Sanctuary Showdown

The California city of Oakland positions itself to take on the federal government as the city council voted to end cooperation with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The council’s legislation echoes state moves implementing a “sanctuary” designation across the entire state effective January 1. On the city level, representatives clarified the position of non-cooperation …

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2017 Chain Migration Approvals Drop

The overall number of family-based visas approved by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in the first 9 months of 2017 show a 25 percent year-over-year decrease. USCIS attributes the drop to an overall slowdown in the adjudication process as officials increase scrutiny on immigration law and the overall vetting process. Through Sept. 30, 2017, …

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DACA Discussions Heat Up the New Year

With legislators back in Washington after the winter break, lawmakers move into 2018 with an agenda to address Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the limbo status currently imposed on beneficiaries. In their first week back in session, representative leadership plan meetings with White House officials to discuss DACA and overall immigration reform, among …

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ICE Reports 2017 Enforcement Numbers

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the agency charged with immigration enforcement and removal operations (ERO), reports year-over-year increases in arrests and interior removals. The focus of ICE officials’ efforts in 2017 centered on the “roadmap of guidance and support to accomplish its homeland security mission” provided through President Trump’s directives. According to an agency report, …

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Dreamers Look Ahead to 2018

Although Congress saw several immigration bills introduced this year, the legislative branch maintained the status quo for millions of people who identify as Dreamers. Because the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program terminates in March, spring 2018 acts as the current marker on the horizon for potential resolution around ongoing limbo– something that has …

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DHS Offers FY 2017 Immigration Enforcement Numbers

Fiscal Year 2017 numbers from the Department of Homeland Security show enforcement activity over 12 months in terms of immigrant border apprehensions and interior removals. During the fiscal year, both U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) apprehension, arrest and removal numbers all show double-digit percentage changes from the …

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Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visas Decline in 2017

Several Trump Administration policies– refugee program cuts, bans on country-specific travelers and extreme vetting– all contributed to 2017’s overall decline in the issuance of both immigrants and nonimmigrant visas. And although visas for travelers in all countries declined this year, the trifecta of policy measures served to fill President Trump’s campaign promise of implementing a …

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Pew Reports on Latino Language Use, Education Trends

In the latest trends reported by the Pew Research Center, the share of Latinos who speak Spanish at home declined over the past decade as the high-school dropout rate within the demographic continues its decline to a new all-time low. The trends reflect fundamental cultural shifts among U.S. Hispanics. Where language is concerned, the number …

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I-485 Adjustment of Status Process Guide

Foreign nationals inside the United States file an adjustment of status application for lawful permanent resident– green card– status without returning to their home country to complete visa processing. Filing for a green card through an adjustment of status application provides a convenient method to gain lawful permanent residency in the country. The process of …

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Who is Eligible For I-130 Petition For Alien Relative

Guidelines for eligible beneficiaries on Form I-130 applications include immediate relatives for both U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPRs)– green card holders, but only citizens can petition for extended family. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requires separate applications for each eligible relative, regardless of a petitioner’s status as a citizen or a green …

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