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Massachusetts Residents Rally for Immigrant Measure

In a proposed amendment to the state budget, a Massachusetts lawmaker finds faith-based and progressive support in seeking to extend a number of protections to immigrants. But even with the show of support, no prospects exist around the adoption of the Safe Communities Amendment. The amendment, proposed by Democratic Sen. Jamie Eldridge, passed the senate …

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DHS Shores Up Northern Border Strategy

With an updated Northern Border Strategy, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) focuses on border safeguards, safe and efficient cross-border trade and travel and also strengthening cross-border infrastructure protection. The new strategy goals and objectives draws on threat analysis conducted by the department in 2017 and replaces the 2012 Northern Border Strategy. Describing the …

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DACA Hinders Military Recruitment

While military recruitment efforts historically yield a strong presence from Hispanics, current rules around Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) hinder the efforts. The primary issue, increased security vetting of non citizens, means Hispanic DACA beneficiaries find roadblocks around their efforts to enlist. “The share of the active-duty force that is Hispanic has risen rapidly …

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House Republicans Pushing DACA Vote

Moderate and conservative Republicans in the House of Representatives wrangle over taking an immigration vote to the floor just months ahead of midterm elections this fall. With current GOP control, representatives hope to hammer out a deal before Democratic-supported legislation enters into the overall debate. Both moderate and conservative Republicans support efforts to protect Deferred …

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Language Emphasis Shifts with Latino Generations

While U.S. Latinos view Spanish as an important element of cultural heritage, successive generations place less emphasis on the language than earlier immigrant arrivals. The more distant immigrant connections become, ensuring the language lives on with children declines as a priority. The snapshot on the use of Spanish within Latino homes, reported by analysts with …

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Ed. Sec. Says Immigration Status Not a School Subject

Immigration advocates scored a win of sorts in early June as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos declared her view that the immigration status of students is an irrelevant topic in schools. Her statements, made in the context of a Senate hearing, walk back her May testimony to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. In …

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Honduras TPS Re-registration Underway

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began accepting re-registration applications from Honduran nationals seeking to maintain temporary protected status (TPS) status through termination on Jan. 5, 2020. The re-registration period, including renewal of employment authorization documents (EADs), runs through Aug. 6, 2018. Options for Honduran nationals seeking to remain in the United States beyond the …

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Central America Immigrants Integrate Over Time

A policy analyst with the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank, compiled data on immigrants from Central America that shows cultural integration through language and job skills over time. What’s more, the rate and level of cultural integration and assimilation for the children of these immigrants increase to a point of becoming near indistinguishable from …

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USCIS Launches Redesigned Certificates of Citizenship and Naturalization

After successful completion of a pilot in multiple field offices as well as a service center, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began issuing redesigned Certificates of Citizenship and also Certificates of Naturalization. The redesign, intended as a way to combat fraud and to safeguard integrity within the immigration system, updates the look and feel …

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EB-5 Visa Demand Rises with H-1B Cutbacks

With the imposition of tighter rules on H-1B visas– those visas awarded to highly-skilled workers– foreign nationals look to another visa category as a potential option to gain entry to the United States. The cutbacks in H-1B visas translates to higher demand for visas slated to attract entrepreneurs and business investors– EB-5 visas. EB-5 visas …

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