Archive for May, 2012

Law Professors Push White House to Grant Administrative Relief to DREAMers

Law Professors Push White House to Grant Administrative Relief to DREAMers

In the absence of Congressional action on the DREAM Act, advocates and DREAMers have increasingly turned to the White House to help them secure temporary protection from removal. This week, DREAMERS got a huge boost from 96 law professors who sent a letter to President Obama outlining the extensive authority under law that his administration […]

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Standardizing Guidelines Would Improve USCIS’s Proposed Family Unity Waiver Rule

Standardizing Guidelines Would Improve USCIS’s Proposed Family Unity Waiver Rule

Earlier this year, USCIS proposed a new waiver rule that would allow some unauthorized immigrants (mostly direct family members of U.S. citizens) who are applying for a green card to apply for a waiver to the 3 and 10 year bar from within the United States,  minimizing the amount of time they would have to […]

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Still No Resolution on VAWA, Protections for Immigrants at Risk

Still No Resolution on VAWA, Protections for Immigrants at Risk

Despite the recent controversy over amendments to the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), there is still no resolution on its reauthorization. The bill remains stalled in Congress due to conflicting versions passed by the House and Senate. As one source put it, while the current impasse is technically procedural (due to a revenue-related procedural rule), […]

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In California, Lawmakers Mount New Challenge to Secure Communities

In California, Lawmakers Mount New Challenge to Secure Communities

Last year, lawmakers in California were poised to pass a bill—known as the TRUST Act—to let local jurisdictions opt out of Secure Communities, the federal program that routes fingerprints taken at local jails to federal immigration authorities. Before final passage, however, federal officials rendered the bill moot by declaring that participation in the program was […]

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Administration Takes Step to Keep Talented Foreign Students in the U.S.

Written by on May 24, 2012 in Administration, Business, Entrepreneurship, Reform, Students, USCIS with 4 Comments
Administration Takes Step to Keep Talented Foreign Students in the U.S.

BY HEATHER M. STEWART, COUNSEL AND DIRECTOR OF IMMIGRATION POLICY AT NAFSA: ASSOCIATION OF INTERNATIONAL EDUCATORS Current U.S. immigration law provides few options for foreign graduates of U.S. universities with degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math (“STEM” degrees) who want to stay here to contribute their skills and knowledge. Not enough American students are […]

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Anti-Immigration Group Blames Students for Maryland’s Budget Gap

Anti-Immigration Group Blames Students for Maryland’s Budget Gap

In a case of very creative accounting, the nativist Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) is blaming students for Maryland’s fiscal woes. In a new report, FAIR lumps together students who are unauthorized immigrants with U.S.-born students who have unauthorized parents and claims that they are all costing Maryland taxpayers astronomical sums in educational expenditures. […]

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Expansion of Proposed Waiver Rule Could Help More Families Stay Together

Expansion of Proposed Waiver Rule Could Help More Families Stay Together

As previously noted, the administration recently proposed a new rule that would help keep American families —the “Proposed Rule on Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers of Inadmissibility for Certain Immediate Relatives.” This proposed rule would streamline the application process for many relatives of U.S. citizens currently eligible for a green card by minimizing the amount of […]

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Alabama Governor Signs Bill That Makes State’s Immigration Law Even Worse

Alabama Governor Signs Bill That Makes State’s Immigration Law Even Worse

Last week, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley publically criticized a bill intended to revise key sections of the state’s controversial immigration law (HB 56). He even announced a special legislative session to address his issues with the bill­­­­­—namely, a provision that requires school officials to check the immigration status of enrolling students and that of their […]

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Michigan Pushes Plan to Welcome Immigrants and their Revitalizing Power to State

Michigan Pushes Plan to Welcome Immigrants and their Revitalizing Power to State

While some states pushed for punitive immigration measures over the last year—measures designed to drive immigrants away —others, like those in Michigan, were busy putting together a plan that welcomes immigrants and their revitalizing power to the state. This month, leaders in Michigan—including state Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) and U.S. Rep. Hansen Clarke (D-Detroit)—helped launch […]

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Alabama Governor Rejects Changes to State’s Extreme Immigration Law, Starts Special Legislative Session

Alabama Governor Rejects Changes to State’s Extreme Immigration Law, Starts Special Legislative Session

Today, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley announced his disapproval of a bill intended to change parts of the state’s extreme immigration law (HB 56) and initiated a special legislative session  to address the problems. Yesterday, on the last day of the state’s regular legislative session, the Alabama Senate passed a version of a tweak bill that, […]

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