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

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

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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The Challenge of Measuring Immigration Enforcement in the United States

The Challenge of Measuring Immigration Enforcement in the United States

The effectiveness of immigration enforcement policies in the United States cannot simply be reduced to removal numbers. In other words, the system’s functionality and fairness cannot be determined by counting how many individuals a president deports each year. An honest analysis should include an understanding of what belies the numbers, as well as a look [...]

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Faith Leaders and Groups Make the Moral Case for Immigration Reform

Faith Leaders and Groups Make the Moral Case for Immigration Reform

Written by on April 2, 2014 in Border, Congress, Faith, Family with 0 Comments

There is an increasing number of people and groups of faith across the country pressing for humane immigration policies. In spite of the legislative standstill immigration reform is facing on Capitol Hill, the faith community continues to lift up the need for immigration reform through various events across the country including the ongoing Fast for Families [...]

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High-Tech Immigrant Entrepreneurs are Crucial to Local Economies

High-Tech Immigrant Entrepreneurs are Crucial to Local Economies

Written by on April 1, 2014 in Business, Economics, Entrepreneurship with 0 Comments

Recently, a growing number of cities and states have begun pursuing strategies that attract and welcome immigrants and immigrant entrepreneurs in order to grow their economies. Encouraging immigrant high-tech entrepreneurship, and addressing the factors that cultivate an environment in which entrepreneurs may be more successful, is yet another avenue for growth cities may wish to [...]

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New Report Sheds Little Light on Deportation Debate

New Report Sheds Little Light on Deportation Debate

A new report from the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) sheds little light on the ongoing debate around who does and does not get deported from the United States. The report would have us believe that the federal government is knowingly letting tens of thousands of violent foreign-born criminals go free. It’s certainly a sensational [...]

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How the Broken Immigration System Hurts Farmworkers Who Pick Our Crops

How the Broken Immigration System Hurts Farmworkers Who Pick Our Crops

Written by on March 28, 2014 in Economics, Reform with 0 Comments

By Adrienne DerVartanian, Director of Immigration and Labor Rights of Farmworker Justice Like many Americans and aspiring Americans, Juan (a pseudonym to protect his identity) has high hopes for immigration reform. Juan came to the United States from Mexico in 1995. Over the past 18 years, he has migrated throughout the country, cultivating and harvesting many [...]

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New Website Documents Border Patrol Abuses

New Website Documents Border Patrol Abuses

An alliance of immigration advocacy groups launched HoldCBPAccountable.org, a website that catalogues lawsuits and administrative complaints brought against U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The American Immigration Council, the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, and the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties have joined forces to document litigation that [...]

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House Immigration Reform Bill Gets Fiscal Seal of Approval from CBO

House Immigration Reform Bill Gets Fiscal Seal of Approval from CBO

Written by on March 26, 2014 in Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Economics with 0 Comments

Ahead of the introduction of a discharge petition demanding a vote on HR 15, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on Tuesday issued its fiscal verdict on the immigration reform bill that has been languishing in the House of Representatives since October 2013. According to the CBO, the reforms called for in the bill would more [...]

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Report Documents Dramatic Shift in State Immigration Policies

Report Documents Dramatic Shift in State Immigration Policies

For more than 100 years, the federal government has had authority over U.S. immigration policies while states possessed only limited power to regulate the “lives and livelihoods” of immigrants living within their borders. However, the past decade has seen an increase in immigration-related legislation including anti-immigrant laws, which have failed both as policy and as [...]

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