The December 20, 2017 New York Times article “Without New Laws or Walls, Trump Presses the Brake on Legal Immigration” insinuates that the Trump Administration is purposely slowing down the H1-B visa process by drowning potential immigrants in paperwork and red tape.
Federal Judge Prevents DoD from Blocking MAVNI Citizenship Applications
In a previous blog, I discussed changes to the vetting requirements for service members in the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI) program. Those changes essentially require service members to pass screening requirements that are similar to those for top secret security clearance.
How Would Trump’s Immigration Priorities Affect Immigrant Communities?
Back in September, Democratic Leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi believed that President Trump was onboard with extending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Just a few weeks later, though, Trump released a list of immigration priorities including full funding for a border wall and a shift to merit-based immigration. In a letter to Congress, the Administration stated that those priorities must be included in any bill that addresses the DACA program.
U.S. Citizenship Applications Surge in Response to Toughening Immigration Policies
There were more applications for U.S. naturalization filed in 2016 than in any other year of the past decade, but 2017 is on pace to surpass last year’s application count. Without question, the Trump Administration’s rigorous crackdowns on both legal and illegal immigration are contributing to this surge.
Immigrants Worried Trump May End “Temporary Protected Status” Program
Immigrants from Haiti and Central America are worried that the Trump Administration will end the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program that has allowed them to live and work in the United States. Many of these immigrants have resided in the U.S. for 20 years.
Will N.J. Follow California’s Example as a “Sanctuary State?”
California Governor Jerry Brown on Oct. 5 singed the California Values Act, a law that gives more protections to undocumented immigrants by limiting how California law enforcement can cooperate with federal immigration authorities. According to USA Today, the Act bars state and local authorities from using resources to interrogate, detain, detect, investigate, or arrest people for immigration enforcement purposes. It also prevents authorities from asking people about their immigration status.