White House officials are discussing the possibility of checking on foreign visitors' social media accounts and cell phone contacts before allowing them to enter the United States, according to a report. Policy director Stephen Miller spoke to officials from multiple departments, including Customs and Border Patrol, to tell them that the President is committed to enforcing his new executive order on immigration, despite the chaos that has ensued, CNN reports. Miller allegedly said that Trump administration officials are considering asking foreign visitors to reveal their social media profiles, websites they visit and to disclose their cell phone contacts. He reportedly said that those who refuse could be denied entry into the United States. The idea has not yet been implemented as policy and is only being discussed, CNN reported. Miller allegedly referred to the social media posts made by San Bernardino terrorist Tashfeen Malik, who expressed extremist … [Read more...] about White House considering asking foreign visitors to reveal social media activity and cell phone contacts before entering the U.S.
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Rubio: If You Can't Be Vetted - Muslim or Not - You Should Not Be Allowed Into the U.S. Investigators: Wife in San Bernardino Massacre May Have Been 'an Operative' On "Hannity" tonight, a Muslim imam explained why he actually agrees with Donald Trump's proposed ban on Muslims entering the U.S. Imam Nidal Alsayyed, religious director of the Islamic Society of Triplex in Houston, Texas, told Sean Hannity that Trump is concerned about Muslims and Islam being associated with radical terror groups. Alsayyed said it's a "very wise move" to take safety and security measures, including putting a temporary hold on Muslim immigration, until we have figured out what's going on. He explained that many Muslims don't understand what it takes to live in Western countries, such as not following Sharia law. "The issue is a matter of different backgrounds, from different places," Alsayyed said. Watch more above. Greta: Moderate Muslims Need Obama, Hillary to Call out 'Radical … [Read more...] about Imam Explains Why He Agrees With Trump’s Ban on Muslims Entering the U.S.
Q: I managed to sneak into the U.S. from Mexico without encountering an immigration officer, what you lawyers call “entry without inspection.” Now I am married to a U.S. citizen. We have two boys born here. What’s my path to legal status? My parents brought me here when I was just 4 years old. I’m now 27. A lawyer filed for me but I later learned that because of how I entered, I don’t qualify to interview here for my green card. A new lawyer said that traveling home for my green card interview will be risky. I have Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, but I want my green card. Name Withheld, Nashville, TN A: You have two paths to permanent residence. If you travel abroad with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services permission, called advance parole, you can interview here for permanent residence. DACA status holders can sometimes get advanced parole. You can read my recent column on that topic at nydailynews.com. If advanced parole … [Read more...] about Immigrants who entered the U.S. ‘without inspection’ may be able to interview for a green card by traveling back to their home country
A spokesman for Donald Trump insists he doesn't want to ban "all" Muslims from entering the United States despite the fact that his own campaign website still calls for "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”"We never said 'all' Muslims," Trump's spokesman Steven Cheung emailed USA TODAY Thursday night.The president-elect's Muslim ban was brought back into the spotlight after the December statement disappeared off his website and then reappeared Thursday afternoon.Trump's stance on Muslim immigration has been unclear in recent months after Vice President-elect Mike Pence told CNN in October that he was no longer calling for a ban on Muslims."Well, because it's not Donald Trump's position now," Pence said during an Oct. 6 appearance on CNN's New Day when he was asked why he was no longer critical about Trump's proposed Muslim ban. In December, Pence called the ban "offensive and unconstitutional" months before … [Read more...] about Does Trump still plan on banning Muslims from entering the U.S.?
SAN DIEGO — A federal judge said Wednesday he will rule as soon as next week whether to allow the first DREAMer deported under the Trump administration to return to the United States to make his case that border agents ousted him illegally.U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel had indicated Tuesday that he would allow Juan Manuel Montes, 23, to return to Southern California to testify in a trial that will determine whether he voluntarily left the country or was improperly expelled in February.On Wednesday, lawyers for Montes and the U.S. government told Curiel they couldn't be ready for a trial until December.Justice Department attorney Aaron Goldsmith suggested allowing Montes to return to the U.S. the day of the trial. Montes' attorneys argued they needed more time to confer with Montes and prepare him for the rigors of a federal trial, which they said is complicated because he suffered a traumatic brain injury as a child. Curiel said he would issue a … [Read more...] about Judge may rule next week on letting first deported DREAMer back into the U.S.
