“Born In The U.S., Raised In China: ‘Satellite Babies’ Have A Hard Time Coming Home”
by National Public Radio

“Satellite babies” are the subjects of a new research project focusing on Chinese immigrants in the Boston area.

Like satellites in space, these children leave from and return to the same spot. They normally return to the U.S. in time for school.

Coordinated by Cindy Liu, a psychologist at Harvard University, points out that no one knows exactly how many Chinese immigrant families send their babies to be raised by family in China. Liu’s goal is to determine the long-term impacts of the experience on both children and parents.

According to researchers, similar arrangements among immigrant communities from South Asia, Africa and the Caribbean.

The Book of Isaias: A Child Of Hispanic Immigrants Seeks His Own America

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Journalist Daniel Connolly has just written a new book, The Book of Isaias: A Child of Hispanic Immigrants Seeks His Own America.”

The book is the culmination of five years of research and interviews with children of immigrants in the United States.

Connolly follows Isaias Ramos, an 18-year-old high school student, and his friends as they weigh options for their future. Connolly discovers that for the Hispanic teens, the options quickly fizzle out.

Finding a place in American society for a child of Hispanic immigrants isn’t as easy as people think.

In an interview by Seth Ferranti, VICE recently spoke to Connolly about his experiences writing the book, what he sees as the major immigration challenges of today, and how they affect the children of Hispanic immigrants. You can find the article here >>> How America Lets Down The Children Of Immigrants.

I-601 Family Unity Waivers: 8 Practice Tips

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Preparing, organizing, and presenting WINNING evidence for family unity waivers is not easy.

This blog post outlines eight key pointers:

  • Successful Clients Take Responsibility For Their Cases
  • Never Underestimate The Hardship Of Proving Hardship
  • Is Your Hardship Ordinary Or Extreme?
  • What Is Your Special Immigration Story?
  • Do Not Overlook Community Service
  • Show. Tell. Prove. But Do Not Exaggerate
  • Do You Know Your Qualifying Relatives?
  • Explain The Totality Of Your Circumstances

Citizenship For Adopted Immigrant Children

Immigration law is one of the most complex areas of law. For instance, what are the rights of adopted children to become U.S. citizens?

Hint: it is not automatic.

Recently, the case of Anne Kim brought national attention to the issue.

Adoptees

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The American Families United Act

Currently, a petition to pass H.R. 2095 – known as the The American Families United Act – needs 25 more signatures to reach its goal of 100,000 by March 21, 2016. Join me and 99,974 others in adding your name to the petition.

Help Pass H.R. 2095 – The American Families United Act

During the 113th Congress, H.R.3431 The American Families United Act was proposed and it died after it never progressed from a bill into a law to change the current immigration INA. It has been reintroduced during the 114th Congress now as H.R. 2095 and since June 2015 sits in the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security.

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CHASITY ALVAREZ ON FAMILY UNITY

The Battle To Keep Immigrant Families Together

There is little doubt that keeping mixed status families – part immigrant, part American – together is one of the most pressing issues facing immigration reform advocates today.

This is why we invited Chasity Brewster Alvarez, founder of Fair Unity, to be our first guest on Batara Immigration Live.

Over the course of a few months, Chasity went from being a spouse of an undocumented immigrant with no knowledge about immigration issues to the leader of one of the internet’s largest immigrant family support groups.