mixed bag of emotions, when the first large-scale Vietnamese migration to the United States started as an influx of refugees following the end of the Vietnam War in 1975.

 

As the MPI report explains, early refugees were part of the United States-sponsored evacuation, which consisted mainly of military personnel and urban, well-educated professionals associated with the U.S. military or the South Vietnamese government.

 

A second wave of Vietnamese refugees, commonly known as “boat people,” arrived in the late 1970s. The majority of these arrivals came from rural areas and were often less educated.

 

At present, Vietnamese is the sixth largest immigrant group in the country - something very few, if any, would have predicted during my teenage years in the 1960s.  

 

 

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A Shared Border, A Shared Problem: Air Pollution

A Shared Border, A Shared Problem: Air Pollution | Riverside Immigration Attorney | Scoop.it
Two nations, one worsening problem.
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Unfortunately, our government sees border issues in a too-narrow framework. 

 

After all, shared borders create shared problems beyond just the movement of people from one place to another.

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Nearly 1 In 4 Students At This Los Angeles High School Migrated From Central America — Many Without Their Parents

Nearly 1 In 4 Students At This Los Angeles High School Migrated From Central America — Many Without Their Parents | Riverside Immigration Attorney | Scoop.it
Gaspar Marcos stepped off the 720 bus into early-morning darkness in MacArthur Park after the end of an eight-hour shift of scrubbing dishes in a Westwood
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Belmont High School Principal Kristen McGregor said it has forced the school to reimagine its role in its students’ lives.

“Our students, a lot of them have to work. A lot of them have to send money home or pay for rent,” she said. “This is going to take a rethinking of education in general. Sure, they get into school, but what’s next? How do we support them?”

 

McGregor said some of the immigrant children who came to L.A. showed up at Belmont in the Westlake neighborhood almost immediately. Others enrolled a few years later, having first gone to work.

 

Because of this, many students, like Marcos, are older than other students at their grade level.  “They start here in the ninth grade, regardless of how old they are,” McGregor said. “Some finish at 19 or 20 years old.”

 

Many of these children have ended up at Belmont High because it had a reputation for welcoming them.   At Belmont, teachers contend with the trauma many of these children suffered in their countries of origin or along the treacherous journey north. Some of the students struggle against resentment and abandonment issues while getting to know a mother, father or family member who left them behind. Some run away.

 

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A Beer Commercial To Watch: What Makes Someone A Canadian?

A Beer Commercial To Watch: What Makes Someone A Canadian? | Riverside Immigration Attorney | Scoop.it
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This is a Molson Beer commercial.  It could well be a Canadian insult aimed at Donald Trump and others like him who seem to dislike all immigrants.

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California Sees Surge In Chinese Illegally Crossing Border From Mexico

California Sees Surge In Chinese Illegally Crossing Border From Mexico | Riverside Immigration Attorney | Scoop.it

The number of Chinese immigrants illegally crossing the Mexican border into California has skyrocketed in recent years, the result of a lucrative smuggling industry, mass migration from China and a diversifying pool of migrants settling in the United States.

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Diversity Fusion In Action: Swing Dancers vs. Street Dancers - Montreal Swing Riot 2015

Formerly known as Lindy Hoppers vs. Street Dancers, this is part 3 of the Invitational Battle between Vintage and Modern Street Dancers at Montreal Swing Riot http://montrealswingriot.com
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This video is cool to watch.


It is also an example of #diversityfusion, which illustrates that when folks from various cultures come together, something new is created.


What better than some cool dancing?

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Knock, Knock, Anybody Home. This Is ICE. We're Doing A Cold Call. A Cold-Blooded Cold Call.

Knock, Knock, Anybody Home.  This Is ICE. We're Doing A Cold Call. A Cold-Blooded Cold Call. | Riverside Immigration Attorney | Scoop.it
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Via Community Village Sites
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Know Your Rights. 



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Three Key Lessons For Immigration Reformers From The Same-Sex Marriage Supreme Court Victory

Three Key Lessons For Immigration Reformers From The Same-Sex Marriage Supreme Court Victory | Riverside Immigration Attorney | Scoop.it
Riverside Immigration Attorney Discusses Political Takeaways From The Same-Sex Marriage Movement Supreme Court Victory For Immigration Reform Success.
Carlos Batara's insight:


If movement leaders study the success and failure of other movements, much insight can be gained.  The Supreme Court victory for those supporting same-sex marriages was not achieved overnight. 


Here are three key lessons for the immigration reform movement leaders:


Persistence, persistence, persistence


To win big, reformers must first win small


Failure is a choice, not an option


In short, far too many immigrants want change now – if not yesterday – and absent such an outcome, they lose heart.


