American Immigration Weekly Recap – February 27th to March 3rd

Vetting Fears Raised by Border Agent Hiring Plan

An immigration memo from U.S. Department of Homeland Security reveals that the agency will be hiring around 5000 new border agents and 500 new marine and air agents. James Tomsheck, a former official at U.S. Customs and Border Protection has asked if the Trump administration will be able to properly vet new border agents. Read more.

California Lawmakers Demand Immigrant Arrest Records

Followed by immigration roundups of a large number of undocumented immigrants, democrat leaders in the California Legislature have asked the federal government for clarification of its immigration enforcement policy. Read more.

Increase in Arab Demand for Investor US Visas

In an attempt to beat possible immigration crackdowns by President Donald Trump, wealthy Arabs are hurriedly signing up for the immigrant investor program through which they can get green cards in the U.S. Three businesses in Dubai, that offer legal advice on immigration, claim that the demand for EB-5 visa has increased after President Donald Trump issued an executive order banning people from certain countries from coming to the U.S.

Trump Includes Immigration Reform in Congress Speech

President Donald Trump, in his first speech to the U.S. Congress, said that he was open to a real and positive immigration reform. He said that the country should adopt a merit-based immigration system that would save dollars and help struggling families by raising workers’ wages. He said that a tax relief will be provided to the middle class and the country’s borders will be strengthened.

Dragnet Raids Expanded by US Immigration Authorities

President Donald Trump said that criminals, drug dealers, and gang members who threaten America were being removed from here. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents arrested 11 undocumented immigrants close to Woodburn, Oregon. In the operation that failed to catch the two main targets, ICE arrested one immigrant who had no criminal convictions.

Haitian Immigrants Settling in Mexico

Changes to the U.S. immigration policy has resulted in immigrants from Haiti being stranded in Mexico. Read more.