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What the Senate Proposed on Immigration in the Department of Homeland Security Budget

Written by on May 27, 2016 in Enforcement with 0 Comments
What the Senate Proposed on Immigration in the Department of Homeland Security Budget

This week, the Senate Appropriations Committee unveiled and unanimously passed out of Committee their budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which begins on October 1, 2016. The House of Representatives is yet to introduce their version of the appropriations bill. While the Senate has proposed to fund some […]

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How the Asylum and Immigration Court Backlogs Reached an All-Time High

How the Asylum and Immigration Court Backlogs Reached an All-Time High

The current backlogs in the immigration court and asylum systems have long been a problem and the government offices tasked with bringing the backlog down still have much to do. As detailed in the Human Rights First report In the Balance: Backlogs Delay Protection in the U.S. Asylum and Immigration Court Systems, there are four […]

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Lawsuit Against DHS and USCIS Seeks Transparency in H-1B Lottery Process

Written by on May 23, 2016 in Due Process & the Courts, High Skilled with 1 Comment
Lawsuit Against DHS and USCIS Seeks Transparency in H-1B Lottery Process

Each year, U.S. employers seeking highly skilled foreign professional workers submit petitions on the first business day of April to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for the limited pool of H-1B nonimmigrant visa numbers available for the coming fiscal year, which are capped at 65,000 for new hires and 20,000 for those who graduate […]

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H-1B Visa Cap Reached in Five Days for Fourth Consecutive Year

Written by on April 8, 2016 in High Skilled with 0 Comments
H-1B Visa Cap Reached in Five Days for Fourth Consecutive Year

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 7 that the H-1B cap for fiscal year 2017 was reached—meaning that in five business days, U.S. employers filed more petitions for an H-1B visa to hire a skilled foreign worker than the entire year’s allocation of visas available under current law. This means that USCIS […]

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The EB-5 Visa Program Placed Under Microscope in Senate Hearing

Written by on February 2, 2016 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
The EB-5 Visa Program Placed Under Microscope in Senate Hearing

The Immigrant Investor Program, also known as “EB-5,” has become an increasingly important source of investment for development projects in the United States, attracting billions of dollars to the U.S. economy and creating tens of thousands of jobs in the United States. However, that program came under intense scrutiny this week at a Senate Judiciary […]

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Letter to DHS Outlines Problematic Practices That Undermine Due Process Protections for Asylum Seekers

Letter to DHS Outlines Problematic Practices That Undermine Due Process Protections for Asylum Seekers

Even before the recent ICE raids on Central American families began last week, there were serious signs that the government was undermining due process and not providing asylum-seekers a meaningful opportunity to make their cases. Many of the violations were brought to the attention of the immigration agencies by the CARA Project and Human Rights […]

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Second Circuit Requires Government to Notify Affected Parties Prior to Visa Petition Revocation

Second Circuit Requires Government to Notify Affected Parties Prior to Visa Petition Revocation

In a breakthrough decision issued at the end of last year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which sits in New York City, ruled that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) must provide notice of its intent to revoke an immigrant visa petition to those who actually will be affected by the […]

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Congress Funds Government and Extends Immigration Programs for Ten Months

Written by on December 18, 2015 in Legislation with 0 Comments
Congress Funds Government and Extends Immigration Programs for Ten Months

This week, the House and Senate overwhelmingly passed a $1.15 trillion omnibus spending bill that funds the federal government for the rest of the Fiscal Year (FY), through September 30, 2016, as well as a package of tax breaks worth around $620 billion. The spending bill, which was seen as the first significant test for […]

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Recognizing the Vital Contributions Foreign Born Veterans Make to the U.S. Military

Written by on November 11, 2015 in Integration with 0 Comments
Recognizing the Vital Contributions Foreign Born Veterans Make to the U.S. Military

Immigrants bring tremendous skills, talents, and energy to our country – including to our military forces. Veterans Day allows us the opportunity to not only honor those who made the pledge to protect the United States but to also reflect on how the U.S. military is strengthened by diversity in its ranks. There are over […]

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Why Congress Should Eliminate the Term “Alien” from Federal Law

Written by on October 27, 2015 in Legislation with 3 Comments
Why Congress Should Eliminate the Term “Alien” from Federal Law

Last week, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) introduced legislation to remove derogatory language describing noncitizens as “aliens” from federal law. The bill, known as the Correcting Hurtful and Alienating Names in Government Expression (CHANGE) Act, eliminates the use of this terminology in U.S. code and federal agencies’ materials and documentation.

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