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Becoming U.S. citizen can be complex process

The US mostly features immigrants or the descendants of past immigrants, with new citizens having always played an essential role. However, some relatively strict procedures are in place for permanent residents to get the citizenship they desire via naturalization. A few tips may help an immigrant in Maryland finally achieve his or her goal of becoming a U.S. citizen.

ICE releases some detainees with ankle monitors

In a previous post we wrote about concerns pro-immigrant organizations have regarding the detention centers where immigrants targeted for deportation must stay. Specifically those organizations were concerned about how the facilities are maintained and the fact that Immigration and Customs Enforcement self-regulates and self-audits the facilities. Some of the immigrants housed in those detention centers are children and their mothers who left their home countries in Central America, seeking asylum in the United States. 

DOJ to ask Supreme Court to rule DACA and DAPA

It is likely that readers are familiar with both the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Among other things these programs, that are the result of an executive action taken by President Barack Obama previously, could keep immigrants who might otherwise be deported, in the United States. They are also probably aware of that 26 states filed a lawsuit regarding the programs alleging that DAPA and changes designed to expand DACA are unconstitutional. While many wait to take advantage of those programs, recently the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit ruled that they will remain in limbo while the lawsuit progresses.

Loss of immigration documentation can make life in the U.S. hard

Citizenship is something that many in the United States likely take for granted. What’s more, it is not likely that most worry about having to prove they are citizens. For those in the U.S. who were born in another nation, this could be a more urgent concern. While documentation can prove that someone is in fact a citizen or has temporary legal status, when that paperwork is lost or destroyed, the life of those individuals can become complicated.

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