The young mother and bride suspected of helping kill 14 people in San Bernardino, Calif., met her American-born husband online and married him after moving from Saudi Arabia to join him in the United States.Tashfeen Malik, 27, carried a passport from Pakistan, where she was born. She entered the U.S. on a fiancée visa in 2014, while traveling with Syed Farook, her husband-to-be, David Bowdich, assistant director of the FBI's Los Angeles office, said Thursday.She later married Farook, a San Bernardino County restaurant inspector. He was born in the U.S. to a Pakistani family, was raised in Southern California and had been a county employee for five years, the Associated Press reported. The couple had a 6-month-old daughter.Not much more is known about Malik, but the process she used to enter the country was probably the quickest way to gain an extended-stay U.S. visa, said Kamal Nawash, an immigration attorney and president of the Free Muslims Coalition, a Washington think tank … [Read more...] about Female shooter in San Bernardino, Calif., entered the U.S. on fiancee visa
Nadal enters the U.S. Open at No. 1, having taken over the spot Federer occupied for more than four years. Nadal also is the first top-seeded player at a Grand Slam event other than Federer since January 2004, when Roddick earned that slot at the Australian Open. Plus, Nadal is 12-6 lifetime against Federer, including victories in all four meetings this season. "The last years I did very well, too. I was very happy being the No. 2. So finally I'm No. 1," Nadal said. "I don't have time to celebrate. So probably after New York, after Davis Cup, I'm going to have a good time." That said, the 22-year-old Spaniard has not done well at the U.S. Open. He's never advanced past the quarterfinals and lost in the fourth round last year. Also, Roger Federer is suddenly shaky. Justine Henin is gone, and Maria Sharapova is injured. Might as well make this the U.S. Wide Open. The final Grand Slam of the year starts Monday, and this one includes more than its share of wild cards. … [Read more...] about Is Rafa ready for the U.S. Wide Open?
Q. My friend's daughter came here from Jamaica on a B-2 visitor's visa. Her mother is a permanent resident. The daughter is 17. The mother will qualify for U.S. citizenship in four years. By the time her mother naturalizes, the daughter will be over 21. Eventually, the daughter wants to become a permanent resident, but if her mother petitions for her now, it will take years. She doesn't want to be here illegally and put her green card at risk. She is considering two options: returning home or applying for a student visa. Which one do you think is best? Name Withheld, Staten Island A. If the young woman would like to study here, she should apply to change to F-1 international student status. Even if the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) were to deny her change of status request, she could leave the U.S. then without risking her right to get permanent residence. You are right to be concerned. If the daughter overstays more than 180 days, she could have a … [Read more...] about Options for staying in the U.S. legally
If I file an affidavit of support for a green card lottery winner, what will be my financial responsibilities? My distant cousin in Cuba won the green card lottery. I'd like to help her come to the United States, but I am concerned that I will be obligated to provide her with financial support once she gets here. Orlando Rodriguez, Manhattan A. Your obligation to support your cousin will be moral, not legal. Unlike affidavits of support for family-based immigrant visa applicants, affidavits for lottery winners do not create a legal obligation that the affiant - that's you - support the new immigrant. Seaman wants legal status I came here 12 years ago on a C1/D seaman's visa and married a U.S. citizen. Can I get legal status? Sinan Potur, Huntington Station, L.I. A. Unless you qualify to interview here under the 245i rule discussed below, you'll have a hard time getting permanent residence. The alternative to interviewing here is interviewing abroad. … [Read more...] about If I help my cousin move to the U.S., must I support her?
Q: I am Nigerian. I am an honors student. I would like to visit New York City, but the U.S. consul here three times has denied my B-2 visitor’s visa application. If I say that I’m going to Texas or some other state, will my chances improve? Name Withheld, Nigeria A. I doubt it. People in developing countries, like Nigeria, often have a hard time getting visas because the officers think that applicants are coming to stay to find a better life. To get a visitor’s visa, you must prove that you have a residence abroad that you have no intention of abandoning. After three denials, you will need to show substantial new ties to your home that would compel you to return. You say you are an honors student. Have you considered studying in the U.S.? I wrote about getting a student visa recently. Q: I am a resident of Westchester. Can I get an IDNYC identification card? Gilberto Rios, via email A. No. The new card is for New … [Read more...] about Immigrants from some countries must prove ‘substantial’ ties to their homeland to get a visitor’s visa to the U.S.