Month: October 2019

U.S. might start collecting DNA from detained immigrants

Indiana readers might be interested to learn that the Trump administration recently announced a proposal that would allow U.S. authorities to take DNA samples from detained immigrants. Opponents of the proposal, which was officially published on Oct. 22, say that it raises privacy concerns for minor offenders and asylum-seekers. According to media reports, the rule would allow U.S. authorities to obtain DNA samples from any immigrant who has been taken into custody, including those whose only offense is crossing the border illegally. The proposal contains exceptions for foreign nationals...

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Visa applicants required to prove health insurance coverage

Rising health care costs are troubling many people seeking visas to the United States, especially after President Donald Trump signed an executive order requiring visa applicants to show that they have health insurance or the means to cover costs. The proclamation would ban immigrant applicants from entering the country if they cannot show that their health care costs will be covered. In order to receive a visa, they will need to show that they will have approved coverage or be able to manage the costs on their own, a challenging burden given the expense of American health care in Indiana...

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President Trump Signs Continuing Resolution Funding Government Through Nov. 21

Last week, President Trump signed H.R. 4378 a short-term continuing resolution (CR) funding the government through November 21, 2019. The CR prevents a government shutdown and also ensures that the EB-5 Regional Center Programs authorization is extended. This short-term extension is welcome news in advance of the EB-5 Programs pending sunset date of September 30. 

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