Various media outlets have commented on President Trump's barrage of Easter weekend tweets, signaling a renewed interest in hardening his immigration stance after repeatedly succumbing to the temptation to show his soft, fuzzy side where illegal immigration is concerned. As a result of which, a number of supporters, chief among them Ann Coulter, vented their exasperation and openly wondered if the man who now occupies the Oval Office is the same one who campaigned so vigorously on the need to enforce the nation's immigration laws both at the border and in the interior.
Today is the first day that that DHS will accept petitions for H-1B visas for work starting on October 1, 2018. As usual, by today USCIS is expected to have hundreds of thousands of petitions for visas subject to the 85,000-visa quota (plus additional petitions for visa not subject to the quota).
Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) have sent a letter to Tom Homan, acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), asking him to back off of his agency's recent press to revitalize worksite enforcement efforts to ensure that jobs are actually going to Americans and lawfully authorized workers.
One of the more common questions that I am asked is one that I cannot answer: "How common is asylum fraud?" While I can provide my own experience as an immigration judge, I cannot dispositively provide a percentage of total asylum claims that involve fraud, or even the number of total cases in which fraud has been identified by adjudicators. The first number has never been analyzed, and the second number is not captured by any source of which I am aware.
As part of Holy Week, over a thousand Central American illegal aliens set out to complete a "Stations of the Cross", traversing through Mexico, to reach the United States' southern border. Upon arrival, they hope to make asylum claims.
With one decision, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos can preserve thousands of jobs for Americans and end an ongoing raid on trust funds for the elderly. The decision affects a dark corner of the immigration business where her department plays a vital part.
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman of the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee, has written to the Department of Homeland Security with a series of tough questions about how it handles the Optional Practical Training program (OPT) and how it regulates suspected visa mills.