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•· To comply with the Federal Judge temporary injunction on the change of DACA to expand to three years, USCIS is retracting three-year EADs for people who fall under three categories: 1) Individuals who received a DACA approval notice and an EAD card after February 16, 2015; 2) Individuals who received their DACA approval notice before February 16 but whose EAD card was issued after February 16; and 3) Individuals whose DACA was approved and EAD mailed before February 16, but whose EAD was returned to USCIS as undeliverable and re-mailed after February 16. Note that these EADs may show an approval date from before February 16, but still must be returned because they were not received until afterward.


Today, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced the designation of Nepal for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months as a result of the devastating magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, 2015 and subsequent aftershocks. In order to qualify, Nepalese nationals must have been in the United States as of June 24, 2015 and apply with United States Citizenship Immigration Services within the next 180 days, which would be December 21, 2015.  The Applicants for TPS may also apply for Employment Authorization Card (EAD).  Individuals with TPS status may not be removed from the United States.  The designation for TPS will remain in effect until December 24, 2016, at which time Department of Homeland Security will make a decision whether to redesignate or extend the current designation. Also, if someone has TPS status, they can also request to travel for limited time. However, there are risks associated with it so one should consult with the immigration lawyer. 

Inmigración de E.E.U.U. Anuncia Series de Acción Relacionada para Centros de Detención de Familia

El Secretario Jeh Johnson del Departamento de Seguridad Nacional ha hecho claro que nuestras fronteras no están abiertas a migración ilegal, y que los individuales detenidos cruzando la frontera ilegalmente son una prioridad para el Departamento. Sin embargo, por el anuncio de la administración de Obama el miércoles, las autoridades de inmigración ya no citara disuasión como un factor en la decisión de detener familias migrantes capturadas cruzando la frontera de los Estado Unidos ilegalmente. Por otra parte, autoridades de inmigración buscara a mejorar las condiciones de vida y acceso a un abogado en sus tres centros de detención de familias localizados en Texas y Pennsylvania. Por último, ICE empezara a revisar los casos de familias detenidas por más de 90 días para determinar si ellos deben de permanecer en custodia.

U.S. Immigration Announces Series of Action Related for Family Detention Centers

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has made it clear that our borders are not open to illegal immigration, and that individuals apprehended crossing the border illegally are a Department priority. However, per the Obama administration announcement on Wednesday, immigration authorities will no longer cite deterrence as a factor in deciding whether to detain immigrant families caught illegally crossing the U.S. border. Moreover, immigration authorities will seek to improve the living conditions and access to attorney in its three family detention centers located in Texas and Pennsylvania. Lastly, ICE would start reviewing the cases of families detained beyond 90 days to determine whether they should remain in custody.


En un reciente artículo de los New York Times, Roberto Suro, un profesor de políticas públicas y periodismo en la Universidad del Sur de California, y Marcelo M. Suarez-Orozco, el decano de la escuela de posgrado de educación y de los estudios de información de la Universidad de California, Los Ángeles, hablo de los efectos nocivos sobre los niños en la amenaza de la deportación de sus padres, que la deportación puede causar, y resultar en atraso de desarrollo cognitivo, bajo desempeño educativo, y niveles clínicos de ansiedad. Según los autores del artículo, uno de cada quince niños viviendo en los Estados Unidos tiene un padre no autorizado. Piensa en esta estadística de ''uno de cada quince" la próxima vez que pases por un parque o una escuela y mira a esas caras bellas eh inocentes. Esas criaturas son castigadas todos los días con la amenaza de que un día llegara el gobierno federal y les arrebatara a sus padres, y a lo mejor nunca los volverán a ver. El Presidente Obama ha tratado de dirigir este problema en Noviembre del 2014, por medio de una reforma executiva, llamada Acción deferida de llegadas de paternidad (DAPA), cual otorgara permiso a los padres de ciudadanos Americanos y residentes legales a permanecer en los Estados Unidos por tres años y para trabajar legalmente siempre y cuando puedan cumplir con ciertas condiciones. Sin embargo, la reforma ejecutiva está pasando por ciertas complicaciones ahorita. Desafortunadamente, no hay un caso razonable por la cual castigar a esas criaturas. El sentido Americano de equidad y sistema de justicia han comprendido el concepto de que "los pecados de los padres" no tienen por qué caer sobre los hijos. Y aun así estos niños están siendo castigados todos los días.


