legal permanent resident

friend just told a story of her friend, a legal permanent resident, who took his 3 yr old daughter to mexico after the death of a family member. his wife is a white US citizen and the little girl is lighter than him; the wife stayed home tho.

on the flight home, they sat next to a white woman and got to talking, and got to talking about Trump. the guy made a comment that indicated he wasn’t thrilled with trump. the white woman got up near the end of the flight and disappeared for a bit; when they landed, CBP and the cops stopped him and took his daughter away from him and said he had been reported as a potential sex trafficker.


i mean all realities about labour exploitation aside, the most basic reality is white people do not deserve and absolutely should not have any additional reasons to call the cops on brown people. we’re sick, spiteful, and disgusting.

the man’s wife eventually got to the airport and the situation was sorted but that white woman moved on, unchecked, to destroy someone else’s day or life.

THE ACLU HAS BLOCKED TRUMP’S MUSLIM BAN.

The ACLU took Trump’s administration to court Saturday night and, after an hour of arguments, the judge granted a stay that IMMEDIATELY AND EFFECTIVELY BLOCKS TRUMP’S EXECUTIVE ORDER AND PROHIBITS CUSTOMS AND IMMIGRATION OFFICIALS FROM BARRING OR DETAINING IMMIGRANTS AND REFUGEES AT AMERICAN AIRPORTS.

THIS STAY IS TEMPORARY AND ONLY APPLIES TO THOSE CURRENTLY DETAINED OR ON THEIR WAY TO AMERICAN AIRPORTS. IT DOES NOT BLOCK THE EXECUTIVE ORDER IN FUTURE CASES. It will be further deliberated. 

Protect and defend yourselves. Be prepared.

IF YOU ARE A PERMANENT RESIDENT FROM IRAN, IRAQ, LIBYA, SOMALIA, SUDAN, SYRIA, OR YEMEN :

NEVER SURRENDER YOUR GREENCARD OR LEGAL RESIDENCY PAPERS.

NEVER SIGN FORM 1-407. It is literally a form used to abandon your permanent legal resident status in the United States.

DO NOT LEAVE THE UNITED STATES. As you saw, these executive orders, bars, and detentions can happen in second with a stroke of a pen.

GET AN IMMIGRATION LAWYER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

IF YOU ARE A REFUGEE FROM IRAN, IRAQ, LIBYA, SOMALIA, SUDAN, SYRIA, OR YEMEN:

Regardless if you just arrived or if you have been here a while, REMEMBER

DO NOT LEAVE THE UNITED STATES.

NEVER SURRENDER ANY LEGAL OR PAPERWORK THAT PROVE YOUR LEGAL REFUGEE STATUS (I’m unfamiliar with any exact form names, so use discretion and do research).

GET AN IMMIGRATION LAWYER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.  As you saw, these executive orders, bars, and detentions can happen in second with a stroke of a pen.

IF YOU ARE AN IMMIGRANT AND NATURALIZED CITIZEN FROM IRAN, IRAQ, LIBYA, SOMALIA, SUDAN, SYRIA, OR YEMEN:

You are not in any imminent threat as refugees or legal residents are BUT

RENEW YOUR PASSPORT.

REPLACE YOUR CERTIFICATE OF NATURALIZATION IF YOU HAVE MISPLACED IT.

ORDER A COPY OF YOUR CERTIFICATE OF CITIZENSHIP IF YOU WERE NATURALIZED THROUGH YOUR PARENTS.

All these forms take time and money, so please do them ASAP. Certificates of naturalization and citizenship may take up to a year to be received SO RENEW YOUR PASSPORT AS IT’S THE FASTEST WAY TO PROVE CITIZENSHIP (about a 3 week wait to be received).

Good luck to everyone. He will not divide us. We will resist.

