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Trump Admin. to End Work Permits for Spouses of H-1B Workers

Sources have said that the Trump administration is planning to end the Obama-era rule that allowed spouses of H-1B foreign workers to receive a work permit. Under this new rule 41,526 people received work permits from Oct. 2015-Sept. 2016.

In 2015 Pres. Obama created a work permit for certain H-4 visa holders, even though under this visa they were not allowed to hold a job or be issued a Social Security number.

Speaker Ryan Says No DACA Fix in Upcoming Spending Bill

Last night during his Fox News town hall Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) said that they are not planning on adding any DACA legislation to the upcoming omnibus spending bill. Speaker Ryan emphasized that they would do that “separately” from other major legislation.

New Website Highlights Enforcement Problems ICE Agents Still Face Under Pres. Trump

The National ICE Council launched a new website on Tuesday that highlights some of the issues ICE agents are facing when trying to enforce federal immigration laws. The National ICE Council hopes the website will bring these problems to the public's attention.

14 House Republicans Hold Press Conference on DACA

On Thursday, a group of 14 House Republicans held a news conference urging Speaker Ryan to pass an amnesty for DACA recipients. The group wants immediate action to help Dreamers instead of waiting closer to the March deadline set by Pres. Trump.

House Freedom Caucus Supports Rep. Posey’s SAFE for America Act

On Monday the House Freedom Caucus announced that they would support Rep. Bill Posey’s (R-Fla.) bill the Security and Fairness Enhancement (SAFE) for America Act (H.R. 1178), which would end the diversity visa lottery program. This support comes after it was discovered that the New York City terror suspect Sayfullo Saipov entered the U.S. through the lottery program.

Refugee Admissions Decline 87% Compared to Same Time Last Year

According to the State Department only 1,242 refugees were admitted into the U.S. in October 2017 compared to the 9,945 admitted in Oct. 2016 under the Obama administration. This 87% decline can be contributed to Pres. Trump’s executive order for tougher vetting procedures for refugees and capping the number of refugees to 45,000 for the fiscal year.

DHS Ends TPS Status for Nicaraguans but Extends for Hondurans

The deadline to renew the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for the countries of Nicaragua and Honduras was on Monday. Acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke decided to end TPS for Nicaraguans but refused to make a judgement on Honduras, which means they automatically receive a six-month extension.

Pizza Company Will Pay H-1B Worker $130K in Back Wages

SRV Pizza Inc. has agreed to pay H-1B worker, Subhash Tehlan, $130,629 in back wages after failing to pay the required wages and overtime during a four-year period. This agreement comes after the Dept. of Labor (DOL) completed an investigation of the business, specifically in regard to wages paid to Tehlan.

Trump Tells GOP Senators Not to Add DACA Deal to Spending Bill

Today Pres. Trump met with several Republican Senators and told them not to add any DACA legislation to the must pass spending bill this year. Some Democrats have said they would be willing to face a government shutdown to include amnesty for Dreamers in the omnibus spending bill.

Pres. Trump Calls for Ending Visa Lottery and Chain Migration

Pres. Trump said today that he wants to end the visa lottery and chain migration. He said he would immediately ask Congress to start the process to end the visa lottery program.

Sen. Grassley Asks DHS to Review Current TPS Designations

Today Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley sent a letter to acting DHS Secretary Elaine Duke asking her to review current TPS designated countries to ensure they meet the requirements. Several countries currently in the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program will be up for review in the next several months.

House Judiciary Committee Passes Mandatory E-Verify Bill

Yesterday the House Judiciary Committee passed Rep. Lamar Smith’s (R-Texas) Legal Workforce Act (H.R. 3711) which would require all businesses to use E-Verify within two years. This bill would fulfill NumberUSA’s top enforcement priority.

CIS: Number of U.S. Residents Speaking a Foreign Language at Home Hits a Record of 65.5 Million

According to the Center of Immigration Studies (CIS) analysis of 2016 Census Bureau data the number of U.S. residents five years old and older who speak another language besides English at home has reached a record 65.5 million. This number has doubled since 1990 and tripled since 1980.

