America only wants the ‘best’ immigrants, but would its own people pass the test?

The Trump administration’s determination to revamp the American immigration system appears to be boundless. From its proposed redefinition of which public benefits immigrants can use without being labeled a “public charge” to its steep reduction in the US’s refugee ceiling to its sudden withdrawal of legal status for immigrants from countries like Haiti and El Salvador to Donald Trump’s recent flirtation with ending birthright citizenship, the administration appears willing to stretch, change or even break US laws en route to an ill-defined effort to remake American immigration around a “merit-based” approach.

Details

Here’s what research shows about immigration’s impact on an economy

Controlling immigration was one of U.S. President Donald Trump’s primary arguments during the 2016 election, with him campaigning to limit entries into the U.S. and proposing building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The political debate continues to rage today: Funding for Trump’s proposed $5-billion border wall remains a matter of contention between lawmakers.

Details

Be Golden’ Initiative Spreads Message Of Hope To Immigrants

“A message of hope for people who come here and visit or come here to live,” is how Liz Cedillo-Pereira, the Director of the Dallas office of Welcoming Communities and Immigrant Affairs, describes it.

They’re the work of the “Be Golden” initiative, which aims to infuse the conversation about immigration with the Golden Rule. Several city leaders, including Mayor Mike Rawlings and Bishop Edward Burns, spearheaded it.

Details
Immigration: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Immigration: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

There are as many stories as there are people in this bountiful country. Looking to America from afar, hopeful immigrants may see view land of opportunity as new chapters to write in their books of life. Perhaps they look from afar with rose colored glasses, and see a far better life. Once here, reality sits in. Yes, our country is beautiful and full of opportunity. However, there is also a quick realization that all is not easy and not always safe.

Details

USCIS Clarifies the L-1 One-Year Foreign Employment Requirement

USCIS has published a policy memorandum (PDF, 121 KB) (PM) clarifying the requirement that a qualifying organization employ a principal L-1 beneficiary abroad for one continuous year out of the three years before the time of petition filing (“one-year foreign employment requirement”). This clarification is intended to ensure consistent adjudication of L-1 petitions by providing a standard basis for calculating time for the one-year foreign employment requirement.

Details

A Son Of Immigrants Makes The Case For Skills-based Immigration

Practical and emotion-free proposals to immigration issues are hard to come by these days.

But National Review and The Atlantic writer Reihan Salam has taken up the challenge. In his new book, the son of Bangladeshi immigrants suggests a compromise: an amnesty for long-time undocumented immigrants coupled with a merit-based system that would benefit high-skilled immigrants.

To strike such a deal, progressives and conservatives would have to make hard concessions. The first headache? Selling the idea of an amnesty to conservative Republicans.

Details
Ilhan Omar, First Muslim Refugee Woman Heads To Congress

Ilhan Omar, First Muslim Refugee Woman Heads To Congress

For Omar the mission is simple, put a check on the rhetoric of fear and division in the immigrant community. On the heels of her landslide victory in Minnesota’s 5th district with 78 percent of the vote, the Somali-American who ran as a Democrat in the 2018 midterm elections, resolved that she would propel an agenda of moving the country in a more hopeful, inclusive and prosperous direction.

Details

US appeals court rules against Trump on DACA immigration program

A U.S. appeals court in California ruled on Thursday that President Donald Trump’s administration must continue a program begun under former President Barack Obama that protects hundreds of thousands of immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children.

The decision by the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals preserves the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program introduced in 2012 that has shielded from deportation a group of immigrants dubbed “Dreamers” and has given them work permits, though not a path to citizenship.

Details

2018 Midterms and Immigration: What Will Congress Do Next?

While the pundits digest the lessons to be learned from the 2018 midterm elections, one takeaway is immediately clear: many Americans want Congress to resume its critical role of checks and balances on the Trump administration and its overzealous immigration agenda.

Democrats’ control of the House of Representatives offers significant opportunity for the 116th Congress to hold the administration accountable for altering the immigration landscape.

Details