This outcome needs dramatic political surgery - or long-term, comprehensive and compassionate reform may never see the light of the day.

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Yet Another "Rip Off Immigrants" Scam Aimed At Families Of Youth Refugees

Yet Another "Rip Off Immigrants" Scam Aimed At Families Of Youth Refugees | Riverside Immigration Attorney | Scoop.it
As a newly hired employee for a Miami social services agency, Leslie Rubero Padilla’s job was to reunite unaccompanied refugee children with their parents or legal guardians in the United States.
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The public often disputes the volume of rip off schemes aimed at immigrant families. 


However, incidents such as this one aimed at the families of refugee children are not uncommon. 


Scam artists, thinking immigrants are easy prey, devise all sorts of ways to deprive them of not just their money, but also their dreams.

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The USCIS Marriage Green Card Fraud Checklist: Scammers Beware

The USCIS Marriage Green Card Fraud Checklist: Scammers Beware | Riverside Immigration Attorney | Scoop.it
Riverside Immigration Lawyer Shares Why The Interpretation Of USCIS Fraud Indicators Could Lead To Denial Of Legitimate Permanent Residency Applications.
Carlos Batara's insight:


In many ways , the government's list of green fraud indicators is too broad, too arbitrary, with most factors subject to varying  interpretation. 


I've battled more than my fair share of poor interpretations over my career.


But on the whole, the biggest blame may rest with scammers. 


They give all immigrants, even the legitimate, honest, and hard-working ones, a black eye and force them to jump hoops that would otherwise be unnecessary.


(Editor's Note: No sooner did I write, than news emerged that one of the armed gunpersons involved in an Inland Empire rampage may have entered the U.S. fraudently on a Fianceé(e) visa.)

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Why A Loss On Deferred Action Today May Lead To Immigration Reform Tomorrow

Why A Loss On Deferred Action Today May Lead To Immigration Reform Tomorrow | Riverside Immigration Attorney | Scoop.it
Riverside Immigration Lawyer Discusses Why Federal Court Rejection Of Obama’s Executive Orders Might Be Blessing In Disguise For Immigrant Families.
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When folks are off track politically, it is often hard to get refocused on the real issues.

 

This has happened, in my view, several times during the past six years.  And now, reform activists are not fighting for real reform any more.  Their energies are directed toward short-term - and I might add, dead-end - solutions.  


The setback for Obama's latest temporary benefits may well carry the reformers back to their original quest: long-term family unity and deportation defense immigration reform.

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How Much Time Is On The Clock For Policy Changes At CBP?

How Much Time Is On The Clock For Policy Changes At CBP? | Riverside Immigration Attorney | Scoop.it
The head of CBP says Border Patrol use-of-force cases are down by nearly 30 percent

Via Community Village Sites
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In some respects, CBP Commissioner Kerlikowske is a breath of fresh air - in an agency which really, really needs it.


He is well aware some immigration analysts have labelled the CBP as “America’s most out of-control law enforcement agency."


He doesn't duck the criticism.  He recently admitted that in its hurry to hire more agents after 9/11, the Border Patrol lowered its standards of vetting employees and made hiring mistakes.


Indeed, nearly one CBP officer was arrested for misconduct every single day between 2005 and 2012. 


Kerlikowske has stressed the need for a change to the agency's law enforcement philosophy.  But since he had only been on the job for the past year, he needs more time to implement his ideas. 


Will he survive the election of a new president?  I'm not optimistic.


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The Rise Of Hispanic Businesses: A Non-Immigration Issue With Or Without Taco Trucks On Every Corner?

The Rise Of Hispanic Businesses: A Non-Immigration Issue With Or Without Taco Trucks On Every Corner? | Riverside Immigration Attorney | Scoop.it
There are 4 million Hispanic-owned businesses in the U.S. creating jobs and economic growth. It's a contingent the candidates are not addressing.
Carlos Batara's insight:

 

According to the Census Bureau, Hispanic businesses are growing at a rate 15 times the national average over the last decade.

 

No surprise that research shows the top five states for Hispanic small businesses are California (23 percent), Texas (19.7 percent), New York (9 percent), Florida (8.1 percent) and Arizona (3.8 percent).

 

I only have one question.  Do these figures include a taco truck on every corner

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#Fix96: It's Time To Reverse The Illegal Immigration Reform And Immigrant Responsibility Act Of 1996.

