There’s Been A Massive Shift To The Right In The Immigration Debate

By Anna Maria Barry-Jester, FiveThirtyEight President Trump’s disparaging comments in an Oval Office meeting last week about Haiti and “shithole” (or “shithouse”) African countries felt like the immigration debate had reached a new place. It has — but not just because of that...

Kinship Emerges as Immigration Flashpoint

By Greg Ip, The Wall Street Journal A foreigner who immigrates to the U.S. doesn’t just get a shot at a better life. That person also in effect gets a voucher with which to share the prospect of a future in the U.S. with relatives. That is the essence of family reunification, the...

Trump is making it harder for Canadians to legally immigrate to the U.S., lawyers say

By Daniel Dale, TheStar.com WASHINGTON—Canadians trying to move to the United States are regularly facing more paperwork, tougher scrutiny and longer waiting times than Canadians did before Donald Trump became president, immigration lawyers in both countries say. Trump is known...

U.S. tech trade groups urge Trump to let spouses of H1b holders to work

By Salvador Rodriguz, Yeganeh Torbati, Reuters SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – U.S. technology trade groups on Thursday urged the Trump administration to retain an Obama-era rule that allows certain spouses of highly skilled guest workers to also work legally in the United...

Trump Administration Sets New Priorities for Immigration Courts

By Alicia A. Caldwell, The Wall Street Journal The Trump administration is issuing new guidelines to the nation’s overwhelmed immigration courts in hopes that new case priorities and goals will ease a massive backlog. A seven-page memo to immigration judges from James McHenry,...

ICE pledges immigration crackdown on businesses. Here’s what it looks like

By Parija Kavilanz, CNN Money Last summer, roughly 800 undocumented workers at Cloverhill Bakery in Chicago were let go after immigration agents discovered that many of them had used fake or stolen papers to secure their jobs. The temp agency that had hired the workers had been...

Feds resume accepting renewals from Dreamers

By Josh Gerstein, Politico The Trump administration announced Saturday that it is complying with a federal court order by again allowing so-called Dreamers to renew the quasi-legal status and work permits they have enjoyed under a program that started in 2012. U.S. Citizenship...

Update on Possible Elimination of H-4 Spouse EAD Program

As reported in a recent Foster Immigration Update©, the Trump Administration is considering elimination of the H-4 spouse EAD program that permits the H-4 spouses of certain H-1B visa holders to apply for Employment Authorization Document (EAD) cards.   The Trump Administration...

Update on Rumor that Trump Administration Will Seek Elimination of Certain H-1B Extensions

The McClatchy DC Bureau has recently reported that the Trump Administration is no longer considering new regulations that would eliminate H-1B extensions for H-1B workers who have reached certain milestones in the permanent residency process. In an earlier report, the McClatchy...

ICE immigration officers swoop in on 7-Elevens nationwide

By Julia Horowitz, CNN Money On Wednesday, agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement descended on 98 7-Eleven franchise stores across the country, where they began audits and interviewed employees and managers, according to the agency. Twenty one people suspected of...
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