American Immigration Weekly Recap – June 5th to 9th

San Jose Law Could Limit ICE Cooperation

San Jose Councilman Lan Diep has proposed a law named “Shield Our City” that would prevent the city’s police department from making any agreement with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The proposed law would also force the ICE to gain permission before it carries out raids in schools, churches, hospitals, and courthouses.

The US Can Ask for Social Media Accounts

Overseas travelers applying for U.S. visas may be required to provide details about their email addresses and social media accounts. Read more.

Immigrants Could Be More Thoroughly Vetted, Cardin Says

Senator Ben Carlin said that the vetting process in the U.S. is not enough and said that the country can do a better job of vetting those coming to the U.S. Read more.

Arrest of 70 Suspected Undocumented Immigrants in Dallas

70 individuals suspected of being undocumented immigrants were arrested in Dallas. 64 men and six women were arrested by ICE agents as a part of the agency’s three-day operation.

Cruz to Give Speech at EB-5 US Visa Conference

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz is scheduled to speak at the 2017 San Francisco EB-5 & Investment Immigration Convention late next month. According to Related Companies, a co-sponsor for the event, he will speak to immigration attorneys, developers, and EB-5 visa agents.

NYC Warns Immigrants About US Visa Scam

U.S. Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) in New York City is warning undocumented immigrants about a visa scam. Scam artists are falsely telling undocumented immigrants that they can get a U.S. visa if they have resided in the U.S. for at least ten years. This scam is known as the “10 Year Visa Scam.”

437,000 Backlogged Deportation Cases in US Immigration Courts

U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) says that U.S. immigration courts have a backlog of around 437,000 deportation cases. GAO says that the case backlog doubled from fiscal years 2006 to 2015. There are 437,000 pending cases for which hearings have been scheduled for February 2022.

ICE Intends to Continue Courthouse Arrests

Matthew T Albence, the executive associate director of ICE, has sent a letter to the Michael Hancock, the Mayor of Denver, saying that the ICE agents will continue to search for suspects in courthouses. In the letter he also says that the visitors are screened for weapons and other contraband.