American Immigration Weekly Recap – February 20th to 24th

Hundreds of Cuban Immigrants Deported

The decision to end the U.S. policy that provided Cubans with a preferred immigration status has resulted in the removal of over 680 Cuban immigrants from the U.S. These immigrants have been sent back to Cuba.

Trump Expands Immigrant Groups to Be Deported

The Trump administration is planning to expand the kind of immigrants who immigration authorities can target for deportation. President Donald Trump wants to reinstall his signature policy to prevent refugees and immigrants from getting into the U.S. by issuing a new executive order.

Hiring of Extra 10,000 USCIS Officers Authorized

John Kelly, the Secretary of U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), has ordered the director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to start hiring an extra 10,000 agents and enforcement officers. In an attempt to deliver on an election campaign promise made by President Donald Trump to increase and strengthen immigration enforcement, DHS is adding more agents to enforce immigration laws in the U.S.

Police Try to Reassure Immigrants

David Rahinsky, the Police Chief of Grand Rapids, is convincing members of immigrant communities not to hesitate to report crimes if they become victims of crimes due to fear that they might be deported from the U.S. He said this when he attended a meeting conducted by the Hispanic Center of Michigan.

Dreamers Excluded From New Immigration Crackdown

While all undocumented immigrants in the U.S. are being considered for deportation under President Donald Trump’s new tough plans, the new official guidelines show that the DREAMers will not be targeted for deportation. Those who have received protections under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program will not be affected and the program will remain in place.

African US Immigration Continues to Rise

Pew Research Center’s data shows that the U.S. is still a prime destination for immigrants from Africa. The number of immigrants coming from Africa has increased by more than 50 percent. Read more.

No Mass Deportations, Kelly Says

John Kelly, Secretary of DHS has promised that there will be no mass deportations from the U.S. He made his comments in Mexico City and told that the military will not involve in enforcing immigration laws in the country.

Immigration Biggest Problem for Congress and President, Poll Finds

According to a new poll from CBS News, Americans believe that the most important issue that must be tackled by the U.S. Congress and President Donald Trump is immigration. Jobs and the economy are two other things most Americans are concerned about. Health care stands third in the ranking.