American Immigration Weekly Recap – September 12th to 16th

Mexico helping undocumented African immigrants get to U.S.

Many from Africa who wish to gain asylum status in the U.S., enter Mexico aiming to get to Texas and California. Mexico has now given special passes to the asylum seekers from Africa that allow them to freely move around the country for 20 days and reach the U.S. border.

Are immigration judges in Miami the most lenient?

A study conducted by the Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, shows that the immigration court in Miami belongs to the list of five most lenient immigration courts in the U.S. Judges in this court are more likely to let undocumented immigrants remain in the U.S. and gain asylum status.

U.S. visa program for wealthy immigrants set to expire

The EB-5 immigrant investor program meant for wealthy foreigners will expire at the close of September, if the U.S. Congress does not renew it. Read on to know more.

Los Angeles County cracks down on fraudulent immigration consultants

Supervisors in Los Angeles County recently voted to create licensing requirements for immigration consultants working in the county. This requirement is to fight “notario fraud” as many such immigration consultants violate the law by providing legal advice. Proponents claim that immigrants who do not speak English and who are unaware of the legal system fall prey to such consultants.

August sees surge in illegal immigration

Nearly 10,000 people we apprehended by the border patrol agents in August 2016 when they attempted to illegally cross the southwest border. Read more.

Most Texans oppose border wall, poll claims

Many in Texas are against Presidential Candidate Donald Trump’s idea of constructing a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, according to a poll from a nonpartisan state-wide leadership group called Texas Lyceum. However, immigration is the main issue for many in Texas. Around 54 percent of those surveyed believe immigration is good for the country, while 33 believe it is not.

Feared immigration law loses power in settlement

Arizona has put an end to its practice of forcing the law enforcement authorities to demand immigration papers of people who they suspect of being in the country illegally. Read on to know more.

US border sees new illegal immigration surge

More non-Mexicans than Mexicans are being apprehended by the U.S. Border Patrol on the south-west border. There is an increase in the number of immigrants coming from Central American countries fleeing violence in their home countries. U.S. Customs and Border Enforcement statistics show that unaccompanied immigrant minors and family units from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala are crossing the border in more numbers.