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...

130 miles from Austin, immigration court decides fate of thousands

By Philip Jankowski – American-Statesman Staff PEARSALL — A Central Texas welder named Jorge Lozada-Castillo sat in a small courtroom holding headphones to his ears as he listened to the Spanish translation of a judge’s decision. No, the judge decided, he wouldn’t be...

Peru: New Immigration Framework in Full Effect

Effective March 1, 2017, Peruvian Legislative Decree 1350 repealed and replaced the prior immigration legal framework in Peru. The previous “Aliens Law” and its amendments had been in effect for over 26 years. There are two items of particular note within the new Legislative...

H-1B visa rule change sparks fear of skilled-worker shortage

By David A. Arnott The Trump administration has suspended expedited processing of H-1B visa applications, starting April 3, saying the move could last as long as six months. Under current rules, applications for H-1B visas, which are intended for skilled foreign workers and are...

Trump’s immigration mixed message draws skepticism

By Jill Colvin and Erica Werner WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump surprised congressional leaders when he suddenly suggested he was open to broad immigration reform. But while there is appetite on Capitol Hill for legislation, there is also skepticism, and the president’s...

Qatar: New Immigration Law Extends Residence Permit Filing Deadline and Eases Restrictions on Changes of Employer

A new immigration law has recently come into effect that changes the rules for the processing of residence permits, the ability to change employers, and ability to obtain exit permissions in Qatar. Most notably, the deadline to file residence permit applications upon arrival in...

Republican Lawmakers Propose New Law To Reduce Legal Immigration

John Burnett When he was running for president, Donald Trump pledged to reduce immigration — both the illegal and legal varieties. His allies in Congress hope to make good on that promise, and two Republican lawmakers have introduced new legislation targeting legal immigration....

‘Steady Stream’ of Immigration Announcements Expected from Trump

Donald Trump campaigned heavily on immigration issues, making at least 13 promises throughout the election about immigration actions he would take on Day One and, in some cases, in the first hour of his tenure. In reviewing Trump’s statements throughout the campaign, VOA...

H-1B Visas: How Donald Trump Could Change America’s Skilled Worker Visa Rules

By Newley Purnell During his campaign, President Donald Trump assailed a skilled-worker visa program used to send foreigners to the U.S., and in his inaugural speech Friday he said the country would “follow two simple rules; buy American and hire American.” Indian outsourcing...

US Satisfaction With Immigration Levels Reaches New High

by Gary J. Gates WASHINGTON, D.C. — Forty-one percent of Americans are satisfied with the current level of immigration into the country, a higher percentage than at any time since Gallup began tracking this issue in 2001. Trend: Satisfaction With Immigration Into the U.S....
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