American Immigration Weekly Recap – April 17th to 21st

Immigration Fighters on Both Sides Nervous about Trump

Supporters and opponents of immigration reform are both worried about the intentions of President Donald Trump. While the supporters are furious over the President’s actions and want him to offer undocumented immigrants a path to legal status, opponents are afraid that Trump may not keep his election promises like building a wall and deporting undocumented immigrants.

Homeland Security Chief Rejects Deportation Force Notion

John Kelly, the Secretary of U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), rejected the idea that his agency is creating a “deportation force,” in his interview on the NBC television program. He said that the DHS has plans to hire 10,000 new Customs and Immigration Enforcement officials and 5000 new border security agents. He said that the Trump administration focusses on deporting criminals.

Overstayed Visas Main Source of US Illegal Immigration

DHS data shows that around 527,127 nonimmigrants who came to the U.S. either by ship or plane and should have left the U.S. in 2015, did not do so. According to the Associated Press, those who come to the U.S. on nonimmigrant visas and overstay them are the main source of illegal immigration. Read more.

US Immigration Policies Reformed by New Executive Order

President Donald Trump has ordered the U.S. federal agencies to tighten up the H-1B work visa program that brings high-skilled immigrant workers to the country. His order, known as “Buy American and Hire American,” aims at fulfilling his election promise to put “America first.” He wants to put an end to the abuse of the U.S. immigration system.

New High-Tech Green Cards to Be Issued

New green cards and Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) with fraud-resistant features and enhanced graphics will be issued from May 1, 2017. Read on to know more about the new green cards and EADs.

The US Most Generous Nation on Immigration, Sessions Says

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that the U.S. is the nation with the most generous immigration policies in the entire world. Read more.