American Immigration Weekly Recap – August 15th to 19th

Few undocumented immigrants in New Jersey apply to stay

Out of the 53,000 undocumented youth in New Jersey who are eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, only 23,000 have applied for it. This shows that only 43 percent of those eligible have applied for a temporary relief from deportation. This is one of the lowest percentages in the country, according to a new report by the Migration Policy Institute.

US immigration detains Bollywood star again

Famous Indian actor Shah Rukh Khan was detained by immigration authorities when he attempted to enter the U.S. via Los Angeles Airport. He was later released. This is the third such time that Shah Rukh Khan was detained by the U.S. Border Patrol.

Illegal immigration already up on 2015

With two months still to go in the 2016 fiscal year, illegal immigration for the year has already surpassed that of 2015. There is an increase in the number of families and minors illegally getting into the country from Central America. Many come to the U.S. to escape violence in their homeland and also believe that the U.S. will grant them amnesty.

Latinos want enforcement but legal status for undocumented

Latino voters believe that the immigrants who come to the U.S. with new ideas help the country gain its entrepreneurial spirit. They believe that the undocumented immigrants must be allowed to obtain legal status in the U.S. Many of them view Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as a more favorable candidate, according to a poll by Fox News Latino.

The US seeks help from Latin America as immigration grows

The U.S. is seeking help from Latin American countries to deal with the increase in the number of immigrants attempting to get into the U.S. from Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Read more.

Cuba keeps up criticism of US immigration policies

America’s Cuban Adjustment Act is not very popular with the Cuban government. The Cuban officials recently asked President Obama to put an end to this program and the professional medical parole program. Medical professionals who receive free training in Cuba go to the U.S. under the medical parole program. Cuba wants the U.S. to end these policies as it wants to retain its human resources vital to its economy.

Analysts say federal program failed to deport criminal immigrants

Analysts claim that the Priority Enforcement Program (PEP) that aims at working with local law enforcement to hold criminal undocumented immigrants, has deported very few such immigrants. A report from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse shows that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement did not improve its performance with respect to getting criminal immigrants off the streets and deporting them.

Thousands of undocumented immigrants caught at border with forged papers

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials working with immigration officials in Mexico have found that many non-Hispanic immigrants cross the southern border of Mexico to get into Texas. Read more.

Undocumented Chinese immigrants remain even after fraud ring bust

Many Chinese immigrants paid huge sums to lawyers, translators and church officials to create stories of persecution back home because of their belief in Christianity. This fraud asylum ring was busted by federal agents in New York four years ago. But none of the Chinese immigrants who were involved in this fraud have had their asylum revoked. Those immigrants are still living in the U.S.