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H-1B Visa Cap for Higher Skilled Workers Maxed Out in Record Time

Written by on April 7, 2014 in Business, Employment, Visas with 1 Comment
H-1B Visa Cap for Higher Skilled Workers Maxed Out in Record Time

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced Monday that the allotment of H-1B visas for the 2015 fiscal year, known as the H-1B visa cap, has been filled—a week after filing began. The principal temporary visa for skilled professionals, the H-1B allows U.S. companies to employ foreign professionals with at least a bachelor’s degree in a [...]

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What Does More Discretion and Less Deportation Look Like?

What Does More Discretion and Less Deportation Look Like?

Following President Obama’s announcement that administration officials will review enforcement policies to see how to make them more humane, NBC News reports that the Congressional Hispanic Caucus has compiled a list of recommendations for Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on what actions could be taken to slow deportations. According to NBC News, the caucus will [...]

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Broken H-1B Visa Program is Costing American Jobs

Written by on March 19, 2014 in Business, Employment, Visas with 0 Comments
Broken H-1B Visa Program is Costing American Jobs

Compete America, an association of high-tech companies advocating for reform of immigration policies affecting higher-skilled workers, launched a job loss calculator today estimating the numbers of American jobs lost due to the lack of H-1B visas, the primary work visa for higher-skilled workers. The calculator estimates that 500,000 new U.S. jobs could have been created [...]

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Local Anti-Immigrant Laws Die as More States and Municipalities Pursue Pro-Immigrant Policies

Local Anti-Immigrant Laws Die as More States and Municipalities Pursue Pro-Immigrant Policies

The Supreme Court announced this week that it would not review the appeals of lower-court decisions finding that local anti-immigrant ordinances passed by Farmers Branch, Texas and Hazleton, Pennsylvania were unconstitutional infringements on federal immigration law. The laws would have required private landlords to verify the immigration status of tenants and penalized them for renting [...]

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An Unnecessary Pre-Emptive Strike Against Young Undocumented Immigrants

An Unnecessary Pre-Emptive Strike Against Young Undocumented Immigrants

This week, the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) issued a criticism of the Kids Act, a bill not yet released by House leadership. The thrust of their argument is that any legalization program the bill could propose would be an “amnesty,” no matter what the requirements, and that even young, educated immigrants who came to [...]

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Can We Really Deport Justin Bieber for That?

Written by on January 17, 2014 in Crime, Deportation, Enforcement with 2 Comments
Can We Really Deport Justin Bieber for That?

As lawmakers continue to debate immigration reform, Justin Bieber may have provided us with an excellent opportunity to examine how aggressive and unforgiving our deportation system has become. Police raided Bieber’s Los Angeles mansion following allegations that he egged his neighbor’s house. Police also found drugs in his home. This is the latest in a [...]

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New York’s Highest Court Says that Noncitizens Must Be Warned of Deportation Risk Before Pleading Guilty

Written by on November 21, 2013 in Courts, Crime, Deportation, Detention, Immigration Law with 0 Comments
New York’s Highest Court Says that Noncitizens Must Be Warned of Deportation Risk Before Pleading Guilty

The highest court in New York ruled on Tuesday that due process compels state court judges to warn defendants in criminal proceedings who are not U.S. citizens that pleading guilty to a felony may result in their deportation. The court noted that “deportation is a plea consequence of such tremendous importance, grave impact and frequent [...]

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Ongoing Government Shutdown Disrupts Immigration Processing

Ongoing Government Shutdown Disrupts Immigration Processing

With the shutdown of the government in its second week, many immigration-related agencies continue to be closed, affecting availability of services and information necessary for applications for immigration benefits and litigation of immigration cases. Because multiple federal agencies play a role in contributing to the functioning of the immigration system, the impact of the shutdown [...]

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Months After Passage, Anti-Immigrant Group Still Mischaracterizes Senate Bill

Written by on September 20, 2013 in Border, Congress, Economics, Myths, Uncategorized with 1 Comment
Months After Passage, Anti-Immigrant Group Still Mischaracterizes Senate Bill

The immigration reform bill (S.744) that the Senate passed in June would fix our broken work visa programs for lower skilled, higher skilled, and agricultural workers; eliminate decades-long backlogs in our immigrant visa programs; increase job and wage protections for U.S. workers; and greatly increase our investment in border security. In addition, the bill would [...]

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Local Immigration Enforcement Harms Community Policing and Public Safety

Local Immigration Enforcement Harms Community Policing and Public Safety

Many local municipalities and law enforcement agencies are concerned that local immigration enforcement programs such as the 287(g) program, which deputize local police to perform duties of federal immigration agents, destroy the relationship between the police and the immigrant communities on whom they rely for cooperation and crime reporting. A report released this month by [...]

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