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Could DACA Stay? And At What Cost?

DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, was a policy enacted by the Obama administration in 2012 that was intended to offer children who came to the U.S. illegally as minors and met the requirements of the program the opportunity to apply for a work permit and be granted a two year period of protection from deportation. After this period, recipients of the program, often referred to as Dreamers, would be allowed the opportunity to renew their status as long as they were still eligible.

The DACA policy was rescinded in September 2017 by the Trump Administration, although this was delayed until March 2018 while Congress determines the best way to handle the current recipients of the program. 

What Is The Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act?

Currently, there is a per-country cap on employment-based green cards. In other words, there is the same set number of these green cards available for immigrants from each country. It does not matter how big the country is or how many immigrants from that country are currently living and working legally in the United States. The same number of these green cards are available for immigrants from Greenland as are available for immigrants from India or China.

According to Congress member Kevin Yoder, this has created a nearly impenetrable backlog for immigrants from certain countries, while immigrants from other countries have a much shorter wait to obtain permanent residence. In hopes of solving the problem, he has introduced H.R. 392, the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act.

What Does The End Of DACA Mean For Dreamers?

The Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will be ending. There was much confusion about this program during its lifetime, and there is certain to be even more as it comes to an end. Dreamers and their families must use caution during this time.

Why Do Immigration Cases Take So Long?

Over the last decade, the average amount of time it takes to resolve an immigration case has increased from 198 days to 650 days. In the process, a backlog of more than 585,000 cases has amassed. That is a lot of people left in legal limbo.

According to an article from Immigration Impact, the reason for the increased duration for resolving an immigration law case is not quite what everyone thought it was.

Will Police Crack Down On Undocumented Immigrants?

Senate Bill 4 (SB4) was recently signed by Governor Greg Abbott, making sanctuary cities illegal in Texas and forcing local law enforcement agencies to crack down on undocumented immigrants. However, according to an article from NBC News, local law enforcement agencies throughout Texas may not be in agreement with the new law.

A Major Change For H-1B Visas Is Coming Soon

Starting on April 3rd, the option for premium processing of H-1B visas will be suspended. This is an option that allows applicants to pay an additional fee for a chance of accelerated approval so they can get to work in the U.S. sooner.

According to an article from CNBC, while similar suspensions have happened in the past, they have always come with a clear date when the option would be reinstated. This time, there is no precise indication when the option for H-1B premium processing will return, only a six month window. This could lead to serious issues for skilled workers from other countries and their prospective employers.

What Trump's Executive Orders Mean For Immigration Enforcement

President Donald Trump recently signed two executive orders pertaining to immigration. They have gotten a lot of attention because they call for the creation of a wall between the United States and Mexico, and for cutting off federal funding for sanctuary cities.

However, as an article from Politico points out, there is a section entitled "Enforcement Priorities" that should not be overlooked, as it may have a dramatic impact on how immigration laws are enforced on a daily basis.

Sorting Through The Myths About DACA

With president elect Donald Trump threatening to do away with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, it is important to understand this program and what it means for young immigrants in the United States. In an article in the New York Times, former secretary of homeland security Janet Napolitano attempts to clarify misunderstandings about the program and explain its true intent.

Latino Voting Bloc's Influence Continues to Grow

Immigration has been a top issue through several presidential election cycles. While Mitt Romney's immigrant rhetoric was certainly considered harsh in 2012, it now seems relatively mild in comparison with Donald Trump's blustery promise of build a wall and have Mexico pay for it. As the election approaches, Trump seems to have moved on to other topics, taking notable and ill-advised swipes at former Ms. Universe Alicia Machado of Venezuela. Trump plays by his own set of rules, but the fact remains that the GOP stance doesn't hold much appeal for most immigrants and their children, with Latinos skewing Democratic at least since the 1980s and Obama winning 71 percent of the Latino vote in 2012.

While past elections of seen large blocs of Latino voters in non-battleground states like California, New York and Texas, the Pew Research Center's Facttank is finding a shift in demographics. The U.S. has seen increase in the number of Latino voters eligible to vote, jumping from 23.3 million voters in 2012 to a projected 27.3 million in 2016. This represents 12 percent increase in the total number of eligible voters. It's projected that two-thirds of these voters will vote for Hillary Clinton.

Preparing For The Naturalization Test

One of the last hurdles to overcome on the road to U.S. citizenship is the naturalization test. It is administered to test an applicant's ability to read, write and speak English. It also tests the applicant's knowledge of United States government and history. Careful preparation for this test is critical for success.

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