American Immigration Weekly Recap – January 9th to 13th

Trump will stop US-Australia refugee deal

Brian Babin, a Texas Republican who criticized the Obama administration’s immigrant refugee resettlement policies, claims that President-elect Donald Trump will put an end to the immigrant refugee deals between the U.S. and Australia. He is also sure that resettlements will no more take place from Manus Island or Nauru.

Republican legislators promise to fund border wall

U.S. Republican lawmakers are willing to give government funding to the border wall between the U.S. and Mexico, to stop undocumented immigrants from getting into the country. One lawmaker claims that it is an effective way to prevent undocumented immigrants from coming here. He compares Donald Trump’s plan to construct a wall between the U.S. and Mexico with the wall of the Israeli regime.

Local governments should be notified of immigrant releases

Representative Henry Cuellar wrote to the Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, questioning about the undocumented immigrants seeking asylum in the U.S. He has asked why the local communities are not being informed when these immigrants are released from the South Texas family detention centers.

Bill may result from Iowa City immigration action

Denison Representative Steven Holt says that he will reintroduce a legislation that would force local and state governments to work with federal immigration authorities if Iowa City fails to enforce existing immigration laws.

Sanctuary cities can be punished by Trump

President-elect Donald Trump will start cracking down on sanctuary cities that try to protect undocumented immigrant from deportation, with the help of the U.S. Congress. He is likely to prevent cities and states that fail to end sanctuary city policies, from receiving federal funds.

Economy and agriculture would benefit from immigration reform

According to USDA Economic Research Service economist Tom Hertz, the U.S. farm workforce is experiencing a strong demand for workers. USDA says that expanding the H2A visa program will increase the farming workforce and also result in the rise in the number of exports and outputs.

Immigration division created by LA County Supervisors

Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has created a division to protect undocumented immigrants. The aim of this division is to fight immigration policies President-elect Donald Trump may come up with.

USCIS issues new green card standards for entrepreneurs

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has set new standards for the National Interest Waiver program. Read more about the new green card standards.

Overhaul of H-1B US visas discussed by Trump

The transition team for President Elect Donald Trump is looking to revamp the H-1B visa program. Stephen Miller, Trump’s senior policy adviser, has also proposed to replace the green card lottery program with a different program that would favor U.S. visa petitions for high paying jobs.