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Legal Immigrants Say Struggles Under Trump Overshadowed by DACA

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By    |   Wednesday, 07 March 2018 10:32 AM

With attention focused on the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program due to President Donald Trump's bid to end it, advocates say the difficult struggle of legal immigrants under this administration has been completely overshadowed, CNN reported on Wednesday.

Attorneys representing these legal immigrants say virtually every form of legal immigration to the U.S. is under siege, including high-skilled immigrants who used to have had their visas continually renewed as they wait for a green card who now face increased scrutiny and uncertainty.

Another common example for legal immigrants is illustrated by the case of Janvi Mehta, who, as CNN reported, "came to the U.S. at age 15 in 2007 with her father, who had a high-skilled immigration visa. She completed high school and pharmacy school in the U.S., but by the time her family cleared the green card backlog waiting time, she was too old to be considered a child under the law, and thus was not given any way to stay in the U.S. outside of an employer sponsoring her."

Mehta told CNN: "I think just like the DACA recipients, I, too, deserve a path to citizenship. I qualify in terms of all the requirements except for the fact that I have not broken any immigration laws and I came into this country as a legal minor."

Attorneys report an unprecedented level of difficulty for legal immigrants as the Trump administration puts obstacles in their way and makes concerted efforts to limit the numbers who are allowed to stay in the country, seek citizenship or be eligible to immigrate in the first place.

Another example of complaints by immigrants is that last year there was a 53 percent rise in the number of requests to applicants for more information on pending high-skilled visa applications, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services data, even as total applications only went up one percent.

Attorneys say this is an attempt to slow down the process and make it more expensive and cumbersome.

But USCIS Director Lee Francis Cissna told CNN that while "it is true that we've issued more RFEs recently, this increase reflects our commitment to protecting the integrity of the immigration system.

"We understand that RFEs (requests for evidence) can cause delays, but the added review and additional information gives us the assurance we are approving petitions correctly" so that American workers can be properly safeguarded.

Peter Beinart in The Atlantic said that Trump has not only blurred the GOP's moral distinction between legal and illegal immigration, he is actually taking a harder line on those who enter the U.S. with documentation than those who don't.

Beinart contends that Trump has replaced the legal-illegal divide with one that is more appealing on the activist right: The distinction between white Christian immigrants and non-white, and non-Christian ones.

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With attention focused on the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program due to President Donald Trump's bid to end it, advocates say the difficult struggle of legal immigrants under this administration has been completely overshadowed.
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