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Don't make officials think you're lying about your goals

Border officials have a lot of power in the United States. They can and do turn many people away each and every day.

One reason they do it is if they think that you are lying to them. For instance, even if you have an immigration visa, something you say may cause the officials to think that you lied to get it. They can block you from entering. Don't give them a reason to think you're being dishonest or that you ever were in the past.

Employers can't discriminate against immigrants

No matter how you got to the United States, as long as you have a valid authorization to work, you have to be treated just like all other employees. You cannot be discriminated against in any way. You have the same rights and protections as citizens who have lived their entire lives in the country.

This means that natural citizens have the same rights as:

  • Refugees
  • Asylum seekers
  • Temporary residents
  • Permanent residents

Authorities use tear gas, shut down border crossing

One of the main entries into the United States is the San Ysidro Port of Entry. U.S. authorities recently shut down the border crossing and used tear gas on those trying to come across.

The incident happened on Sunday, Nov. 25. There is an inspection station at the crossing, and there were claims that people attempted to go around it on both sides. This happened around 11:30 a.m. Since bypassing the inspection station is illegal, authorities said that no more pedestrians or cars could cross until they got the situation under control.

Understanding the K-1 visa

There are numerous visas available for immigrants to eventually become United States citizens. Anyone who has watched the popular television show "90 Day Fiancé" is familiar with the K-1 visa, but there are many details about this visa the show fails to delve into. 

Someone who wishes to immigrate to the United States can become a citizen by marrying someone who is already a citizen. The immigrant can live in the country for a specified amount of time until the couple marries. If you find yourself in this situation, then there are various steps to know about the process. 

Do detention centers really meet immigrants' needs?

Detention centers are supposed to provide immigrants with everything they need while they are being detained. They may not be free to go, but they still do have basic human rights that must be respected.

But does this always happen? It's an important question to ask, especially since there are stories about immigrants being denied things they felt were very important.

Immigration petitions for battered individuals

The unfortunate reality is that some individuals in the United States suffer from physical abuse and battery at the hands of family members. The abusers and their victims may be either permanent residents or citizens. Abusers may try to use their victims' status to keep them quiet if the victim is not a permanent resident or a citizen yet. Abusers realize that the family connection is an important part of the immigration process.

The good news is that the U.S. government understands that this happens, and they have set up a system to protect those who need it most. Victims can file their own petitions to immigrate without the support of the abusive family member. Victims may be spouses, children or even parents. Every situation is different.

What happens if you overstay your visa?

You come to the United States on a work visa. When it expires, you're not yet ready to leave and so you decide to stay. You assume that no one will know. What are the potential ramifications?

This is a very serious topic, and it's something that can really jeopardize your chances of remaining in the United States or returning at a later date. It's important to keep the specific authorized dates on your visa in focus, and you should never overstay without taking the proper steps to obtain an extension or a new visa.

Which family members can you file a petition for?

The two main ways that immigrants enter the United States are for employment reasons or family ties. There are other options, but they see far less traffic.

That said, someone you consider part of your family may not technically count under the immigration system in the United States. It is very important to understand who you can file a petition for. This immigrant visa petition is the first step in the process.

Teenager recounts her time in an immigration detention center

Some people who end up in immigration detention centers are just children. One young woman recently talked about the time she spent in one around her sixteenth birthday.

She said that her actual birthday happened in the center. While most children her age would spend such a monumental day celebrating with their families, she did not. Instead, she said that she spent the entire day in tears.

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