Month: December 2020

Border agents and the 100-mile rule

Some parts of Indiana are less than 100 miles from the Canadian border, which means U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents can question almost anyone about their immigration status. The 1946 Immigration and Nationality Act gave border agents the authority to question anybody they believe to be an alien within a "reasonable distance" of a U.S. boundary. Seven years later, the Department of Justice defined a reasonable distance as 100 miles. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, this rule means that two out of three Americans can be questioned, searched and possibly detained....

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DACA Update 12/8/2020

USCIS Response to Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals: Response to December 4, 2020, Order in Batalla Vidal, et al. v.Wolf, et al., 16-CV-4756 (NGG) (VMS) (E.D.N.Y.) and State of New York, et al. v. Trump, et al., 17-CV-5228(NGG) (VMS) (E.D.N.Y.). On November 14, 2020, Judge Nicholas George Garaufis of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York issued an opinion regarding the July 28, 2020 memorandum [1] signed by Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf. [2] On December 4, 2020, Judge Garaufis required the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to take...

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Who can be a petitioner in Indiana?

If you are seeking a visa to enter the United States, you may need a petitioner to request a visa on your behalf. A petitioner usually submits requests on behalf on foreign nationals to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, or USCIS. After the request is approved, the foreign national is eligible to submit a visa application. The petitioner can be a U.S. citizen who is an immediate relative or an employer. The foreign national is referred to as a beneficiary. As per U.S. immigration law, USCIS uses two forms for a petitioner to submit on behalf of the beneficiary. If the petitioner is a...

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