This week saw a lot of important immigration news stories. Immigration in the Trump era is changing in many ways. The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth closely monitors all changes and all possible changes to immigration law to best serve our clients. For a free immigration consultation, call 888-517-9888.
Here are a few of the recent stories we are monitoring.
Immigrants Could be Denied Residency for Common Tax Deductions
According to a draft proposal of new immigration guidelines, immigration caseworkers would have to consider popular tax breaks as a factor in the determination of whether an immigrant is a ‘public charge’. Under current guidelines, immigrants receiving cash welfare payments are considered a public charge. Under the new guidelines, the earned-income tax credit, healthcare subsidies, and non-cash public benefits would also be factors. This change is seen as a pretense to reduce legal immigration.
Temporary Status for Liberians to End
Liberians in the United States have been under a temporary protective immigration status called Deferred Enforced Departure since a 1999 civil war. In ending the program, the Trump administration has noted that Liberia is currently not at war and has concluded reconstruction. The decision to end the program is reminiscent of the ending of temporary protective status for Salvadorans, Haitians, and Nicaraguans.
Pregnant Women No Longer Automatically Released from Immigration Detention
Under a policy guideline enacted during the Obama administration, pregnant women were usually released from federal custody. The Trump administration has rescinded that policy, drawing strong reactions from immigrants rights organizations. It is unknown exactly what affect this new policy decision will have on the detention of pregnant women.
Orange County Joins Trump Administration Lawsuit Against Sanctuary Law
The Orange County Board of Supervisors voted to join the Trump administration lawsuit against the California sanctuary state law.