Immigrants seeking citizenship face growing backlog in applications

By Amy Taxin October 28 LOS ANGELES — More than 700,000 immigrants are waiting on applications to become U.S. citizens, a process that once took about six months but has stretched to more than two years in some places under the Trump administration. The number of immigrants...

55% Of America’s Billion-Dollar Startups Have An Immigrant Founder

By: Stuart Anderson What would America lose if we blocked refugees and family-sponsored and employment-based immigrants from coming to the United States? For starters, we would likely lose more than half of the billion-dollar startup companies in America. A new study from the...

ICE Arrests 45 Unauthorized Immigrants in Houston Area During Five-Day Operation

HPM News Staff Federal officers arrested 45 unauthorized immigrants in the Houston area last week. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said in a news release that a five-day operation that ended Friday, August 10, targeted people who had a criminal history and people who...

Texas man sentenced to 3 years in prison for defrauding immigrants by claiming he could provide legal status for money

SEATTLE – A 50-year old Texas man was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court to three years in prison and three years of supervised release for his scheme to defraud individuals seeking immigration benefits, the result of an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs...

Arrests target 145 immigrants in Texas with criminal history, ICE says

By Mark Wilson, American-Statesman Staff Immigration authorities on Thursday announced the arrest of 45 people in Austin as part of a wider federal operation earlier this month that targeted undocumented immigrants with criminal histories throughout South and Central Texas....

Fifth Circuit Upholds Conviction of Fort Worth Woman Who Enslaved 2 Mexican Immigrants

By John Council, Texas Lawyer The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has affirmed the six-year prison sentence of a Fort Worth woman who used two Mexican citizens as slaves by forcing them to clean houses in the United States without pay and controlling the undocumented...

Texas counts DACA, Dream Act cost

By John Austin, Jacksonville Progress AUSTIN — Holding a campus job to cover rent while attending the University of Texas isn’t making Sam Cervantes rich, but the sales taxes and tuition he pays are helping enrich the state’s economy. Yet while Cervantes aspires to someday become...

Texas Police Chief Hands Over Undocumented Smuggling Victims To Local Organizations, Shunning ICE

By Ryan Devereaux, The Intercept Five months after the deadliest human smuggling tragedy in more than a decade unfolded in his city, San Antonio Police Chief William McManus did something unusual: He opted to retain local control over a similar investigation, rather than hand the...

January 2018 Visa Bulletin – Significant Movement for Other Workers China, Modest Advancement Otherwise

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for January 2018, showing significant advancement in the Other Workers preference category for China and modest forward movement across all employment-based categories except for EB-1, which remains current...

Why US businesses should value International Migrants Day

By Hikmet Ersek and David Lubell, The Hill (Op-Ed) Monday, as we observe the United Nation’s 18th annual International Migrants Day, we’re reminded that the contributions of immigrants are key ingredients to the success and vibrancy of the countries and communities they join. It...
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