Fed Officials Voice Concern That Immigration Crackdowns Will Lead to Workforce Shortage

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On the campaign trail, President Trump missed no opportunity to share his goal to stem the flow of illegal immigration to the United States. According to USA Today, since the president signed an executive order in January to enhance immigration enforcement, arrests of undocumented immigrants have increased 38 percent compared to the same period in 2016. Although supporters of the …

U.S. Embassy Temporarily Suspends Issuing Russia Non-immigrant Visas

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Tensions between Washington and Moscow have taken yet another downturn. After U.S. Congress approved sanctions against Russia for attempting to influence the 2016 presidential election, Vladimir Putin retaliated in early August by ordering the reduction of U.S. diplomatic staff by 755, or about two-thirds. In response, the U.S. embassy announced that it will be suspending non-immigrant visas for eight days. …

70% of People Detained in Recent ICE Raids Were “Non-Targets”

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At the end of July, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 650 people during a four-day operation that targeted individuals who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border as unaccompanied alien children (UACs) and family units. According to a recent report from TIME, only 193 of the 650 people detained in this second iteration of Operation Border Guardian/Border Resolve were the actual targets …

Supreme Court Says Travel Ban Will Not Affect Grandparents and Other Relatives

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In June, the U.S. Supreme Court allowed certain parts of President Trump’s travel ban to proceed. The ban affects six Muslim-majority countries: Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Yemen, Syria, and Iran. The executive order originally banned all nationals from those countries for 90 days; however, the Supreme Court ruled that the ban could only be enforced against people who do not have …

5 Goals of Legislators Who Are Pushing for EB-5 Visa Reform

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The EB-5 visa program was designed to stimulate the U.S. economy and to encourage job creation in rural and low-employment areas. Although the program has been effective, a recent report from Breitbart News identifies several cases of fraud related to the EB-5 program. Reform has been elusive despite bipartisan efforts to reduce fraud. According to the news site VTDigger, Senators …

Proposed Legislation Would Increase EB-5 Visa Availability and Change Minimum Investment Requirements

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A bill proposed by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) has been heralded by real estate experts and other industries that rely on EB-5 investors. If passed, the spouse and children of an EB-5 visa holder would no longer count toward the annual visa cap of 10,000, which would increase the number of investors who qualify for EB-5 visas. The bill also …

USCIS Denied My I-829 Petition—What Should I Do? Atlanta Employment Visa Attorney Has the Answer

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The EB-5 visa program gives foreign entrepreneurs the opportunity to obtain green cards if they make a qualifying investment in a new commercial enterprise or a regional center. It is important to remember, though, that the process does not end when USCIS approves your EB-5 visa petition; you still have to submit an I-829 petition to remove the conditions of …

Cellphone Snooping Device Designed for Counter-Terrorism Now Being Used to Target Immigrants

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Federal investigators and local law enforcement agencies are now using cellphone snooping devices to find illegal immigrants. These cell-site simulator devices mimic cellphone towers. When phones connect to the device—which can be mounted on a police vehicle—it downloads information such as a history of numbers dialed and connected, the identification numbers of phones, and private messages. Civil rights activists have …

EB-5 Visa Program Extended through September Despite Calls for Reform

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The EB-5 visa program allows foreign entrepreneurs and their families to become lawful permanent residents in the United States if they make a qualifying investment in a U.S. enterprise. On April 28, despite a flurry of proposals to reform the EB-5 program, Congress passed a stopgap funding bill that extended the program in its current form through September. As many …

Texas Becomes First State to criminalize a Law Enforcement Officer’s failure to Honor ICE “Detainer Requests”

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When Immigration and Customs Enforcement suspects that a person is an undocumented immigrant, it can issue a “detainer request” to law enforcement officers, which is essentially a request to hold the person in a local jail until ICE officers can arrive. The purpose of this procedure is to remove undocumented immigrants who have committed criminal offenses from the country, but …