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Apr 13, 2018

The Weekly Round-Up: Federal Court Blocks White House from Punishing Sanctuary Cities, Florida Businesses Oppose Mandatory Electronic Employment Verification, and President Trump Drops Immigrant Legal Defense Fund

Los Angeles Federal Court Bars White House From Punishing Sanctuary Cities

On Wednesday, United States District Court Judge Manuel Real ruled that the Department of Justice could not give special treatment to cities that cooperated with immigration enforcement when issuing a particular federal grant.  » Read More

Mar 29, 2018

The Weekly Round-Up: White House Proposes Cuts to Government Benefits for Immigrants, Temporary Protection for Liberians, and New Jersey School to Require Warrants from Immigration Officers

President Trump Proposal Severely Limits Government Benefits for Immigrants

A leaked proposed rule from the White House, if instituted, would deny almost all public benefits for non-American citizens, including certain tax deductions, potentially affected millions of immigrants and foreigners seeking to come to the United States. » Read More

Mar 26, 2018

EB-5 Investor, Religious, and Conrad Visa Programs Extended to September 30

On Friday, President Donald Trump reluctantly signed into law the Omnibus Appropriations Act for the 2018 Fiscal Year.  The law, which funds the US Government until September 30, 2018, also extends several immigration programs.  These include the E-Verify Employee Immigration Verification System, Conrad 30 (foreign medical graduates and doctors), Special Immigrant Visa for Religious Workers, and EB-5 Investor Visa Program. » Read More

Mar 22, 2018

The Weekly Round-Up: Spending Bill Leaves Unanswered Questions on Immigration, Premium Processing Suspended for H-1B Visas, and ICE Director to Testify on Sanctuary City Issue

Proposed Budget Leaves Much Unanswered on Immigration

Congress released a proposed omnibus budget on Wednesday that addresses certain immigration issues but leaves many of the most important issues unaddressed.

What the Bill Does: In a compromise, the bill adds funding for an additional 328 Customs and Border Patrol Officers for border security, but at the same time, requires Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to reduce the number of immigrants in detention facilities.  » Read More

Mar 09, 2018

The Weekly Round-Up: Department of Justice Sues California Over “Sanctuary Cities,” USCIS Likely to Suspend Speedy Processing for Skilled Foreign Professionals, and Employees, Employers, and Congress Discuss Visas for Farm Workers

Justice Department Sues California

On Tuesday night, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit against the State of California, as well as Governor Jerry Brown and Attorney General of the State Xavier Becerra, asserting that California’s “sanctuary city” laws improperly interfere with federal immigration enforcement. » Read More

Feb 26, 2018

Breaking Immigration Update: Supreme Court Declines to Expedite DACA Rescission Litigation & USCIS is Still Accepting DACA Renewals

This morning, the Supreme Court declined to hear the Trump Administration’s request to review the decision of a Federal District Court in California stating the rescission of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) for individuals who already are or were previously protected from deportation through the DACA program.  » Read More

Feb 16, 2018

The Weekly Round-Up: Immigration Legislation Stalls, ICE Raids in Los Angeles, and Bangladeshi Professor Granted Temporary Stay of Deportation

Senate Immigration Bill Fails

Despite a long build-up to a debate on an immigration bill in the United States Senate this week, negotiations for comprehensive legislation, as well as a law to help protect DACA recipients, gained no traction in Congress, leaving the future of immigration entirely uncertain. » Read More

Feb 02, 2018

The Weekly Round-Up: ICE Clarifies Policy on Detention, State of the Union Highlights Immigration, and Twins are Born, but Only One is a U.S. Citizen

ICE Agents Directed to Detain Undocumented Immigrants Attending Court

On Wednesday, January 31, ICE announced a new set of guidelines pertaining to how they will conduct arrests of undocumented immigrants at federal and state courthouses.  In response to uncertainty on the issue, ICE stated it will continue to target undocumented immigrants in courthouses, particularly in criminal matters.  » Read More

Jan 29, 2018

White House Proposes Immigration Reform Package: What You Need to Know

On Thursday, the White House released a one-page Immigration Reform Package, amid mounting pressure from congressional leaders for some indication about what kind of immigration bill President Trump would support.

The White House’s Immigration Reform Plan has four points: (1) increasing border and interior immigration security; (2) legalizing individuals in the United States who are eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA); (3) protecting the nuclear family; and (4) eliminating the Diversity Visa Program. » Read More

Jan 26, 2018

The Weekly Round-Up: Skilled Immigrants Dominate Silicon Valley, White House Squares Off Against Sanctuary Cities, and Immigrant U.S. Soldiers Sue for Citizenship

Immigrant Workers a Majority in Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley, known around the globe as a technology hub with headquarters for many companies, including Google and Apple, is heavily dependent on foreign skilled employees.

Last year, the Silicon Valley Competitiveness and Innovation Report noted that 57% of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (known as “STEM”) professionals in the region were foreign born.  » Read More

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