Rich Chinese Race to Apply for a U.S. Golden Visa

By Enda Curran, Jun Luo, Dingmin Zhang As members of Congress in Washington debate raising the minimum required to obtain a U.S. immigrant investor visa from $500,000 to $1.35 million, concern about the hike has set off a scramble among wealthy would-be participants in Chin...

Immigration lawyers warn of visa delays and more denials with beefed-up vetting

By Carol Morello and Erin Cunningham Heightened security procedures for vetting some visa applicants at U.S. embassies worldwide will likely cause long delays for would-be travelers as the government scrutinizes everything from work history to social media, immigration lawyers...

Scared and planning for the worst: Immigrants brace for deportation

By Masuma Ahuja New York (CNN) Ninety-seven people are at Catholic Charities this morning. It feels like a hospital waiting room. The sense of anticipation is palpable: Every time a charity worker comes to the front of the room with a clipboard, everyone looks up, waiting for...

ICE denies targeting Austin, but says more enforcement needed

Federal immigration officials Tuesday evening denied that a new policy by Sheriff Sally Hernandez led them to conduct a major enforcement operation in the Austin area. But, in a hint of their changing strategy, federal agents said more enforcement is needed in places such as...

Law Enforcement Agencies Bristle at U.S. Report on Immigration Detention

By RON NIXON and LIZ ROBBINS WASHINGTON — One of President Trump’s first executive orders promised a weekly recounting of the crimes committed by undocumented immigrants and a list of the recalcitrant local law enforcement departments that failed to turn those people over to...

DHS names local jails that won’t hold illegal immigrants

WASHINGTON –  The Trump administration is naming some names in its efforts to shame local jails that don’t cooperate with immigration authorities. It’s putting the spotlight on Travis County, Texas, home of liberal Austin. The administration released a list of 206...

U.S. judge: ICE said Austin raid was because of ‘sanctuary’ policy

By Tony Plohetski – American-Statesman Staff, KVUE News Federal agents privately alerted two magistrate judges in late January that they would be targeting the Austin area for a major operation and that the sting was retribution for a new policy by Travis County Sheriff...

Rural Areas Brace for a Shortage of Doctors Due to Visa Policy

By MIRIAM JORDAN In Coudersport, Pa., a town in a mountainous region an hour’s drive from the nearest Walmart, Cole Memorial Hospital counts on two Jordanian physicians to keep its obstetrics unit open and is actively recruiting foreign specialists. In Fargo, N.D., a...

Travel ban rulings highlight trouble posed by Trump record

By Gene Johnson and Sudhin Thanawala SEATTLE — Federal law gives the president broad authority over immigration. Jimmy Carter used it to deny some Iranians entry to the U.S. during the hostage crisis, Ronald Reagan to bar Cubans who didn’t already have relatives here and...

Amid ‘Trump Effect’ Fear, 40% of Colleges See Dip in Foreign Applicants

By STEPHANIE SAUL The president of Portland State University, Wim Wiewel, met last week with 10 prospective students in Hyderabad, India. But what started as a get-acquainted visit quickly turned into more of a counseling session, as the students expressed fears about coming to...
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