USCIS Changes Website, Backtracks On Foreign Student Rules

Stuart Anderson, Forbes U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has reversed itself by eliminating language from its website aimed at preventing international students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) Optional Practical Training (OPT) from...

HEAT & ICE: Traffic crackdown targeted common violations by immigrants

By Sean Collins Walsh – American-Statesman Staff After his June 23 “zero tolerance” traffic enforcement operation netted 28 arrests and landed 16 people in deportation proceedings, Bastrop County Sheriff Maurice Cook said he was “shocked” that so many motorists in the...

September 2018 Visa Bulletin – Worldwide Retrogression for EB-2, EB-3, and Other Workers

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for September 2018, reflecting worldwide retrogression for EB-2, EB-3, and Other Workers, which follows previous retrogression in the EB-1 category. This retrogression may create a temporary opportunity during...

Immigration “loophole” that Trump bemoaned returns after zero tolerance rollback

by David Yaffe-Bellany, The Texas Tribune MCALLEN — After fleeing Guatemala, 25-year-old Silvia Guidel crossed the Rio Grande last month on a raft with her three young daughters, walked in the South Texas heat for nearly an hour, and then turned her family in to U.S. Border...

ICE Served More Than 5,200 I-9 Audit Notices On Employers Since January

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) had served Notices of Inspection on more than 5,200 businesses from January 2018 to the present as part of a two-phase nationwide operation to audit employer hiring records for...

Mexican tourist denied entry at Bush after questions on Medicaid use, extensive visits

By Lomi Kriel and Andrea Leinfelder, Houston Chronicle Michelle Nicoll Gutierrez had often visited the United States legally since her mother married a retired U.S. Foreign Service official years ago and relocated from Mexico to Maryland. Nicoll Gutierrez’s toddler son was born...

Judge Orders Full Reinstatement of DACA Program Including New Applications

On Friday, August 3, 2018, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia again rejected the Government’s justification for ending the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” (DACA) program.  The court had previously ordered the Government to reinstate the program...

Will economic boom complicate curbing immigration?

By COLLEEN LONG, AP WASHINGTON (AP) — One of President Donald Trump’s priorities, low unemployment, is complicating another: curbing immigration. With the number of jobs available exceeding the number of Americans seeking jobs, employers are looking beyond the border to fill...

Some businesses are refusing to hire DACA recipients. They are fighting back.

By Alexia Fernández Campbell,  Vox Daniel Marques would probably be working as a financial adviser for a big investment firm in New Jersey right now. David Rodriguez might have landed an internship with Procter & Gamble in Miami. Sandy Vasquez might be an engineering intern...

Judge orders full restart of DACA program

By TED HESSON, Politico A D.C.-based federal judge on Friday ordered the Trump administration to restart in full the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The decision is the latest legal blow against President Donald Trump’s decision to phase out the Obama-era program,...
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