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Administration policy could put young immigrants at risk

Immigrant youth in California and across the country are facing serious concerns when attempting to regularize their statuses. Since 1990, the U.S. government has allowed immigrant youth who were abused or abandoned by their parents to seek a green card with the assistance of a court-appointed guardian, allowing them to stay in the country. Under the law, people seeking to access the protections provided by this program must apply before their 21st birthday. However, the Trump administration has begun to claim that some applicants are too old to access the program after the age of 18.

Applicants in New Jersey have faced additional questioning while more young immigrants in New York, California and Texas have been denied green cards when applying under the program. Immigration advocacy organizations are fighting back, filing legal challenges in both California and New York and saying that hundreds of young people could be at risk as a result. Attorneys involved in the case said that Trump administration policy is negatively affecting vulnerable young people. Over 50,000 young people have obtained green cards by qualifying for this special status since 2010.

Working in tech can help your visa application

If you are a Chinese national wanting to relocate to the state of California, you will become intimately involved in the process of immigration. If you also work in technology, you will be pleased to know that visa policies are being altered in order to attract top Chinese talent.

This alteration of policies means that the length of visas will be changed, and the process simplified for top talent working in the technology industries. Currently, the US H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that helps qualified employees work in the United States. The visa is particularly suited to workers who have specialist knowledge in certain fields.

DHS announces new asylum rules for Northern Traingle immigrants

California residents have likely been paying close attention to events taking place at the U.S.-Mexico border. Several thousand migrants from Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua have gathered in Tijuana and say that they plan to apply for asylum in the United States, but their attempts to cross the border illegally have largely been thwarted and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said on Dec. 20 that new rules had been put into place to deter fraudulent asylum claims.

During a tense House Judiciary Committee hearing, Nielsen said that asylum seekers from what are known as the Northern Triangle countries will now have to wait in Mexico while their claims are being evaluated. She told lawmakers that the previous policy of allowing asylum seekers to remain in the United States while their cases were pending resulted in a flood of bogus asylum claims from immigrants who never showed up to their immigration hearings.

ZF on the benefits of external airbags

California residents may have heard that auto manufacturers are developing external airbags. One major developer, the ZF Group, claims that external airbags can reduce the severity of accident injuries by 40 percent. The model it is developing comes in at around 13 pounds and is approximately 80 inches long, 21 inches high and 15 inches wide. Its inflation time is an impressive 15 milliseconds, comparable to that of steering wheel airbags.

The airbag's purpose is to deploy immediately before a side collision so that it can act as an added crumple zone and absorb some of the impact. With recent advances in ultrasonics, ZF says that it can develop sensors that will recognize what's coming toward them and react accordingly. The new tech will also prevent accidents where the airbags deploy at unnecessary times.

Immigration among top issues in minds of Americans

A national poll conducted in November 2018 indicates that a growing number of Americans see immigration as the most important problem facing the country. People in California who are pursuing residency or citizenship may be affected by policy changes related to changing national perceptions. In October 2018, 13 percent of Americans said immigration was the top problem in the country. By the time of the November poll, that number increased to 21 percent.

Among Republicans, 37 percent said immigration was the most important problem in the November poll, compared to 20 percent in October. Eighteen percent of independents and 10 percent of Democrats said immigration was the most important problem in the November poll.

New study measures crash risk among drowsy drivers

California residents should be aware of the risk they run when they drive after getting less than seven hours of sleep. Experts recommend between seven and nine hours of sleep a night. However, one in three adult drivers is not meeting this goal, according to research by the U.S. Department of Transportation and various agencies.

An estimated 7 percent of all motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. are caused by drowsy driving. That means that the behavior is responsible for about 330,000 accidents every year. Moreover, drowsy driving accounts for 16 percent of all fatal crashes.

Asylum seekers are not illegal migrants

Much has been made of the migrant caravan that is making its way through Mexico and heading for the southern border of California and other U.S. states. It has become a divisive political topic as mid-term elections approach, but the legal issue regarding the status of these people won't be resolved when Election Day comes and goes. The seminal issue on point is the definition of an asylum seeker.

According to legal experts, asylum may be granted to foreigners who have been persecuted in their native country because of race, ethnicity, religion or political opinion or they legitimately fear such persecution. An asylum seeker is very similar to a refugee with one important distinction: A refugee must begin and complete the process for entry to the U.S. from his or her country of origin while an asylum seeker does so at a port of entry to the U.S.

Teens need to avoid risky distractions on the roadways

It is a recognized fact that distracted driving habits kill many teens in California and across the nation each year. In 2015 alone, 1,972 teens died because of distracted driving, and another 99,000 were injured in motor vehicle accidents. Texting or talking are obvious distractions for teens, but other distractions include friends riding in the car, putting on music and eating while driving. Each of the distractions tends to cause drivers to look away from the road.

Inexperienced drivers are also at a higher risk for causing auto accidents. An 18-month study between 2006 and 2008 was conducted with 42 new teen drivers, and it revealed that while their driving skills were being monitored, the teens' driving improved. They were less likely to be involved in auto accidents and avoided risky distractions. However, after the data collection stopped, many drivers became more careless behind the wheel.

Injured while riding as an Uber passenger?

Ridesharing apps have revolutionized the way many people in major cities choose to get around town. Whether you are pressed for time and need to make a meeting, are spending a night out with friends and need a driver or simply do not have a car, Uber’s ability to get a car to an individual almost immediately is a marvel of modern convenience.

It does raise the question of what happens if you are injured in a car accident while riding with Uber, however. This is what you need to know if you are injured while riding as a passenger with Uber.

New immigration policy affects same-sex diplomatic couples

California residents might have read that on Oct. 1, the Trump administration put a policy in place that will require unmarried same-sex partners of United Nations workers and foreign diplomats to be married or lose their visas. People have until Dec. 31 to comply. After that date, they will have 30 days in which to leave the country.

According to the United States mission to the U.N., the policy is part of making sure that its international visa regulations are consistent with U.S. law. Same-sex marriage was made legal in the U.S. by the Supreme Court in 2015, so the U.S. is now demanding that same-sex partners who are granted visas must be married as is the case with opposite-sex partners. However, critics of the policy say it could put some people in danger.

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