The Trump administration has banned foreign nationals on certain employment-based nonimmigrant visas from entering the United States. The new ban begins June 24, at 12:01 am ET. The administration also extended its April 23 ban on the entry of certain immigrants, which would have expired on June 22.
2017-2020 Immigration Timeline of major Immigration events following The presidency of Donald Trump which began at noon EST (17:00 UTC) on January 20, 2017.
January 27, 2017: Trump issues executive order on refugee admission and immigration bans
February 2017: ICE conducts operations targeting criminals
February 20, 2017: DHS issues guidance on enforcement of immigration laws.PDF
March 20, 2017: DHS issues first detainer report
April 18, 2017: Trump issues Buy American, Hire American executive order
July 11, 2017: DHS delays implementation of International Entrepreneur Rule
August 2, 2017: Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act
September 18, 2017: U.S. State Department outlines new requirements for visa holders
September 24, 2017: Trump administration releases updated travel restrictions
October 24, 2017: Restrictions on refugee admissions expire; new guidelines in place
December 11, 2017: Trump calls for an end to chain migration after the terror attack
January 16, 2018: U.S. Department of Justice appeals DACA ruling
January 24, 2018: Trump says he supports a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients
January 25, 2018: Trump administration releases initial framework for an immigration plan
February 15, 2018: Senate rejects four immigration reform proposals
February 26, 2018: SCOTUS denies Trump administration’s request to review DACA case
March 6, 2018: DOJ files lawsuit against California’s immigration laws
March 13, 2018: Trump visits border wall prototypes in California
March 20, 2018: Trump claims sanctuary cities harbor criminals
March 28, 2018: Trump shares photos of construction on U.S.-Mexico border
April 2, 2018: Justice Department announces quotas for immigration judges
May 1, 2018: Texas and six other states file lawsuit to end DACA
October 26, 2018: Trump administration to send troops to U.S.-Mexico border
October 30, 2018: Trump proposes ending birthright citizenship
November 8, 2018: Ninth Circuit Court rules Trump administration cannot end DACA
November 9, 2018: Trump issues a presidential proclamation on asylum
December 21, 2018: Trump pledges government shutdown unless border wall funding secured
January 19, 2019: Trump releases plan to secure the border and end partial shutdown
February 3, 2019: Trump administration announces more troops headed to the southern border
February 21, 2020: SCOTUS allows public charge rule to take effect
WASHINGTON — President Trump said Friday that he will once again attempt to end a program designed to protect young immigrants from deportation, one day after the Supreme Court said his earlier efforts to do so were arbitrary and improper.
In a tweet Friday morning, Mr. Trump vowed to try again.
“We will be submitting enhanced papers shortly in order to properly fulfill the Supreme Court’s ruling & request of yesterday,” Mr. Trump wrote.
On Thursday, June 06 many people were glued to their tv-sets while waiting to hear the fate of almost 700,000 undocumented immigrants. People across the Nation showed their support at federal buildings including the White House and the Supreme Court.
It was President Trump’s attempt to dismantle Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Just one more achievement Trump wanted to cross off his to-do list before Novembers elections.
But Thursday was not a day Trump will want to remember after hearing the Supreme Court ruling had turned against him. Supporters from around the world cheered and celebrated as if it were personal, and it was.
Chief Justice John Roberts, favored the five-to-four decision and said this was not a matter of whether or not the DACA program polices are sound or not, this decision was made because the Trump administration had violated government procedures while trying too quickly to end DACA back in September of 2017. “Their arguments were weak anyway.”, he added.
The Supreme Court ruling will allow the DACA program to continue taking new applications, but who knows when Trump administration officials will strike again.
For now, people can only wonder what the Trump administration’s next move will be while the fate of 700,000 “dreamers” remains in question.
Barrack Obama’s reaction on Twitter after the decision was made
What Is DACA?
Ex-President Barack Obama launched DACA in June of 2012 which provided a reprieve from deportation to young people who came to the United States as children. DACA does not give anyone legal status in the U.S. nor does it leed a pathway to citizenship. However, it does allow them to be lawfully present without the threat of deportation.
DACA gives young undocumented immigrants:
- Protection from deportation
- 2 yr. work permit
- driver’s licenses
What Are The Requirements For DACA?
- You were under 31 years old as of June 15, 2012;
- You first came to the United States before your 16th birthday;
- You have lived continuously in the United States from June 15, 2007, until the present;
- You were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time you apply;
- You came to the United States without documents before June 15, 2012, or your lawful status expired as of June 15, 2012;
- You are currently studying, or you graduated from high school or earned a certificate of completion of high school or GED, or have been honorably discharged from the Coast Guard or military (technical and trade school completion also qualifies); and
- You have not been convicted of a felony, certain significant misdemeanors (including a single DUI), or three or more misdemeanors of any kind.
USCIS recently asked Congress for $1.2 billion in emergency funding which they claim was a direct result of having fewer applicants during the pandemic. But after an internal investigation, it was revealed that USCIS already had a history of serious financial mismanagement and counterproductive policies prior to the pandemic ever arriving.
USCIS also proposed a 10 percent surcharge on new immigration applications to pay the $1.2 billion back to U.S. taxpayers. USCIS already had announced its plans of increasing their application fees in 2019. If Congress doesn’t come to the rescue, USCIS is expected to run out of funds soon and will be sending two-thirds of their employee’s notices of temporary layoffs as early as next week.
USCIS’s funding comes directly from the fees people pay in pursuing immigration benefits, such as applications for naturalization and petitions for noncitizen workers.
