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Ice Denies Finding Undocumented Immigrants with Stingrays

Thomas Homan, the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), denies that the agency locates undocumented immigrants with stingrays, also known as cell-site simulators, in a letter to Senator Ron Wyden, sent on 16 August. Homan told Wyden that ICE continues to follow the guidelines put in place by the Department of Homeland Security …

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Unsustainable Asylum Seeker Rise on US-Canada Border

The Canadian government released data on Thursday showing that the number of immigrant asylum seekers making an illegal crossing into Canada from the US border more than tripled in July. Immigrants fearful of the crackdown on immigration by the Trump administration are now heading north. According to the federal government, over 3100 immigrants crossed the …

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Rise in Salaries for High-skilled Foreign Workers

Employers in the US intended to pay a median salary of $80,000 per annum to high-skilled foreign workers possessing H-1B US visas. This is a significant increase on $69,000, recorded a decade ago, an analysis of new data from US Citizenship and Immigration Services by the Pew Research Center has revealed. The US government had …

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Central America Immigrant Minor Program to Close

On Tuesday, the Department of Homeland Security announced that it will shut down a program that had given some young adults and children from three countries in Central America the opportunity to a legal immigration pathway, allowing them to join their parents in the US. The decision will shut down part of the Central American …

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Sessions Highlights Cooperative US Cities

Cities that will not share information with immigration authorities are blatantly disrespecting the rule of law and jeopardizing public safety. This is according to Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, who says the latter is government’s most fundamental duty. Sessions spotlighted those cities that do give their cooperation to federal immigration authorities while visiting Miami yesterday, with …

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Venezuelan Crisis Could Become US Problem

Since the 2015 fiscal year, the number of US asylum claims from Venezuelans has quadrupled, and the number of people trying to escape oppression in their own country threatens to become even higher, with conditions deteriorating. Experts fear that the US might be caught unprepared if it does not begin making preparations now to help …

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Houston Restaurant Joins New IMAGE Program

A restaurant in the Houston area has combined forces with the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) division of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) by joining IMAGE, their employment compliance program, otherwise known as the ICE Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers. Joe Neel McGovern, the owner of Pappa Yolk’s Grill in Pasadena, was happy volunteering to …

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Institute Supports Irish Immigration Figure Dispute

An academic specializing in immigration has dismissed the estimate of 50,000 undocumented Irish immigrants living in the US. He calls the estimate, long cited by the US government, ‘pure invention’ with no evidence to back it up. Dr Piaras Mac Einri made the comments to The Irish Times in the wake of similar comments by …

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Confusion over Sanctuary City Threats

Cities and counties in the US are preparing to fight to avoid being denied millions of dollars for public safety, which the Trump administration says will be withheld as a high-stakes battle over sanctuary policies begins. While some cities and counties are changing their immigration policies, others are heading to court. President Donald Trump has …

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US Review Call Sees Anger at Indian Tech Workers

A recently organized review call by US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) saw an outpouring of pent-up anger at Indian tech workers, the H-1B US visa program, and at outsourcing in general. On 26 July, the ‘national listening session’ call organized as part of the review of the US immigration policies, saw a wide array …

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Law Scholars Urge Trump to Retain Deferred Action

A group of law scholars is calling on President Donald Trump to keep the deferred action program, currently protecting hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children from the threat of deportation, and has outlined a legal argument for why it should be maintained. On Monday, around 100 immigration …

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