OPT Jobs Hit New 2017 Highs Despite Slower Growth

Optional Practical Training (OPT), a program designed to enable foreign graduates of U.S. colleges and universities to work in the United States, hit a record high in 2017. Nonetheless, overall growth in the program slowed dramatically. Similar to the H-1B visa program, the OPT program provides a means for foreign graduates to remain in the …

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Immigration Courts Trial Electronic Filing Program

Immigration courts around the country begin trialing an electronic filing system as part of a pilot program that’s designed to reduce paper use among federal entities. The pilot, which began in San Diego and York, Pennsylvania in July, Atlanta and Denver courts in August and then Baltimore and Charlotte, North Carolina in September, tests feasibility …

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USCIS Accepting Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Applications

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) encourages local community organizations focused on serving immigrants through citizenship preparedness and civic assimilation programs to apply for grant funding. Through the Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Program, USCIS provides up to $10 million in grants for organizations assisting lawful permanent residents– green card holders– with lessons in English, U.S. …

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Somalia TPS Designation Extended

Ongoing armed conflict, along with extraordinary and temporary conditions, supports continuing the current Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Somalia’s approximately 500 beneficiaries. The 18-month continuance of the designation gives nationals the option to maintain the status through March 17, 2020. The extension decision by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and announced …

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Veteran Latino Politician Receives Dem Party Endorsement in California

Winning the endorsement of California’s Democratic Party in early July, veteran Latino politician and state Sen. Kevin de León makes a run at unseating U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein– a fixture in national politics. With the upset by de León, a long-time advocate around immigrant-rights, no doubt the topic of immigration and issues surrounding it will …

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Big Tech Struggles with Immigration Policies

As the continued failure of immigration reform measure remains a hallmark of Congressional leadership, large technology companies ponder the future of their workforce. The lack of political direction forces leaders in the technology industry to prepare for a wide range of scenarios to ensure the best outcomes for the business and for people working in …

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Latino Unemployment Rate Hits Lowest Level on Record

In June of 2018, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recorded the lowest Latino unemployment rate — 4.6 percent — since the bureau began keeping records in the early 1970’s. The statistic, down from the May level of 4.9 percent, counts Latinos aged 16 and older. The rate, on a downward trajectory since February 2009, …

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Pew Measures Shifting Attitudes on Immigration

Pew Research Center measures an upward shift in the long-term favorability opinions around immigrants and immigration levels, a change mostly driven by Democrats. Based on a survey conducted between June 5-12 among 2,002 adults, Pew reports a rise in the share of respondents who support increasing documented immigration and a decline among the share of …

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TPS Extended for Yemen

Conditions in Yemen warrant ongoing Temporary Protected Status (TPS) as ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary and temporary conditions continue to exist in the country. With the extension, individuals from Yemen who hold the protected status are eligible to re-register for a TPS extension for 18 months, through March 3, 2020. Interestingly, Yemen is 1 of …

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Latinos Push to Develop Significant Voting Bloc

Growing discontent around President Donald Trump’s policies on immigration spawns voter activism among some Latinos in response to pivotal elections on the short- and long-term horizons. With civic organizational efforts around voter registration as well as individual moves toward attaining naturalized U.S. citizenship, many Latinos are seeking to elect officials with perspectives they feel are …

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