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Could your U.S. citizenship be at risk from Operation Janus?

When Davinder S. came to America, he arrived without any travel documents or proof of identity. He petitioned for asylum under a different first name, Baljinder, but he abandoned that petition. Eventually, he married a U.S. citizen and became a lawful permanent resident. Years later, he became a U.S. citizen -- again under the name Baljinder.

As a foreign national, a stay in the hospital could be risky

There have been a lot of stories in the news lately about immigration crackdowns. We’ve seen the pictures of parents torn from their children at the border. We’ve heard stories about U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) showing up at workplaces, arresting undocumented immigrants on the spot.

US Supreme Court upholds President Trump's third travel ban

From the beginning of his presidency, Donald Trump has been trying to issue a travel ban against people from certain nations -- mostly majority-Muslim ones. His original ban was overturned by the federal courts, however, largely because it appeared to be unlawfully discriminatory against Muslims. It was replaced with a second version that was also overturned.

If I'm not a citizen, can I still buy a home in California?

Let's say that you have been living in California for several years in various rental properties. Now, you are now interested in buying a home. There is just one catch: You are not a United States citizen. You may be wondering whether purchasing real estate as a non-U.S. citizen is even possible.

If DACA becomes available to new applicants, would you be ready?

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) provides protection from deportation and grants work authorization to qualifying non-immigrants who were brought to the U.S. before age 16. Currently, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is no longer accepting new applications, although it is processing renewals. However, an April court decision, currently on hold, could potentially open the program up to new applicants.

To speed up results, DOJ sets new quotas for immigration judges

The U.S. immigration courts, which handle civil cases involving immigration law, are technically a part of the Department of Justice. That gives them quite a bit less independence than traditional courts. The U.S. attorney general has the right to set court policy and even to change precedential rulings. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has just set new quotas for immigration judges in an effort to resolve a massive case backlog and, some say, to speed up deportations.

State Dept. wants social media details from all visa applicants

Each year, approximately 15 million people apply for U.S. visas. The State Department has just announced that it will require every one of them to provide their social media user names, past email addresses and previous phone numbers with their application. Previously, the information had only been required from people who had been selected for additional scrutiny.

Sessions seeks to reduce 'rampant fraud and abuse' in asylum

The immigration courts work somewhat differently from other courts in the U.S. Rather than being independent and staffed by judges who base their authority on a constitutional mandate, they are considered part of the Department of Justice and are staffed by administrative law judges. That means that the head of the DOJ -- Attorney General Jeff Sessions -- has a certain amount authority over immigration judges.

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