Immigration News – Wednesday, January 10, 2018

US contemplates law reform to protect DACA migrants, Canada fears Salvadoran influx & family in NZ for 9 years faces deportation because son is ill

Trump contemplates law reform to protect DACA immigrants (The Guardian. 9/1/2018)

President Trump has expressed a desire to enact comprehensive legislation on immigration reform. From his comments, it appears that his plan would signify an eventual pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants. Trump’s words were made during a meeting with lawmakers over the fate of nearly 700,000 beneficiaries of an Obama era program (DACA) that protected from deportation, immigrants brought to the US as children. Trump added that any deal protecting the DACA immigrants must include a border wall. He went on to reiterate that family-based chain immigration and the visa-lottery program, must end.

Canada fears influx of Salvadorans fleeing the US to avoid deportation. (Global News. 8/1/18)

Canada has expressed concern that the US plans to lift temporary protection status for 200,000 citizens of El Salvador might mean that many of them will try to cross the border to avoid deportation. Effective from September 2019, The Salvadorans have to leave before then to avoid being sent home. To avoid the problem arising Ottawa has been sending representatives to communities of Salvadorans to counter the misinformation spreading on social media about the ease of coming to Canada.

Family in NZ for 9 years face deportation because son has kidney disease. (stuff national. 10/1/18)

A South African family living in New Zealand for 9 years is facing deportation because their 15 year old son suffers from a kidney condition which may require him a kidney transplant. This is despite the fact that the boy’s family can self-fund the operation. All potential immigrants to New Zealand must have an acceptable standard of health so they do not impose undue costs on the public health system. The family are due to be deported on January 27.