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Salvadorans face the loss of their American Dream.

Today, the backlogged immigration system makes applying for political asylum or other forms of permanent legal status far more difficult. Obtaining citizenship can be impossible. "That process is over a decade long. It can cost thousands of dollars. It's not realistic," said Ava Benach, an immigration lawyer in the D.C. area.
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An ICE agent visited a restaurant. About 30 employees quit the next day, its owner says.

Obama’s ICE often used immigration audits to disrupt and humiliate large restaurants and inspire compliance, Ava Benach said — such as an audit of Clyde’s of Gallery Place in 2013, in which more than 100 employees were deemed unauthorized to work in the United States. But she, too, suspected the audits had taken on another purpose under Trump. “I think it’s part of the effort to make immigrants feel insecure in places where, through inertia, they felt secure,” Benach said.
Trump’s Immigration Crackdown Is Overwhelming a Strained System

Trump’s Immigration Crackdown Is Overwhelming a Strained System

“I think it has a particular impact on asylum-seekers, because the sense of being in limbo really seems to prolong their trauma and their sense of statelessness that they have,” said Dree Collopy, an immigration lawyer in Washington, D.C. And hearing delays can affect asylum-seekers’ credibility, as well as evidence to support their cases: “Over time, especially when trauma is involved, memories begin to fade.” If a person can’t testify until years after entering the United States, “that can obviously cause problems.”
Google Recalls Staff to US After Trump Immigration Order

Google Recalls Staff to US After Trump Immigration Order

"We are advising our clients from those seven countries who have green cards or any type of H-1B visa not to travel outside the U.S." said Ava Benach, a partner at immigration law firm Benach Collopy LLP, while noting that the order takes effect immediately.
Google recalls staff to US after Donald Trump immigration order

Google recalls staff to US after Donald Trump immigration order

“No one is really sure whether a green card holder from these seven countries can return to the US now. It’s fairly clear that an H-1B visa holder can’t," Benach said. The H-1B lets US companies employ graduate-level workers from other countries in technical occupations such as technology, engineering and science. “If anyone in these situations has the misfortune to have gone abroad recently, it’s a treacherous moment, possibly for green card holders too," Benach said.
Google calls staffers back to US after Trump order on immigration, report says

Google calls staffers back to US after Trump order on immigration, report says

"We are advising our clients from those seven countries who have green cards or any type of H-1B visa not to travel outside the U.S." Ava Benach, a partner at immigration law firm Benach Collopy LLP, said in the report. “No one is really sure whether a green card holder from these seven countries can return to the U.S. now. It’s fairly clear that an H-1B visa holder can’t," Benach said.
Google Recalls Staff to U.S. After Trump Immigration Order (3)

Google Recalls Staff to U.S. After Trump Immigration Order (3)

"We are advising our clients from those seven countries who have green cards or any type of H-1B visa not to travel outside the U.S." said Ava Benach, a partner at immigration law firm Benach Collopy LLP, while noting that the order takes effect immediately. “No one is really sure whether a green card holder from these seven countries can return to the U.S. now. It’s fairly clear that an H-1B visa holder can’t," Benach said.
End To ‘Wet Feet, Dry Feet’ Is Good For Communist Cuba, Bad For Freedom

End To ‘Wet Feet, Dry Feet’ Is Good For Communist Cuba, Bad For Freedom

D.C. immigration attorney Ava Benach told me that this will annually add tens of thousands of asylum-deserving Cubans to that crowded system. She hastened to add that ending “wet feet, dry feet” is a big step toward “achieving the Cuban government’s goal of stopping Cuban emigration.”