Our readers in Virginia probably know that getting a green card through marriage is one of the most common ways that individuals obtain legal residency in the United States. Foreign spouses of American citizens can get a green card that, while temporary at first, can become permanent in time. However, after the set period of time has passed and a foreign spouse has the right to obtain permanent residency, sometimes they do not.
The reality is that many people in Virginia may have been living in this country for many years without ever obtaining, or maintaining, proper documentation.
While there was some dispute about the timing and number of people involved, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, confirmed that it is planning to conduct many arrests of undocumented immigrants over the next several days and weeks.
Many immigrants who live in Virginia are married to United States citizens. Should the marriages of these immigrants end in a divorce, they may wonder what will become of their legal status.
The American Bar Association, or ABA, which is a large, nationwide organization of lawyers, has again expressed its concern that the immigration courts in Virginia and throughout the rest of the country are facing serious structural difficulties.
There have been a lot of stories in the major news outlets over the past few weeks discussing asylum and the Administration's attempts to change the process. However, some people in the Harrisonburg area may not fully understand what exactly asylum is.
Immigration has been an incredibly controversial topic in the news over the course of the last year. There is no way for a Virginia resident to avoid the ongoing debate over how to allow individuals to enter the United States and what to do with them if they arrive through illegal channels. However, the topic of immigration is much larger than just border controversies and family reunifications. Immigration law includes the application for and receipt of visas for many non-U.S. citizens.
The separation of children from their parents as they attempt to enter onto American soil has become one of the biggest news stories of the current presidential administration. Although many of the cases of kids being taken from their parents at the border are happening in the southern region of the nation, Virginia residents may have questions and fears about what family separation actually means.
In the wake of all the talk about illegal immigration, it is important for residents of Harrisonburg, Virginia, to recognize that anyone who is not a United States citizen, even those staying here perfectly legally, can be deported under certain circumstances.