Senate Hearing Examines Proposals to Increase Guest Workers

Senate Hearing Examines Proposals to Increase Guest Workers

Written by on March 27, 2015 in Hearings, Visas with 1 Comment

This week, the Senate Homeland Security committee examined various immigrant guest worker proposals. This was the Committee’s third “Securing the Border” hearing this week, after Tuesday’s hearing on transnational crime, and Wednesday’s hearing on root causes of Central American migration. The witnesses all agreed that increasing legal immigration would decrease unlawful immigration across the border—especially […]

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Immigration Agency Issues Long-Awaited Guidance on L-1B Visa Petitions

Immigration Agency Issues Long-Awaited Guidance on L-1B Visa Petitions

Written by on March 26, 2015 in USCIS, Visas with 0 Comments

This week, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) took another crucial step toward administrative reform of our immigration laws. The agency issued for public comment long-awaited policy guidance on its adjudication of L-1B “specialized knowledge” visa petitions. The L-1 category allows a U.S. multinational company to transfer talented employees, who have worked for a related […]

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Charlotte, NC Capitalizing on the Benefits of Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Charlotte, NC Capitalizing on the Benefits of Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Written by on March 25, 2015 in Business, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Integration with 0 Comments

Charlotte, North Carolina, like many southern metropolitan areas, has grown rapidly in recent decades. In 2013, when Charlotte declared itself a “welcoming city,” one in ten residents (10.1 percent) in the Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill metropolitan area were foreign-born, while one-third (32.6 percent) of “Main Street” business owners were foreign-born. “Main Street” businesses are the shops and […]

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Senate Hearing on Border Security Targets Transnational Crime

Senate Hearing on Border Security Targets Transnational Crime

Written by on March 24, 2015 in Border, Congress, Hearings with 0 Comments

At a hearing of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs, which was titled “Securing the Border: Assessing the Impact of Transnational Crime,” lawmakers from both sides of the aisle were largely in agreement as to what the biggest security problem is along the northern and southern borders of the United States: the […]

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Deciphering the Immigration Policy Positions of Ted Cruz

Deciphering the Immigration Policy Positions of Ted Cruz

Written by on March 23, 2015 in Elections with 4 Comments

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) just became the first candidate to officially announce his intention to seek the Republican nomination for President in 2016. In his campaign launch materials, Sen. Cruz highlights his immigrant heritage and recalls his father’s migration story from Cuba to the United States. However, his warm feelings around immigration seem to end […]

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Mass Deportation Would be a Costly Blunder

Mass Deportation Would be a Costly Blunder

Written by on March 20, 2015 in Deportation with 6 Comments

Deporting the roughly 11 million undocumented men, women, and children who now live in the United States—three-fifths of whom have been here for more than a decade—would be a horrendously cruel and inhumane act. The destruction of lives, families, and communities would be immense, with the worst trauma inflicted upon those children who have never known […]

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House Judiciary Committee Signs Off on Comprehensive Mass Deportation Plan

House Judiciary Committee Signs Off on Comprehensive Mass Deportation Plan

Written by on March 19, 2015 in Deportation, National Legislation, Republicans with 2 Comments

Although comprehensive immigration reform was not brought to a vote by House of Representatives, the public still overwhelmingly and consistently supports reform.  Yet yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee approved a bill that would take the opposite approach—not only repealing President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, but imposing the most draconian immigration enforcement scheme in America’s history. Immigration […]

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Government Claims Children in Family Detention Centers Are Not Entitled to Protections

Government Claims Children in Family Detention Centers Are Not Entitled to Protections

Written by on March 18, 2015 in Children, Detention, Family with 0 Comments

The outcry against the detention of children and women seeking protection from violence continues. Just yesterday, over 95 national and local civil rights, human rights, immigrants’ rights, and religious organizations sent a letter to President Obama outlining the mounting criticism of family detention and urging the Administration to follow a recent federal court decision denouncing […]

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The Power and Potential of High Skilled Immigration

The Power and Potential of High Skilled Immigration

Written by on March 17, 2015 in Economics, Employment, Hearings with 1 Comment

Note: Today’s blog features the oral testimony of Benjamin Johnson, Executive Director of the American Immigration Council before the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Read his full written testimony here. Mr. Chairman and members of the committee, thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today on behalf of the American Immigration Council. […]

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Challenging CBP’s Failure to Respond to FOIA Requests

Challenging CBP’s Failure to Respond to FOIA Requests

Written by on March 16, 2015 in Customs and Border Protection with 0 Comments

A class action lawsuit was recently filed by three immigration attorneys and eleven noncitizens challenging U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) nationwide practice of failing to respond to requests for case information under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in a timely manner. Brown et al. v. U.S. Customs and Border Protection alleges that routine […]

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