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USCIS Will Now Consider the DACA Applications That Got Lost in the Mail

USCIS Will Now Consider the DACA Applications That Got Lost in the Mail

When a slowdown with the U.S. Postal Service caused over 100 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals renewal applications to arrive after the October 5 deadline, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services said there was nothing it could do—the rejection was final. But in a reversal announced on Wednesday night, USCIS will now allow applicants to […]

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USCIS Is Receiving a Record Number of Citizenship Applications

Written by on November 13, 2017 in Adjustment of Status with 2 Comments
USCIS Is Receiving a Record Number of Citizenship Applications

The average processing time for United States citizenship applications used to take five to seven months – already a lengthy timeline for immigrants waiting to get their citizenship vetted and approved. A spike in applications before and after the 2016 presidential election has caused that wait time to double. Yet, immigrants by and large are […]

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The Military’s Strategic and Recruitment Goals Fail When Immigrants Can’t Serve

The Military’s Strategic and Recruitment Goals Fail When Immigrants Can’t Serve

The United States Armed Forces has long valued the contributions of immigrants—from the War of 1812 to the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East, U.S.-born and immigrant soldiers have fought alongside one another with no concern for nationality or immigration status. Yet, within the first several months of the Trump presidency, the administration has created […]

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Immigrants and Refugees Are Among America’s 2017 Nobel Prize Winners

Written by on October 19, 2017 in Demographics, Economics, Employment Based, Integration with 0 Comments
Immigrants and Refugees Are Among America’s 2017 Nobel Prize Winners

The Nobel Prizes, awarded annually in recognition of extraordinary achievement in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature, and peace, have once again been won by Americans who came here as immigrants and refugees. Three out of the five Nobel Prize categories included immigrants or refugees. Immigrants have a history of winning The Nobel Foundation’s numerous […]

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USCIS Reveals Nearly 25 Percent of Eligible Dreamers Did Not Submit Their Renewal Application on Time

USCIS Reveals Nearly 25 Percent of Eligible Dreamers Did Not Submit Their Renewal Application on Time

Now that the arbitrary deadline for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) renewals has passed, approximately 36,000 young immigrants are in danger of being deported. New data from United States and Citizenship Services (USCIS) reveals that roughly one-quarter of all eligible, former DACA recipients did not submit their application in time to meet the October […]

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As the DACA Renewal Deadline Approaches, 50,000 Dreamers May Face Deportation

As the DACA Renewal Deadline Approaches, 50,000 Dreamers May Face Deportation

With the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) renewal deadline fast approaching, thousands of young immigrants are scrambling to have their paperwork in by October 5 for a final, two-year extension. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has estimated that nearly 50,000 Dreamers have so far not submitted the necessary paperwork and fee, and would […]

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Public’s Appetite for Harsh Immigration Polices on the Decline

Public’s Appetite for Harsh Immigration Polices on the Decline

While undocumented immigration remains a concern among two-thirds of the American public, most Americans, including Republicans, support proposals which provide law-abiding immigrants a chance to remain in the country. This ongoing shift in public opinion was calculated by a new poll from Monmouth University, which showed that support for two of President Trump’s key immigration […]

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Florida and Texas Need Immigrants to Rebuild

Florida and Texas Need Immigrants to Rebuild

With Hurricanes Irma and Harvey ravaging much of Florida and Texas, the states will soon begin a substantial, years-long rebuilding process. The aftermath of previous natural disasters has shown that much of that rebuilding process was carried out by immigrants, many of whom were undocumented. But relying on foreign-born labor to reconstruct Florida and Texas’ […]

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Seniors’ Access to Health Care May Suffer If DACA Is Terminated

Seniors’ Access to Health Care May Suffer If DACA Is Terminated

Industries across the nation may find themselves in dangerously short supply of workers if no solution is found for the 800,000 young immigrants now at risk of deportation due to the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative. One industry, however, may be struck particularly and immediately hard: health care. The Trump […]

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Trump Bows to Threats by Attorneys General and Ends DACA Initiative

Trump Bows to Threats by Attorneys General and Ends DACA Initiative

The Trump administration brought the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals initiative (DACA) to an end on Tuesday, striking one of the largest blows to America’s immigrant community since taking office. Despite promising to show recipients of the Obama-era initiative “great heart,” the administration announced that it will officially rescind the program after being threatened with litigation […]

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