Biden Aims to Rebuild and Expand Legal Immigration

Documents obtained by The New York Times show far-reaching efforts by President Biden to remake the immigration system and undo much of his predecessor’s legacy.

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State Dept. Ends Citizenship Policy in Win for Same-Sex Families

The previous policy, which predated the Trump administration, required a child born abroad to have a biological connection to the American parent.

#americans-abroad, #artificial-insemination, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #discrimination, #immigration-and-emigration, #reproduction-biological, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #state-department, #united-states

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Netflix to Debut Italy’s First TV Show With a Majority Black Cast

The creators of “Zero,” including the co-writer Antonio Dikele Distefano, say they hope viewers enjoy it so much that the characters’ racial identity becomes irrelevant.

#black-people, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #italian-language, #italy, #netflix-inc, #television, #writing-and-writers

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Florida Man Who Posed as Immigration Lawyer Gets 20-Year Sentence

Elvis Harold Reyes filed hundreds of fraudulent applications, collecting $411,000 that he spent on himself and his girlfriend, prosecutors said.

#asylum-right-of, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #elvis-harold-reyes, #frauds-and-swindling, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #impostors-criminal, #tampa-fla

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Jill Biden, in California, Lends Support to Farmworkers Seeking Vaccinations

The first lady was in Delano, Calif., to mark the birthday of César Chávez, the labor organizer who formed the country’s first successful farmworkers’ union.

#agriculture-and-farming, #american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-jill-tracy-jacobs, #central-valley-calif, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #organized-labor, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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In an Immigrant Family, the Tension Between Freedom and Duty

I lived without the societal pressures that would have existed for me in India. But when my father died, my sense of duty was profound.

#citizenship-and-naturalization, #cremation, #families-and-family-life, #funerals-and-memorials, #immigration-and-emigration, #parenting

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California’s First Latino Senator, Alex Padilla, Wants an Immigration Overhaul Now

Senator Alex Padilla, the Democrat who was appointed to fill Vice President Kamala Harris’s seat, is pressing for a pathway to citizenship for five million unauthorized immigrants who are essential workers.

#california, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #content-type-personal-profile, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #dream-act-development-relief-and-education-for-minors-act, #hispanic-americans, #immigration-and-emigration, #padilla-alex-1973, #senate, #senate-committee-on-the-judiciary, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Israeli Court Says Converts to Non-Orthodox Judaism Can Claim Citizenship

People who convert in Israel to Reform or Conservative Judaism have a right to citizenship, the Supreme Court ruled, chipping at the power of Orthodox authorities that see them as non-Jewish.

#citizenship-and-naturalization, #decisions-and-verdicts, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #orthodox-judaism

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Cherokee Nation Addresses Bias Against Descendants of Enslaved People

The tribe’s Supreme Court excised language from its constitution that limited the citizenship rights of descendants of Black people who had been enslaved by the tribe before the Civil War.

#black-people, #cherokee-indians, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #muscogee-creek-nation-okumlgee-okla, #native-americans, #oklahoma, #race-and-ethnicity, #slavery-historical, #supreme-court-us, #treaties

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Democratic Lawmakers Introduce Biden’s Immigration Overhaul in House

Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey and Representative Linda Sánchez of California disclosed details of the proposal on Thursday in a news conference.

#asylum-right-of, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #immigration-and-emigration, #senate, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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After Three Years in a Church Facing Deportation, ‘Today I Have Freedom’

Saheeda Nadeem, 65, an undocumented immigrant from Pakistan who was given sanctuary by the First Congregational Church in Kalamazoo, Mich., learned this week that she would not be deported, her lawyer said.

#asylum-right-of, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #deportation, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-customs-enforcement-us, #immigration-and-emigration, #kalamazoo-mich, #michigan, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden to Announce Broad Plan to Reverse Trump Immigration Policies

Legislation he will propose on his first day as president will give undocumented immigrants the chance to become citizens and restore and expand programs for refugees and asylum seekers.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #deferred-action-for-childhood-arrivals, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden plans to propose a sweeping immigration overhaul on his first day in office.

