American Immigration Weekly Recap – November 21st to 25th

Sanctuary churches to protect undocumented immigrants

Some religious congregations say that they will offer safe sanctuaries to undocumented immigrants and oppose deportations. Around 400 congregations across the country are likely to give sanctuary to undocumented immigrants facing deportations if President-elect Donald Trump begins his promised deportations.

Immigrants surging over the US border before Trump takeover

Many people from Central America and Haiti are trying to enter the U.S. through the Mexican border. Read more.

US business lobby urges moderate immigration stance from Trump

U.S. Chamber of Commerce is urging President-elect Donald Trump to take a balanced approach on immigration that will improve security and enforcement and also improve America’s legal immigration system. The chamber informed him that the U.S. companies need immigrants in order to expand.

Experts say Trump will help EB-5 US visas to thrive

EB-5 visa experts claim that the EB-5 visa program would thrive under President-elect Donald Trump’s administration. George Pataki, the former Governor of New York, said that Donald Trump is against illegal immigration, but he understands the fact that investment and capital gained through the program is important for the country.

Undocumented immigrants posing as families to enter the US

Many foreign nationals seeking to gain entry into the U.S., are teaming up with unaccompanied minors and posing as families. They are also creating stories of crisis in their home countries. With the help of smugglers who coach undocumented immigrant minors to lie, many undocumented immigrants are trying this new strategy to get into the U.S.

Trump’s Justice Department choice could affect immigration

President-elect Donald Trump wants to crackdown on illegal immigration and slow down immigration to the U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions supports Trump’s stance on immigration. Sessions, being Donald Trump’s selection for the new Attorney General, would most likely bring his ideas to reality and  increase mass deportations and strictly scrutinize those entering the U.S. with U.S. visas.

Thousands of Green Cards Lost

Inspector General of U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), John Roth, claims that thousands of green cards are missing. Read more.

Pace increased on Haiti deportations

Jeh Johnson, the Secretary DHS, announced that the deportations of Haitians will increase over the next few weeks. This is due to the lack of detention space which is because of the increase in the number of undocumented immigrants from Haiti flocking to the U.S.

Canadians in the US worried by NAFTA threat

If President-elect Donald Trump puts an end to the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico, signed into law in 1994, Canadian immigrants in the U.S. under the NAFTA treaty would be forced to return to their home country. Those who were able to get special U.S. visas under NAFTA are now feeling insecure because the agreement may be cancelled by Trump.