Helen Huynh’s husband Vien attends to her as she waits for a stem-cell transplant. (Courtesy of Yvonne AiVan Murray) The bureaucratic hits kept coming, and it was looking grim for Helen Huynh and her family. The 61-year-old woman from Garden Grove, Calif., was struggling against a punishing bout of acute myeloid leukemia. Her best medical shot: a stem cell transplant from her youngest sister, Thuy Nguyen. But with the donor back in Huynh’s native Vietnam, Nguygen required a visa to make the trip for the procedure. As The Washington Post reported last week, the U.S. government repeatedly rejected the application. Despite doctors’ notes and the intervention of local politicians, Huynh’s appeals were blocked. [A cancer patient desperately needs a stem-cell transplant. But the U.S. won’t grant the donor a visa.] “There is only one thing preventing us from getting the stem cell transplant, and that’s the U.S. … [Read more...] about Cancer patient’s stem cell donor from Vietnam is finally allowed to enter the U.S.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Sept. 13 ESPN anchor Jemele Hill's comments calling President Trump a white supremacist were a "fireable offense." ESPN said Hill's comments do not represent their position. (Reuters) At a White House briefing on Wednesday, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to address this week’s great Twitter-born media controversy: A string of tweets in which African American ESPN anchor Jemele Hill called President Trump a “white supremacist,” among several other things: Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists. — Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 11, 2017 The height of white privilege is being able to ✌ignore✌his white supremacy, because it's of no threat to you. Well, it's a threat to me. — Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 11, 2017 A lot of outrage, a lot of support and a lot of commentary followed Hill’s … [Read more...] about Memo to Sarah Huckabee Sanders: You don’t decide who gets fired in the U.S. media
Syrian refugee Baraa Haj Khalaf attends a news conference with her mother, Fattoum Haj Khalaf, right, after arriving at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport on Feb. 7, 2017. (Joshua Lott/AFP via Getty Images) The Trump administration insists that the restrictions on immigration it proposed shortly after the president took office was not meant to be an implementation of his infamous campaign-trail call for a “complete ban” on Muslims entering the United States. That insistence is necessary for legal purposes, mind you; so far, court decisions blocking President Trump’s ban have cited his prior demand for a religion-based screening process as a reason for their doing so. But even with much of that ban tabled by the courts, the administration has had success in at least one area in its push to limit immigration from Muslim countries. According to data from the Pew Research Center, the number of refugees entering the country in the … [Read more...] about Travel ban or no, Trump’s first six months saw a sharp drop in Muslim refugees entering the U.S.
Â By Katie Pavlich, Townhall.com Â Speaking from the U.S.-Mexico border in Nogales, Arizona Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced major changes to Justice Department protocol when it comes to charging and prosecuting illegal aliens. "For those that continue to seek improper and illegal entry into this country, be forewarned:Â This is a new era.Â This is the Trump era.Â The lawlessness, the abdication of the duty to enforce our immigration laws and the catch and release practices of old are over," Sessions said. Here are the details: Starting today, federal prosecutors are now required to consider for prosecution all of the following offenses: The transportation or harboring of aliens.Â As you know too well, this is a booming business down here.Â No more.Â We are going to shut down and jail those who have been profiting off this lawlessness â people smuggling gang members across the border, helping convicted criminals re-enter this country and preying on those … [Read more...] about Attorney General Sessions Announces Illegal Aliens Who Illegally Re-Enter The U.S. Will Be Charged With a Felony: This Is a New Era. This Is the Trump Era.
GRACE IS A young woman with an infectious smile and a passion for learning. She's a full-time college student in her junior year at a small liberal arts college and an active member of her school's Model United Nations program, student government and field hockey team. As if that wasn't enough, she decided to study abroad this spring semester. Wanting to study in Spain, she started learning Spanish last summer and was fluent by the time she arrived in Europe nine months later. She felt right at home with her host family, which owns a large house just outside of Granada with a spectacular view of the southern Spanish countryside. She considered herself lucky. Her luck soon ran out in the early morning hours of Jan. 28. She received a phone call from the college program director and was told that she will not be able to go back to the United States. Grace is from Syria. Grace is one of many Middle Eastern college students studying in the United States who've been affected by President … [Read more...] about Trump ban a dilemma for some Arab students in the U.S.
