Immigrants are protesting the Department of Homeland Security peacefully to express their dissatisfaction with a recent reversal in government policy that will leave many immigrants, who came to the U.S. for jobs, in legal disarray. To show their frustration, they are delivering flowers with notes venting their opinions.
In early September, the State Department issued a Visa Bulletin that encouraged visa-holders from China, India, the Philippines and Mexico to proceed with green card filings. But by the end of the month, there was an unexpected reversal in the Visa Bulletin that have left many scratching their heads.
According to CNN, the change in policy will delay almost 50,000 immigrants from filing the paperwork necessary for permanent residency and has already cost families an average of $2,000 to $5,000 each to prepare applications that have now been deemed worthless. Most of the immigrants who are affected are in the U.S. with H-1B visas, the visas awarded to high-skilled workers.
In addition to the overload of flowers, a class-action lawsuit has been filed by three lawyers against the Department of State, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and Secretary of State John Kerry. Many large technology companies (Microsoft, Intel, Google, Hewlett-Packard) wrote a collective letter expressing their dismay with the change in policy and offer their support to immigrants.