MULTIPLE NATIONALITIES AND THE “ANY COUNTRY” CLAUSE

Harvard Immigration & Refugee Clinical Program

By Emma Rekart (JD ‘17)

Blog Post – Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic – Fall 2015

By the time asylum seekers enter the United States, they have already faced extraordinary struggles. They have fled their home countries because they feared for their safety or the safety of their families, and have come to America in the hopes of beginning a new life in a new country. Yet their ability to begin this new life can often depend on whether their story of suffering fits into the “refugee” definition laid out in the Immigration and Nationality Act:

“The term ‘refugee’ means (A) any person who is outside any country of such person’s nationality … and who is unable or unwilling to return to … that country because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.” 8…

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AIC: Detained, Deceived, and Deported: Experiences of Recently Deported Families

First-hand accounts from Central American women and their family members reveal the dangerous and bleak circumstances of life these women and their children faced upon return to their home countries, as well as serious problems in the deportation process.

Source: Detained, Deceived, and Deported: Experiences of Recently Deported Central American Families

5  Things to Know about the Latest USCIS DACA Announcement – National Immigration Law Center

1. USCIS is now accepting certain DACA renewal applications – check with your attorney for details.
2. USCIS will not accept new DACA applications from people who haven’t applied previously.
3. Requests for Advance Parole from DACA recipients will not be accepted.
4. We do not know how long USCIS will continue to accept DACA renewal applications.
5. Our fight to get the Dream Act passed by January 19 continues!

SEE Source: Five Things to Know about the Latest USCIS Announcement – National Immigration Law Center

DACA Renewals Now Being Accepted Again

Due to a federal court order, USCIS has resumed accepting requests to renew a grant of deferred action under DACA.  Until further notice, and unless otherwise provided in this guidance, the DACA policy will be operated on the terms in place before it was rescinded on Sept. 5, 2017.

 

Source: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals: Response to January 2018 Preliminary Injunction | USCIS

Debido a una orden judicial federal, USCIS ha reanudado la aceptación de peticiones para renovar una otorgación de acción diferida bajo DACA. Hasta nuevo aviso, y a menos que se indique lo contrario en esta guía, la política de DACA operará en los términos existentes antes de que fuera rescindida el 5 de septiembre de 2017.

 

Venezuela Releases Some Political Prisoners

“Imposed prosecutor general Tarek William Saab and chief justice Maikel Moreno announced that prosecutors and courts had been ordered to comply with the ANC’s decision and proceed to release a group of political prisoners with precautionary measures. I’m always willing to mention Saab’s huge syntax mistakes, which make him reveal truths, such as his tweet summarizing yesterday’s decision: “The truth commission (…) will continue reviewing the applicable cases, linked to the political violence that broke out in Venezuela in pursuit of national reconciliation and peace,” in other words, the prosecutor recognizes that the goal of protests was to achieve reconciliation. In any case, both did their best to show how the Executive Branch controls the public apparatus, without independence or autonomy.”


Tenias familia de Venezuela que estan viviendo en los E.E.U.U., hable con un abogado licensiado sobre asilo politico.

Rest In Peace to Tom Petty

He may have just parted this world, but Tom Petty’s song ‘Refugee’ should always be a powerful reminder for refugees and asylum seekers that although you may indeed be a refugee or an asylee, that:

“Everybody has to fight to be free, you see
You don’t have to live like a refugee;
No baby, you don’t have to live like a refugee”

 

Rest in Peace, Tom Petty

Full lyrics to Refugee here.

Wednesday Is the Last Day to EXPRESS Mail DACA Renewals – Long Island Wins

Courtsey of Patrick Young, Esq., via CARACEN-NY (LongIslandWins.com)

 

“Please note, USCIS (Homeland Security) says that the only renewals that will be granted are those for DACA recipients whose permits expire between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018. Renewals will not be accepted for those permits that expired earlier than September 5 or after March 5.

 

The permits will last two years even though the DACA program will end on March 5, 2018″

Source: Wednesday October 4, 2017 Is the Last Day to Overnight Mail DACA Renewals – Long Island Wins

Immigration Council: Deportations in the Dark

This has been found to be inherently true by most immigration practitioners:

“Often, migrants do not receive copies of deportation documents and have little understanding of the processes they have undergone and the related legal ramifications. When U.S. officials prevent migrants from accessing critical information and processes, they further deprive individuals of their possible legal opportunities to present immigration claims.

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“Given the escalation of immigration enforcement, the problems identified in this report are only likely to multiply. If not addressed, the behavioral patterns leading to abuses could spawn mass constitutional rights violations.”

Source: Deportations in the Dark