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Immigrant victims of domestic abuse have other options

Domestic violence is abuse within the household or family. Some Illinois immigrants find themselves in a difficult situation with spouses, children or parents who commit domestic violence, but their status can make them afraid to report it. The family member who is a citizen or permanent resident may threaten to send the rest of their family back to their former country if they speak up about abuse.

However, immigrants do not have to stay stuck within the control of this family member. The Violence Against Women Act provides an alternative to seeking residency in the U.S. if you are a victim of domestic abuse. Furthermore, the act does not only protect women, but it protects men and children as well. If you qualify, you may receive deportation protection through an immigrant visa petition.

Immigrant families face ending of Temporary Protected Status

Immigrants have dealt with high uncertainty under the current presidential administration. Each week, it seems that a new decision threatens the status of refugees, DACA participants or prospective immigrants. A recent concern centers on Temporary Protected Status (TPS) as the Trump administration makes major changes.

According to CNN, the Department of Homeland Security has already ended TPS for four countries and is preparing to examine more over the course of 2018. These four countries include El Salvador, Nicaragua, Sudan and Haiti. The DHS repeated the same rationale for these decisions: the countries have sufficiently recovered from whatever caused the government to grant TPS in the first place.

Government accused of illegal deportation attempt of 10 year-old

Border Patrol Agents recently stopped a medical transport vehicle transporting a young girl to a hospital for surgery to question the occupants’ citizenship. Although those charged with her transportation stated 10 year-olds do not carry identification, the agents decided to conduct a more thorough investigation.

The agents detained the medical transport vehicle for almost half an hour and stated that they would follow the vehicle and begin deportation proceedings for the child once the surgery was complete. 

Reviewing recent green card statistics

For most US immigrants, acquiring a green card is a major step. The permanent residence card gives greater flexibility and reduces the fear of deportation. Each year, the US government awards a set number to applicants across the country.

While many new arrivals can get a green card, data from the Department of Homeland Security says that over half of the green cards issued go to those already in the country. The report reviews the years 2004 to 2015, finding that, in recent years, distribution of resident cards has been close to an even split between new arrivals and those who were already in the country but changed their status.

Will Illinois become a sanctuary state?

Governor Bruce Rauner is considering signing the Illinois Trust Act. This legislation is aimed at protecting undocumented immigrants in Illinois.

The Trust Act was passed by both chambers of the Illinois legislature last May. If enacted, Illinois would become what is commonly referred to as a “sanctuary state.” This means that federal agents will generally need a warrant before detaining any undocumented immigrants.

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