Sunday, July 21, 2019

High School Students Walk Out To Protest Undocumented Classmate’s Detention

More than 120 students in Tucson, Arizona, walked out of class on Monday to protest their classmate’s detainment by U.S. Customs and Border Protection just weeks ahead of his graduation. Pima County Sheriff’s deputies pulled over Thomas Torres Maytorena, an 18-year-old senior at Desert View High School, on Thursday night after determining the vehicle he […]

Trump administration crackdowns on the H-1B visa program

Obtaining what’s known as an H-1B visa has never been a sure thing, but some immigration attorneys, as well as those who hire such workers, say they’ve seen unprecedented disruptions in the approval process since Trump took office in 2017. “You see all these arguments that we want the best and the brightest coming here,” […]

Comentarios from Maria: “STEM Fund Key To U.S. Global Competitiveness”

Co-Written with John E. Sununu Although the work is not yet complete, advocates for a national fund for science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and computer science education have reason to be optimistic. Washington is well into its much-anticipated discussion on immigration reform, with a proposal for a broad bill under consideration in the Senate and […]

New Immigration Proposal Will Include Legal Residency Plans

The White House is still drafting their proposal for immigration plans, but a feature from the new plan would allow undocumented immigrants to become legal permanent residents within eight years. Titled the “Lawful Prospective Immigrant” visa, undocumented immigrants could obtain green cards after the eight years. This plan would also provide for “more funding for […]

President Obama to Address Immigration Plans

Today, President Obama will unveil his plan that will address the issue of immigration, which will include a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and improvements in the legal immigration system and border security. The President will only highlight the immigration proposals in a speech in Las Vegas, but will not yet introduce the new […]

Homeland Security Changes Legalization Process to Keep Families Together Longer

The Department of Homeland Security announced that beginning March 4th, undocumented immigrants can start their application process for a legal visa without leaving the U.S., a change in the current law which states that immigrants would have to return to their home country for up to six months while undergoing the process. The new rule […]

Gay Rights and Immigration Advocacy Groups Challenge Defense of Marriage Act

A letter signed by more than 50 gay rights and immigration advocacy groups was sent to the White House on Monday asking President Obama to hold immigration cases involving Americans seeking legal residency visas for their same-sex partners until the Supreme Court issues a decision on gay marriage next year. These gay rights and immigrant […]

Latino Democrats Divided over Decision to Approve House STEM Jobs Act

Last Friday, the House of Representatives approved the STEM Jobs Act, an immigration bill that would make 55,000 additional immigration visas available to foreigners. However, in order to expand these kinds of skilled foreign worker visas, the House members voted to eliminate the diversity visa program, which grants visas to immigrants from different countries through […]