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USCIS Eases Green Card Path for Minor Victims of Parental Abuse and Neglect

Plus: Los Angeles immigrant rights groups sue Biden administration over work permits for young immigrants awaiting visas

Fisayo Okare

Mar 09, 2022

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced new rules expanding the pool of individuals who are eligible for “special immigrant juvenile” status, making it easier for immigrant minors who are victims of parental abuse and neglect to qualify for green cards. The development finalizes changes that were first proposed more than 10 years ago. The new rules clarify the types of evidence that must be submitted to support an application. The program was created in 1990, and since 2010, more than 130,000 applications have been approved. Some have criticized the program as a loophole that is too permissive and encourages more migration. Reuters

In other federal immigration news…

L.A. Immigrant Rights Groups Sue Biden Administration Over Youth Work Permits

Los Angeles immigrants rights organizations filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration, requesting it promptly issue work permits to young immigrants who have applications pending for special youth visas. Young immigrants must sometimes wait as much as six years before being granted permits to work — a policy that has led some immigrants to work for unethical employers while waiting to receive authorization. Tens of thousands of young immigrants with pending or approved visas cannot obtain any form of identification or a driver’s license as a result of the delays, the lawsuit further states. Hey SoCal

Fisayo Okare

Fisayo writes Documented’s "Early Arrival" newsletter and "Our City" column. She is an MSc. graduate of Columbia Journalism School, New York, and earned her BSc. degree in Mass Comm. from Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos.

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