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South Africa needs to manage migrants better. That requires cleaning up the Department of Home Affairs

South Africa needs to manage migrants better. That requires cleaning up the Department of Home Affairs

LEGAL grievances against the South African Department of Home Affairs, including contempt of court cases, are depressingly common. Too frequently the minister has to apologise to a court, or to ask for more time, on behalf of the department. Most of the court cases involve the operations of the department regarding visas and permits for foreign visitors, immigrants and prospective refugees. Just a few months ago Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said, in legal papers: I would like to take this opportunity to extend my sincere apology to the Chief Justice, all judges of the high court and Constitutional Court,…
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US extends deportation relief for immigrants from Cameroon

US extends deportation relief for immigrants from Cameroon

THE United States extended temporary deportation relief status through 2025 for Cameroonians living in the United States, citing armed conflict and human rights abuses in the Central African country. The redesignation of Cameroon for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) was extended for 18 months from December 8 through June 7, 2025, the Department of Homeland Security said, adding this would also allow students with Cameroonian citizenship to seek work permits. Cameroonians last year received TPS status, which grants immigrants who cannot return to their countries safely due to extraordinary circumstances the ability to stay and work in the United States. Separatists in northwest…
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Florida bans driver’s licenses of immigrants living in US illegally

Florida bans driver’s licenses of immigrants living in US illegally

FLORIDA will no longer accept driver's licenses issued by some other U.S. states to immigrants living in the country illegally under a law signed by Governor Ron DeSantis as he seeks the 2024 Republican presidential nomination. The Florida law, which took effect on July 1, is "the strongest anti-illegal immigration legislation in the country," the governor's office said in a press release on Wednesday. The out-of-state licenses, designed specifically for unauthorized immigrants and deemed invalid by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, are from Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Rhode Island and Vermont. The list includes out-of-state licenses that…
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U.S. grants relief to Cameroon immigrants

U.S. grants relief to Cameroon immigrants

KRISTINA COOKE and MICA ROSENBERG THE Biden administration will grant temporary deportation relief and work permits to Cameroonians living in the United States due to the ongoing conflict between government forces and armed separatists in that country, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced. The decision will apply to Cameroonians residing in the United States by April 14 and last a period of 18 months, DHS said. An estimated 12,000 Cameroonians will be eligible for the status, according to the department. President Joe Biden has championed the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program, which grants immigrants who cannot return…
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