American Immigration Weekly Recap – December 12th to 16th

Trump to investigate US visa abuses

President-elect Donald Trump wants to put an end to the misuse of H-1B visas by U.S. companies. As soon as he takes over presidency in January, he says that he will order investigations into all visa abuses and put foreign workers coming here with work visas under much tougher scrutiny.

Avoid traveling, DREAMers advised

DREAMers who received deferred action status under President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, are being advised by immigration advocates not to travel abroad once Donald Trump takes over presidency in January 2017. Those advocates believe that Donald Trump will put an end to this program as soon as he takes over the White House and this move would prevent the DACA recipients from traveling back to the U.S.  

Police immigration duties opposed by Connecticut Congressional delegation

Members of the congressional delegation in Connecticut are planning to protect sanctuary cities. Two U.S. Senators, Christopher Murphy and Richard Blumenthal, say that they will continue to protect these sanctuary cities even if Donald Trump cuts federal funding to these cities.

$100 million spent on undocumented minor transportation

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has spent over $100 million transporting undocumented immigrants, according to the Immigration Reform Law Institute’s report. This includes the cost incurred in sending back immigrant minors ordered to be deported to their home countries and transporting them between government agencies. The institute says that ICE should have used this money to enforce immigration laws.

Immigration sweep sees arrests of 82 convicted fugitives

ICE agents have arrested 82 foreign nationals who had previously been convicted of serious crimes like attempted murder and domestic violence. Those arrested during a five-day sweep include immigrants from countries like Brazil, Ghana, China, Haiti, El Salvador, Hungary, the Ukraine, Peru, Colombia, England, Guatemala, Honduras, the Dominican Republican, Mexico and the Philippines.

New Mexico coalition wants immigration reform

Business, community, and faith leaders in New Mexico have created a coalition, calling on the government to offer protections to the 11 million undocumented immigrants living here. They want the undocumented immigrants to be put on a path to American citizenship.

Investment immigration still welcomed by the US

A resolution has been passed to extend the EB-5 US visa scheme. Read more.

Families surge across border creating new November high

More than 15,000 undocumented immigrants trying to get into the U.S. as family groups, were held at the U.S.-Mexico border. Read more.

Georgia lawmaker takes conservative stance on immigration education

Senator Josh McKoon, member of the Georgia State Senate, is planning to prevent undocumented immigrants in Georgia from taking advantage of in-state college tuition. The plan he has proposed and is trying to pass would require undocumented students to pay full out-of-state tuition rate and would allow only the legal residents in Georgia to use in-state tuition in colleges within the state.