Archive for March, 2016

Is It Time to Change the H-1B Visa Cap?

Written by on March 31, 2016 in Economics, High Skilled with 0 Comments
Is It Time to Change the H-1B Visa Cap?

On April 1, employers will submit their petitions for H-1B visas for high-skilled temporary workers. The start of the H-1B season, when U.S. employers turn their attention toward hiring foreign talent, provides an opportunity for policymakers to consider whether it is time to change the cap on the number of visas available each year to […]

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Texas and Other 25 States File Misleading Brief at Supreme Court

Texas and Other 25 States File Misleading Brief at Supreme Court

This week, Texas and the 25 other states challenging the President’s executive actions on immigration filed their brief with the Supreme Court in United States v. Texas. The brief attempts to defend the Fifth Circuit’s decision to block expanded DACA and DAPA from being implemented, but instead makes entirely confusing arguments and sets forth inaccurate […]

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Why Foreign-Born Healthcare Workers Are Needed to Fill Gaps in the Midwest

Written by on March 29, 2016 in Business & the Workforce, Economics with 0 Comments
Why Foreign-Born Healthcare Workers Are Needed to Fill Gaps in the Midwest

As baby-boomers age and retire and the demand for medical professionals grows, the U.S. is facing a crisis in the healthcare sector finds a recent report from the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. The report highlights healthcare as a critical part of the Midwestern economy and the important ways in which foreign-born workers contribute to […]

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Religious Leaders, Formerly Detained Families, and Advocates Protest Family Detention at White House

Written by on March 28, 2016 in Detention, Enforcement, Humanitarian Protection with 0 Comments
Religious Leaders, Formerly Detained Families, and Advocates Protest Family Detention at White House

Protesters gathered in Lafayette Square just across from the White House on Monday. The protest coincided with the 138th annual White House Easter Egg roll. As families inside enjoyed the annual White House festivities, protesters outside the gates highlighted the plight of detained immigrant families. On a day filled with tradition and meaning for so […]

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District Court Holds Hearing in Case About Kids’ Right to Attorneys in Immigration Court

District Court Holds Hearing in Case About Kids’ Right to Attorneys in Immigration Court

A federal district court in Seattle heard arguments in a lawsuit on Thursday seeking to ensure that all children in immigration court have legal representation. The case received a flurry of attention when press reports revealed that an immigration judge deposed in the case said he had successfully taught three-year-olds immigration law. The focus of […]

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Customs and Border Protection Releases Independent Review of Its Complaints System

Written by on March 24, 2016 in Abuses, Border Enforcement, Enforcement with 1 Comment
Customs and Border Protection Releases Independent Review of Its Complaints System

As part of its announced efforts to become more transparent and accountable, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) just released the results of a review of its processes for handling allegations of employee misconduct. The review, which was conducted by an independent consulting firm and completed four months ago, yielded 19 findings and 62 recommendations. […]

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New Studies Show Refugees are Integrating

Written by on March 23, 2016 in Integration, Refugee Status with 0 Comments
New Studies Show Refugees are Integrating

At a time when politicians and others are expressing concern about the U.S.’s refugee resettlement process, two new studies show that refugees want to integrate and are indeed integrating into the fabric of our country. However, there is much variation depending on the refugees’ country of origin, and there remains room for improved policies aimed […]

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U.S. Sentencing Commission Proposes Further Criminalizing Migrants

U.S. Sentencing Commission Proposes Further Criminalizing Migrants

At a time when there is a great deal of national attention being placed on criminal-justice reform,  it is troubling that the U.S. Sentencing Commission (USSC) is now proposing, new amendments to Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which could lead to increased sentences for those convicted of “Unlawfully Entering or Remaining in the United States” or “Smuggling, […]

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New Rule Improves Learning Experience for International Students With STEM Degrees

Written by on March 21, 2016 in Business & the Workforce, High Skilled with 0 Comments
New Rule Improves Learning Experience for International Students With STEM Degrees

This month, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a final rule which will allow international students in certain science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) fields to maximize their educational experience in the United States. The rule accomplishes this by preserving an extension of the period of time during which they may take part in […]

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DHS Office of Inspector General Launches Unannounced Inspections of Detention Centers

Written by on March 18, 2016 in Enforcement with 0 Comments
DHS Office of Inspector General Launches Unannounced Inspections of Detention Centers

For years, immigrant rights groups have documented deplorable conditions in immigration detention facilities. Yet, in spite of the growing evidence pointing to the prevalence of inhumane conditions of detention, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has shown very little initiative in trying to address this problem. This week, in an attempt to start remediating that, […]

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