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Shucks, Oysters are not Agriculture

Guest workers who worked shucking oysters for a seafood company alleged that the company violated sections of the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (AWPA). The company claimed that the AWPA did not protect workers who shucked oysters. In defining "agricultural employment...

How Today’s Visa Restrictions Might Impact Tomorrow’s America

Samuel Granados, Washington Post, Feb. 21, 2017 - "Many tech companies and scholars have raised their voices against President Trump’s Jan. 27 executive order on immigration. The hundreds of researchers and high-skilled workers who could be affected by the travel ban are part of the larger...

White House 'Enhanced Vetting' Memo to DOJ, DHS, DOS (Mar. 6, 2017)

White House, Mar. 6, 2017 - "The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release March 06, 2017 Memorandum for the Secretary of State, the Attorney General, the Secretary of Homeland Security MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE THE ATTORNEY GENERAL THE SECRETARY...

Is Trump Hanging Afghan Allies Out to Dry?

New York Times, Mar. 10, 2017 - "Afghans who worked for the American military and government are being told that they cannot apply for special visas to the United States, even though Afghanistan is not among the countries listed in President Trump’s new travel ban, according to advocates for...

Why Don't They Come Legally? The Answer May Surprise You - Daniel M. Kowalski

Daniel M. Kowalski, special to the Austin American-Statesman, Mar. 14, 2017 - "“Why don’t they come in here legally?” It’s the complaint we hear all the time about the nation’s estimated 11.1 million people living in the country illegally. Usually the question is followed...

Flurry of State Department Cables Highlights Visa Screening - Reuters Exclusive

Reuters, Mar. 23, 2017 - "U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has directed U.S. diplomatic missions to identify "populations warranting increased scrutiny" and toughen screening for visa applicants in those groups, according to diplomatic cables seen by Reuters. He has also ordered...

Houston Doctors Dodge Immigration Bullet...For Now

Lomi Kriel, Houston Chronicle, Mar. 30, 2017 - "On Wednesday afternoon, Dr. Pankaj Satija and his wife, both immigrants from India living and working legally in Houston, were abruptly told by immigration officials they had 24 hours to leave the United States. A new policy, they were told, no longer...

Ag Secretary Says Trump Open to Allowing Immigrant Farm Workers To Stay In U.S.

Peggy Lowe, Harvest Public Media, Apr. 28, 2017 - "U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Friday said President Trump may be open to creating a way for some undocumented immigrant workers to stay in the U.S. and Perdue is already working on a “blueprint” of policy guidelines to offer...

State Dept. May Ask 65,000 Foreigners with 'Threat Profiles' for Extra Info

Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 85 / Thursday, May 4, 2017 - "The Department proposes requesting the following information, if not already included in an application, from a subset of visa applicants worldwide, in order to more rigorously evaluate applicants for terrorism or other national security...

Despite Political Resistance, Use of Temporary Worker Visas Rises as U.S. Labor Market Tightens

Muzaffar Chishti and Jessica Bolter, MPI, June 20, 2017 - "With laid-off workers by his side at campaign rallies, Donald Trump pledged to preserve “U.S. jobs for U.S. workers.” True to that promise, since assuming office, President Trump has issued an executive order and a series of...

Trump Executive Order Slows Visas

USA Today, June 22, 2017 - "President Trump has taken a small step toward "extreme vetting" of foreign travelers to the United States, signing an executive order that will have the effect of slowing down visas for tourists, business travelers and other short-term visitors. The order...

Denied: Afghanistan's All-Girl Robotics Team Can't Get Visas To The US

Hilary Brueck, Forbes, June 29, 2017 - "Their robot may have permission to travel, but six teenage Afghan inventors are staying put this summer. They've been rejected for a one-week travel visa to escort their robot to the inaugural FIRST Global Challenge – an international robotics...

