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H-1B RFE Rate Skyrockets Under Trump - Reuters

Yeganeh Torbati, Reuters, Sept. 19, 2017 - "The Trump administration is making it more difficult for skilled foreigners to work in the United States, challenging visa applications more often than at nearly any point in the Obama era, according to data reviewed by Reuters. The more intense scrutiny...

Dept. of Irony: Refugees Invited By Charity Make Themselves At Home In Trump's Childhood Abode

Amy Held, NPR, Sept. 19, 2017 - "A welcome mat was literally rolled out for refugees resettled in the U.S. at a somewhat unexpected locale Saturday: President Trump's childhood home. In a very pointed message, international charity Oxfam invited four refugees from three countries to spend...

Reminder: The “Travel Ban” Expires This Morning (Probably Ending the Case, At Least for Now)

Marty Lederman, Sept. 24, 2017 - "By the time you read this, the heart of the so-called “travel ban” will probably be no more. Since June 29, the Executive branch, acting pursuant to Section 2(c) of Executive Order 13,780, has prohibited the nationals of six countries (Iran, Libya...

Travel Ban 3.0 - Presidential Proclamation (Sept. 24, 2017) - UPDATED

Monday, Sept. 25, 2017 - Here are five links regarding the new travel ban: 1. The Presidential Proclamation 2. A White House Fact Sheet 3. A White House FAQ 4. A State Department Alert (with some significant typos : a) for Iran, the chart says "No nonimmigrant visas except F, M, and...

Expert Stephen W. Yale-Loehr Unpacks Travel Ban 3.0

John Surico, VICE, Sept. 25, 2017 - "To make sense of the latest chapter in the ongoing saga that is travel policy under Donald Trump, VICE reached out to Stephen Yale-Loehr , an immigration law professor at the Cornell Law School and renowned expert on the topic. Here's what he had to say....

Green Card Backlogs, Anti-Immigrant Mood in USA Triggers Brain Drain

Suzanne Sataline, Foreign Policy, Sept. 22, 2017 - "Changes in the U.S. skilled visa scheme could trigger large economic and intellectual losses, especially in states with many South Asian residents such as California and New Jersey. Some foreign nationals there wonder if Trump’s policies...

Trump to Cap Refugee Resettlement At 45,000, Marking All-Time Low

Willa Frej, HuffPo, Sept. 27, 2017 - "President Donald Trump is slashing the refugee admissions quota to 45,000 for the 2018 fiscal year, the latest in a series of moves reducing the number of refugees who can seek safety in the United States. Former President Barack Obama had raised the refugee...

Trump Sent Judges to the Border; Many Had Nothing to Do - Politico

Meredith Hoffman, Politico, Sept. 27, 2017 - "On September 4, immigration judge Denise Slavin followed orders from the Department of Justice to drop everything and travel to the U.S.-Mexico border. She would be leaving behind an overwhelming docket in Baltimore, but she was needed at “ground...

Trump Slashes FY18 Refugee Numbers to 45K, Lowest Since 1980

White House, Sept. 29, 2017 - "By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, in accordance with section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (the "Act") (8 U.S.C. 1157), after appropriate consultations with the Congress, and consistent...

White House Sets Immigration Reform Markers (Updated; Annotated)

On October 8, 2017 the White House released several documents related to immigration, including: Immigration Principles and Policies Trump Administration Immigration Policy Priorities, Executive Summary Securing the Border by Deterring and Swiftly Removing Illegal Entrants Enforce Immigration...

David Isaacson on the SUCCEED Act

David Isaacson, Oct. 10, 2017 - "Following the Trump Administration’s decision in September to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program , President Trump suggested in a Tweet that Congress should “legalize DACA” within the next six months . There have been...

'Problems Ensue' - Trump Travel Ban 3.0 Enjoined, Twice (UPDATED)

Hawaii v. Trump, Oct. 17, 2017 - "Professional athletes mirror the federal government in this respect: they operate within a set of rules, and when one among them forsakes those rules in favor of his own, problems ensue. And so it goes with EO-3. ... Ignoring the guidance afforded by the Ninth Circuit...

