When she was offered a chance a few weeks ago to get a reduced-rent apartment through a city program, she turned it down. Instead, she stretches her budget to pay several hundred dollars a month more to rent somewhere else.
Huynh is one of about 8,000 Vietnamese potentially caught up in a tough new immigration policy adopted by the Trump administration, significantly escalating deportation proceedings against immigrants who have green cards but never became U.S. citizens, and who have violated U.S. law.
In the long run, however, the proposed rule will amount to the opposite of good stewardship: It will cost the government, and taxpayers, much more than it will save.
On January 30, Lucimar de Souza, an undocumented immigrant from Brazil, went into a US Citizenship and Immigration Services office to prove her marriage to an American citizen was legitimate.
Marco Villada, who came to the U.S. from Mexico when he was 6 years old, got permission from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to leave the country for a green card interview at the U.S. consulate in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. The waiver would let him quickly return to the U.S., avoiding the long wait in Mexico that others face.
One attorney said a required in-person interview to receive a green card was a ‘colossal waste of time’ when the feds previously mandated it.