American Immigration Weekly Recap – May 15th to 19th

Businessman on Trial for Promising Citizenship via Adoption

Elk Grove resident Helaman Hansen promised U.S. citizenship through adoption to many immigrants in California who were willing to pay him to help them with getting adopted. Those immigrants have paid Hansen between $150 and $10,000 to become a part of his program. He has been put on trial for encouraging illegal immigration and for fraud.

Immigration Agent Turned Away by School

An immigration official who tried to search for a fourth grader at Queens School, New York, was turned away by the school staff. Read on to know more.

New Report Claims Obama Broke Up Immigrant Families

According to a new report from Human Rights Watch, Former President Barack Obama and his administration were responsible for the mass deportation of undocumented immigrants who had committed no other criminal offenses. Parents of U.S. citizens were also deported, resulting in families being torn apart.

Tough New Immigration Bill From GOP Lawmakers

Two important lawmakers in the Republican Party, Representative Michael McCaul and Senator John Cornyn, are drafting a bill that would punish sanctuary cities. This bill would also establish a mandatory five-year prison sentence for those who re-enter the U.S. illegally after deportation and force the parents of undocumented teenagers to wear electronic ankle monitors to make sure their children attend deportation hearings.

New Norwegian Routes Offer US Immigration Pre-Clearance

Passengers making use of the new transatlantic budget flights operated by Norway will be allowed to access pre-clearance facilities for U.S. immigration at airports in Shannon and Dublin. Pre-clearance will allow passengers to undergo the necessary inspections before their departure, avoiding queues.

More Immigrants Than Ever in the US Labor Force

The number of foreign-born workers in the U.S. rose to 27 million in 2016. This growth is likely to be interrupted by America’s efforts to overhaul the immigration policy of the country. Read more.