- Importance of U Visa: U Visas have an important purpose, and it’s extremely unfortunate that the current political climate instills further fear into those already victimized. Check out this article, Too Scared to Report Sexual Abuse. The Fear: Deportation.
- DACA and Travel: If you were granted relief under DACA, you may gain the ability to apply for and obtain what’s called “Advance Parole” (a travel document) for “humanitarian, work or school purposes.” HOWEVER, your travel will trigger the scrutiny of border agents upon your return. DACA is a relatively new territory in immigration law, and many questions remain as to how other agencies will treat its beneficiaries. Because U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is separate from USCIS and restricts U.S. entry to foreign travelers with valid visas, DACA recipients have NO guarantee that they will not be detained when attempting to reenter the U.S. based on their past immigration offenses or criminal history.
The CBP was recently in the news when they deported a “Dreamer” who was protected under DACA. Thus, demonstrating just how out of sync the different agencies could be. Here is the article about the Dreamer, First protected DREAMer is deported under Trump.