If passed by Congress, the legislation would profoundly reshape the American immigration system.

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Stateless, She Became the Face of a Largely Invisible Plight

Maha Mamo had no citizenship. Born in Lebanon of Syrian parents, she was ineligible for either nationality. It took her years of perseverance, some lucky breaks and a painful loss to find a homeland — in Brazil.

#beirut-lebanon, #brazil, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #content-type-personal-profile, #immigration-and-emigration, #maha-mamo, #refugees-and-displaced-persons

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France Fast-Tracks Citizenship for Frontline Workers

Some 700 foreigners who were exposed to the coronavirus through their frontline work are being given expedited naturalization reviews.

#citizenship-and-naturalization, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #france, #schiappa-marlene

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New U.S. Citizenship Test Is Longer and More Difficult

Critics say the new test is harder for English learners. It features more nuanced questions and highlights such issues as states’ rights and the Vietnam War.

#citizenship-and-immigration-services-us, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #tests-and-examinations, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Women in ‘Birth Tourism’ Ring Had 119 Babies on Long Island, Officials Say

Six people were charged in federal court with bilking Medicaid of $2.1 million and taking $750,000 from pregnant women in Turkey seeking to give birth in the United States.

#citizenship-and-naturalization, #frauds-and-swindling, #homeland-security-department, #immigration-and-emigration, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #turkish-americans, #visas

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128 Tricky Questions That Could Stand Between You and U.S. Citizenship

‘‘Name one example of an American innovation.” Umm … “Real Housewives”? Skyscrapers? This test?

#citizenship-and-immigration-services-us, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #immigration-and-emigration, #tests-and-examinations, #tuberville-tommy

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Shamima Begum, Who Joined ISIS in Syria, Seeks Return to U.K.

Shamima Begum, who traveled to Syria in 2015 as a teenager and remains in detention there, is challenging a decision by the British authorities to revoke her citizenship.

#begum-shamima, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #great-britain, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #syria, #terrorism

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Edward Snowden Will Seek Russian Citizenship Ahead of Son’s Birth

The former intelligence contractor, who became a fugitive after revealing mass U.S. surveillance, said he and his wife were taking the step to give the family more freedom crossing borders.

#citizenship-and-naturalization, #russia, #snowden-edward-j, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

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Why India’s Muslims Reach for Liberalism

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi makes Hindus more equal than religious minorities, Muslims seek equality from the secular Constitution, not Shariah.

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A Teacher, His Killer and the Failure of French Integration

For generations, public schools assimilated immigrant children into French society by instilling the nation’s ideals. The beheading of a teacher has raised doubts about whether that model still works.

#citizenship-and-naturalization, #education-k-12, #france, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #muslims-and-islam, #paty-samuel-1973-2020, #politics-and-government, #religion-and-belief, #religion-state-relations, #school-shootings-and-armed-attacks, #terrorism

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Giselle Barreto Fetterman, Pennsylvania’s Second Lady, Is Target of Racial Slur

Gisele Barreto Fetterman, the wife of Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, said a woman taunted her at a grocery store. Ms. Fetterman shared video of the confrontation on Twitter.

#braddock-pa, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #discrimination, #fetterman-john-1969, #gisele-barreto-fetterman, #pennsylvania, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Will You Leave the Country if Trump Is Re-Elected?

A generation of Americans prepares to flee.

#americans-abroad, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #germany, #ireland, #lithuania, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states

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Soccer Player’s Bid for Italian Citizenship Prompts Claim of Rigged Test

The Uruguayan forward Luis Suárez, a star at the Spanish club Barcelona, was trying to get a passport to smooth a transfer to Juventus. But investigators say his language exam was fixed.

