The U.S. Supreme Court is currently deliberating over whether to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, following oral arguments this past Tuesday. The decision puts the fate of some 800,000 young people on the line.
It has become an increasingly uncertain time for immigrants living in the United States. Undocumented immigrants – and even legal green card or visa holders – are at increased risk of sudden and unexpected removal from the country by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Immigrants have come under fire under the current administration. The White House has sought to pass laws and change policies that directly hurt both documented and undocumented immigrants in our country – as well as asylees seeking refuge here.
Immigration has been a heated topic of debate among political parties in recent years. Conservative groups pushing for stricter immigration restrictions all seem to tout the same basic principles: legal immigration is good; illegal immigration is bad.
Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court voted to allow—at least temporarily—a rule that the current administration announced this past July. The policy blocks many Central American migrants from seeking asylum in the U.S.
An undocumented immigrant in the U.S. faces many disadvantages. They are more prone to exploitation at work. If they are the victim of crime, they may be afraid to report it to the police. If they become sick or injured, even going to the doctor can put them at risk of deportation.
The Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019 passed in the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday, the latest step toward addressing the backlog of green card applications we have covered in recent weeks. The bill passed with support from both sides of the aisle, with a final vote of 365 in favor and 65 against.
The Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act, which was fast-tracked in the U.S. House of Representatives and is set for a vote this week, aims to remove country-based limits in the employment immigration system. The bill has drawn support from both Republicans and Democrats and focuses on reducing wait times for highly-skilled workers.
“Consular processing” refers to the process of applying for a visa while outside the United States, through an embassy or consulate. Some go through this procedure before entering the U.S., while others who have been in the United States for a time must go back to their home country for consular processing.
Proposed immigration laws unveiled last week aim to scale back the system that has allowed immigrants to bring their spouses and families to the United States for decades. Instead, the new plan would favor immigrants bringing certain educational backgrounds or skillsets to the American workforce.