The band Soviet Soviet. Courtesy of the artist hide caption toggle caption Courtesy of the artist The band Soviet Soviet. Courtesy of the artist This afternoon, the Italian trio Soviet Soviet posted a lengthy statement on Facebook explaining why they would not be keeping their U.S. tour dates this week and next: they had been deported. The band, who are based in the city of Pesaro, landed in Seattle on Wednesday afternoon. They were traveling under ESTA (also known as the Visa Waiver Program), which allows citizens of nearly 40 countries to travel to the United States without having to obtain a visa. According to the group, its three members were carrying a letter from its American record label explaining that the musicians were scheduled to perform a number of "promotional," non-paid performances in the U.S., including a live performance at Member Station KEXP, as well as a showcase at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas. The band says that its … [Read more...] about Italian Band Soviet Soviet Denied Entry To The U.S., Jailed And Then Deported : The Record : NPR
COSTA MESA – Concerned their legal status in the United States could be upended by Donald Trump, 25 college students and recent graduates who initially arrived here illegally left John Wayne Airport for Mexico on Thursday and will return before he becomes president. The students, most from California, saw the study-travel trip as a way to reconnect with their cultures and their families before Trump takes office and possibly eliminates the program that allows them to travel. “There’s so much uncertainty,” said Raquel Zamora Gonzalez, 25, a Cal State Fullerton student. “I’m going to grab this opportunity while I can.” She and her fellow travelers have temporary legal status thanks to a 2012 program created by President Obama, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, more commonly known as DACA. Under a little-known provision of the law, these “DACAmented” individuals – as they call themselves – can get the U.S. … [Read more...] about Students, who entered the U.S. illegally, travel to Mexico before Trump becomes president
Problems entering the United States eased Monday for some international travelers after a weekend of confusion about a travel ban President Trump imposed, but members of Congress said border protection and administration officials still had not answered critical questions. After Rep. Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-Va.) made a late-night visit to Dulles International Airport on Sunday — and was denied an audience with Customs and Border Protection officials — he received a short written response, his staff said Monday. “There are no people in CPB custody at Dulles per the executive order,” read an email he received after 11 p.m. Sunday from a congressional affairs official at the agency. The email did not address other specific questions from Scott, including how many people in all have been detained and whether any detainees have been removed from the airport — or from the jurisdiction of the federal court in the Eastern District of Virginia, … [Read more...] about Some international passengers entering the U.S. more easily, but members of Congress say they’re still not getting answers
BEIRUT — Syrian refugees across the Middle East have felt something akin to legal whiplash these past few weeks. As news broke Friday that the suspension of President Trump’s immigration ban had been sustained by a federal appeals court, that sensation was melting into one of relief. Trump’s Jan. 27 order, which temporarily barred travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries and all refugees, had blindsided thousands of Syrians expecting imminent resettlement in the United States. For many families, the weeks that followed have felt like a crash course in the U.S. political and judicial systems as they navigate the hopes and heartache of a legal drama with far-reaching human consequences. [Appeals court rules 3 to 0 against Trump on travel ban] “We were relieved that the first judge said no to Trump’s decision, but then we watched our futures go through court after court. That wasn’t easy to understand,” said Wafaa Mohamed, 34, whose … [Read more...] about Those waiting to enter the U.S. get crash course in American politics, justice
President Trump says his administration will replace the travel ban stalled by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Video provided by Newsy Newslook A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer's patch is seen at Miami International Airport in Miami, Florida.(Photo: Joe Raedle, Getty Images) The battle over President Trumpâs crackdown on immigration is clearly far from over. TheÂ Department of Homeland SecurityÂ issued a sweeping set of orders Tuesday that implement Trump's plan to increase immigration enforcement, placingÂ the vast majority of the nation's 11 million undocumented immigrants at risk of deportation. The move comes on the heels of a federal appeals court strikingÂ downÂ a TrumpÂ executive order that temporarily restrictedÂ entry to the United States from citizens of sevenÂ majority-Muslim countries. Trump said he will issue a revised version of those travel rules this week. All this begs the question: How does an immigrant come to the U.S. legally? There are … [Read more...] about The legal paths to entering the U.S.