#citizenship-and-naturalization, #immigration-and-emigration, #italian-language, #italy, #juventus-soccer-team, #soccer, #suarez-luis-1987

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Life in an America Where Some Are Only ‘Conditional Citizens’

In her first nonfiction book, the novelist Laila Lalami offers a wrenching look at her experience as a naturalized citizen and the challenges endured by immigrants like her.

#books-and-literature, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #conditional-citizens-on-belonging-in-america-book, #discrimination, #immigration-and-emigration, #lalami-laila, #minorities

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I’m a Muslim and Arab American. Will I Ever Be an Equal Citizen?

Nearly 30 years after arriving from Morocco, after building a life and family here, I still hear: “Go back home!”

#citizenship-and-naturalization, #discrimination, #immigration-and-emigration, #morocco, #muslim-americans, #race-and-ethnicity, #united-states

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Black, Native American and Fighting for Recognition in Indian Country

Enslaved people were also driven west along the Trail of Tears. After a historic Supreme Court ruling, their descendants are fighting to be counted as tribal members.

#black-people, #cherokee-indians, #choctaw-indians, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #muscogee-creek-nation-okumlgee-okla, #native-americans, #race-and-ethnicity, #seminole-indians, #slavery-historical, #treaties

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Republican Convention: Best and Worst Moments From Night 2

Our columnists and contributors give their rankings.

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Naturalization Ceremony at R.N.C. Stands at Odds With Trump’s Stance on Immigration

The willingness to use the trappings of presidential power during a campaign convention was a stunning departure from the past.

#border-barriers, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #foreign-workers, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #republican-national-convention, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #white-house-building-washington-dc

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Immigration Agency Averts Work Force Furloughs, but Deep Cuts Loom

Plunging revenue from immigration fees nearly forced U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to furlough more than two-thirds of its work force. Now cuts will come from its operations.

#citizenship-and-immigration-services-us, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #immigration-and-emigration, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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More U.S. Residents Are Getting Dual Citizenship in Greece, Italy and Elsewhere

Many U.S. citizens whose families immigrated from Europe are eligible, and the pandemic has caused an uptick in applications.

#citizenship-and-naturalization, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #europe, #passports, #united-states

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Looming Fee Increase Could Thwart Many U.S. Citizenship Applications

The Trump administration is planning a sharp increase in the cost of naturalization this fall. Critics say it is part of a pattern intended to discourage immigration from poor nations.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #citizenship-and-immigration-services-us, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuccinelli-kenneth-t-ii, #homeland-security-department, #immigration-and-emigration, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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In 1920, Native Women Sought the Vote. Here’s What’s Next.

The 19th Amendment did not bring the right to vote to all Native women, but two experts in a conversation said it did usher in the possibility of change.

#2020-suffrage, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #constitution-us, #domestic-violence, #land-use-policies, #law-and-legislation, #native-americans, #nineteenth-amendment-us-constitution, #politics-and-government, #treaties, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

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Trump Considers Banning Re-entry by Citizens Who May Have Coronavirus

Under the proposal, the government could block a citizen or legal resident’s entry if an official “reasonably believes” the person had been exposed to or was infected with the communicable disease.

#americans-abroad, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #homeland-security-department, #immigration-and-emigration, #mexico, #quarantines, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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‘This Is Not a Boring History of Nagging Spinsters’

Women’s suffrage is the story of a political revolution — with all sorts of parallels to today.

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Don’t Fall for Trump’s Census Bait-and-Switch

Latinos should not let the president intimidate them into not being counted.

#census, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #immigration-and-emigration, #unidosus, #united-states-politics-and-government

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An Incomplete Census Hurts Everyone. Even Trump.

The president doesn’t realize his supporters will lose out too if the count is brought to an early close.

#census, #census-bureau, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #minorities, #population, #presidential-election-of-2020, #states-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Judge Halts Trump’s Wealth Test for Green Cards Over Coronavirus Pandemic

New York and other states sued the Trump administration over new limits on the “public charge” rule, which critics said would discourage immigrants from seeking medical treatment during the pandemic.

