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The Historic visit of Pope Francis to the U.S. comes as a sign of hope for many immigrants. According to the United States Ambassador in the Vatican the Pope will urge the U.S. to embrace its immigrants.

Ambassador Kenneth Hackett states that the Pope’s immigration message will counter the GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump in his calls to build a wall between Mexico and the U.S. as well as deport millions of illegal immigrants.

The ambassador further adds that the Pope will stress the importance of engaging with the world in a time of turmoil when many people lost everything in their Homelands and in desperate need for a generous helping hand. The Pope will further shed the light on the U.S. history as a nation of immigrants and how crucial it is to maintain that.

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In a recent development the Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson decided to classify Yemen for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months due to the progressing warfare within the country. The Secretary may designate a country for TPS due to temporary conditions as civil war, an environmental disaster, or epidemic.

Yemen has been facing increasing violence resulting in an acute humanitarian situation. The Yemeni Civil War that began in 2015 is a continuous battle between two factions claiming to constitute the Yemeni government. Each Faction has its own supporters and allies. Violence has been escalating on daily basis in an extremely volatile part of the world, resulting in the death and injury of thousands of innocent victims. On the 2nd of September as the civil war rages in Yemen, Sanaa mosque blasts kill at least 20 civilians.
Therefore, asking Yemeni nationals in the United States to return to Yemen would endanger their personal safety. By virtue of Yemen’s designation for TPS, eligible nationals of Yemen residing in the United States can apply for TPS with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Starting September 3rd 2015 through March 3rd 2017 the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is in effect by which Yemeni nationals residing in the US will not be excised from the United States, may get an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) and may apply for travel authorization. The 180-day TPS registration period begins today and runs through March 1, 2016.

Eligibility requirements include the following:

• Applicants must be nationals to the country designated for TPS
• Applicants for TPS must demonstrate that they are both physically present and residing in the United States since September 3, 2015.
• Applicants also undergo thorough security checks. Individuals with certain criminal records or who pose a threat to national security are not eligible for TPS • Applicants must apply during the registration period Continue reading

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exclamation-point-icon-1147436-m.jpgExecutive Action still in Court Tangle

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has unfortunately denied the government’s request for an emergency stay on Judge Hanen’s injunction against DAPA and expanded DACA. After the president announced these programs last November, a group of Republican state officials sued the administration over them. In February, a Federal District Judge put an indefinite delay on their implementation. The government appealed this decision to the Circuit Appeals Court, asking to essentially undo the delay. In a 2-1 ruling, the Appeals Court denied this request, putting DAPA and the DACA expansion into a very uncertain situation.

If allowed to carry on, these programs would provide temporary relief from deportation and give work authorization to up to five million undocumented immigrants. This group is still less than half of the undocumented population and is very deserving of protection. These are people that were either brought here before the age of 16 or are parents of lawful permanent residents or citizens. In both cases, recipients would have had to have been continuously present in the U.S. since 2010. We believe that these executive actions are legal and are good for the economy, so we are saddened by this situation and hope for a swift resolution. The ruling was only preliminary: in July the Court will hear arguments for and against the lower court’s delay. At the same time, the lower court will review the legality of the program, though those in favor of reform believe that this judge is biased against the administration’s efforts on immigration in general.