Tag Archives: immigration

Trump To Ban Employment-Based Visas For Rest Of Year

The Wall Street Journal reports: President Trump is expected to sign an order later Monday temporarily barring new immigrants on a slate of employment-based visas including the H-1B for high-skilled workers from coming to the U.S. amid the continuing coronavirus pandemic, a move his administration argues will safeguard jobs for unemployed Americans. The new restrictions, which officials said are set …

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Trump Vows To End DACA Despite SCOTUS Ruling

The Associated Press reports: President Donald Trump said Friday that he will renew his administration’s effort to end legal protections for young immigrants after the Supreme Court blocked the first try. The high court on Thursday ruled that Trump improperly ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in 2017. Chief Justice John Roberts joined the four liberal justices in …

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BREAKING: Supreme Court Rules DACA Survives

NBC News reports: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the Trump administration cannot carry out its plan to shut down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which has allowed nearly 800,000 young people, known as “Dreamers,” to avoid deportation and remain in the U.S. The decision is a big legal defeat for President Donald Trump on the issue …

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US Border Restrictions To Be Extended Indefinitely

The New York Times reports: The order — which was extended for another 30 days on April 20 — was part of a broad effort, led by Stephen Miller, the architect of President Trump’s immigration agenda, to aggressively use public health laws to reduce immigration as the government battles the virus. But a new order under review by several government …

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Immigration Ban Actually Narrow, Many Key Exceptions

Roll Call reports: Even among immigrant applicants abroad, the order carves out several key exemptions. It does not apply to people who already have green cards or to spouses and children of U.S. citizens. Parents of U.S. citizens, however, are not mentioned in the list of exemptions. It also excludes people who intend to move to the country to work …

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WSJ Board Blasts “Political” Suspension Of Immigration

The Hill reports: The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board blasted President Trump’s decision to suspend immigration, saying it “looks like a political distraction.” “The order’s details haven’t been disclosed, but this looks like a political distraction that could become a major restraint on economic growth if it lasts for any length of time,” wrote the editorial board in its column …

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White Supremacists Celebrate Trump’s Immigration Ban

Jared Holt report at Right Wing Watch: Anti-immigration writer Peter Brimelow and his ​white nationalist organization VDARE have declared “victory” in the wake of President Donald Trump’s announcement that he plans to temporarily cease immigration into the United States. Leaked emails published by the Southern Poverty Law Center revealed ​White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller​’s affinity for white nationalism​​. …

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Trump To Suspend Immigration By Executive Order

The New York Times reports: President Trump said on Monday evening that he intended to close the United States to people trying to immigrate into the country to live and work, a drastic move that he said would protect American workers from foreign competition once the nation’s economy began to recover from the shutdown caused by the coronavirus outbreak. In …

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SCOTUS Backs Trump On “Remain In Mexico” Policy

The Washington Post reports: The Supreme Court on Wednesday said the Trump administration may continue its “Remain in Mexico” policy for asylum seekers while lower-court challenges continue, after the federal government warned that tens of thousands of immigrants massed at the southern border could overwhelm the immigration system. The justices reversed a decision of a panel of the U.S. Court …

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Trump Vows To Block Funds For Sanctuary Cities

Reuters reports: President Donald Trump on Thursday said he would withhold money from so-called sanctuary jurisdictions after a U.S. court ruled that his administration could block federal law enforcement funds to states and cities that do not cooperate with federal immigration authorities. One such “sanctuary” policy opposed by the administration is a refusal by local jails to hold immigrants in …

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Court Rules Cuccinelli Unlawfully Appointed To USCIS

Axios reports: A federal district judge in D.C. ruled on Sunday that Ken Cuccinelli’s placement as the acting top official at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) violated the Federal Vacancies Reform Act. Why it matters: Policies that were put in place under Cuccinelli are now void, including a directive that gave asylum-seekers less time to consult with legal counsel …

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Court Blocks Trump’s “Remain In Mexico” Asylum Plan

CNN reports: A federal appeals court on Friday blocked the Trump administration from sending asylum seekers to Mexico to wait for their immigration hearings in the US, a major blow to the administration as it has increasingly relied on the program to send thousands of migrants back to Mexico. The ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals applies across …

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Appeals Court Sides With Trump On Sanctuary Cities, Rules Millions Can Be Withheld Over ICE Compliance

The Associated Press reports: The Trump administration can withhold millions of dollars in law enforcement grants to force states to cooperate with U.S. immigration enforcement, a federal appeals court in New York ruled Wednesday in a decision that conflicted with three other federal appeals courts. The ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan overturned a lower …

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Miller To Staff: I Only Care About Stopping Immigrants

The New Yorker reports: Miller has a habit of berating officials, especially lower-ranking ones, for an agency’s perceived failures. Chad Wolf, now the acting head of D.H.S., used to advise colleagues to placate Miller by picking one item from his long list of demands, and vowing to execute it. “It’s a war of attrition,” Wolf told them. “Maybe he forgets …

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Post-Brexit UK To Close Door On “Unskilled” Migrants

Politico Europe reports: The U.K. government will not create a visa route for low-skilled migrants and temporary workers in its post-Brexit immigration system, which will give “top priority” to those with the highest skills, including scientists, engineers and academics. A policy paper published Tuesday evening outlines plans for a new points-based system after EU freedom of movement ends in December. …

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Elite Border Patrol Tactical Units To Hit Sanctuary Cities

The New York Times reports: The Trump administration is deploying law enforcement tactical units from the southern border as part of a supercharged arrest operation in sanctuary cities across the country, an escalation in the president’s battle against localities that refuse to participate in immigration enforcement. The specially trained officers are being sent to cities including Chicago and New York …

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Pentagon Transfers $3.8 Billion To Trump’s Border Wall

The Hill reports: The Pentagon is moving $3.8 billion from various weapons programs such as the F-35 fighter jet to pay for President Trump’s southern border wall, according to a notice sent to Congress on Thursday. The notice sent to Congress said the money is going toward the “support of higher priority items” and is “required to provide support for …

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Trump’s Wall Requires Hundreds Of Gates That Must Be Left Open At Times Or Flash Floods Will Knock It Down

This morning it was storm winds, now it’s storm water: President Trump’s border wall likely will require the installation of hundreds of storm gates to prevent flash floods from undermining or knocking it over, gates that must be left open for months every summer during “monsoon season” in the desert, according to U.S. border officials, agents and engineers familiar with …

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Trump’s Grandfather Would Fail Immigrant Wealth Test

Newsweek reports: The Supreme Court this week allowed the administration of President Donald Trump to move forward with implementing its hard-line immigration policy that would deny legal permanent residency to immigrants the government believed could require public assistance. However, it’s not clear that Trump’s own grandfather would have passed the stringent requirements if they had been in place back in …

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SCOTUS Rules For Trump On Immigrant Wealth Tests

Reuters reports: The U.S. Supreme Court gave the go-ahead on Monday for one of President Donald Trump’s hardline immigration policies, allowing his administration to implement a rule denying legal permanent residency to certain immigrants deemed likely to require government assistance in the future. The justices, on a 5-4 vote, granted the administration’s request to lift a lower court’s injunction that …

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