*PLEASE NOTE: I am not a lawyer or immigration professional. I am only a university student majoring in political science. My word is not the law. Please seek LEGAL AND PROFESSIONAL help.

i was writing a paper on child welfare in the u.s. and a part of my textbook was focusing on the negative aspects of welfare such as the privatization of it, how people who chose to participate in workfare programs can be sanctioned and the negative aspects of that, how the 1996 welfare act moved poor families from the welfare state to a police state, and how Mexican women are discriminated against when asking for welfare

alejandra marchevsky & jeanne theoharis did a study in 2008 where they followed mexican women through the welfare system for 2 years. 

all of the women who participated in their study were legal permanent residents and some of them were told by caseworkers that their documents were false and to go back to mexico. others were denied benefits and told that they were not american citizens so they didnt qualify. 

even though they were eligible, most of the immigrant families in the study lost some or all of their cash and food stamp benefits. they were also systematically denied access to work  and social supports that are promised under the welfare reform. social supports such as child care, training and education, and transportation. 

atratx  asked:

I hear it called a Muslim ban over and over again. But it's not. It is a TEMPORARY halt on the allowed immigration from 7 countries that do not meet our vetting processes. Those countries do not do substantial background checks and/or relay that information to the United States. Trump has not introduced an order to stop Muslims from entering our country, but has rather introduced an order to increase our knowledge about the people coming here. Why is this so wrong?

This executive order:

1. Bans Syrian refugees indefinitely;

2. Bans all travelers from 7 majority-Muslim countries (Syria, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Libya, Somalia and Sudan) for 90 days;

3. Suspends the entire refugee resettlement program for 120 days (due to time-sensitive security checks, this means most refugees who are already approved will have to repeat 2+ years of screening, thus halting the resettlement program for possibly years);

4. Drastically reduces refugee resettlement from 110,000 to 50,000 (lowest in history); and

5. Preferences religious minorities.

All of these components taken together impacts many people, the majority of whom are Muslim.

Vetting is the same for all countries – people coming to the U.S. from those 7 countries go through the same processes.

If refugees don’t have the required information, they are denied. Most refugee have documents, and they go through in-person interviews with Homeland Security officials & security checks by Departments of Defense, State, Homeland Security, FBI, and the National Counterterrorism Center, including forensic document testing, biometric screening, medical tests, and DNA testing. The U.N. also uses iris (eye) scanning technology for Syrian refugees, most of whom are coming from Jordan – our strongest intelligence partner in the region.

Imagine you lived in the U.S. for 15 or 10 years and you have your family there. Then you go on a vacation to see your old, sick mother and when you want to go back to your kids, they stop you from coming in. You are detained in the airport and your kids are crying outside, scared that they will never see you again. I think that even if there will be more security procedures it can be done in a better way than putting a random ban on people who have done nothing but will suffer from it. No one chose in which part of the world they were born and no one should be treated or judged depending on that. 

To list a few of the troubling outcomes of the Order:

First, the text applied even to legal permanent residents and an official clarification had to be issued before these residents–many with citizen spouses and children in the US–could reenter the country or be assured that they could travel.

Second, all immigrant and nonimmigrant visas were canceled for people from these 7 countries, even though they completed all of the legal processes and screening that the US had asked of them. Many were rejoining their families or returning for their studies, or are doctors providing treatment that Americans need. It’s also worth noting that differential treatment by nationality was explicitly prohibited by Congress in immigrant visas.

Third, if the Order is implemented, people who were already living in the US and eligible for citizenship, legal permanent residence, or any other benefit, could not even submit an application, nor can refugees outside the US who are fleeing from terrorism.

For refugees, the ban is at least 120 days, but refugee resettlement is not automatically restarted after that, so the temporary nature of the Order is by no means guaranteed.

I could go on, but I’ll note that this also sends a terrible message to people from these countries. Think about Iraqi soldiers serving alongside US Special Forces to expel ISIS from Mosul. Thousands of Iraqis have given their lives in the fight against ISIS, but this Order sends the message that the US views all of them, no matter their sacrifice against terrorism, as terrorists themselves.

buzzfeed.com
Trump Backs Down On Green Card Holders
For a second day, massive protests against Trump's ban continued across the US on Sunday. BuzzFeed News reporters were at demonstrations in New York, Washington DC, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.
By Jason Wells

In a major reversal, a top Trump Administration official said legal permanent residents will continue to be permitted to travel.

“In applying the provisions of the president’s executive order, I hereby deem the entry of lawful permanent residents to be in the national interest,” Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said in a statement. “Accordingly, absent the receipt of significant derogatory information indicating a serious threat to public safety and welfare, lawful permanent resident status will be a dispositive factor in our case-by-case determinations.”

Among the most radical elements of Trump’s original move was including green card holders, whose status has long been relatively secure in the U.S. immigration system. Trump aide Steve Bannon, who has played a central role in his young administration, reportedly fought to include green card holders — many of whom have lived in the United States for many years — in the ban.

