At the Summit of Americas, President Obama shared a historic hand shake with Cuban President Castro and is opening the door to diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba. Further, President Obama intends to remove Cuba from the terrorism list, eliminating a major obstacle to the restoration of diplomatic relations after decades of hostilities. President Obama and Cuban President Castro engaged in the first such formal meeting between the leaders of the two countries in more than a half-century. What does the renewed relations between President Obama and Cuban President Castro mean for U.S. immigration policy? (more…)
Hillary Clinton Candidate for President Immigration Views – According to New York Times, Hillary Clinton supports President Obama’s decision to use his executive powers to reshape the nation’s immigration policy, saying it was needed “to begin fixing our broken immigration system and focus finite resources on deporting felons rather than families.” CLICK HERE to watch video announcing Hillary’s candidacy for President.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has reached the congressionally mandated H-1B 2016 cap for fiscal year (FY) 2016. USCIS has also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the U.S. advanced degree exemption.
USCIS will use a computer-generated process, also known as the lottery, to randomly select the H-1B 2016 petitions needed to meet the caps of 65,000 visas for the general category and 20,000 for the advanced degree exemption.
USCIS will first randomly select H-1B 2016 petitions for the advanced degree exemption. All unselected advanced degree petitions will become part of the random selection process for the 65,000 general limit. The agency will reject and return filing fees for all unselected cap-subject H-1B 2016 petitions that are not duplicate filings. (more…)
Many immigrants see coming to the United States as an opportunity to escape poverty, crime, and abuse and to seek a better life. With tourist visa issued at a low rate, many seek entry into the United States through “back-track” or illegal entry. Some immigrants choose to enter the U.S. by land and foot through U.S. land borders or ports of entry such as Arizona, California, Texas and Canada. Others try to enter the U.S. by air with a photo switch passport or use a United States citizen’s passport to gain entry into the United States. The people who get paid to make these “back-track” arrangements would often sell you a dream and tell you that your illegally entry will be undetected by the United States immigration authorities.
However, since 9/11, (more…)
Department of Homeland Security shutdown avoided today since Republican leadership backed down from battling President Obama on his immigration executive action. House Speaker Boehner introduced a “clean” funding bill today that had no mention of reversing or battling President Obama immigration executive action. The bill passed the House of Representatives and Senate and is on its way to the President’s desk for signature and passage into law. The Homeland Security Shutdown avoided today means that Republicans will not face a backlash from the public. Many federal workers were relieved that the Homeland Security Shutdown avoided and they will not miss any paychecks.
Yesterday, lawyers for the Justice Department filed an emergency motion to lift the injunction blocking the President Immigration Action because it violates the separation of powers under the U.S. Constitution. In the legal brief, lawyers for the Justice Department argue that the injunction by Judge Hanen “offends basic separation-of-powers principles, impinging on core executive functions concerning the exercise of discretion in the complex task of enforcing the immigration laws.” Since it is unlikely that the objections by the Justice Department will persuade Judge Hanen to lift his injunction on the President Immigration Action and allow the immigration programs to move forward, the government’s lawyers also filed a notice that they would appeal the judge’s overall ruling at the appeals court. (more…)
“This is not the first time where a lower court judge has blocked something or attempted to block something that ultimately is going to be lawful, and I’m confident that it is well within my authority.” – stated President Obama confident on immigration, after a federal judge in Texas ordered a halt to the president’s executive actions on immigration. President Obama confident on Immigration is defiant: “I think that the law is on our side and history is on our side, we are going to appeal it.”
A federal judge in Texas, Andrew S. Hanen of Federal District Court in Brownsville, has issued a temporary injunction on implementation of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration – the expanded deferred action for young immigrants was slated to start tomorrow, February 18, 2015. The Federal Judge Stalls Obama Immigration Executive Action as a result of 26 states (including Texas) claiming they will “suffer irreparable harm in this case.” (more…)
U.S. Department of Homeland Security has established a new program called Central American Minors (CAM) Refugee/Parole Program that will allow certain qualified minor children in El Salvador Guatemala Honduras Parole into US as Refugee. This new program was established to provide a safe, legal, and orderly alternative to the dangerous journey that some children are currently undertaking to the United States. (more…)
Immigrants are bracing this week for a showdown between the Federal Court and President Obama’s administration in a pending lawsuit blocks Obama immigration action. Twenty-five states have joined the State of Texas in lawsuit blocks Obama immigration action claiming his executive action on immigration was unconstitutional. This is a classic case of judge shopping as the case was filed in Texas’s conservative-leaning Brownsville district with Judge Andrew Hanen presiding, who is a staunch critic of the Obama administration’s immigration policies. If Judge Hanen decides (more…)