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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

Jan 19, 2018

The Weekly Round-Up: H-1B Visa Applications Expected to Surge, DACA Fight Continues Potentially Forcing Government Shutdown, and States and Federal Government at Odds Over Immigration Enforcement

H-1B Visas

The number of applications for H-1B visas – reserved for foreign professionals seeking to work in skilled positions in the United States – is expected to rise this year, and employers need to prepare accordingly.

The law caps the number of available visas at 85,000 (with 20,000 reserved for those with a master’s degree), and the 85,000 recipients are chosen at random through a lottery system. … Read More

Nov 22, 2017

Federal Judge Rules Trump’s Sanctuary City Order as Unconstitutional

On Monday, November 20, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California blocked the efforts of President Trump and the Department of Justice to withhold federal grant funding based upon a locality’s “sanctuary city” status.  The ruling nullifies a White Order Executive Order from January that was intended to discourage and crack down on local governments that refused to comply with certain requests from the Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to question and detain individuals based upon their immigration status.… Read More

Nov 17, 2017

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: Reconsideration of DACA Applications, Immigration Status in Court, ICE Enforcement in Disaster Zones

– U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to Reconsider Delayed DACA Applications.  When the Trump Administration announced in September that DACA would be ending, and that the final applications would be accepted no later October 5, 2017, many DACA recipients and their attorneys quickly worked to send out renewal applications.  Recently, the New York Times reported that a little over 100 DACA recipients had mailed their applications well in advance of the October 5 deadline, but their applications had arrived after that date and had been rejected by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. … Read More

Nov 14, 2017

Raffle for a Green Card: The Diversity Visa Program

After a madman plowed a rented pick-up truck down a bike path along Manhattan’s Hudson River killing eight people and injuring several more in New York’s deadliest terror attack since September 11, 2001, President Donald Trump took to Twitter.  Yes, he took to Twitter.

In a November 1, 2017, tweet, President Trump declared that the terrorist truck driver entered the United States through the Diversity Visa Program and, again, reiterated his plan to shift the America’s immigration system to one that is merit based, rather than a “lottery,” or, yes, a raffle for Lawful Permanent Residence (the “Green Card”).… Read More

Oct 23, 2017

NAFTA Termination and its Immigration Impact

The Trump Administration’s threats to terminate the North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) are causing concern at companies across the United States that have long used NAFTA to recruit professional employees from Canada and Mexico under the Trade NAFTA Visa (TN Visa).

The TN Visa allows citizens of Canada and Mexico to work temporarily in the United States in prearranged business activities for U.S.… Read More

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