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October 21, 2019

Increased Scrutiny From Trump Officials Is Dramatically Lowering The Number Of Approved H-1B Visas

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services acting head Ken Cuccinelli is making it clear, in both word and deed, that the Trump administration will be increasing scrutiny on in-coming immigration workers. 

 “USCIS is vigorous in its efforts to detect and deter immigration fraud, using a variety of vetting and screening processes to confirm an applicant’s identity and eligibility. The agency also conducts site visits, interviews applicants, and requests evidence for benefits that offer individuals status in the United States.” -Cuccinelli 

While in theory this may appease political bases and make good rhetoric, in…

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Wayne County Immigrants Show Disproportionate Contributions In New Study

A new study from a partnership between New American Economy and Wayne County, Michigan (home of Detroit) reveals the dramatic fiscal significance of immigrants. 

Findings concluded that immigrants: 

  • Contributed $10 billion Wayne County’s GDP in 2017
  • Paid $736.3 million in federal taxes in 2017 
  • Paid $345.9 million in state and local taxes in 2017
  • Made up 9.4 percent of the area’s population but represented…
    • 21.4 percent STEM workers
    • 16.7 percent of transportation workers
    • 15 percent of manufacturing workers.
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New Justice Department Regulations Look To Assemble A Database of Immigrant DNA

“The Justice Department on Monday issued amended regulations that would mandate DNA collection for almost all migrants who cross between official entry points and are held even temporarily.” – The AP

This amended regulation allows border officials to collect DNA samples from aliens entering the country, allowing this personal information to then be analyzed and stored on an FBI database.  

After implying this aggressive new policy several weeks ago, though without revealing any of the details, the Trump administration is moving forward in efforts to further systematize identifying immigration. 

While those under…

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New Study Shows Slowed Immigration Growth In Surprising Areas

Immigration into America has hit the new low for this decade according to a recent analysis by William Frey of the Brookings Institution. The 2010s have been an erratic decade, polarized between the lows of 2010 and 2019 and the highs of 2014 and 2018. 

The new data shows something else though, which has startled some immigration experts; while immigration is dramatically down overall, state-by-state immigration has seen increases in areas that went for Trump in the 2016 presidential race, with the heavy decreases coming from pro-Hillary areas. 

The  population of foreign-born residents…

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October 18, 2019

Family Of British Citizen’s Detained In Lynden, WA After Crossing Canadian Border

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In an ambiguous “Did They, Didn’t They?”, a family of British citizens have been detained after illegally crossing the US/Canada border on the edge of British Columbia and Washington state. 

The group, composed of four adults, two young children, and a baby, claim they detoured off of their road in Canada to avoid an animal and have been mistreated by American authorities ever since. 

Border officials tell a different story, stating to have, via video surveillance, observed the group in their vehicle crossing difficult terrain in order to jump the border. 

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Dallas-Born High School Senior Battles With DHS Over Citizenship

Francisco Galicia faces an almost year-long wait to have his case heard before an immigration judge unless Immigration and Customs Enforcement ends its case against him before August 2020.

A high school senior, Francisco Galicia, was born in Dallas and yet has found himself tied up in immigration court after the authorities tried to deport him

It’s been said that tough cases make for bad law, so situations like Francisco’s, caused by false paperwork filed by his single mother when he was only three, should be watched closely by those concerned about the future of immigration reform. 

DHS is quoted as saying,

“As part of the Department of Homeland Security’s homeland security mission, our trained law enforcement professionals adhere…

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American Businesses Are Frustrated By A Lack Of Highly-Skilled Labor

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Apple’s Tim Cook is looking for action from US legislatures on immigration. 

Apple is a billion-dollar company, as well as being one of the most innovative and prolific brands in the world. It goes without saying that their success stems from staffing their infrastructure with the best minds available to do the work. 

It comes as no surprise, then, that Cook would be frustrated by the US’ current approach to skilled immigration, which caps the number of workers coming in per country. In short, the US is making it difficult for businesses to…

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September 17, 2019

Hundreds march in Alabama to end detention camps

As a people, the most powerful weapon we have against injustice is our voice. When we rise up and demand action, that is when change will come.

This is what happened when hundreds of people rose up and demanded action to close immigrant detention camps. The Mission Local broke the story yesterday.

“The president is stripping these kids of their rights, their constitutional rights, to request asylum and stay in this country. Not just kids too, also adults,” said Francisco Aguirre, a member of the National Day Labor Organizing Network, who carried a banner that read “Solidarity, Justice, and…

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September 11, 2019

ICYMI: British PM reverses foreign student visa rule

Boris Johnson, the British PM recently overturned a Theresa May regulation that concerns foreign student visa’s.

Boris Johnson, the boisterous former Mayor of London, is seen as the European equivalent to Trump. However now after this decision, he is arguably 10x smarter than the President.

Can you imagine if Donald Trump extended OPT for foreign students studying in the USA and reformed the student visa process? It would signal a huge shift in policy coming from the White House and would lead to a massive boost in popular support as well as a boost in the faltering economy.

The…

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September 9, 2019

Houston activist detained by ICE to be deported

The Houston Chronicle and Washington Examiner recently told the story of a man named Roland Gramajo, a father of 5, and a Guatemala native who is living in Houston and who has made a name for himself by ferociously advocating for immigrant rights.

He recently held a town hall with Democrat Rep Sylvia Garcia, to talk about ICE raids in the community. He invited ICE representatives to the town hall, but they declined the invitation. Turns out ICE might have sent agents undercover to the event because people reported suspicious activities.

Garcia said she witnessed three white men acting…

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September 6, 2019

ICYMI – President Trump can solve the immigration crisis with legislation that died in 2013

Matthew Soerens wrote a new op-ed in Fox News about a fascinating concept that doesn’t get enough coverage.