#Fix96: It's Time To Reverse The Illegal Immigration Reform And Immigrant Responsibility Act Of 1996. | Riverside Immigration Attorney | Scoop.it

Much of this immigration law dysfunction today can be traced to

immigration laws passed by Congress and signed by President Clinton in 1996. 

Carlos Batara's insight:

 

I like this #Fix96 hash tag.  

 

For the past twenty years, those of us who defend immigrants have been forced to fight at a distinct disadvantage.  

 

On a personal level, it has often felt like a fight with one hand tied behind my back - as many due process rights and avenues of relief for immigrant were curtailed by the passage of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRAIRA).

 

The new law had many ill effects, especially upon immigrants facing deportation charges at immigration court, as discussed here >>> The Congressional War Against Due Process At Immigration Court.

  

Help spread the word - Fix 96.

 

Maybe Hilary will be listening. After all, it was the other Clinton who signed the law.

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Catholic Church Leaders Divided Over Haitian Migrant Crisis In The Dominican Republic

Catholic Church Leaders Divided Over Haitian Migrant Crisis In The Dominican Republic | Riverside Immigration Attorney | Scoop.it
The BBC's Will Grant reports from the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic on how the issue of migrants and their precarious situation at the border is dividing some in the Catholic Church.
Carlos Batara's insight:

The Haitian migrant crisis in the Dominican Republic has led to a split of opinion among Catholic Church leaders in Lain America.

 

One local priest, Father Luc Leandre, is actively helping Haitian returnees from the Dominican Republic.  In his view, the deportation of Haitians a "grave crisis" and he feels supporting them is crucial.

 

Another priest, the Cardinal in Santo Domingo, Nicolas de Jesus Lopez, vocally supports deportations and thinks all Haitians should be sent back to their country.

 

What's your view?

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A Touch Of Irony: Palestinian Artist Exposes Absurdity Of Mexican - United States Border Wall

A Touch Of Irony: Palestinian Artist Exposes Absurdity Of Mexican - United States Border Wall | Riverside Immigration Attorney | Scoop.it
Palestinian artist Khaled Jarrar goes on a road trip along the Mexican border in an effort to examine the ideological boundaries between the US and the Middle East
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Temporary Protected Status For Honduras And Nicaragua Registration Period Ends July 15, 2016

Temporary Protected Status For Honduras And Nicaragua Registration Period Ends July 15, 2016 | Riverside Immigration Attorney | Scoop.it
San Bernardino Immigration Lawyer Outlines Temporary Protected Status Requirements, Benefits, And Deadlines For Hondurans And Nicaraguans.
Carlos Batara's insight:

 

Hop to it! 

 

The TPS clock is ticking. The registration period for both Honduras and Nicaragua Temporary Protected Status ends on July 15, 2016.

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Is The GOP Barking Up The Wrong Alley: Immigrants And Taxes?

Is The GOP Barking Up The Wrong Alley: Immigrants And Taxes? | Riverside Immigration Attorney | Scoop.it
Republicans have leveled a string of complaints against the agency.
Carlos Batara's insight:

 

Should Uncle Sam be more active in the crackdown of false social security numbers?

 

This is a question being raised by immigration reform opponents.  This approach seems flawed for at least three reasons.

 

First, most immigration application ask questions related to employment and tax payment history. Thus, it would not be too hard for the government to crack down on false SSN numbers even without the IRS's help.

 

Second, should the IRS expend some of its overburden resources on immigration-related matters? 

 

Third, sometimes the cure is worse than the disease. 

 

Consider a recent report published by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy has issued a new report on Undocumented Immigrants and Taxes.  Some key points:

 

At the state and local levels, they pay an estimated $11.64 billion each year in taxes, which includes over $6.9 billion in sales and excise taxes, $3.6 billion in property taxes, $1 billion in personal income taxes.

 

At least 50% of undocumented immigrant households file income tax returns. Of those who don’t file, many still have taxes withheld from their paychecks.

 

The full report is here: http://www.itep.org/pdf/immigration2016.pdf

 

(Article by Naomi Jagoda, The Hill, April 16, 2016.)

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As Diplomacy Grows, The Cuban Adjustment Act Nears The Finish Line

As Diplomacy Grows, The Cuban Adjustment Act Nears The Finish Line | Riverside Immigration Attorney | Scoop.it
San Bernardino Immigration Attorney Discusses Political, Policy, And Legal Ramifications Of Modifying Or Eliminating The Cuban Adjustment Act.
Carlos Batara's insight:


50 years ago, the Cold War was in full force.  Cuba and the U.S. were bitter rivals, highlighted by the Russian Missile Crisis which threatened a war of epic proportions.


