This Week in US Immigration News: June 23, 2017

Each week we collect stories related to US immigration, and we provide a brief summary of each story in our weekly blog edition. Below you will find snapshots of stories that range from Trump’s administration to changes in US immigration laws. We then give you fresh links at the bottom that relate to each story within our summary. Let’s dive in!

Stories from the Border

This week in US immigration, the head of the UC Immigrant Legal Services Center, Maria Blanco, highlighted the free legal services provided by the center in its effort to support immigrant students and their families across nine University of California campuses. Universities across the country have asked the center for assistance in creating similar services for their immigrant students. This underlines the notion that academic institutions feel the need to shield their students and create ways for them to legally remain in the United States.  Moreover, the Trump administration introduced “express” deportations,” which will fast-forward the deportation process for foreign nationals who are convicted of a crime in the United States. Instead of being transferred to an immigration detention center after a convicted foreign national completes his or her prison term, the person will be directly deported to his or her home country.

Via: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

In Texas, people have fled the state because of its “anti-sanctuary” law. This has affected drywall companies that rely on an immigrant workforce to accomplish daily projects. A case in point is Oscar Martinez who claimed, “I took a big hit since my workers started hearing crazy stories about being deported, and they panicked. The Americans I hire can’t last in this job more than half a day.” The new Texas law has sparked plenty of controversy over the past few weeks, and immigration attorneys have challenged the new law in court. The U.S. Department of Justice has requested to hear the case before the law takes effect in September.

A new report was released, which revealed that immigrants account for almost 30% of the STEM jobs in Washington state. With these statistics, it is hard to refute the reality of STEM fields in the United States. The US needs a consistent influx of immigrants with backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  The new report revealed that the US is currently not producing enough, qualified stem workers to keep up with the demand. In other news, Colorado remains a welcoming state for refugees. Since 1980, Colorado has accepted close to 60,000 refugees, and the state continues to honor its humanitarian stance. Three million in funds was allocated to immigrants dealing with deportations in Los Angeles, California. California as a whole has made significant progress in its support of immigration over the past month. Additionally, the “Rapid Response Network” was launched this week to support undocumented immigrants in Santa Clara County. The network functions as a hotline for immigrants who urgently need assistance. Over the past several weeks, we have seen many programs and groups created to combat the administration’s immigration policies, and we should expect to see more as the weeks proceed.

Top US Immigration News Stories

      1. Demand for UC immigrant student legal services soars as Trump policies sow uncertainty

      2. Federal prosecutors inaugurate ‘express’ deportations

      3. Texas companies tie worker shortages to immigration fears

      4. Lawyers: Trump Administration May Back Texas Immigration Law

      5. Study: Nearly 30% of Washington state’s STEM workers are immigrants

      6. Colorado governor: Refugees welcome no matter what the US does

      7. L.A. County supervisors OK $3 million to aid legal efforts for immigrants facing deportation

      8. South Bay community leaders launch ‘Rapid Response Network’ to protect immigrants

      9. Trump’s 5-year ban on welfare for immigrants a welcome tax relief

     10. Iraqi immigrants detained by ICE can stay until at least June 27, says U.S.

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