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H-2B One-Time FY 2017 Cap Increase Ends

To thwart irreparable harm suffered by American businesses, Trump Administration officials allowed for a one-time increase of 15,000 H-2B visas. With the September 15 end-date of the program, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) no longer accepts temporary nonagricultural work petitions from U.S. employers. The increase, authorized under the now former Department of Homeland Security …

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California Lawmakers Pass Statewide Sanctuary Bill

With a party-line 27-11 vote, California legislators passed Senate Bill 54 to protect undocumented immigrants in the state. With its passage, legislators send the final version of the proposed law–the California Values Act– to Democrat Gov. Jerry Brown for his expected signature and move closer to a statewide sanctuary. The legislation, which has been described …

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Policymakers Send Mixed Messages on DACA

Just days after the president announced the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, policy leaders send mixed messages on next legislative steps. The latest confusion around the hot-button issue stems from contrary reports around discussions between President Trump and minority Congressional leadership. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader …

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TPS Concerns Follow in Wake of Trump’s DACA Decision

After President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA,) immigrant advocates voice concern over Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for several countries whose nationals have lived in the U.S. for up to 20 years. TPS, a part of immigration law allowing the federal government to grant temporary work authorization and protection from …

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Harvey Aftermath Highlights Undocumented Immigration Issues

As the deluge of Hurricane Harvey and its accompanying phenomenon begins to dissipate, multi-billion-dollar cleanup in and around Houston could require the help of undocumented immigrants. With flooding across 234 miles of Harris County and 51 square miles of Galveston County, the undocumented-heavy construction industry in the state could soon seek to extend work authorizations …

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Additional 350 Visas Allowed for CNMI Workers

Signing the Northern Mariana Islands Economic Expansion Act, H.R. 339 on Aug. 22, President Trump revised the visa classification for Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) Transitional Workers through the CW-1 visa. The legislation adds 350 CW-1 visas to the fiscal year (FY) 2017 CW-1 visa cap, raising the total number of visas available …

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Hurricane Shelters Disregard Immigration Status

As dangerously high winds and rain accompany Hurricane Harvey in southern Texas, evacuations to emergency shelters come with officials stressing a de-emphasis on immigration status. Expecting an onslaught of destruction from the Category 4 event, federal, state and local officials all underscore their objectives to “promote life-saving and life-sustaining activities, the safe evacuation of people …

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Dreamers’ Bargaining Chip Role in Trump’s Budget

According to published reports, White House aides are pushing President Trump to protect Dreamers– undocumented young people brought into the country as children– who would become a bargaining chip in hammering out an overall immigration deal. At its center, the approach intends offering protection to Dreamers in exchange for passage of legislation paying for a …

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