The case is Pineda Cruz et al. v. Thompson et al., case number 5:15-cv-00326, filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas. Three immigrant mothers held at a Texas detention facility who had fled to the United States with their respective children to escape widespread life-threatening violence and sexual violence in their home countries, filed a lawsuit alleging that they were held in isolation in retaliation for their hunger strike to protest their detention and conditions at the center. Per the lawsuit, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Officials coordinated with the GEO Group Inc., the private operator of the Karnes County Residential Center, to attempt to intimidate the women by telling them they would be deemed "mentally unfit" to care for their children if they continue to protest their treatment at the facility. The lawsuit does not seek monetary damages but an injunction that prevents the detention centers operators from continuing to violate their civil rights, which includes the right to first amendment. The women claim that the despite the U.S. Department of Homeland Security finding them to have credible fear claim to seek asylum, they are continue to be detained at the facility, which is unjust to them and their children. The plaintiffs seek that the putative class include not only past and current detainees but those who will be detained at Karnes in the future.

Undocumented Immigrants Are Parents

In a recent article on New York Times, Roberto Suro, a professor of public policy and journalism at the University of Southern California, and Marcelo M. Suarez-Orozco, the dean of the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, talked about the harmful effects on children on threat of parents' deportation can cause, which could result in delay cognitive development, lower educational performance, and clinical levels of anxiety. Per the authors of the article, one of every 15 children living in the United States has an unauthorized parent. Think of this one in 15 statistic when you next time pass by a park or school, and look at those beautiful innocent faces. Those children are punished every day with a threat that one day federal government would take their parents away from them, and they might never see them again. President Obama has tried to address this problem in November, 2014 by issuance of one of the executive reform, Deferred Action of Parenthood Arrivals (DAPA), which would grant permission to parents of American citizens and legal residents to remain in the United States for three years and to work legally as long as they meet a number of conditions. However, the executive reform is facing legal challenges right now. Unfortunately, there is no reasonable case to be made for punishing those children. The American sense of fairness and system of justice have long embraced the notion that the "sins of the father" should not be visited on the children. Yet these children are being punished every day.


Today, after a hearing on the whether temporary hold on President Obama's executive actions on immigration should be lifted, the United States Court Of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit did not rule and took both sides argument under advisement. Nor did the judges indicate when they would rule. In the event the appeals court lifts the temporary injunction, the administration for Obama could quickly move to carry out the executive orders which consists of expanding the immigration and extend deportation protection to certain parents of U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents who have in the country for several years. The provision was slated to begin on May 19, 2015. Even if the injunction is lifted, opponents could still block the executive order by appealing to the Supreme Court. Moreover, even if the program proceeds, the underlying lawsuit challenging the President Obama's executive action could still continue in Texas. The briefs on the merits of the underlying lawsuit is due in mid-May, and a hearing could come in early as June. Therefore, there are many challenges lies ahead for the Obama's executive immigration action.


De acuerdo a los Refugiados y los Inmigrantes Centro de Educación y Servicios Legales, una organización comunitaria que ofrece servicios legales gratuitos a los inmigrantes y refugiados desatendidos, unas 25 mujeres detenidas en el Centro de Detención Familiar Karnes han comenzado una Semana Santa de huelga de hambre, exigiendo la liberación de sí mismas y sus hijos. La huelga de hambre surgió porque muchos de los niños no comen bien estando en reclusión y su salud no está bien. Algunas de las mamás y los niños en el Refugio han estado por más de un ano en el centro de detención. Madres refugiadas quieren ser tratadas con respeto y dignidad y sus derechos en el proceso de la inmigración sean respetados.

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