September 16, 2021

A federal judge on Thursday blocked the Biden administration from continuing to use a Trump-era public health order to expel migrant families arriving at the U.S. southern border.

In a 58-page ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan found that the Title 42 policy does not authorize the expulsion of migrants — and, in turn, does not allow for those removed to be denied the opportunity to seek asylum in the U.S. The judge's order will go into effect in 14 days.

Updates: October 1, 2021

Thousands of Haitians Are Being Allowed Into the U.S. But What Comes Next?

Toggling between fluent French and Spanish, Mr. Alexis said it had taken more than a year and every bit of his family's savings to reach the United States from Chile, where they had been living. Covid-related border closures had stranded them for months in countries like Panama along their 4,700-mile trek over land.

They were under no illusions of ever building stable lives in Haiti, which has been plagued with political upheaval, economic dysfunction, civil unrest, gang violence and natural disasters in recent years.

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Senate narrowly turns back GOP amendment to curtail assistance to Afghan refugees

The evenly divided Senate narrowly turned back a Republican amendment Thursday that sought to curtail assistance to Afghan refugees who were rapidly evacuated to the United States and that would have made it more difficult for them to obtain Real IDs.

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) sought to attach the amendment to legislation to fund the government into early December, which is expected to pass later Thursday with bipartisan support. Cotton's amendment received 50 votes, one short of the number needed to succeed. The tally broke along partisan lines.

In addition to providing stopgap funding to keep the government open, the spending measure includes emergency funding for the resettlement of Afghan refugees who fled amid the takeover of the country by the Taliban and U.S. military exit.

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What’s Driving the Surge at the Southern Border?

Migrants have arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border in higher numbers over the past few months, including over 170,000 people in March alone, the largest single-month total in well over a decade. And a higher-than-usual percentage of those travelers are unaccompanied minors; the administration recently opened its 10th temporary housing facility to accommodate these young arrivals.

The most immediate cause of the immigration surge may be the series of deadly hurricanes that swept through Central Americalast year, part of a greater trend fueled by climate change. They destroyed crops and homes, especially in Honduras, leaving an estimated nine million people displaced. Not coincidentally, Honduras and neighboring Guatemala have accounted for most of the migrants now trying to enter the United States.

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The 5 Bases for Asylum are:

Race, Religion, Nationality, Political Opinion , and Gender based.

One must prove that one or one's family has been persecuted in their own country in the past and because of that persecution one has a "credible fear" of returning to their home country.

The attacks or threats of violence must have been committed by government officials or criminal gangs members that the government cannot or will not protect against.

Filing Deadline - Work Authorization

Petitions for Asylum must be filed within 1 year of entry into the United States, absent extraordinary circumstances. Upon filing for Asylum a work permit can be issued after 180 days.

Preparing for Trial

We begin right away to prepare for court, gathering evidence of threats or attacks. Many times there exist no police reports or medical records of injuries. Our lawyers prepare witnesses to testify from the home country and gather proof of the threats and violence that are common in that country at time of trial.

For more information contact our attorneys at (775) 826-2099, (702) 836-9003, (415) 513-4533, or (877) 659-3771. email John Carrico: Immigration - Family Visa link button