Our Tax Dollars Paid $10K Per Page for Rex Tillerson's 'Listening Tour' Report...But He Won't Let Us See It - Daniel M. Kowalski

Daniel M. Kowalski , July 8, 2017 - Visas and passports are near and dear to my professional heart. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson paid $1,086,250 to Insigniam Holding LLC to do a "listening tour" of DOS staffers. The 110-page report was distributed internally on Wednesday, July 5, 2017....

Battle emerging inside Trump administration over who controls immigration and refugees

Josh Rogin, Washington Post, July 9, 2017 - "When President Trump spoke of the need to defend Western civilization in Poland last week, many saw an effort by him and some of his top White House advisers to redefine the mission of American foreign policy away from building relationships and spreading...

U.S. to Suspend Non-Immigrant Visa Operations Across Russia - State Department

State Department, Aug. 21, 2017 - "Due to the Russian government-imposed cap on U.S. diplomatic personnel in Russia, all nonimmigrant visa operations across Russia will be suspended on August 23. Operations will resume in Moscow on September 1; visa operations at the U.S. consulates will remain...

Trump Signs Bill Increasing Numbers of Temporary Worker Visas for Northern Mariana Islands

Northern Mariana Islands Economic Expansion Act, H.R. 336, signed Aug. 22, 2017 - "...for fiscal year 2017 an additional 350 permits shall be made available..." Congressman Gregorio Kilili Sablan - "Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan said today that President Donald Trump has...

DOS, DHS Impose Visa Sanctions on Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea, and Sierra Leone

DHS, Sept. 13, 2017 - "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced, in coordination with the State Department, the implementation of visa sanctions on Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea, and Sierra Leone due to lack of cooperation in accepting their nationals ordered removed from the United...

UPDATED: U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Turkey Suspends All NIV Services

Ambassador John Bass’ statement on the suspension of visa services in Turkey Diplopundit, Oct 9, 2017 - "On October 8, the U.S. Embassy in Ankara announced the suspension of all temporary visa services for the embassy and consulates in Turkey . The statement says that “recent events...

Expert Jan Pederson: Immigrants Could Ease Growing Psychiatrist Shortage

Laura D. Francis, BNA, Oct. 19, 2017 - "More than 60 percent of U.S. counties, including 80 percent of rural counties, don’t have a single psychiatrist, according to a report from New American Economy provided exclusively to Bloomberg Law. In those rural counties, 590 psychiatrists serve more...

State Department Announces Limited Resumption of Visa Services in Turkey

State Department, Nov. 6, 2017 - "As announced by our Embassy in Ankara this morning, the United States has received initial high-level assurances from the Government of Turkey that there are no additional local employees of our Mission in Turkey under investigation. We have also received initial...

Labor-Starved Ag Businesses Want To Keep Immigrant Workers In US Legally

Peggy Lowe, Harvest Public Media, Nov. 3, 2017 - "Sonny Perdue, President Donald Trump’s Agriculture Secretary, told Harvest Public Media this spring that he is working on a plan to allow undocumented workers to stay in the U.S., and that Trump supports it. “He understands that there...

Expert: Diversity Visa Controversy Calls into Question All Immigration Quotas

Sintia Radu, U.S. News, Nov. 10, 2017 - ""What is the right amount and the right type of immigration for the Unites States?" asks Stephen Yale-Loehr, an immigration law professor at Cornell University . ... [I]t is difficult to assess the impact of the visa lottery on low-skill immigration...

Tech Experts, Rights Advocates Slam Automated 'Extreme Vetting' Visa Proposal - Two Letters

Tajha Chappellet-Lanier, Fedscoop, Nov. 17, 2017 - "The use of algorithms for screening immigrants could easily lead to an “inaccurate and biased” process, a group of artificial intelligence and machine learning experts argues. In a letter to acting Secretary of Homeland Security...

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....

Expert: 'No Way' Foreign Governments Can Game the Visa System to Send the 'Worst'

Robert Farley, FactCheck.org, Dec. 14, 2017 - "Arguing for a merit-based immigration system, President Donald Trump offered a muddled, inaccurate and unsubstantiated critique of a program that annually provides visas by lottery to qualified and screened applicants from countries with low immigration...