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Poll: Vast majority of Americans don't want to deport Dreamers

A recent poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that only 1 in 5 Americans want to see Dreamers deported. Moreover, 60 percent of the nation favors allowing Dreamers to remain in the country legally.

Dreamers are people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children. They are considered unauthorized immigrants but this is through no fault of their own.

Supreme Court hears case about deportation and crime

Permanent residency allows non-citizens the right to live and work in the United States. While permanent is right there in the name, there are exceptions for deportation. One of those reasons is when a permanent resident breaks the law-under certain conditions.

Asylum seekers sue ICE after being held for nearly 2 years

Five asylum seekers are suing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. They claim they have been imprisoned in violation of U.S. treaties and without due process -- some for as long as 20 months. They allege that the Trump administration is intentionally trying to deter legitimate asylum requests.

The U.S. signed the U.N. Convention on the Status of Refugees, and is therefore required to have laws in keeping with that treaty. Therefore, the Refugee Act of 1980 requires the U.S. to give safe haven to people who have a credible fear of certain types of persecution in their home nations. People in that situation can legally come to any U.S. port of entry to apply for asylum. When they do, they are to be sent immediately to an asylum officer for a preliminary interview about their credible fear of persecution.

Trump Admin. announces new, permanent travel ban for 8 countries

The Trump administration announced a permanent replacement for its controversial travel ban on Sunday, and this one restricts entry from eight countries: Iran, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Somalia, Chad, Venezuela and North Korea. Sudan, which was included in both previous versions of the ban, was excluded from the new ban.

Unlike the previous ban, this one tailors restrictions to each country. They are based on whether the country was able to meet a baseline that would allow the U.S. to effectively vet the proposed traveler. That baseline, according to the Atlantic, is the country's ability to verify travelers' identities, access their criminal histories and perform risk assessments.

State Department plans to end Central American Minors program

In a recent presentation to refugee organizations, the State Department announced that the Trump Administration has decided to end the Central American Minors program, or CAM. The CAM program allowed minor children from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala to enter the U.S. legally as refugees.

The administration plans to wind down the program on or before Dec. 31, 2017, according to ProPublica. Once the program is ended, no further refugee applications will be accepted for the children. They still would have the option of seeking asylum in the United States -- if they can reach the U.S. border safely.

Can a non-US citizen receive a driver's license?

You need a car to drive to work, take your kids to school and run errands. However, you are not a citizen of the United States. You do not have the documents that US citizens bring to the Department of Driver Services (DDS) when they register for a driver's license.

As an immigrant, are you able to receive a driver's license in Georgia?

UN working group condemns US for excessive immigrant detentions

The U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has just issued a highly critical report condemning widespread detention of asylum seekers and other immigrants by the U.S. The group described immigrant detention in the U.S. as having "grown exponentially" despite the fact that it is often in violation of international law.

The group of independent experts drafted the 23-page report for the UN Human Rights Council after completing a survey in the U.S. last October. After visiting nine prisons in California, Texas and Illinois and interviewing some 280 detainees, the group concluded that detention is too often "punitive, unreasonably long, unnecessary and costly" and ought to be considered only as a last resort, according to Reuters.

Is the State Dept. refusing to process diversity lottery winners?

Several immigrant advocacy groups have filed a lawsuit claiming that the State Department is deliberately delaying or denying applications by people who won the U.S. Diversity Visa Program lottery. The affected people are from the six majority-Muslim countries covered by President Trump's travel ban -- Iran, Yemen, Syria, Libya, Sudan and Somalia.

The travel ban bars entry into the U.S. by anyone from the six countries who doesn't have a bona fide connection to the U.S., such as a job offer or a family member. In separate litigation, the legality and constitutionality of the travel ban itself are being challenged and will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court this fall.

'Dreamer' brothers deported after revealing college plans to ICE

People often come to this country in the hope that they will find better lives for themselves and their families. Often, they are brought here as children as their families flee horrific conditions in their home countries. These former child immigrants, often called "Dreamers," are generally considered blameless -- but that doesn't change their immigration status.

The Obama Administration gave protection to qualifying Dreamers through his 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. The Trump Administration has not ended the program, but DACA is in jeopardy.

Lawsuit says CBP agents are illegally turning asylum seekers away

Asylum seekers are people whose lives are under serious threat. To qualify for asylum in the U.S., you have to show that you have been threatened with or suffered persecution by the government in your home country or by someone that government cannot control. That persecution must be based on your race, nationality, political affiliation, religion or membership in a particular social group.

Both U.S. and international law require that anyone seeking asylum must be granted an interview to determine if their claim is credible. But now, some human rights activists claim that representatives of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection have been illegally turning asylum seekers away at our borders.

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