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This Week in Immigration News – Shepelsky Law Updates

Immigration is a complex and ever-changing issue, and the latest news can be hard to keep up with. This week, we take a look at the latest developments in immigration policy and how they may affect both foreign nationals and citizens of the United States. We’ll also provide an analysis of the current state of immigration laws and regulations, as well as insight into how they may evolve going forward.

Scammers Target Humanitarian Parole Applicants

 Although President Joe Biden’s humanitarian parole program provides thousands of immigrants who would otherwise be unable to enter the United States with temporary relief, it has also opened the doors for scammers to target their victims. The humanitarian parole program was established in order to allow foreign nationals from countries such as Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Haiti, who are experiencing extremely dangerous or violent conditions in their home countries, to find temporary relief in the United States. However, due to the desperation of many of these migrants to survive, they have been getting taken advantage of by scammers in large numbers. 

One of the main requirements in order to apply for the humanitarian parole program is to have a sponsor living in the United States. These sponsors are typically close family members, or friends, and must provide financial support to the immigrants for at least two years. However, the people who do not have relatives or friends in this nation seek random sponsors. Even though it wasn’t intended for individuals to profit from this, a lot of transactions are secretly struck through WhatsApp and word of mouth–there is even sponsorship advertising on social media. Usually, they cost between $8,000 and $10,000, although many of them are frauds. At this point, a number of victims have come out either directly or anonymously to speak out about their experiences with getting scammed.

Specifically, a young doctor from Cuba discussed how she was tricked by a Facebook user who she believed could have been her ticket to freedom. What these fake sponsors do is message back and forth with their victims until they agree on a price. Once the transaction has been made, they will just ghost the hopeful applicants and completely vanish. The worst part about these scams is that they target people who cannot afford to lose a significant amount of money. Most of the nationals seeking humanitarian parole are impoverished and saved up all of their money in order to be able to come to the United States. So, taking advantage of them is purely evil. 

Potential Solutions to Political Immigration in the U.S. 

There have always been debates between the left and the right when it comes to politics, but one major difference between the two are their varying views on immigration. The Republican party is currently in a chaotic state battling over their positions within the government. With recent moves being made by Republican officials in order to strike a message in Democratic states, we can infer that there are ongoing issues with the politics of immigration. Some of these strikes include Florida Governor Ron DeSantis chartering two planes filled with Venezuelan immigrants from Florida to Martha’s Vineyard. Another one of these strikes include Texas Governor Greg Abbott busing asylum seekers from Texas to Democratic cities such as Philadelphia, Chicago, and Washington D.C., specifically to Vice President Kamila Harris’ home. 

Although there is a multitude of issues revolving around immigration to the United States, there are also several solution methods to help ease the process for all parties involved. Among these potential solutions includes supporting “Dreamers,” who are immigrants that came to the U.S. as children, expanding pathways for high-skill immigrants and startup founders that our businesses and economy desperately need, and providing clearer processes for our allies fleeing war and persecution in Afghanistan and Ukraine. According to Time Magazine, the most effective strategy for prevailing on immigration in the medium and long terms, especially in the context of the forthcoming presidential race, is to develop a clear and specific approach that addresses issues head-on and garners a sizable majority of the general public’s support. As people learn how to communicate about immigrants and immigration in a way that doesn’t strengthen political resistance to policy change but rather strengthens support for it, immigration circumstances will likely improve.