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Current administration focusing on immigration law

According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, there was an estimated 40 percent increase in immigration arrests during the current presidential administration's first 100 days. The acting director of ICE said that the higher numbers, which undoubtedly affect immigrants and their families in New York, are due to a White House directive to reverse a 2014 policy that prioritized for arrest particular criminal aliens as well as those who recently crossed the U.S. border. The ICE director claimed that the higher numbers demonstrate the current administration's commitment to enforcing the nation's immigration law.

Immigration law may draw immigrants who benefit economy

In today's society, a debate continues to brew about whether immigration is really beneficial to the United States, including the state of New York. Some U.S. citizens believe that immigrants who seek citizenship according to the immigration law can be beneficial to the economy, whereas others have argued that it offers no benefit. However, new research indicates that many immigrants who entered the United States during the latter part of the 19th century had a long-lasting and positive impact on the local areas in which they settled.

Immigration law judges missing from New York

The federal building in New York -- specifically, in Manhattan -- features the busiest immigration court in the United States. Currently, there is a backlog of a whopping 80,000 cases. The recent deployment of immigration law judges to other parts of the country may unfortunately contribute to even more delays in New York cases.

Groups seek to cover application fee required by immigration law

Immigration remains a controversial issue sparking passionate opinions on both sides throughout the United States, including in New York. However, many immigrants' rights groups are taking steps to help those interested in becoming U.S. citizens according to the current immigration law. A total of 80 groups recently signed on to a proposal made by the New York City comptroller for a private-public fund that would help to cover the high citizenship application fee.

What is the status of the proposed travel ban?

There are several grounds on which immigrants may seek an adjustment of status, or lawful permanent residency in the United States. Eligibility can be based on factors such as family, employment, or asylum or refugee status. However, the current administration has sought to modify immigration policies regarding Muslim refugees.

School denies student info to USCIS, de Blasio says system worked

When an agent from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services showed up at P.S. 58 in Queens last week, everyone assumed it was an immigration raid. The agent was seeking information about a fourth grader for benefits purposes, not immigration issues, according to reports. Stories differ about whether the agents were turned away without being given any information, or if they were told the student didn't attend P.S. 58. Either way, they did not get what they were looking for.

Are longtime regulations for detainees being 'Trumped'?

Seeking jail space for their continued crackdown on illegal immigration, the new presidential administration is rumored to be reining in requirements that exist in detaining immigrants. Rules that date back 15 years are about to be proverbially "trumped" to entice local law enforcement officials to make their facilities available.

Undocumented immigrants and road safety

California legislation proposed four years ago to allow undocumented immigrants to legally drive was not without controversy. Undocumented immigration was already evolving as a "hot-button" topic that divided political parties and advocacy groups. It soon became a hallmark plank on campaign platforms for both sides.

NYC doubles down in expanding sanctuary policies

The war of words and actions between sanctuary cities and the Trump administration continues. On April 25, a federal judge in California temporarily blocked President Trump's Jan. 25 executive order threatening to withhold federal funds from cities that refused to cooperate with immigration officials.

Police in name only?

In a time when the Trump administration continues to ratchet up raids and deportation efforts targeting undocumented immigrants, the simple act of knocking on the door of a home strikes fear in residents. Those on the other side are fearful that the police are poised to arrest them.

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