President Biden Has Stopped the Muslim Ban - My Thoughts as an Immigration Lawyer
President Biden stopped the Muslim Ban yesterday. I have been wanting to put into words how I feel. I am happy, most definitely. At the same time, I feel a weird sense of unease. The Ban has defined my professional life for the last four years. I wrote an article regarding the Muslim Ban that received thousands of inquiries.
(Update December 31, 2020: President Trump extended these restrictions to March 31, 2021.)
Yesterday, June 22nd, President Trump issued a new Presidential Proclamation suspending the entry of immigrants and some nonimmigrants (there are some exceptions, explained more below). Here is what you need to know about how this travel restriction and suspension may apply to you and your family and what you can do.
When coming back to the United States from a trip abroad, everyone has to pass through passport control. For green card holders, this is can be a smooth process. However, sometimes green card holders are asked more questions and are required to go through a second screening process. If this happens to you or your family member, it is important that you know your rights.
If You are From These Six States, You will Need Your Passport to Travel Domestically Starting in 2018
Domestic travel usually meant leaving the passport at home, but starting on January 22, 2018, residents from the following six states will be required to use their passports as identification at airport security.
In our last article, we discussed what airport security and border agents can search on your phone, laptop, and social media. This week we outline what precautions you can take to ensure that your privacy is protected at the border. The key to protecting your privacy is to setup safeguards before you travel.
What Airport Border Security Can Search on Your Phone, Laptop, and Social Media
Border control agents at the airport have great leeway on what they can search from persons to belongings. The 4th Amendment of the Constitution protects against unreasonable searches. However, searches at the border fall under a special exception that allows border agents to have a greater ability to search you and your belongings.
In the age of electronic devices that store nearly our entire lives, the issue of how far the border search exception can reach into our digital world has not been fully settled. Thus, there is no uniform implementation and your experience can vary based on the airport and the border control agent. However, there are some general rules, precautions, and tips that you should know if you ever encounter this situation.
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Immigration lawyer Najmeh Mahmoudjafari (ImmigraTrust Law) represents immigration law clients nationwide (all 50 States), globally and also in and around Orange County, including: Costa Mesa | Corona del Mar | Cypress | Fountain Valley | Garden Grove | Huntington Beach | Irvine | Los Alamitos | Los Angeles | Mission Viejo | Newport Beach | Orange | San Diego | San Francisco | Santa Ana | Stanton | Tustin | Westminster