Central American Families Arrested Before They Could Seek Protection

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Several Central Americans picked up in the most recent round of arrests did not get legitimate chances to seek asylum and are being ordered removed despite assurances from the administration that it was targeting only those who exhausted all legal relief, a group of immigration legal experts said. Cases of several of those arrested reveal that while some may have final orders, immigration officers are refusing to consider problems such as failing to send notice of hearings to correct addresses, the illiteracy of at least one woman, communications from attorneys who are filing court documents to reopen their cases and … Continued

Can I Be Stopped Or Searched At The Border?

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Yes. It doesn’t matter if you’re an American citizen, a green card holder or a visa holder, Customs and Border Protection officers can stop you or take you to secondary inspection. This might happen because officers need more information about you or your immigration status to decide whether you should be allowed into the country. It could also be a random search. Even if you have a visa to enter the United States, CBP agents are ultimately deciding your “admissibility” into the United States.     

A Special Visa For Young Immigrants

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The Virginia Court of Appeals is considering two cases that could determine whether young undocumented immigrants can seek special visas intended for those who can’t return to their homelands due to parental neglect, abuse or abandonment. Across the nation, immigration lawyers increasingly have turned to the federal Special Immigrant Juvenile visa program to secure permanent legal residency for young people. In order to apply, immigrants need an order from a family judge in the state court system, affirming that they are in need of protection and cannot be safely reunited with a parent in their native country. Advocates say their … Continued

AILA Condemns Enactment of Texas “Sanctuary City” Bill

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WASHINGTON, DC – The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) condemns the enactment of Texas Senate Bill 4, which will become effective September 1. The legislation encourages unacceptable profiling of people based on immigration status and will undermine the public safety of local communities. This “show me your papers” law is almost certainly unconstitutional as it will force law enforcement officers in Texas to honor federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainers, which courts have already concluded put local jurisdictions at risk of legal liability for violating the Constitution. The Texas bill is a direct attack on local police and sheriff’s … Continued

Being Indian In Trump’s America

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The racist’s calling card is ignorance: he cannot discriminate (if that is the right word) between nationalities and religions, between Indians and Saudis and Egyptians, Hindus and Muslims and Sikhs. in the run-up to the 2016 election, a number of right-leaning American Hindus supported Trump’s candidacy, not only with donations but also with elaborate prayer ceremonies to propitiate the gods. The more conservative of these people—those who backed the rise of a hyper-nationalist Hindutva ideology in India through the nineties—have made common cause with American conservatives, who share their view of Islam as the enemy. Trump’s fear-mongering found a ready … Continued

Immigration Raid Vanishes A City’s Students

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In Las Cruces, New Mexico, fear of Donald Trump’s immigration policies has kept some students home from school. On February 15th, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. On February 15th, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers conducted a raid in Las Cruces, arresting people at a trailer park on the outskirts of town. The raid came a few weeks after President Trump signed two executive orders, signaling his plans to fulfill a campaign promise of cracking down on undocumented immigrants. On February 16th, a Thursday, Las Cruces’s public schools saw a sixty-per-cent spike in absences compared to the previous week—twenty-one hundred of the district’s twenty-five … Continued

Japan’s New Shiki-Shima Luxury Train Is Already Sold Out Until 2018

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The much-anticipated train just launched—and is sold out till 2018. When we think about train travel in Japan, the first thing that comes to mind are the super-fast maglev bullet trains that have been putting American Amtrak service to shame for decades. (One broke its own world record-setting speed last fall, clocking in at nearly 375 miles per hour.) But over the last few years, the country’s also become known for its ultra-luxurious overnight sightseeing trains. First was 2013’s Cruise Train Seven Stars, which traveled through the southern island of Kyushu—for thousands of dollars a night, guests stayed in wood-paneled … Continued

Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino sued by NYC cafe in trademark case

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A small New York City cafe is taking on coffee giant Starbucks in a legal war of the unicorns. The End Brooklyn in a new lawsuit accuses Starbucks of trademark infringement, arguing that the color-changing “Unicorn Frappuccino” recently introduced by the Seattle chain overshadows the smaller company’s health-conscious “Unicorn Latte.” The End started selling the Unicorn Latte in December, and has had a trademark application for the drink name pending since January, the company said in a Brooklyn federal court complaint filed Wednesday. Starbucks launched the Unicorn Frappuccino in April as a limited-run item. The sweet offering quickly gained considerable media and consumer … Continued

NYC Mayor’s Office Announces June as First-Ever New York Music Month

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New York City has long been a cultural hotbed of music, synonymous with genres as diverse as hip-hop, punk, jazz and classical music, just to name a few. Now, the city is taking steps to both celebrate and support that rich musical past, present and future by announcing that June will be the first-ever celebration of New York Music Month, with a wide-ranging slate of both free and paid concerts, workshops, walking tours, conferences, and utilities for musicians including more than 2,000 hours worth of free rehearsal space that will be underwritten by the city. The announcement was made this … Continued

39 Busted In Alleged Counterfeit Check Cashing Scheme

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NEW YORK CITY (WABC) — Nearly 40 people were indicted Wednesday, accused of stealing more than $1 million through a counterfeit check cashing scheme. Prosecutors say it’s the biggest fraud of its kind they’ve ever seen, with the suspects living large with piles of cash and boasting on social media. They allegedly lured accomplices with the promise of luxury cars and big money in exchange for allowing the ringleaders to deposit phony checks into legitimate bank accounts, a practice known as “debit card cracking.” “These defendants are accused of luring young people on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat to join … Continued

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