CBP Commissioner: Illegal Immigration Hits 45-Year Low

Kevin K. McAleenan, The acting commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said on Tuesday that when the final 2017 numbers are completed they will show that illegal immigration is at a 45-year low. McAleenan credits Pres. Trump’s clear message that U.S. immigration law will be enforced for this historic decline.

Sen. Grassley Urges NAFTA Ambassador to Review the TN Visa Program

Yesterday Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, asking him to review the high-skilled TN visa program during the NAFTA negotiations. Sen. Grassley says the TN visa program could undermine the Trump administration’s goal of protecting American workers from being replaced by cheap, foreign labor.

SC Gov.: Jurisdictions Must Prove They are Not Sanctuary Cities to Receive State Funds

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster and state Republican lawmakers said that they are pushing to require cities and counties to prove they are working with federal immigration authorities in order to receive state funds. If any jurisdiction in the state passes or practices sanctuary city policies they could lose their state funding for three years.

Dept. of Labor Denies Employer H-2B Workers for Not Notifying American Workers

This week the Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals (BALCA) upheld the Dept. of Labor’s (DOL) decision to deny DDM Hauler Inc.’s request for seasonal H-2B workers. The DOL claims that the employer did not show proof that they had tried to hire American workers first by placing ads in the local newspapers as required.

AG Sessions Talks Immigration During Senate Hearing

Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified yesterday before the Senate Judiciary Committee on several topics including immigration. Sessions defended the DOJ’s ability to limit federal grants to sanctuary cities and said that DACA recipients should not be given amnesty in exchange for just border security.

ICE to Increase Worksite Immigration Enforcement

Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan said during a speech at the Heritage Foundation that the agency will increase worksite immigration enforcement in this fiscal year. He said this is an effort to reduce illegal immigration by reducing the jobs magnet.

AG Sessions: Asylum System is Rampant with “Abuse and Fraud”

During his speech today at the department’s Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), Attorney General Jeff Sessions criticized the asylum process saying that it is rampant with “abuse and fraud”. Sessions said that many immigrants are taking advantage of the loopholes in the system to enter and then stay in the U.S. illegally.

DOJ and State Dept. Partner to Protect American Workers from Discrimination

The Department of Justice and the State Department have formalized a partnership called the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) where they have agreed to share information to protect American workers from discrimination and target employers who commit visa fraud or misuse their visas.

DOJ and State Dept. Partner to Protect American Workers from Discrimination

The Department of Justice and the State Department have formalized a partnership called the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) where they have agreed to share information to protect American workers from discrimination and target employers who commit visa fraud or misuse their visas.

Rep. Steve King: Trade Agreements Cannot Change Immigration Laws

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) publicly released the letter he sent to U.S. Trade Representative Robert E. Lighthizer to remind him that under federal law trade agreements cannot change immigration law. The letter was sent in August as the fourth round of NAFTA negotiations were taking place in Washington, DC.

Rep. Steve King: Trade Agreements Cannot Change Immigration Laws

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) publicly released the letter he sent to U.S. Trade Representative Robert E. Lighthizer to remind him that under federal law trade agreements cannot change immigration law. The letter was sent in August as the fourth round of NAFTA negotiations were taking place in Washington, DC.

Gov. Brown Signs Bill Making California a ‘Sanctuary State’

Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB54 into law on Thursday, which places limitations on California’s state and local law enforcement from enforcing federal immigration laws and cooperating with ICE. The sanctuary state bill will take effect starting Jan. 1, 2018.

DOJ: Immigration Judge Surge Reduced Nationwide Caseload

The Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) released statistics this week that showed that the increase of immigration judges to DHS detention centers had a “positive net effect on the nationwide caseload”. Pres. Trump’s January executive called on Attorney General Sessions to temporarily reassign immigration judges in an effort to reduce the immigration court backlog.

Rep. Smith: Mandatory E-Verify Would Protect American Workers and Businesses

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) wrote an op-ed in The Hill about his bill The Legal Workforce Act that would mandate E-Verify for all employers and turn off the jobs magnet for illegal aliens. House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlate (R-Va.) and Rep. Ken Calvert (R-Calif.) have co-sponsored the bill and it is scheduled for markup by the House Judiciary Committee today.

