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Dems Face Double-Edged Immigration Sword

As California leads the nation in immigrant protections and advocacy policies– prompting some pundits to call it a “sanctuary state” of sorts–  Democrats on the national stage walk a political tightrope. As lawmakers in California double down against cooperation with federal enforcement efforts, Democrats in Washington D.C. worry supporting the more liberal policy approaches put …

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Citizenship Application Rates Flounder Among Mexican LPRs

While citizenship applications among lawful permanent residents (LPRs)– green card holders– reaches its highest level in two decades, the naturalization rate among Mexicans– the single largest group of LPRs in the country–  lags well behind eligible applicants from other countries of origin. According to the latest available numbers, approximately two-thirds of eligible immigrants had applied …

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New Citizens Celebrate America’s Birthday

Immigrants across the country swear the Oath of Allegiance on the Fourth of July when America celebrates 241 years of independence through the Declaration of Independence, the founding document of the United States. Nearly 15,000 immigrants become new U.S. citizens in more than 65 Independence Day-themed naturalization ceremonies taking place in regions around the nation. …

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USCIS Updates Green Card Application Form

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) revised Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status and accompanying instructions to provide better information and to reduce complexity around the form. The updates are intended to increase the efficiency of the adjudication process by reducing errors and requests for evidence. “The revised version gives applicants …

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Diversity Expansion Underscores New Census Estimates

Estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau show all race and ethnic groups grew year-over-year from June 30, 2015, through June 30, 2016. Those categorized in the white demographic increased at the slowest rate while non-white Hispanics, Asians, and people who identify as multiracial grew much more rapidly in comparison. Census numbers show both the Asian …

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WH Tech Talk Spawns Immigration Policy Conversations

As Silicon Valley executives and investors assemble at the White House for discussions around government and technology, industry titans chime in on immigration policy. Representatives from  Apple, Oracle, Microsoft and more than a dozen other companies hope to influence Trump Administration policy to allow more highly-skilled workers to immigrate to the United States. “Left unaddressed, …

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New York Immigration Court Backlog Grows

As one prong of the Trump administration’s efforts in addressing immigration issues centers on the judiciary aspects, resources are draining from New York City’s immigration courts– the busiest in the nation with a current backlog of some 80,000 cases. With an emphasis on the southern border, immigration judges temporarily re-assigned to hear cases in Texas …

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