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Immigration Under the Trump Administration

– US Supreme Court Lets DACA Program Continue

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Inmigración Bajo la Administración de Trump

– Corte Suprema de los EE.UU. permite que DACA continúe

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Electronic System for Travel Authorization

The Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) is often the preferred way for eligible foreign nationals to enter the US for brief travel because of the ease of use. We refer to it as the "Visa Waiver" program, because it waives the requirement to seek a visa through a US Consulate. Instead of going through the US Consulate, the visa waiver requires a simple online application, a small fee, and about a week of waiting for a decision. To be eligible, your travel must be for the purposes of tourism or non-remunerated business (such as to attend a conference). You cannot use the ESTA system to circumvent normal visa processes in order to work in the U.S., as an employment-authorized visa is necessary.

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Congratulations to Santana Fuentes Cruz, who had his naturalization application granted, and Nuno Pires Rodrigues who just received his green card! 

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Immigration law attorney Carolina Antonini was interviewed by 11 Alive in a news story about Operation Border Guard's recent arrests of 18-year-olds and women in the Atlanta area. There have been more arrests of undocumented immigrants out of the Atlanta field office than any other in the US. Carolina discussed the systemic flaws in the way Atlanta handles deportations, commenting, "These numbers have existed for many years and show the problem is chronic. Immigration judges are not applying proper standards, immigration defense attorneys are either not taking sufficient cases, and in the cases that they take maybe they're not presenting properly."

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If you are living in the US without legal immigration status, you're not alone. The US Department of Homeland Security estimates that there are over 11 million undocumented immigrants in the US. You work hard, raise your families, and pay your taxes and are waiting for an opportunity to get in line for a visa or green card.

The following 7 tips will help those here without legal status make the best of their situation now while planning for the hope of future immigration reform.

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