American Immigration Weekly Recap – March 6th to 10th

Speedier H-1B US Visa Processing Option Suspended

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has temporarily suspended the H-1B premium processing option. Starting April 3, 2017, U.S. employers will no longer be able to pay fees for their applications to be processed faster. All applicants will now have to wait between two and six months to know about the status of their applications.

Aggressive Sweeps for Undocumented Immigrants

Immigration authorities are now detaining undocumented immigrants in churches and courthouses that were once considered to be “safe places”. This has left the immigrants panicked. Read on to know more.

New Travel Ban Executive Order Signed by Trump

President Donald Trump has signed a new executive order, a new version of the order he earlier issued, banning people from Iran, Syria, Sudan, Yemen, Libya, and Somalia from coming to the U.S. for 90 days. Iraq is now not on the list of banned countries.

Air and Coastal Security Cuts Pay for Immigration Crackdown

The Trump administration wants to pay for its crackdown on illegal immigration and the border wall by gutting the Coast Guard and making deep cuts in airport and rail security. Read more.

Mexico Objects to Immigrant Family Split Idea

Mexico is against America’s plan to separate undocumented immigrant minors from their parents, when they try to illegally get into the U.S. Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said that this move of the U.S., if adopted would cause irreparable damage to the families.

Nigeria Unaffected by US Immigration Policy

According to the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria, the President’s new executive order does not impact Nigeria. The embassy said that Nigerians who hold valid travel visas to the U.S., were not denied entry into the U.S. and were not forced to return home. The U.S. has also encouraged Nigerians with valid visas to continue to visit the U.S.

Decline in Illegal Mexican Immigration

John Kelly, the Secretary of U.S. Department of Homeland Security, said that the number of undocumented immigrants from Mexico, illegally coming to the U.S. fell by 40 percent in January and February. The decline in illegal immigration started after the inauguration of President Donald Trump. Kelly claims that this could be due to the executive orders signed by the President.