In a move designed to create internal Cuban dissent, the U.S. policy makers crafted the Cuban Adjustment Act - a law enabling Cuban immigrants to apply for permanent residency once they had lived for at least one year after they were admitted or paroled into the country. 


Called the “one year and a day” rule, ethnic leaders from other immigrant communities have criticized the disparity between the eased path for Cubans and the waiting lines for their own constituents.


However, with the move towards full diplomatic relations, the Cuban Adjustment Act has come under questioning, even from Cuban American political leaders.  Part of this is due to a recent Pew Research Center study showing a 78% increase in Cuban immigrants, as well as claims of social security fraud in various Cuban communities.


In fact, the American Immigration Council joined in the call to begin the re-examination of our immigration policies towards Cuban immigrants.


The likelihood of the Cuban Adjustment Act remaining intact is, at best, slim.  

 

The real question is whether some replacement will be devised or whether Cubans will simply be placed into the same long, long, long waiting lines as other immigrants.





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Latino Political Power: The Sleeping Giant Snoozes

Latino Political Power: The Sleeping Giant Snoozes | Riverside Immigration Attorney | Scoop.it
Growing numbers haven’t led to real clout.
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One thing that irritates me is the claims of "wanna be" Latino activists claiming the Latino vote is going to rid the earth of Trump and his cohorts.


I started organizing communities when I was a teenager.  Each election cycle since that time has demonstrated the same shortcomings. 


Will the next election be any different?


Perhaps.  Perhaps not.


But stop - really, stop - the thumping until Latino voters have shown their their power at the polls. 


Not simply in showing up, but also, and more significantly, in voting as a coordinated bloc that decisively swings the outcome.

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A Story Of Real Courage: ISIS Hunts Man For Rescuing Yazidi Slaves

A Story Of Real Courage: ISIS Hunts Man For Rescuing Yazidi Slaves | Riverside Immigration Attorney | Scoop.it
Despite a $500,000 bounty having been placed by ISIS on his head, Abu Shuja continues to risk his life saving Iraqi Yazidi women and children from Islamic State captivity. “Victims of ISIS” is the story of Shuja and those he freed as told to RT documentary.

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Refugee Bike Rides To Protection

Refugee Bike Rides To Protection | Riverside Immigration Attorney | Scoop.it
More than a thousand migrants have found a new route into Europe - cycling into Norway from Russia.
Carlos Batara's insight:


One of the most puzzling aspects about immigration reform opponents is their seeming lack of knowledge about the desperation felt by many refugees. 


They seem to think folks are driven to extreme measures and journey hundreds, if not thousands, of miles simply to "take away our benefits." 


Are they really that ignorant?


I'll let you decide that for yourself.


Thus, when I read about individuals riding bikes to seek asylum in foreign countries, I cannot help by marvel at their ingenuity in the face of great adversity.


This story about bicyclists reminds me of another story earlier this year about Central American teenager skate borders who fled their country to seek refuge in the U.S.


My hat's off to all these individuals.  I hope the world is kind to them. 

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Immigration Hastag Warfare: The #Undocumoney Campaign

Immigration Hastag Warfare: The #Undocumoney Campaign | Riverside Immigration Attorney | Scoop.it
Marisol Soto came up with the idea of forming a campaign to raise awareness of the contributions of undocumented immigrants to the nation's economy.
Carlos Batara's insight:


This is quite a nifty and creative idea to bring grassroots, economics, the internet, and selfies together to potentially attract and motivate new activists.


It also lends some objective support to how much money undocumented immigrants bring to the American economy day-in and day-out. 


Essentially, all one has to do is write the hashtag #undocumoney on dollar bills in red ink and then post a photo on social media of themselves holding the dollar bills.


I think the first step, alone, is sufficient to make the main points.


In addition, undocumented immigrants might not want to post a selfie.  Why deter them from contributing?


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The U.S. Southwest Border: Bob Drews On Misguided Perceptions And Policies

The U.S. Southwest Border: Bob Drews On Misguided Perceptions And Policies | Riverside Immigration Attorney | Scoop.it

Hemet Immigration Lawyer And Border Affairs Commentator Bob Drews Discuss Misguided U.S. Border Policies And Distorted Media Coverage Of Border Affairs With Mexico.

Carlos Batara's insight:

How often do you get to listen to the views of a U.S. citizen living on the Mexican side of the Southwest border?


Especially one who is active in immigration affairs and also coordinates one of the largest Facebook immigration groups?


Not often. 


So you may want to find out what Bob Drews thinks about the border, based on firsthand knowledge.   

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