Valerie Johnston

About Valerie Johnston

Valerie Johnston lives in East Texas and has been a professional writer for 10 years covering a wide range of topics including immigration and immigration law.

Australia’s Peter Dutton’s War on Fake Refugees Creates Enormous Stir

May 29th, 2017|Australia|

by: Valerie Johnston An October 1, 2017 deadline for more than seven thousand asylum seekers in Australia has been described by the executive director of the country's Refugee Legal, David Manne, as "arbitrary, unnecessary and unfair." Announced on Sunday, May 21, 2017 by immigration minister Peter Dutton, this "immovable" deadline applies to asylum seekers in [...]

Italian Coast Guard Pulls Thousands of Migrants from the Mediterranean in 48 Hours

May 28th, 2017|Europe|

By: Valerie Johnston Between Thursday, May 18 and Saturday, May 20, 2017, the Italian coastguard reported pulling more than 5,000 people from the Mediterranean Sea. Most of them were in international waters, and just under 600 were picked up by the Libyan coastguard and returned to that country. Reports say that the number of migrants [...]

Minneapolis Metro Transit Officer Investigated for Immigration Questions

May 27th, 2017|USA|

By: Valerie Johnston In May 2017, video emerged of a Minneapolis Metro Transit officer asking pointed questions of a passenger, specifically whether he was in the United States legally. Minneapolis-based artist Ricardo Levins Morales, who shared the video on his Facebook wall, said that the officer under investigation was checking fares, but when he came [...]

Fate of 950,00 Haitians in America to be Determined Today

May 23rd, 2017|USA|

By: Valerie Johnston | Photo: Mysterypill/Flickr Just days before the final date (May 23) for deciding the fate of more than 950,000 Haitians in America, the Trump administration has begun making inquiries into the criminal history of the Haitian immigrant population as a whole. Living here under Temporary Protected Status since 2010 after the devastating January [...]

Online Network to Connect Refugees and Canadian Employers

May 22nd, 2017|Canada|

By: Valerie Johnston | Photo: Sangeeta Subramanian In February 2017, the Immigrant Employment Council of British Columbia announced a new website dedicated to helping new refugees network with Canadian employers and industry professionals. The website aims to remove some of the most common obstacles between refugees and job hunting – such as how to find a job [...]

Bespoke Immigration Proposal for Scotland – Could It Work?

May 20th, 2017|Europe|

By: Valerie Johnston On 24 April 2017, the Scottish Trade Union Congress arrived in Aviemore for the start of the annual congress. On the agenda is a six-point proposal detailing a bespoke immigration plan that would allow Scotland to continue to accept European immigrants despite Brexit. This plan largely impacts industries in Scotland that rely [...]