USCIS Says Immigrants Who Use Legal Marijuana Can Be Denied Citizenship for ‘Lacking Good Moral Character’

USCIS Says Immigrants Who Use Legal Marijuana Can Be Denied Citizenship for ‘Lacking Good Moral Character’

Under a new guidance issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), immigrants may find themselves barred from obtaining citizenship if they possess or use marijuana—even if doing so is legal where they live. The new policy also clarifies that even employment in the industry can prevent an immigrant from being a naturalized citizen. As […]

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Tuition Equity Policies for Immigrant Students Continue to Advance at the State Level

Tuition Equity Policies for Immigrant Students Continue to Advance at the State Level

Written by on April 22, 2019 in DACA/DAPA, Economics, Integration, Tax Contributions with 0 Comments

Attending a four-year public college or university is out of reach for many students without U.S. citizenship. But thanks to a growing number of new state laws—which make certain students eligible for in-state tuition rates—many more college hopefuls may be able to pursue higher education. There is a notable trend among the many immigration-related bills […]

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30,000 More Seasonal Worker Visas to Become Available After a Bipartisan Push

30,000 More Seasonal Worker Visas to Become Available After a Bipartisan Push

In a welcome immigration-related development, the Trump administration has proposed increasing the annual allotment of H-2B visas for temporary nonagricultural workers. As employers have long argued, the current cap is woefully inadequate to meet the demand for workers in seasonal industries. The H-2B program is designed for seasonal work. Some of the most common occupations […]

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Closing USCIS International Offices Will Leave US Citizens, Military Members, and Refugees Abroad Without Help

Closing USCIS International Offices Will Leave US Citizens, Military Members, and Refugees Abroad Without Help

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ international field offices provide critical services to Americans living abroad, as well as refugees and other immigrants. But in a supposed effort to cut costs, the Trump administration plans to close all 23 offices that span 21 countries by the end of 2019. These offices are a lifeline for those […]

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The Trump Administration Plans to Incarcerate Some Asylum Seekers Indefinitely

The Trump Administration Plans to Incarcerate Some Asylum Seekers Indefinitely

In a disheartening decision on Tuesday, Attorney General William Barr announced he plans to eliminate bond hearings for asylum seekers who pass an initial asylum screening interview after entering the United States. However, this new anti-immigrant policy will face legal challenges before it goes into effect. The Attorney General’s decision, in a case called Matter […]

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Government Will Help 2,700 Central American Children Reunite With Their Families After Court Settlement

Government Will Help 2,700 Central American Children Reunite With Their Families After Court Settlement

The Trump administration has agreed to reverse course and begin the process of reuniting 2,700 children living in Central America with their parents in the United States. The decision comes as part of a lawsuit that challenged the termination of the Central American Minors (CAM) program. This program allowed parents legally living in the United […]

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Immigrants’ Taxes Help Save the Social Security System

Immigrants’ Taxes Help Save the Social Security System

Written by on April 15, 2019 in Economics, Tax Contributions with 0 Comments

The survival of the nation’s Social Security system depends upon the taxes paid by each new generation of workers. As older workers enter retirement and draw upon Social Security, the continued tax payments of younger workers keep the system solvent and ensure that it will still be there when they, too, reach retirement age. In […]

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Director Jordan Peele Casts More Immigrant Actors, Tells More Inclusive Stories 

Director Jordan Peele Casts More Immigrant Actors, Tells More Inclusive Stories 

The biased and narrow portrayal of immigrants and people of color in Hollywood is not a new phenomenon. However, some are beginning to turn the tide. As a 2017 study points out, 50 percent of Latino immigrants on television are portrayed as criminals. 33 percent of Black immigrants are portrayed as criminals or incarcerated. The same is true for […]

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Why It’s Critical to Take a Closer Look at Foreign-Worker Petitions Data

Why It’s Critical to Take a Closer Look at Foreign-Worker Petitions Data

American businesses rely on foreign-born workers in many industries and the country’s immigration system has channels specifically dedicated to employment-based immigration. The Trump administration, however, has deliberately restricted and slowed the pace of these legal immigration channels. This is reflected in an abrupt jump in immigration application denial rates, increased scrutiny of nonimmigrant and immigrant […]

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Chaos Continues at DHS as Trump Purges More of His Senior Immigration Team

Chaos Continues at DHS as Trump Purges More of His Senior Immigration Team

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen resigned from her position on Monday. She was reportedly forced from office after President Trump grew frustrated with the government’s inability to stop asylum seekers from arriving at the southern border. Her departure marked an extraordinary week in which most DHS leadership faced the chopping block. These […]

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