American Immigration Weekly Recap – January 23rd to 27th

Jamaicans spend billions on US visas

The U.S. Embassy in Jamaica says that Jamaicans had paid more than $5 billion in fees for nonimmigrant visas, in 2015. Read more.

Blocked Cubans put their hopes in Trump

Following the decision by former President Barack Obama to end the Cuban Agreement Act, more than 100 Cubans who trekked miles to reach the U.S. have been stranded in Mexico. They all now hope that President Donald Trump will bring back the same policy so that they can get into the U.S.

Use of Electronic Immigration System should stop

John Roth, the Inspector General of U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), has issued an urgent recommendation asking the immigration officials to stop plans to resume using the Electronic Immigration System (ELIS). ELIS was designed to process naturalization applications. Read more.

Young immigrants could be safe under Trump

Applications for deferred action status under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program are still being accepted by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, according to the agency’s spokesman Steve Blando. Deporting young immigrants doesn’t seem to be an immediate priority to President Trump. His aim is to deport criminal immigrants from the country.

Sheriff to honor immigration detention requests

El Paso County Sheriff Richard Wiles has signed a letter from the office of the Governor. This letter requires him to honour requests from federal immigration officials to hold those suspected to be undocumented immigrants in county jail. Wiles said that his department cooperates with all law enforcement agencies that wish to interview inmates held in their jails and that wish to make lawful holds.

Trump targets sanctuary cities and begins wall project

President Donald Trump has signed directives to deny federal funding to sanctuary cities and to begin the construction of a border wall. After signing the measure he said, “A nation without borders is not a nation.” He said that the U.S. will soon get back control of its borders.

Almost a million criminal immigrants remain in the US

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) statistics from 2015 reveal that around 925,000 undocumented immigrants targeted for deportation and who managed to avoid scheduled deportations were living in the U.S. in 2015. Read on to know what the study from the DHS says.

Border Patrol Chief to leave

Kevin K McAleenan, acting Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, reported that Mark Morgan, the U.S. Border Patrol Chief, will leave his post at the end of this month. In a statement he released, he thanked Morgan for his service. Morgan took up this role in 2016.