Cyrus D. Mehta: Stopping H-1B Carnage

Cyrus D. Mehta, Oct. 23, 2017 - "In his inaugural address, President Trump pledged to end what he referred to as “American carnage,” depicting the United States bleakly—as a “land of abandoned factories, economic angst, rising crime”—while pledging “a new...

Executive Order on Resuming the United States Refugee Admissions Program with Enhanced Vetting Capabilities

Executive Order on Resuming the United States Refugee Admissions Program with Enhanced Vetting Capabilities White House, Oct. 24, 2017

Border Wall SNAFU Revealed in Emails

Jill Castellano and Rafael Carranza, USA TODAY Network, Oct. 23, 2017 - "In response to a Freedom of Information Act request, the USA TODAY Network obtained nearly 200 pages of emails sent to and from a CBP email address that was set up in March for companies to ask questions about the bidding process...

Will White House Immigration Wish List Tank Emerging DREAMer Momentum in Congress?

Muzaffar Chishti, Jessica Bolter, and Sarah Pierce, MPI, Oct. 19, 2017 - "Will the Trump administration’s lengthy wish list of restrictive immigration proposals sent to Congress earlier this month upset growing bipartisan momentum on Capitol Hill to provide protection to unauthorized immigrants...

Citizenship Applications Surge as Immigration Talk Toughens

Miriam Jordan, New York Times, Oct. 27, 2017 - "Naturalization applications generally spike during presidential cycles and fall after an election. But this year, the volume of applications is on track to surpass that of 2016, as a perennial backlog continues to pile up. It is the first time in 20...

Trump Wants to Expand Expedited Removal, the Government's Secret Deportation Weapon

Bernice Yeung and Andrew Becker / October 26, 2017 - " Under President Donald Trump, immigration arrests have jumped by nearly 35 percent. They’re happening at courthouses, restaurants and in front of people’s homes. And these days, anyone who isn’t authorized to be in the country...

Edward Alden on DHS' Big Lie - Arresting and Deporting Rosa Maria Hernandez

Edward Alden, Oct. 27, 2017 - "President Donald Trump’s flexibility with facts is so often on display that it can become exhausting just trying to correct all the misinformation coming out of his administration. But I have a nominee for the biggest lie to date. It was told to National Public...

A Washington County That Went for Trump is Shaken as Immigrant Neighbors Start Disappearing

Nina Shapiro, Seattle Times, Nov. 9, 2017 - "Named after a character in a cowboy book, Police Chief Flint Wright describes himself as pretty conservative. A portrait of Ronald Reagan hangs in his office, along with photos of John Wayne, and his father and grandfather on horses — capturing...

CA9 on Travel Ban: Hawaii & California v. Trump

Josh Gerstein, Politico, Nov. 13, 2017 - "A federal appeals court on Monday gave President Donald Trump temporary permission to proceed with part of the third version of his travel ban policy, but it created an exemption from the new restrictions for foreigners with U.S. ties. A Ninth Circuit...

Trump Picks Immigration Hardliner Tom Homan to Lead ICE

Todd Gillman, Washington Bureau Chief, Dallas Morning News, Nov. 14, 2017 - "President Donald Trump on Tuesday named immigration hardliner Tom Homan, who has served nearly 10 months as acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, to run ICE on a permanent basis. Homan has...

CA9 on DACA, Mandamus, Administrative Record: Trump v. U.S. District Court

Trump v. U.S. District Court, Nov. 16, 2017 - "Several sets of plaintiffs sued to enjoin the rescission of DACA under the Administrative Procedure Act (“APA”) and under various constitutional theories not relevant here. ... The government asks us to permanently stay the district court’s...

Trump Administration Tightens Scrutiny of Skilled Worker Visa Applicants

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 attorneys are bracing for more changes soon....

Court Permanently Enjoins Trump's 'Sanctuary Cities' EO

County of Santa Clara v. Trump, Nov. 20, 2017 - "I GRANT the Counties’ motions for summary judgment on the Executive Order and permanently enjoin Section 9(a). ... The Counties have demonstrated that the Executive Order has caused and will cause them constitutional injuries by violating the...