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USCIS to Temporarily Suspend FY 2019 H-1B Cap Petitions

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) begins accepting H-1B petitions subject to the Fiscal Year 2019 cap beginning on April 2, temporarily suspending premium processing for all FY 2019 cap-subject petitions. The suspension, which is expected to last until September 10, includes petitions seeking an exemption for individuals with a U.S. master’s degree or higher. During …

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Border and Enforcement Issues Highlighted with Trump’s Cali Visit

President Trump’s visit to California, his first since holding the Oval Office, highlights the wide gulf of differences around immigration issues like border security and enforcement. The Golden State, which leans heavily Democratic with liberal tendencies around social and economic issues, sits on the front lines in the implementation of any overhaul efforts. The president’s …

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Immigration Approvals Continue, Along With Long Lines

While codified immigration law remains unchanged from when he entered office, President Trump’s policies likely mean more paperwork and longer wait times for those seeking approval to reside in the United States. Though the process is more exhaustive and the wait time is more extensive now than in previous years, one immigration attorney says immigrant …

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Syrian TPS Re-registration Underway

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) extends Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to current Syrian beneficiaries who re-register on or before May 4 this year. With the 18-month extension, the TPS designation remains in place through Sept. 30, 2019. Syrian nations who extend their TPS can also request new Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) with an expiration …

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Pew Profiles DACA Immigrants

As the fate of the nation’s immigrant Dreamers– beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program– remains in the balance, Pew Research offers a demographic profile. The young people eligible as DACA recipients include a small portion of those who’ve adjusted their legal status and received green cards, essentially opting out of governmental …

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DACA Renewal Window Remains Open– Potentially Indefinitely

The Supreme Court rejects the Trump Administration’s efforts to bypass lower courts in the president’s appeal of a federal judge’s decision that states the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program must continue. The High Court’s decision means challenges to President Trump’s decision to end DACA continue through normal channels, without leapfrogging the appropriate appellate …

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Denaturalization by USCIS and DOJ

Stating an intention to prosecute some 1,600 cases, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) cracks down on fraud with the pursuit of denaturalization proceedings. With the prosecutions, federal officials seek to root out those individuals who unlawfully obtained citizenship. USCIS, an agency that operates under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS,) referred the cases to …

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GOP Moderates Targeted by DACA Activists

As the March 5 deadline that ends the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program fast approaches, activists target Republican moderates to pass legislation that offers a fix for beneficiaries. With an ad campaign targeted toward districts represented by House Speaker Paul Ryan and other GOP officials, activists aim to call out leadership complacency as …

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Latino Identity Fades with Immigrant Generations

Although 18 percent of Americans self-identify as Hispanic or Latino– the nation’s second-largest racial or ethnic group– the ancestral heritage connection fades over time. Third- and fourth-generation Latinos– U.S.-born children with immigrant parents, grandparents or other relatives– self-identify as Hispanic at dramatically lower rates than their elders. According to a report from The Pew Research …

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Fed Branches Send Mixed Messages on DACA

Confusion persists around the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program– slated to end March 5– as immigrants continue receiving mixed messages from the various branches of the federal government. While lawmakers in Congress undertake discussions around the nation’s immigration laws, a federal judge in New York rules the government must fully restart the program …

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