A humanitarian U.S. government program called temporary protected status (TPS), allowed Bhattarai, 56, to find refuge in America. Under the program, people from countries shattered by war or natural disasters who can’t return home safely may live and work in the United States. Initially, officials granted TPS to about 9,000 Nepalese immigrants, enabling Bhattarai to resettle in Sunnyvale in Northern California, find work as a gas station cashier and save money to send to relatives. … [Read more...] about A ‘hidden’ community of Nepalese migrants fights to remain in U.S.
"There will be many, many people who are not going to even have the opportunity to apply for release now," said Gregory Chen, director of government relations for the American Immigration Lawyers Assn. Chen said that about 90% of asylum seekers pass their credible fear interview, the first step in seeking asylum. … [Read more...] about Asylum seekers who show credible fear will no longer be eligible for bond
A San Diego federal judge pushed both sides to work together in an ongoing court battle over family separation to come up with the most accurate and efficient way to identify more children split from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.The federal government initially said that the search for additional cases could take up to two years. Attorneys with the American Civil Liberties Union, who represent separated parents in the lawsuit, said the government’s plan was too slow.Instead of making a determination in the matter, District Judge Dana Sabraw called on both sides to work together “for a common good.”As reunifications of the initial families identified in the lawsuit wrap up, District Judge Dana Sabraw ordered last month that all families separated since July 1, 2017 be identified and accounted for. That order significantly increased the number of children’s files that would have to be analyzed to find all those affected. Previously, the government had … [Read more...] about Judge encourages government, advocates to find faster solution to identify additional separated families
Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE April 16, 2019, 11:10 PM GMT By Julia Ainsley and Doha Madani WASHINGTON, DC — Attorney General William Barr weighed in on an immigration case on Tuesday, establishing a new precedent that could affect thousands of migrants at the southwest border seeking asylum in the U.S. In his decision, Barr said that asylum seekers who begin in expedited removal, in which they are not given the right to see a judge, and are then transferred to full removal proceedings, in which they wait to make their case before a judge, should not be released on bond. It means that thousands of asylum seekers who once would have been out on bond and living in the U.S. while awaiting a decision on their status will now be kept in detention centers, where the wait times are now climbing from months to a year. "This ruling gives [Immigration and Customs … [Read more...] about Ruling by Attorney General Barr means thousands more migrants may wait months in detention
Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE April 16, 2019, 6:03 PM GMT By Julia Ainsley WASHINGTON — Attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union said in a federal court filing on Monday night that the Trump administration's one- to two-year timetable for reuniting potentially thousands of separated migrant families shows "a callous disregard for these families and should be rejected." The ACLU is representing migrant parents who were separated from their families during the "zero tolerance" policy in place last summer, and is also representing children who were separated prior to the policy when the Trump administration began pilot programs in 2017. The inspector general for the Department of Health and Human Services estimates that thousands of children were separated prior to zero tolerance, but the government argued that reuniting those children is too onerous. Judge … [Read more...] about ACLU: Trump admin’s 2-year timetable for reuniting separated migrant families is too long