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 may be eligible to file an adjustment of status application for lawful permanent resident status without having to return to their home country for visa processing. Filing to obtain a green card through an adjustment of status application provides a convenient method to gain lawful permanent residency inside 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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G-325a Biographic (Fingerprinting) Information Application

Immigrants usually submit Form G-325A, Biographic information along with their green card or other applications as part of the overall package for review by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS.) USCIS agents use the information on the fingerprinting form as part of the vetting process to make decisions on each individual immigrant case. As with …

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Republican Lawmakers Discuss DACA

Lawmakers get political as the deadline for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program looms within the framework of Congressional agreement on a budget. For Republican leadership, the situation creates a kind of balancing act between proposals for a legislative DACA fix while also attempting to leverage their majority position around funding appropriations, border …

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Policies on Low-Skilled Immigration Hold Economic Fallout

Government policy around low-skilled and undocumented labor include economic reverberations that affect the U.S. economy from both business and consumer points of view. Sectors reliant on increasingly elusive low-skilled labor– including agriculture, construction, health care, food preparation and others– could result in higher costs for production and higher prices for consumption. “The enormous demand for …

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