American Immigration Weekly Recap – July 4th to 8th

Democrats try to prevent immigrant surge

Democrats in the Senate recently introduced a new immigration bill. This bill aims at helping the Central American government to deal with the reasons behind the surge of undocumented immigrants from Central America to the U.S. However, this bill may not be taken up before the November 2016 Presidential election.

Will Canada become the US illegal immigration entry point?

Canada has planned to lift visa requirements for Mexicans coming to the country, from 1 December this year. Immigration watchers believe that visitors from Mexico to Canada are more likely to illegally get into the U.S. from Canada as the U.S.-Canada border it thinly policed.

Immigration changes unlikely whoever becomes President

Republican and Democratic presidential candidates have both promised fast action on immigration, if they win the White House. According to Reno’s University of Nevada political science professor, Eric Herzik, unless either the Democrats or the Republicans also win sweeping majorities in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, the issue related to immigration will continue to see Congress deadlocked.

Clinton unveils US science plan

Hillary Clinton, Democratic Presidential candidate, recently released a technology and innovation plan. This plan includes a proposal that would increase the budgets for research agencies like the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency of the Pentagon.

State Department blocks deportation of violent criminal immigrants

U.S. Department of State thwarted efforts made by immigration agents to deport violent criminals back to China, Liberia and Guinea, that are not willing to take back their own citizens. Now the agents are forced to let these immigrants back on to the streets.

Mexicans indicted over counterfeit immigration documents

Six Mexican nationals have been convicted for their role in creating and selling counterfeit U.S. identification and immigration documents. Read more.

Officials complicit in US veterans’ deportation

According to a new report released by California’s branch of the American Civil Liberties Union, the naturalization applications filed by dozens of U.S. veterans who later faced or were deported for minor offenses, were misplaced or lost. The report claims that the federal government did not make sure that the individuals who served the country received naturalization, though their service entitles them to it.

Illegal immigration bills blocked in Senate

Two bills connected to illegal immigration were blocked by the U.S. Senate. Supporters of these bills claim that these bills would help prevent crimes like that of the murder of Kate Steinle in San Francisco.

Subpar care is responsible for detention deaths

Human Rights Watch says that inadequate medical care at immigration detention facilities have led to deaths of around seven inmates. Read more.