Ag Bill Would Expand Visa Program to Diary & Meat and Seafood Processors

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) introduced the Agricultural Guestworker Act or AG Act this week, which would replace the existing, H-2A temporary guest-worker visa program with a new H-2C temporary guest-worker visa. The H-2C visa would expand the types of jobs that foreign workers could perform under the visa, adding both dairy workers and meat and seafood processors to the program.

Illegal Border Crossings Surge with Talk of Amnesty

After reaching a 17- year low in April border apprehensions have made a 60% increase over the summer, in opposition to historic trends that usually see a reduction in the late summer months. This increase comes as talks about granting amnesty for Dreamers has made national headlines.

Pew: 71% of ‘Dreamers’ are over 21

According to the Pew Research Center’s analysis of USCIS’ latest report, 71% of those who have received the DACA amnesty are over the age of 21. This means that most of the “Dreamers” are adults who are currently competing with American workers for jobs.

Sens. Tillis, Lankford, & Hatch Introduce Amnesty-Only Dream Act

Republican Sens. Thom Tillis (N.C.), James Lankford (Okla.), and Orrin Hatch (Utah) introduced the Succeed Act, which would grant amnesty to millions of young illegal aliens. While the Senators claim the bill addresses Pres. Trump's concern with chain migration, it would only prevent the amnestied illegal aliens from sponsoring family members while they hold conditional legal permanent residence.

Challenges to H-1B Applications Increased by 45% from Last Year

Reuters reported that data provided by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) shows that between Jan.1 and Aug. 31 of this year, USCIS issued 85,000 challenges or “requests for evidence” (RFEs) to H-1B petitions. This is a 45% increase compared to the same period last year which only issued around 59,000 RFEs.

Sen. Cotton: Put American Workers First

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) discussed the RAISE Act and how it would benefit American workers during an appearance on Meet the Press on Sunday. The show's host, Chuck Todd, had asked Sen. Cotton about a potential trade of the DACA amnesty for border security, but Sen. Cotton instead steered the conversation to the impacts of mass immigration on American workers.

HR Society Endorses Mandatory E-Verify Bill

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) supports Rep. Lamar Smith’s (R-Texas) Legal Workforce Act, which would require all employers to use E-Verify within two years. The bill would fulfill NumbersUSA's top enforcement priority by eliminating the jobs magnet for illegal aliens.

NUSA Op-Ed: Amnesty for ‘Dreamers’ Won’t Solve Policy Flaw Creating DACA Dilemma

NumbersUSA President, Roy Beck, wrote an op-ed that was published on The Hill’s website today on what caused the DACA dilemma and how another amnesty will only increase, not end, this problem.

Rep. Lamar Smith Introduces House Version of the RAISE Act

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) has introduced the Immigration in the National Interest Act, which is the House companion bill to Sen. Tom Cotton’s (R-Ark.) RAISE Act. The RAISE Act would end chain migration and the visa lottery and transform the existing employment-based system to a merit-based one.

House Votes on Immigration Amendments to Minibus Spending Bill

The House approved several good immigration amendments to the minibus spending bill that would fund the Department of Homeland Security and several other agencies for FY 18. The immigration amendments to H.R. 3354, the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act, covered both E-Verify and sanctuary cities.

Sen. Cotton Calls for Passage of RAISE Act

During an interview with CBS This Morning, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) called for the passage of his RAISE Act legislation that would end chain migration and the visa lottery and transform the existing employment-based system to a merit-based one. Sen. Cotton was brought on to discuss his reaction to Pres. Trump ending the DACA executive amnesty.

TX AG to WH: We Will Not Delay DACA Lawsuit

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office said yesterday that Texas and the nine other states will not delay the Sept. 5 deadline for Pres. Trump to end DACA. If the administration continues to issue work permits under DACA the 10 states will amend their current DAPA case to include DACA.

LA Company Pays Over $100,000 to American Workers in Discrimination Settlement

The Dept. of Justice announced that Barrios Street Realty Inc. has paid around $108,000 to 12 U.S. workers as part of their settlement agreement. The settlement is an effort to resolve claims that the Louisiana based gave preference to foreign H-2B workers and discriminated against Americans workers.

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