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House passes bill providing pathway to citizenship for Dreamers

The House on Thursday voted 228-197 to pass the American Dream and Promise Act as part of Democrats' first effort at immigration reform under the Biden administration.It would provide permanent resident status to people who meet specific qualifications. It would provide a path to citizenship to immigrants who arrived in the U.S. before Jan. 1, 2021, were under the age of 18 at the time, and meet other criteria. The bill would also offer a pathway to citizenship to immigrants with Temporary Protected Status (TPS), a designation given to those who come from countries in crisis

Farm Workforce Modernization Act

The bill consists of three key platforms: (1) It would create a pathway to legalization for current unauthorized agricultural workers, including an eventual option to become a lawful permanent resident (LPR). (2) It would reform and modernize the existing H-2A temporary agricultural worker visa program. And (3), it would require all agriculture employers to implement a reformed “E-Verify” program to ensure their workers are authorized.

The US will offer temporary protection Status to Venezuelans

03/08/2021The US will offer temporary legal protection to an estimated 320,000 Venezuelans who came to the US after fleeing the brutal dictatorship of Nicolás Maduro. For an 18-month period, it will allow Venezuelans who pass security and background checks to continue to live in the US free of fear of deportation, and to obtain work permits. To see if you are eligible please fill out an intake form:

President Biden Immigration Updates

On January 20, 2021, President Biden issued several orders on immigration. Some orders take immediate effect while others may take more time to be implemented. Among the changes are:Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) remains in place. Deportations* were paused for 100 days (starting January 22), with some exceptions, and new enforcement policies will be adopted. Travel bans** barring entry for nationals of certain Muslim-majority and African nations were revoked. Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) protection was extended for Liberian nationals until June 30, 2022. Enrollments in the Migrant Protection Protocols that keep asylum seekers waiting in Mexico were suspended — but it is unclear how cases will be handled at the border. * On Jan. 26, a district court temporarily prevented the government from implementing the 100-day pause. ** The travel bans applied to nationals from Burma, Eritrea, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Nigeria, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Venezuela, and Yemen. NOTE: This situation remains fluid and policies can shift rapidly.

USCIS Extends Flexibility for Responding to Agency Requests

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is extending the flexibilities it announced on March 30, 2020, to assist applicants, petitioners and requestors who are responding to certain:Requests for Evidence; Continuations to Request Evidence (N-14); Notices of Intent to Deny; Notices of Intent to Revoke; Notices of Intent to Rescind; Notices of Intent to Terminate regional centers; and Motions to Reopen an N-400 Pursuant to 8 CFR 335.5, Receipt of Derogatory Information After Grant. In addition, USCIS will consider a Form I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion or Form N-336, Request for a Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings (Under Section 336 of the INA), if:The form was filed up to 60 calendar days from the issuance of a decision we made; and We made that decision anytime from March 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021.

DACA Update

Release Date 12/04/2020A federal judge on Friday ordered the Trump administration to fully restore the DACA program that protects undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children from deportation, requiring officials to open the program to new applicants for the first time since 2017.

Know your rights

Para español, ve abajo.

If you don’t have documents/If you have a deportation order:

  • Do not disclose to government agents your immigration status.
  • Do not lie or submit false documents.
  • Do not carry papers from another country. If you do, the government can use this information in deportation proceedings.

It is important to remember these basic rules:

  • DO NOT open the door to immigration agents.
  • DO NOT answer any questions that immigration agents ask. You have the right to remain silent even if you are arrested. You do not have to give your name or identification documents. You have the right to talk to a lawyer
  • DO NOT lie or show any false document.
  • If you are working or on the street or in a public place, ask the immigration officer if you are free to go. If the agent says that yes, leave slowly and calmly.
  • If you are at home, ask the officer if they have a search warrant (warrant). A search warrant is a document signed by a judge giving the officer permission to enter your home. The order specifies what areas of your home they have permission to check. If the officer has a warrant, ask that it be delivered underneath the door. Only then you can let them in.

En español:

Si no tiene documentos/Si tiene un orden de deportación:

  • No revele a los agentes de gobierno su situación migratoria.
  • No mienta o entregue documentos falsos.
  • No lleve documentación de otro país. Si lo hace, el gobierno puede utilizar esta información en un proceso de deportación.

Es importante que recordar estas reglas básicas:

  • NO abra la puerta a agentes de inmigración.
  • NO responda cualquier pregunta que le hagan la/os agentes de inmigración. Usted tiene el derecho de mantenerse cayada/o—aunque sea arrestada/o. Usted no tiene que dar su nombre ni documentos de identificación. Usted tiene el derecho de hablar con un/a abogado/a.
  • NO mienta ni enseñe ningún documento falso.
  • Si está trabajando o en la calle o en un lugar público, pregúntele al agente de inmigración si está libre de irse. Si el/la agente dice que si, váyase despacio y con calma.
  • Si se encuentra en su casa, pregúntele al oficial si tienen una orden de cateo (warrant).  Una orden de cateo es un documento firmado por un juez que le da al oficial permiso de entrar a su casa.  La orden especifica que áreas de su casa ellos tienen permiso de revisar.  Si el/la oficial tiene una orden de cateo, pídale que se la entreguen por debajo de la puerta.  Solo entonces los puede dejar pasar.

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