But a close examination of USCIS’s operations before the coronavirus pandemic reveals a different story. Ineffective procedures, fiscal mismanagement, and a series of policies have harmed the agency’s own bottom line.
USCIS projected a 61% reduction in applications
- USCIS must become more fiscally responsible.
- USCIS data confirms that between 2017 and 2019 their cases already dropped by 10%.
- USCIS expanded its personnel by 1/4 between 2015 and 2018 despite a 10% decline.
- USCIS increased its payroll expenses while their revenue decreased.
- USCIS limited certain revenue generation tools in recent months
USCIS stopped “premium processing” applications for certain petitions ($1,440 guaranteed the processing of a petition within 15 calendar days ) Although, the damage to its bottom line was already done, on June 8, USCIS reversed this suspension and began accepting employment-based petitions again but only on an expedited basis.
Immigrants feared they will be denied their benefits and lose their filing fees.
USCIS’s recent public charge rule in October caused many applications to be denied which significantly affected applicants. The new policies, perhaps intentionally, made things a lot harder for applicants to file. As a result, USCIS received one million fewer applicants in 2019 compared to its 8.7 million applications in 2018.
- USCIS must become more efficient.
Although USCIS hired more personnel to process petitions and applications, quite the opposite happened. The time it took for an application increased and had the worst efficiency scores USCIS has seen in a long time. It took 46% longer to complete a case. This disrupted the lives of many applicants, agencies, businesses, and families who depended on USCIS to lawfully work in the USA.
The new policies that went into effect after the recent public charge rule forced officers to spend a lot more time on petitions and applications which also contributed to their low productivity.
- USCIS must become more transparent.
USCIS projected the $1.2 billion dollar shortfall in its proposed fee rule back in November of 2019, the same exact amount they’re asking Congress for now.
Despite their projected shortfall and its own lagging productivity, USCIS proposed to transfer $100 million in funding to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the same proposal. A diversion maybe?
USCIS needs to provide more evidence of their internal accounting, including detailed expenditure data, information on per-officer productivity, and the recent growth of its fraud detection directorate.
Despite USCIS attempts to increase investigations and funding to detect application fraud, USCIS has not proved that fraud non-existent within its own walls of the immigration system.
In an excellent academic article, researchers at UC Davis summarize trends in US immigration over the last quarter.
H-1B. On April 1, 2009, USCIS made H-1B visas available for FY10. There were far fewer employer requests than the 163,000 received in five days in April 2008 for FY09 visas. Some 65,000 H-1B visas, plus 20,000 for foreigners who have earned Masters and Doctorates from US universities, are available each year to profit-making employers. There is no cap on the number of H-1B visas available to nonprofit universities and research labs.
USCIS reported 32,500 requests for the 65,000 general H-1B visas in the first five days of April 2009, and almost 20,000 requests for the 20,000 for advanced degrees.
USCIS in March 2009 reported that the top recipient of H-1B visas in FY08 was Infosys Technologies, which had 4,560 H-1B petitions approved. Like Infosys, six of the top 10 users of the H-1B program were outsourcing firms that bring foreign workers into the US, usually from India, and move them from firm to firm. The largest US-based user of H-1B visas in FY08 was Microsoft, which received 1,035. The list of leading H-1B employers in FY08 was similar to that in FY07 and earlier years.
The title of the article is, “Labor: Recession, H1-B.”
In their analysis, the economic downturn in the US is changing strong recent trends in professional and technical immigration, and is illuminating long-standing arguments between immigrant-rights groups, large technical employers, and technology worker groups who make accusations of ageism and failed regulation leading to unfair hiring practices in high-tech industries.
I recommend reading the entire article.
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With today’s introduction (or re-introduction, really) of two immigration-related bills in the house, it is becoming clearer that President Obama’s stated intent to address comprehensive immigration reform this year is serious.
The first piece, the reintroduced Agricultural Job Opportunities, Benefits and Security Act, or AgJOBS, presents revised immigration policy aimed at changing the relationship between Ag and farm employers and their temporary or permanent immigrant workers.
The second, the DREAM Act, first introduced in 2007, is focused on immigrant students, high-school and college, who came to the US when they were younger than 16, and have now graduated high-school and either some college or two years of military service.
It provides a path to permanent residence, and eventually, citizenship.
Both bills were reintroduced in both the Senate and the House, and both have sufficient co-sponsorship that they are viewed as having broad bipartisan support.
The text of both bills (both Senate and House versions) will be available via The Library of Congress’ Thomas search engine.
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With a 180-degree change of policy direction at the national level and all of our expectations of broad reforms from a new Federal administration, we often forget that there are 50 other legislatures passing laws that may affect immigrants and employers. 08
The National Conference of State Legislatures produces comprehensive information about issues and activities taken up by the individual states. 5505
Here is a PDF document summarizing the record number of immigration-related state-level bills and resolutions for 2009.
“In the first quarter of 2009, state legislators in all 50 states introduced 1,040 bills and resolutions relating to immigrants and refugees. This is comparable to the record numbers of bills and resolutions introduced during the first quarter of 2008, with 44 states considering 1,149 bills and resolutions pertaining to immigrants.”
150 of those 1000-plus state laws relate to immigrant employment issues. The main areas of interest among these are employment-eligibility verification enforcement (E-Verify), immigrant eligibility for unemployment insurance, and foreign worker visas.
Among the states in the report’s list, employment was an area of broad interest, with employment-related legislation being considered in 41 of the 44 states.
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