Thousands of other people from the seven countries Trump has singled out — refugees and people who hold student, work, or other visas — will still be affected by the president’s order.

What is chain immigration?

First, let’s talk about the word choice.  “Chain immigration” is a derogatory reference to family unity immigration laws.  Let me explain what it is and how it works and then I’ll come back to this word choice.

What is family unity immigration?

When Congress created our current immigration system, they recognized the importance of keeping families together, and not letting families be divided across continents due to immigration restrictions.  As I discussed in my previous post, family members may petition for each other so that families can be reunited in the United States.

How does it work?

Typically, one family member has a legal method to become a legal permanent resident and eventually a U.S. citizen.  That person may then petition on behalf of their immediate family members—parents, children, and siblings.  Depending on what category the family member is, that person then waits in line for their turn to immigrate to the United States.  

Why is it called “chain immigration”?

A criticism of family unity immigration is that it allows immigrants to petition for each other as each gets legal status, creating an endless chain.  This depiction ignores important limitations on the process.  First, this process can take years, sometimes decades for family members to immigrate.  It is also limited by relationships—you cannot petition for aunts or uncles, nieces or nephews, cousins, or even grandparents or grandchildren.  While family unity can pass from one family to another through marriage, the length of the process provides a practical check on who can immigrate.  Most families are divided across borders.  A better descriptor might be “cluster immigration.”  The chain is not endless.

Can a family member petition for someone who is already here undocumented?

Yes, they can.  However, that person’s ability to immigrate will be subject to further restrictions, including obtaining a required waiver for their undocumented status which is not easy to receive, financial penalties, and some applicants are required to leave the United States while they wait for their application to be processed with no assurance that it will be approved and they will ever be able to return.  No part of this process is easy, especially not for individuals who are undocumented.

Is it illegal?

Absolutely not.  Family unity is a fundamental value of immigration law.  It’s not just a phrase.  It means mothers and fathers can be with their children in their old age, it means they can be present for the births of their grandchildren, it means sisters can be there for each other when one is facing a serious illness, it means families can be present for each other through thick and thin.  The law sees this as a moral good.  I think Americans do too.

Federal Agents Arrest a Former Guatemalan Soldier Charged With Massacring Civilians

Advancing an investigation that has spanned two continents and three decades, U.S. federal agents have arrested a Guatemalan immigrant suspected of involvement in the massacre of about 250 villagers in 1982 during Guatemala’s civil war.

Jose Mardoqueo Ortiz Morales, 54, was arrested at his home in Hyattsville, Maryland, last Friday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said Tuesday. Ortiz is a legal permanent resident of the United States who worked in a mail room at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, authorities said. He faces charges in U.S. immigration court and potential deportation to Guatemala to stand trial for one of the worst massacres in Latin American history, the officials said.

Ortiz becomes the fifth suspect arrested in the United States for the slaughter of men, women and children in the hamlet of Dos Erres in northern Guatemala more than three decades ago. Five veterans of an elite Guatemalan commando force known as the “kaibiles” have been convicted by courts in Guatemala on charges arising from massacre. But six others have eluded capture, some of them aided by Guatemalan security forces whose power has impeded the quest for justice, according to Guatemalan and U.S. investigators.

In 1982, amid Guatemala’s brutal civil war, 20 army commandos invaded the jungle hamlet of Dos Erres disguised as rebels and killed more than 250 people. It took 30 years for Oscar Alfredo Ramírez Castañeda, one of only a handful of survivors, to learn the truth about the massacre. During the Dos Erres massacre in December of 1982, the commandos stormed the remote jungle hamlet and unleashed a two-day rampage of rape, torture and murder. Witnesses identified Ortiz as one of the soldiers who blindfolded the victims, interrogated them, hit them with a sledgehammer and dumped them into a well in the center of the village, according to Guatemalan and U.S. court documents. Ortiz was a corporal in the 20-man unit of battle-hardened instructors in the commando academy, according to the documents.

Because of privacy laws covering U.S. immigration cases, few details were available about the investigation that led to the capture of Ortiz. He is believed to have come to the United States in the late 1990s after the civil war ended and the investigation of the massacre began in Guatemala, according to U.S. officials.

Ortiz has worked at the university for at least a decade, officials said. He has a brother who lives in Maryland and a wife and child in Guatemala, officials said.

