Immigration Law

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Expert: Programs to Help Afghan Allies "Overwhelmed" Due to Trump Cuts
Posted on 16 Feb 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Miriam Jordan, New York Times, Feb. 16, 2022 "Thousands of Afghan allies who narrowly missed being evacuated, and who have been living in hiding in Afghanistan or illegally in neighboring countries, have counted on a program known as humanitarian... Read More

A New USCIS Mission Statement
Posted on 9 Feb 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Geneva Sands, CNN, Feb. 9, 2022 "US Citizenship and Immigration Services changed its mission statement again , four years after the Trump administration removed the phrase "nation of immigrants" from the agency's statement, a move... Read More

Expert: Houston Chef Hits Trump's "Invisible Wall"
Posted on 8 Jan 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Gabrielle Banks, Houston Chronicle, Jan. 7, 2021 "Every day Chef Sanjay Kumar Kashyap whipped up 30 fresh recipes for a vegetarian Thali-style Indian restaurant in southwest Houston. In a month, he prepared a whopping 900 different curries, dals... Read More

Trump Got His Wall, After All
Posted on 26 Nov 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Rachel Morris, Highline, Nov. 24, 2019 "IN THE TWO YEARS AND 308 DAYS THAT DONALD Trump has been president, he has constructed zero miles of wall along the southern border of the United States. He has, to be fair, replaced or reinforced 76 miles... Read More

Expert: New 'Public Charge' Rule Likely to Mean More Green Cards Denied
Posted on 13 Aug 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Tessa Berenson, Brian Bennett, Time Magazine, Aug. 13, 2019 "Immigration groups vowed to fight a Trump Administration plan to deny green cards to applicants who use Medicaid, food stamps and other forms of public assistance, as experts warned the... Read More

Ken Cuccinelli, USCIS and the FVRA: Steve Vladeck
Posted on 10 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Steve Vladeck, June 10, 2019 " The last time I wrote about the Trump administration’s abuse of the Federal Vacancies Reform Act (FVRA) of 1998 , I opened with Yogi Berra’s famous quip that “it’s like déjà vu... Read More

Expert: Focus on USCIS H-1B Policy, Not Trump's Tweets
Posted on 14 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Stuart Anderson, Forbes, Jan. 14, 2019 - "On January 11, 2019, Donald Trump surprised the business and policy community by announcing via Twitter that positive “changes are coming soon” for H-1B visa holders. What does this announcement... Read More

USCIS Procedural Guidance on Trump's Asylum Ban (Nov. 9, 2018)
Posted on 12 Nov 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Nov. 9, 2018 - "This memorandum provides U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) asylum officers with guidance for considering and processing claims of asylum, statutory withholding of removal, and protection under the Convention... Read More

Tags: caravan , Trump , USCIS , asylum

Expert: USCIS Crackdown on H-1B Visas 'Ultimately Hurts U.S. Workers'
Posted on 16 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Ethan Baron, Bay Area News Group, Aug. 16, 2018 - "A crackdown on the controversial H-1B visa intended for skilled workers has struck Indian citizens harder than other foreign nationals, with federal officials hitting them with more visa denials... Read More

Expert: USCIS, Under Trump, Makes H-1B Visas Harder to Get
Posted on 26 Dec 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Shilpa Phadnisi, Times of India, Dec. 25, 2017 - "In further bad news for Indian professionals looking to work in the US, the Department of Homeland Security is readying a proposal that will make getting an H-1B tougher. It is looking to impose stringent... Read More

Cissna Mulls Changes to 'Public Charge' Regs; "We’re Going to Follow [Trump's] Directives"
Posted on 28 Mar 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NI ck Miroff, Washington Post, Mar. 28, 2017 - "Immigrants who accept almost any form of welfare or public benefit, even popular tax deductions, could be denied legal U.S. residency under a proposal awaiting approval by the Trump administration,... Read More

Expert: Grassley/Cissna Letters "Exhibit an Overall Anti-Immigrant View"
Posted on 25 May 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Marcelo Rochabrun, ProPublica, May 23, 2017 - "Lee Francis Cissna, President Trump’s nominee to head the federal agency that handles applications for visas, refugee status and citizenship, has put little on the public record in his 20 years... Read More

Trump Administration Tightens Scrutiny of Skilled Worker Visa Applicants
Posted on 20 Nov 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Laura Meckler, Wall Street Journal, Nov. 19, 2017 - "The Trump administration is adding hurdles and increasing scrutiny in the employment-visa application process, making it harder for businesses to hire foreign workers, and companies and immigration... Read More

Tags: visas , H-1B , Trump , USCIS

Will Trump Break Promise to Haitians, Cancel TPS?
Posted on 21 Apr 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Alan Gomez, USA Today, Apr. 20, 2017 - " President Trump's immigration agency is recommending that the U.S. end temporary protections by next January for 50,000 Haitians allowed to remain in the United States following a series of natural disasters... Read More

Tags: Haiti , tps , letter , Trump , USCIS , mccament

Sen. Boxer Calls on USCIS, DOL to Investigate Trump Model Management re Visas
Posted on 8 Sep 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Sen. Barbara Boxer, Sept. 7, 2016 - "U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) today sent a letter to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service Director León Rodriguez in response to a recent Mother Jones article alleging widespread noncompliance with... Read More