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Low Unemployment Numbers Underscores Need for Immigration

As the unemployment rate has continuously dropped since President Trump entered the White House, the U.S. faces a growing need for immigrants to come into the country. With a presumption that more Americans have entered the workforce to fill jobs, employers must now cast a wider net to bring in their needed workers. President Trump …

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USCIS Bolsters Security of Mailed Docs

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) begins phasing in the Signature Confirmation Restricted Delivery service from the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) in order to boost security. The increased security measures affect Green Cards and other secure documents routinely sent through the mail. Beginning April 30, the agency began using the Post Office’s Confirmation Restricted Delivery …

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Higher Ed a Hallmark of Sub-Saharan African Immigrants to the U.S.

While sub-Saharan Africans tend to represent small population shares in their adoptive countries, immigrants to the U.S. are often more educated than their European counterparts. Combined tendencies of the native population along with U.S. immigration policies jointly contribute to the situation. Typically representing 3 percent or less of the overall population in the U.S., U.K., …

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Attorneys Argue for Continuance of Criminal Victim Asylum

Immigration attorneys argue for continuing asylum for those foreign nationals who are victims of crimes in their home countries where government fails to address criminal aggression. Through a filing submitted by the American Bar Association (ABA) in late April, attorneys say the Department of Justice (DOJ) should maintain the current standard for asylum-seeking individuals as …

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Documentary Celebrates Ellis Island Immigration

USCIS and the Legacy of Ellis Island, a new documentary video created and released by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS,) celebrates federal immigration employees who processed more than 12 million immigrants at the iconic New York port from 1892 to 1954. The documentary relays the story of Ellis Island from the perspective of agency …

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Fed Court Orders Continuation of Both New and Renewing DACA Applications

Federal court judges continue to thwart Trump Administration efforts to shut down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) with rulings saying the program must continue. Besides their rulings around allowing renewals for beneficiaries enrolled in the program, a federal judge in Washington, D.C. most recently said DACA must remain open to new applicants as …

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Citizenship Status Potential 2020 Census Question

With Constitutional responsibility of the federal government to undertake the next census count in 2020, debate heats up around the issue of asking about citizenship status. After Trump Administration officials announced in March intentions to add the question, a vocal outcry from critics quickly followed. Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau, which operates under …

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San Diego Leaders Grapple with Border City Realities

As the busiest border crossing in the Western Hemisphere, San Diego occupies a unique perspective on immigration as a city with close social and cultural ties to Mexico. The geography of the area means city residents enjoy mutual interests, personal relationships and a general sort of kinship with Mexicans living just over the border in …

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City Leadership Discusses Immigration as Critical to Economic Competitiveness

Civic and business leaders in Columbus, Indiana discussed the critical role immigration and diversity plays in the city’s economic competitiveness within a global economy. The panel discussion, sponsored by the National Immigration Forum, was entitled “Challenges and Opportunities: Attracting and Retaining a Diverse American Workforce and a Primer on Immigration.” China native Ryan Hou, CEO …

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Immigrant Legal Aid Program Suspended During Review

The Justice Department plans to suspend a legal aid program designed to educate detained immigrants on their rights in order to review the program. While some federal officials previously praised the Legal Orientation Program (LOP), which came into existence in 2003, others doubt the program’s effectiveness. According to The Washington Post, LOP “was created to …

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