When entering the United States, both non-U.S. citizens and U.S. citizens are not exempt from the current extreme vetting policy. Electronic devices such as mobile phones, laptops and their contents may be searched by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers without the necessary warrants. James attempted to enter…read more
Is warrantless search of electronic devices on entering US legal?
Undocumented’s options – depart voluntarily or be detained
Two weeks ago, Rey Galleon, a Filipino who had been residing in unlawful status for several years, was arrested by ICE and decided to depart “voluntarily” to avoid being incarcerated. According to Galleon’s public statement, the ICE officers gave him the choice of leaving voluntarily or staying in jail…read more
Renouncing US Citizenship 101
Lawyer Perfecto Yasay’s nomination as Secretary of Department of Foreign Affairs was recently rejected by the Commission on Appointments on the issue of his U.S. citizenship. Why was his citizenship not revoked contrary to his testimony? There are basically two methods of losing U.S. citizenship. The first is through…read more
Are Green Card Holders and Visa Holders Safe to Travel With the Rewritten Travel Ban?
An Executive Order titled Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States, which is the re-written travel ban, was signed by President Trump on March 6, 2017. The prior travel ban, Executive Order 13769 of January 27, 2017, will be revoked on March 16, 2017. Travel…read more
Love of Family Is their Underlying Reason for Staying
A significant number of Filipino immigrants have thrived and have become productive U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents. Yet, there are categories of immigrants who, despite having resided in the U.S. for many years could not find ways to obtain legal status. The immigration system is dysfunctional and that…read more