Civil Rights Groups Condemn Proposal to Collect Social Media Data from Chinese Travelers

Civil Rights Groups Condemn Proposal to Collect Social Media Data from Chinese Travelers

SAN FRANCISCO — Civil rights organizations are sounding the alarm over a proposal by Trump’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that would require visa holders from China to turn over their social media “handles.”

Over 30 civil rights groups signed onto a letter opposing the plan, saying it would increase racial profiling, erode internet freedom and privacy, and would not be effective at advancing security.

“There is no rational or substantiated argument for this proposal,” said Vincent Pan, director of Chinese for Affirmative Action. “The only thing we can speculate is that it is part of a larger policy against people of color and immigrants.”

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Congressman Pallone Wants Trump Admin. to Step Back from Toxic Rhetoric on Immigration

Congressman Pallone Wants Trump Admin. to Step Back from Toxic Rhetoric on Immigration

Congressman Frank Pallone Jr., D-N.J., a co-founder of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans, held a roundtable discussion with South Asian community leaders at a temple in Edison, N.J., to address immigration issues and combating hate crime, Pallone’s office said in an April 24 news release.

The congressman and community leaders discussed recent executive orders on immigration by President Donald Trump, as well as the uptick in hate crime across the nation.

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Feds, states target Southern 'Sanctuary Cities,' Leaving Local Officials in a Bind

Feds, states target Southern ‘Sanctuary Cities,’ Leaving Local Officials in a Bind

The Trump administration has continued its crackdown on immigration this week, most recently taking aim at so-called “sanctuary cities.” In January, President Donald Trump issued an executive order threatening to withhold federal funding from these cities which, to varying degrees, limit their entanglement in federal immigration enforcement to promote local public safety and community trust.

The administration has followed up on Trump’s directive, with the Department of Homeland Security recently releasing a list of jurisdictions it said didn’t comply with the agency’s requests to detain undocumented immigrants in local custody beyond their scheduled release — a tactic some have criticized for flaming unfounded notions that immigrants are criminals or that they increase crime.

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USCIS Reaches FY 2018 H-1B Cap

WASHINGTON – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has reached the congressionally mandated 65,000 visa H-1B cap for fiscal year 2018. USCIS has also received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to meet the 20,000 visa U.S. advanced degree exemption, also known as the master’s cap.

The agency will reject and return filing fees for all unselected cap-subject petitions that are not duplicate filings.

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Putting American Workers First: USCIS Announces Further Measures to Detect H-1B Visa Fraud and Abuse

WASHINGTON – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced multiple measures to further deter and detect H-1B visa fraud and abuse. The H-1B visa program should help U.S. companies recruit highly-skilled foreign nationals when there is a shortage of qualified workers in the country. Yet, too many American workers who are as qualified, willing, and deserving to work in these fields have been ignored or unfairly disadvantaged. Protecting American workers by combating fraud in our employment-based immigration programs is a priority for USCIS.

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New Push Urges Immigrants to File for Citizenship in Illinois

Why I Became a Citizen at 79

In March 2008, my life took a big turn when I moved to the United States from the Philippines. I was full of hope as I stepped off the plane in Los Angeles. The warm air reminded me of home, but that familiarity quickly disappeared as I found myself in America’s second biggest city.

In my rural hometown of Pampanga most houses were unpainted, made of cheap materials and in desperate need of repair. Not everyone in my neighborhood had access to clean drinking water and with the high cost of household appliances, few could afford to own an electric stove. It was a huge contrast to Los Angeles, with its massive buildings, electric grids for miles on end and people from all over the world.

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How Film Director Adriana Ledesma, Found Her American Dream

How Film Director Adriana Ledesma, Found Her American Dream

Born in Mexico, Adriana Ledesma has always been in love with films. It’s in her blood, the rush, and the excitement that comes while being a storyteller. So when the opportunity came to fully explore that love she held on to it and followed it all the way to Los Angeles, California in the U.S.A. A whole new world with challenges but with it came the chance to do more than she had ever imagined.

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