American Immigration Weekly Recap – February 6th to 10th

Trump furious over immigration ban appeal court rejection

Claiming that President Donald Trump’s immigration ban was harmful to the American public, a federal appeals panel rejected the President’s request to reinstate his immigration ban. Read more.

Irish undocumented scared of immigration round-up

Undocumented Irish immigrants are now scared that U.S. immigration authorities will perform an “immigration round-up” of undocumented immigrants. Some have already changed their phone numbers to protect themselves. Irish immigrants with minor criminal convictions who fear that they might be denied entry into the U.S. while returning back to the U.S. from Ireland, have been asked to seek legal advice before leaving the U.S.

Trump defends immigration ban

President Donald Trump defended his travel ban on immigrants and refugees from seven majority-Muslim countries. On his visit to the U.S. Central Command, he said that strong immigration programs are necessary to keep people who wish to destroy the U.S. out of the country. Trump also said that only those who love the country must be allowed to come here.

US tech companies take legal action over immigration ban

Tech companies in the U.S., including Airbnb, Twitter, Facebook, Microsoft, Uber, Google, and Apple, have filed legal action against President Donald Trump’s travel ban. They say that the President’s order is preventing them from bringing talent to the country and causing disruptions to the business.

US sheriffs back Trump on immigration

County sheriffs in the U.S. are in favour of President Trump’s immigration ban. Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary said that the sheriffs thanked the President for his policy that would protect the country.

Republican senators propose legal immigration cutback

Two Republican Senators, Tom Cotton and David Perdue, have come up with a bill to cut down the number of legal immigrants to the U.S. Their bill would halve the number of green cards issued in a year. Read more.

US immigration Could demand passwords to social media

U.S. Embassies are more likely to ask people applying for nonimmigrant visas to provide their social media site passwords. Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, John Kelly said that this is to screen out possible security threats. He said that if this idea is implemented, those refusing to provide their passwords and cooperate with the immigration authorities will not be allowed to travel to the U.S.

Most undocumented immigrants in 20 US urban areas 

20 large metropolitan areas in the U.S. are home to a vast majority of undocumented immigrants living here. New York and Los Angeles are two places with the highest share of undocumented immigrants.  Read more.