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In February, Anjali, a H4 visa holder, went to Hyderabad, India to visit her ailing father. India shut down due to the coronavirus shortly after, as did the U.S. consulate, so Anjali was unable to get her visa stamped to return home. “I’m waiting for my visa to get stamped and hoping to reunite with my husband and five-year-old son back in New Jersey. The separation is taking a toll on my son’s psychological state,” she said. Due to the coronavirus shutdown, around 1,500 Indians who live in the U.S. on work visas are struggling to return due to visa-related issues. Business Standard
In other New York immigration news…
City Funding for Undocumented Immigrants is Shrouded in Secrecy
On June 21, Clara, an undocumented immigrant and out-of-work nanny, travelled from The Bronx to Inwood, Manhattan, to get economic relief for their families. The night before, her aunt had heard that a nonprofit group, the Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights, was giving out as much as $400 a person on economic relief to immigrants who had been out of work amid the coronavirus lockdown. But after waiting in a line, Clara said she was told even though there was money available, it was for people who the nonprofit group had already signed up. The woman turned her and her aunt away without offering them the chance to sign up in order to receive the funds, she added. Clara is one of 44 immigrants who have reached out to Documented since April to detail their frustrations around the $20 million fund aimed at helping undocumented residents of New York City, called the New York City COVID-19 Immigrant Emergency Relief Program. Read more at Documented.
Former Paramilitary Leader from Haiti Deported and Immediately Arrested
A former paramilitary leader from Haiti was deported from the U.S. on Tuesday and arrested as soon as he landed. Emmanuel Constant was living in Queens until he was arrested in 2006 and found guilty of fraud and grand larceny. In October 2008, he was sentenced at least 12 years in prison for his role in a $1.7 million mortgage fraud scheme. Back in Haiti, Constant is accused of killing and torturing Haitians when he became leader of the Front for the Advancement and Progress of Haiti after President Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s presidency was toppled in 1991. The Associated Press
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