Ortiz avoided detection in 2009 when U.S. federal agents and the war-crimes unit of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, acting on information released by a Latin American human-rights court, identified other fugitives living in Florida, California and Texas, officials said. Ortiz apparently shielded himself by using the first name Jose in the United States rather than Mardoqueo, the more distinctive first name by which he was known to witnesses who had identified him in the Guatemalan investigation years ago, officials said.

The U.S. investigation of Ortiz began in early 2015 as the result of a lead provided by Guatemalan prosecutors to the U.S. Justice Department, officials said. The Guatemalans indicated for the first time that Ortiz also used the name Jose, causing U.S. officials to check their databases with that new information.

Agents then undertook the lengthy process of identifying the man they believe is the Dos Erres fugitive, investigating and monitoring him, and developing a prosecution strategy, according to officials. Ortiz now faces charges in immigration court for his alleged role in extrajudicial killings in Guatemala, a procedure intended to remove his legal immigrant status and enable his deportation to Guatemala, officials said.

“How do these guys who are known war criminals get papers and legalize themselves?” Greathead said. “And the victims don’t. Thousands of Guatemalan and Salvadoran victims of those conflicts, of serious human-rights crimes in which the United States had a role, have trouble getting legal status. It mandates a reevaluation of our immigration policies.”

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One day after President Trump signed an executive order halting the admittance of all refugees to the United States, and temporarily freezing immigration from seven mostly Muslim countries, the effects of that freeze are already beginning to be seen at airports both in the U.S. and abroad.

Confusion and chaos are roiling international airports, where refugees from those countries are being barred from boarding U.S.-bound flights.

Several Iraqi refugees in Cairo, who had been cleared for resettlement in the U.S., have been blocked from boarding their flight to New York City. And in Iraq, NPR’s Jane Arraf reports that “members of Yazidi minority, one of the biggest victims of ISIS, were prevented from boarding despite having visas.”

Green card holders — legal permanent residents of the U.S. — are also included in the ban, according to a senior Trump administration official. The official says they will need a case-by-case waiver in order to return to the U.S. if they are currently outside the country.

At major U.S. airports, NPR’s Kirk Siegler reports international refugee assistance groups are sending attorneys and translators to support new arrivals who are being detained.

Colleges and universities around the U.S. have been advising students from the seven listed countries — including lawful permanent residents — not to leave the U.S. until there is further clarity on the new rules. Students at Princeton, Stanford and Chapman University, among others, reported letters from their respective schools recommending caution.

Protesters have been rallying outside Kennedy International Airport to protest Trump’s executive order on Saturday. New York City officials and immigrant advocates are holding are also holding a vigil at the airport Saturday evening.

Arrivals To U.S. Blocked And Detained As Trump’s Immigration Freeze Sets In

Photos: Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images; Stephanie Keith/Getty Images

buzzfeed.com
BREAKING: Trump Backs Down On Green Card Holders
For a second day, massive protests against Trump's ban continued across the US on Sunday.
By Jason Wells

What We Know So Far

  • Protests erupted across the US on Sunday for a second day as the impact of President Trump’s executive orders to restrict visas and refugees, particularly from a group of Muslim-majority nations, started to set in, stranding passengers at airports around the globe.
  • Trump on Friday signed executive orders that suspended the US refugee program for 120 days, and indefinitely banned those coming from Syria. The order also barred entry into the United States for citizens of Syria, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen for 90 days.
  • An Iraqi man who risked his life working as an interpreter for US forces was among the first immigrants blocked at an American airport Friday night. News of his detention at JFK airport in New York, and eventual release, sparked a large demonstration Saturday that grew into the night. Other demonstrations protesting Trump’s executive orders also started popping up across the US, including in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas, and Washington, DC.
  • On Saturday night, federal judges began pushing back against the order. One issued a stay that prevents travelers already here from being immediately deported, telling the court, “I think the government hasn’t had a full chance to think about this.” A federal judge in Virginia also ordered officials to give lawyers access to “all legal permanent residents” being detained at Dulles International Airport.
  • Early Sunday, the Department of Homeland Security said they would comply with the judicial orders, but affirmed that the executive orders remain in place.

Donald Trump has energized millions of Republican voters this primary season with his tough talk of building a wall along the Mexico border and deporting people who entered the country illegally.

But, that same language could have an unintentional side effect in a general election and energize legal immigrants to become citizens before November so they can vote against Trump.

There are an estimated 8.8 million people legal permanent residents who are eligible to become citizens.