#citizenship-and-naturalization, #connecticut, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #daniels-george-b, #deferred-action-for-childhood-arrivals, #dream-act-development-relief-and-education-for-minors-act, #food-stamps, #foreign-students-in-us, #green-cards-us, #immigration-and-emigration, #james-letitia, #manhattan-nyc, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #quarantines, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vermont, #welfare-us

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Shamima Begum, Who Joined ISIS in Syria, Can Return to U.K., Court Says

Ms. Begum, now 20, left London in 2015 and was stripped of her British citizenship. Since stranded in a refugee camp, she may be allowed home to appeal the decision.

#begum-shamima, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #decisions-and-verdicts, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #javid-sajid-1969, #london-england, #syria

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Kicked Out of China, and Other Real-Life Costs of a Geopolitical Meltdown

When countries clash, here’s what happens to those of us caught in the middle.

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I’m 10 Minutes Away From Becoming a U.S. Citizen

But U.S.C.I.S. is sitting on a growing backlog of would-be citizens like me.

#citizenship-and-immigration-services-us, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #coronavirus-reopenings, #immigration-and-emigration, #united-states

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Australia Halts Hong Kong Extradition Agreement and Extends Visas

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said visas for Hong Kongers already in Australia would be lengthened by five years, and suggested businesses should move from the city to his country.

#australia, #china, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #extradition, #hong-kong, #international-relations, #morrison-scott-1968, #politics-and-government

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A Woman Without a Country: Adopted at Birth and Deportable at 30

She grew up thinking she was American. When she realized that she wasn’t, her quest to fix the problem put her at risk of deportation.

#adoptions, #alaska, #citizenship-and-immigration-services-us, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #deportation, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #trimble-rebecca

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Immigration Officers Face Furloughs as Visa Applications Plunge

Nearly 70 percent of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services employees will be furloughed because the immigration processing fees that fund the agency have plummeted.

#asylum-right-of, #budgets-and-budgeting, #citizenship-and-immigration-services-us, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #federal-budget-us, #foreign-students-in-us, #foreign-workers, #government-employees, #green-cards-us, #homeland-security-department, #house-of-representatives, #immigration-and-emigration, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #senate, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Lotus Flower Plague-Repellent Pills and Other Gifts From China

Herbal formulas are also a potion for national cohesion.

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Why the Supreme Court DACA Ruling Affects Us All

Dreamers, and all Americans, deserve more stability than they are getting under Donald Trump.

#citizenship-and-naturalization, #deferred-action-for-childhood-arrivals, #deportation, #illegal-immigration

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Trump Administration Faces Bipartisan Calls to End Citizenship Delays

Lawmakers from both parties are urging the Trump administration to conduct the oath remotely to make up for a pause in naturalization ceremonies during the health crisis.

#citizenship-and-immigration-services-us, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #immigration-and-emigration, #migration-policy-institute, #presidential-election-of-2020, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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Boris Johnson Pledges to Admit 3 Million From Hong Kong to U.K.

The promise, in reaction to a new security law China is trying to impose on the semiautonomous city, a former British colony, would sharply raise the stakes in a developing standoff.

#beijing-china, #china, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #hong-kong, #hong-kong-protests-2019, #immigration-and-emigration, #johnson-boris, #politics-and-government

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America’s Immigration Paradox

Two new books, Jia Lynn Yang’s “One Mighty and Irresistible Tide” and Adam Goodman’s “The Deportation Machine,” take very different approaches to the immigration question.

#books-and-literature, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #goodman-adam, #immigration-and-customs-enforcement-us, #immigration-and-emigration, #immigration-detention, #mexico, #one-mighty-and-irresistible-tide-the-epic-struggle-over-american-immigration-1924-1965-book, #the-deportation-machine-americas-long-history-of-expelling-immigrants-book, #yang-jia-lynn

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