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Hundreds of Thousands of US Immigrants Don't Want to Turn 21!

Immigration dreadSeveral hundred thousand children of US immigrants, who are in the US legally now, with valid visas, face the real possibility that on their 21st birthdays, their visas will expire.  The work visas their parents obtained to gain legal entry into the US only cover them as children.  So, when these kids turn 21, they will no longer have a valid visa, and may face deportation.

These kids, called Documented Dreamers, yearn to find a way to remain in this country, often the only country they have ever know, legally after they turn 21.  Their plight, unknown by most Americans, illustrates the need for changes in the US immigration system.

Find out more about Documented Dreamers and what lies ahead for them.

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The U.S. Must End Indefinite Detention of Immigrants

Detention.pngICE has legal limits as to how long they can hold immigrants.  But they routinely violate these limits, sometimes because the countries they seek to deport immigrants to will not accept them.  Read about the numerous, long-term, severe harms caused to immigrants in indefinite detention, and what can be done about it.

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See how FIELD is helping U.S. immigrants and their families.

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Visa Applications Can Get Rejected For The Most Ridiculous Reasons!

RejectedWe all know that visa applications, like many other government processes, are fraught with bureaucracy.  However, a recent poll of the nation’s immigration attorneys reveals visa applications routinely being denied for reasons which border on the absurd.  Here are a few examples:
  1. Green card applications rejected for failing to check certain boxes on the form (which may have even been checked)
  2. Visa applications rejected for failing to file an accompanying form (which is optional or unnecessary)
  3. Applications rejected for failing to pay the fee (which actually paid)
  4. Forms rejected due to missing pages (which weren’t actually missing)
To read about more examples and what’s being done about this, read on.

Learn how to help FIELD help immigrant farmworkers navigate the maze of bureaucracy which awaits them in the U.S. and California.

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Immigration Visas Are Backlogged Due To COVID-19

Closed due to COVIDDuring COVID, U.S. visas issued to immigrants have dropped 77%.  Visas issued to non-immigrants have declined even further – 83%!  This is having a huge impact on US citizens, residents, and businesses who need immigrants to come to the U.S.  This impact affects family reunification, businesses’ ability to attract foreign talent, and much more.  This also affects the agricultural community – from the standpoints of farms, farmers, and their families.

Consistent with the decline in visas issued, the backlog of visa requests has jumped 800% -- to about half a million visa applications which have completed documentation, but are awaiting interviews and processing.

These effects have been due in large part to the closing of embassies and consulates, plus travel bans – both to and from the U.S. as well as numerous other countries.

Visas that are being given priority treatment are typically emergency and mission-critical ones – which often excludes visas for agricultural workers.

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See how you can help FIELD to help immigrant agricultural workers and their families.

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DACA IS Not Sufficient

Nation of dreamers signNine years ago President Obama signed a law to permit Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)  - often known as “dreamers”, to remain in the U.S., obtain a valid social security number, get educated, drive, work, and live their lives – and live their lives free from fear of deportation.

As helpful as DACA has been for the children of immigrants, Congress needs to act now to offer them a legal path to citizenship.

Learn how you can help dreamers and other immigrants through FIELD.

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How Can An Immigration Lawyer Help You?

Immigration attorneyMost of the immigrants FIELD serves, as well as their families, can be helped by having a good, accredited immigration attorney.  Immigration attorneys can help immigrants get to America, stay in America (legally), work in America, get educated, get benefits, obtain citizenship, and even open a business.  They literally provide a new lease on life to millions of U.S. immigrants from Latin America and elsewhere.

Learn more here.

See how FIELD is helping immigrant farmworkers and their families.

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Immigrants are key to many sports teams

Sports trophyIncreasingly most of your favorite sports teams are powered by immigrants, many of them Latin American.  Whether it’s the MVP of the recent NBA finals, Dodgers stars, or players on most pro and even college teams, immigrants are making a huge impact on sports and our lives.  Many of them and their families came from agricultural or other impoverished backgrounds.

Imagine the thrill their families had when seeing their loved ones play pro ball in person for the first time!  Now imagine the thrill so many other immigrant families experience when they see their loved ones learn English, graduate high school, get a job, and make a true impact on their new community in the US!

Learn how you can help Californian immigrants make more of an impact in their communities.

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