Back in 2013, Congress came close to passing a good comprehensive immigration bill.

It passed the Senate, but died in the House.

Since then, under Obama and under Trump, nobody has come close to passing immigration reform. Don’t get me wrong, I believe the wall is a fundamentally bad idea that should not be considered under any circumstances in negotiations. However, I do believe the 2013 bill does provide a good framework under which to start these talks.

President Trump…

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Trump Administration deporting mass numbers of Cuban immigrants

WLRN, a local news station in Miami, Florida, recently wrote a story about hundreds of Cuban’s on a single flight from New Orleans to Havana.

The story says: “The targeted deportation of Cuban nationals is just a small piece of the Trump administration’s plan to empty out the country of undocumented immigrants…”.

Human immigrants are worth more than the descriptive words that they get in the press. The words “empty out the country of undocumented immigrants” are obscene, and hateful – but that is what we have come to expect from the mass of Trump supporters who follow blind…

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September 5, 2019

The Death of Reason in the Trump White House and the Surge of Nativism.

Yesterday, September 4th, Politico and WAPO broke a story about USCIS Asylum Division Chief, John Lafferty, who was suddenly reassigned to the Potomac Service Center in Arlington, VA. Politico gave this reasoning for his departure; “The White House blamed Lafferty, who has led the asylum division for the past six years, for an inability to toughen asylum standards, according to one current DHS official”.

First of all, why is our goal as a nation to make it harder for people fleeing violence and persecution to seek refuge in our country? Just in that you can see a grave…

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August 29, 2019

Biden vows to shut down border detention centers amidst Trump attack on Flores

At a campaign event today, Former VP Joe Biden vows that he will shut down immigration detention centers. He joins most of the rest of the 2020 democrat field in making these campaign pledges. The most interesting part of this announcement is that his former boss, President Obama, was just as bad with regards to family detention as the current President.

Either way, this is a good move by Biden to say this publicly, especially as the current Administration moves to restrict immigration law even more with revoking the FSA.

Check out this Washington Examiner article that talks about the…

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How the Trump Administration is cracking down on immigrants with medical issues

ABC News just released an article talking about the new way that the Trump administration is violating basic human rights when it comes to immigrants in the country.

USCIS will start denying deferred action requests for immigrants who have medical issues such as cerebral palsy or cystic fibrosis. “The Trump administration has started denying pleas by non-citizens who are trying to extend their time in the U.S. in order to treat severe medical conditions”, the article says.

A 16-year-old with cystic fibrosis, a 13-year-old with muscular dystrophy and a 4-year-old girl with cerebral palsy…

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August 23, 2019

Happy 34th Birthday, Stephen Miller. Here are 34 immigrants that have made America a better place.

Happy birthday to the person who has gone on record saying things like “I would be happy if not a single refugee foot ever again touched America’s soil”, but also “I like to think of myself as a genuinely good person”.

In honor of the 34 years that Stephen Miller has graced this earth, here is a list of 34 immigrants who have truly made this country a better place!

  1. Giannis Antetokounmpo – Athens, Greece
  2. Rihanna – Saint Michael, Barbados
  3. Natalie Portman – Jerusalem, Israel
  4. Audrey Hepburn – Ixelles, Belgium
  5. Bob Marley – Nine Mile, Jamaica
  6. Nikola Tesla…
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August 21, 2019

Adios, Flores. The Trump Administration moves to indefinitely detain migrant families.

This morning the Washington Post wrote an article about how the Trump administration and DHS officials were planning to eliminate a court ruling that has been used to protect migrant children since 1997. The article says, “The Trump administration is moving to formally terminate a federal court settlement restricting how long U.S. officials can detain migrant children with their parents and replace it with a new rule that could expand family detention and dramatically increase the time children spend in custody”.

The Flores Settlement Agreement has been the law of the land since 1997, but has been in the…

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August 12, 2019

Richard Lynn and his Bell Curve

2006 estimates by Lynn and political scientist ​Tatu Vanhanen​, it is often referenced by “race realists”.

The following is an Op-Ed written by our intern, Bowie Fritsch. Bowie is a high-school senior from Austin, Tx. 

Richard Lynn is a white supremacist psychologist who is famous in alt-right circles for his studies on IQ and race. He is most known for his book ​IQ and the Wealth of Nations​ which argues that certain countries are poor because they have low IQ populations and that indicators like GDP correlate to the average IQ of that country. Studies like these are used to justify the exploitation of poorer…

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August 9, 2019

How to go on the offensive on immigration

How to go on the offensive on immigration

As this recent article in USA today shows, Republicans are trying to distance themselves from any charge of being anti-immigrant (or racist)–they know that being anti-immigrant is NOT a winning position. The following article is from Lamar Smith, who helped block immigration reform efforts in the House for over a decade.

https://www.knowsomething.us/article/questions-for-lamar-smith-regarding-his-usa-today-editori al-on-immigration/

I ask these questions of Mr. Smith and of Republicans more broadly:

Who are better positioned to determine who possess the needed skills and education, the Department of Labor or the companies seeking to…

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Facts you should know

Fact: Americans (especially Democrats) are more pro-immigration than ever

https://www.knowsomething.us/article/new-polling-data-from-gallup-legal-immigration-more-pop ular-than-ever/

Fact: President Trump keeps running to his base–but at some point (even) he might see the need to triangulate–and immigration is ​the​ issue that matters to possibly move swing voters.

https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-06-19/what-have-donald-trump-s-rallies-acco mplished

Fact: Trump is polling 30 points worse with independent voters than he dd in 2016! The 2018 midterms were a foreshadowing of this–Republicans did 20% worse with independents in that election than 2016 and the President has only hurt prospects with independent voters more since then. ​This…

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