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President Orders End of Daca . . . For Now

On September 5, 2017, President Donald Trump ordered the end of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an Obama administration program that allowed certain people who came to the United States as children, known as “Dreamers,” to continue to live, go to school, and work in the country. He said that his administration’s position is […]

Ending DACA Would Be Inhumane and Bad for America

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) condemned reported plans that the Trump Administration will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program with a six-month enforcement delay. This decision would leave the lives and dreams of nearly 800,000 hardworking DACA recipients hanging from the thread of an unspecified, hoped-for legislative solution. […]

U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Russia Suspend Nonimmigrant Visa Issuance

The U.S. Department of State has announced it will suspend nonimmigrant visa (NIV) operations in Russia.  The action, beginning August 23, 2017, is being taken in reaction to the Russian government’s imposition of a personnel cap on the U.S. Mission. Affected visa types will include tourist (B-2), professional worker (H-1B and L-1), exchange visitor (J-1) […]

USCIS Resuming “Premium Processing” for Certain H-1B Petitions

July 24, 2017 USCIS announced today that it is resuming 2-week “premium processing” of most cap exempt H-1B petitions immediately. The H-1B visa has an annual cap of 65,000 visas each fiscal year. Additionally, there is an annual “master’s cap” of 20,000 petitions filed for beneficiaries with a U.S. master’s degree or higher.  Premium processing […]

Pres. Trump Has Kept His Word and Ramped Up Deportations Significantly

One of the few areas where the Trump administration is actually accomplishing its goals is in deporting a lot more of the people who lack permission to be in the United States.  An article by the American Immigration Council, reprinted in full below, sets it out nicely: Six Months of Immigration Enforcement Under the New […]

Supreme Court Allows Limited Version of Trump Travel Ban to Take Effect

Deutsch, Killea and Eapen, Immigration Law Firm, will regularly update its blog to cover immigration under the Trump administration.  Contact any of our attorneys if you have a concern. Monday, June 26, 2017: The U.S. Supreme Court decided to hear the government’s appeal of two lower court decisions that had blocked President Trump’s executive order banning travel from […]

DHS Rescinds DAPA But Retains DACA For Now

On June 15, 2017, Department of Homeland Security (DHS)  Secretary John F. Kelly signed a memorandum rescinding President Obama’s 2014 memorandum, which created a program known as Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (“DAPA”).  DAPA would have permitted some parents of U.S. citizen or permanent resident children to remain in the U.S. […]

More on “Extreme Vetting”

President Trump directed the Secretary of State to implement additional screening and vetting standards for all visa applicants.  As a result of this directive, the Department of State has proposed a requirement that visa applicants provide much more detailed information about their families, social media history, family members, and address and employment history.  This will […]

Trump Administration Budget Aims to Implement Mass Deportation

As explained by the American Immigration Association (AILA),* the Trump Administration’s newly released Fiscal Year 2018 budget request would fund massive increases in immigration enforcement and border security.  The Administration requests billions of dollars to grow an enormous deportation force, while demanding deep cuts in domestic programs vital to working class Americans. The Administration’s budget […]

USCIS Completes Data Entry of Fiscal Year 2018 H-1B Cap Subject Petitions

USCIS announced on May 3, 2017, that it has completed data entry of all fiscal year 2018 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in a computer-generated random process. USCIS will now begin returning all H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected. Due to the high volume of filings, USCIS is unable to provide a definite time frame […]

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