And, in the months after Trump announced his bid for president, citizenship applications were up 14.5 percent compared to the year before, according to data from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Of course, applications tend to spike in election years.

And, from year-to-year applications also fluctuate because of other factors: possible fee increases or organized citizenship drives.

This year, there’s also been an intense push by immigrant groups because of Trump. A coalition called “Stand Up To Hate” has held held more than 300 workshops across the country in recent months.

In March, they helped nearly 13,000 people with their citizenship applications.

Are More Latinos Becoming Citizens Because of Donald Trump?

Graphic: Alyson Hurt/NPR

LPR

     Officially as of 12:29pm CST, my husband is a legal permanent resident of the United States of America.  He was welcomed into the country through the customs and border patrol at the Atlanta International Airportl.  He is so excited and so happy.  I called him and he was literally squeeling with joy.  For the next two years and nine months we do not have to directly deal with any branch of the Department of Homeland Security.  We will continue to work hard and fight for immigration reform and we will help others as we have been helped but our direct contact with the department of homeland security, USCIS and CBP is done for a while.

Officials: Obama to announce relief for millions of immigrants

Washington Post: Undocumented immigrants seeking deferred deportations under President Obama’s new plan can start applying this spring, officials say.

Obama is expected to announce he will stop deportations of some parents whose children are citizens or legal permanent residents.

Obama will announce his executive action program at 8 pm E.T. tonight. Follow updates on Breaking News.

RE: OSU attack

“The suspect’s name was not released, but law enforcement officials told NBC News he was an 18-year-old Ohio State student, a Somali refugee who was a legal permanent resident of the United States.

The motive was unknown, but officials said the attack was clearly deliberate and may have been planned in advance.

“This was done on purpose,” Stone said.“

Hmmmmmm……..

UPDATE: Suspect’s name was Abdul Razaq Ali Artan, originally from Somalia, moved to Pakistan in 2007, moved to US in 2014. Supposedly posted a rant on social media before the attack.
Caring for Refugee Populations: A PMTH Monday Morning Report by TNQD

*Clears throat*

Is this thing on? Can you hear me? Fantastic. Oh by the way, y'all may want to steer clear of those donuts in the back…we just had the local Krispy Kreme manager admitted to the ID ward with a nasty case of mystery gastroenteritis.

As part of PMTH’s commitment to turning you young whippersnappers into worldly and empathetic docs, I recently petitioned Dr. Wayfaring and Dr. Cranquis with a “cultural immersion” educational program, which might have involved kidnapping all the interns and med students whilst they slept in the on call rooms and then air dropping them into the middle of a developing country.

However, our legal department had a few very miniscule qualms with that plan….

So instead we’re just going to have a brief chat this morning on global health and caring for refugee populations!

Most refugees arriving in the U.S. hail from Cuba, the former USSR, Somalia, former Yugoslavia and Burma (according to 2000-2009 data from the Office of Refugee Resettlement) and typically settle in locations where there either already is an established community of refugees with common cultural and/or national background or where refugee ministries and services are located. In the past decade, over 600,000 refugees from over 60 different countries have immigrated to the U.S. (Eckstein 2011). 

So by a show of hands who out there remembers their first few days at PMTH? Were you a bit confused? Did you lose your way in the hallways and end up in the pillowfort? Was it obnoxious to have mounds upon mounds of paperwork to fill out before you were allowed within 500 feet of a patient? (for liability purposes, of course). Now imagine being in a new country, possibly not speaking the language, now having to enter the halls of a hospital like PMTH (sans pillowfort and donuts) with your sick kiddo in tow and trying to find somebody to help you (who probably won’t understand you or may even look at you funny). Sounds kinda scary if you ask me. 

Keep reading

GUESS wwhat

ERIDAN IS FINALLY A LEGAL PERMANENT RESIDENT IN THIS ASSBACKWARDS COUNTRY I’VE HAD THE LUCK OF LANDING IN. 

IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME COMING. BUT TWO YEARS AND A HUMAN MARRIAGE LATER, HERE WE ARE. YOU WANT TO KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT PERSEVERANCE? LOOK NO FURTHER THAN THAT FINNY FACE RIGHT UP THERE. THAT’S *MY* MATESPRIT, ASSHOLES, AND HIS NEW GREEN CARD. READ IT AND WEEP.

THANKS AGAIN TO EVERYBODY WHO WISHED US LUCK AND LENT A HAND. YOU’VE BEEN GREAT.