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BREAKING NEWS ——Those who were blocked from entering US in 1st Travel Ban, can now reapply for visas to enter the USA

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

USA_shutterstock_modified_worldandflags(2)The legal challenge that helped to free scores of travelers who were detained at airports around the country in the confusing early days of President Trump’s travel ban, prompting thousands of demonstrators to demand their release, was quietly settled on Thursday in a Brooklyn courtroom. Those who were   blocked from entering the United States can now reapply for visas to enter the US, according to a settlement reached in the case that temporarily blocked the travel ban back in January.

About 2,000 people were detained during the almost 24-hour time period from when the first travel ban went into effect to when the temporary stay blocked the travel ban from being implemented. Roughly 140 people were denied entry and sent back to their country of origin in that time period based on documents the ACLU obtained from a Freedom of Information Act request.

Under the settlement, the government is required to send letters to notify those who were denied entry under the first travel ban that they are now eligible to reapply for a visa — using the most current information from their visa applications.  Approval is not guaranteed, but the government agreed to process their applications in good faith.

The agreement did not provide any damages or monetary compensation for those affected by the ban, nor any award of legal fees to the groups who fought it in court. People who never reached an American airport because they were kept from boarding flights are not covered by the settlement.

For more on this refer here:  CNN:  http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/31/politics/trump-travel-ban-settlement/index.html and the NY Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/31/us/trump-travel-ban-lawsuit-settlement.html?mcubz=0

 

Rep Rohrabacher (R-CA) Blogs on Mexican Overreach in CA

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

In a very interesting Blog post on The Hill (the blog for Congress), Rep Dana Rohrabacher reports that the Obama administration’s reaction to Arizona’s efforts to get an untenable situation under control, has been disappointingly predictable and dismissive of the majority of the American people who support what Arizona is doing.   He further states, “At every turn this administration has attempted to vilify Arizona’s efforts to enforce the law from threats of litigation by the Justice Department to our President allowing Mexican President, Felipe Calderon, to lecture us  about our immigration laws from the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.”

Rep Rohrabacher asserts that illegal immigration in the US is big business  for Mexico. After oil, the number two source of income  for Mexico is the roughly $25 billion of remittances sent back there from workers in the United States, many of whom are here illegally.

Rohrabacher blogs that one of the tactics used by the Mexican government to help maintain this revenue source is the issuance of what is known as a “Matricula Consular ID Card” to Mexican nationals who do not have proper documentation to be in this country legally. The purpose of this ID card is to help make it easier for illegals to access public services, obtain housing or open bank accounts.

According to a recent report by the Federation for Immigration Reform:

Matricula Consular ID cards — two million of which have been issued in the last two years, have drawn heated criticism because they are issued to illegal aliens who cannot access U.S.-issued identity documents. Because consular ID cards are only needed by people who aren’t legally in the U.S. in the first place, communities and businesses that accept the cards as valid ID are undermining immigration enforcement and compromising U.S. security.

Rohrabacher states that one of the tactics used by the Mexican government to help maintain this revenue source is the issuance of what is known as a “matricula consular ID card” to Mexican nationals who do not have proper documentation to be in this country legally. The purpose of this ID card is to help make it easier for illegals to access public services, obtain housing or open bank accounts.

According to a recent report by the Federation for Immigration Reform:

Matricula Consular ID Cards — two million of which have been issued in the last two years, have drawn heated criticism because they are issued to illegal aliens who cannot access U.S.-issued identity documents. Because consular ID cards are only needed by people who aren’t legally in the U.S. in the first place, communities and businesses that accept the cards as valid ID are undermining immigration enforcement and compromising U.S. security.

“There’s no way around the fact that consular ID cards are only needed by people who aren’t legally in the U.S. in the first place. Indeed, relying on the Mexican Matricula for identification is tantamount to admitting that the bearer is in the U.S. illegally, as no one here legally has a need for one.”

“The FBI and the Department of Justice say that the cards are not a reliable form of identification and pose “major criminal threats” and a “potential terrorist threat.”

For more on this story, go to the the blog link above.