American Immigration Weekly Recap – April 3rd to 8th

Walker County Wants to House Immigration Detainees

Sheriff of Walker County, Clint McRae said that he and Captain Steve Fisher had met with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agents and talked about providing housing for undocumented immigrants charged with crimes. They had talked about leasing 20 beds in the Walker County Jail to the U.S. government to house undocumented immigrants.

Immigration Benefits Still Available to Caribbean Nationals

Brooklyn-based Roland Ottley, a Caribbean immigration attorney in New York, said that Caribbean nationals who entered the U.S. without proper documentation or overstayed their U.S. visas may still be able to adjust their status to legal permanent resident status in the U.S. Read more.

Computer Programmers H-1B Eligibility Clarified

U.S. immigration officers released a memo that clarifies the process of vetting computer programmers who have applied to get an H-1B visa. According to the new memo, entry level computer programmers will not be considered for a position in a specialty occupation.

Crime Victims May Face Immigration Arrest

DHS said that it could not guarantee that immigration authorities would not arrest undocumented immigrants coming forward to report crimes because they have been victims of crimes. David Lapan, the spokesman for the DHS, says that some victims may themselves be criminal immigrants who pose a threat to the security of the country.

Immigration Reform Needed for Safe US Food Supply

A report from the Center for a Livable Future of St John Hopkins University says that there will not be a secure food supply in the U.S. until the U.S. Congress enacts immigration reform. The report claims that the lack of legal status for undocumented immigrants is threatening the country’s food system and public health.

82 Arrested in ICE Operation

82 people with criminal convictions from 26 different nations, have been arrested by ICE and Enforcement and Removal Operations officers. This operation was focused on the District of Columbia and Virginia.