Breaking US Immigration News: July 28, 2017

Stories from the Border

Breaking news revealed that a semi-trailer truck packed with undocumented immigrants caused several people to die from dehydration and asphyxiation. The truck was found outside of a Walmart in Texas and held more than 100 people according to survivors of the incident. People gathered at the San Fernando Cathedral to honor those who passed away. The vigil was planned by RAICES, a non-profit organization that offers free and affordable legal help to immigrants. “No human has to die in search of a better life,” said Barbie Hurtado, RAICES’ community organizer. According to her, the incident could have been avoided entirely. This tragic incident brought forth news regarding the rise in smuggling via commercial trucks. People are still prepared to die in order to enter the US. The Trump administration has indeed strengthened the US border, but people will continue to try and find ways around US policies.

Via: AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

The highest court in the state of Massachusetts ruled that the state’s law enforcement cannot detain immigrants to assist federal immigration authorities. In the past, ICE has urged local law enforcement to detain undocumented immigrants after their release dates, but Massachusetts proved that they do not support that action by ICE. Moreover, the US government claimed that it will continue to process H-1B visas for institutions of higher learning and nonprofit research organizations at a quicker rate. Back in April, the government eliminated the H-1B visa’s “premium processing”  for up to six months, which caused a great amount of outrage from companies that rely on the H-1B visa. Thankfully, academic institutions and nonprofits were not affected by this policy. Additionally, the Trump administration has created an immigration plan that prioritizes job skills over family ties. According to the Trump administration, America awards illegal border crossings, and they believe that immigrants are taking away American jobs.  There is research that has indicated the complete opposite. People have argued that immigrants perform the work that Americans are unable to do or unwilling to perform. We hope that the government will take this into consideration going forward.

Top US Immigration News Stories

  1. Blistering hot truck full of immigrants found at Texas Walmart; 9 dead
  2. Community gathers to mourn deceased immigrants, pray for survivors
  3.  Activist: U.S. policies pushing immigrants into dangerous journeys
  4. Massachusetts cannot hold immigrants so U.S. can detain them: state top court
  5. U.S. Resumes Fast Processing for Some H-1B Visa Applications
  6. 15 People Arrested During Austin Immigration Protest
  7. Washington state courts may shield immigrants’ status amid Trump fears
  8. Trump’s Immigration Crackdown Suffers More Legal Setbacks
  9. Oregon jail holding immigrants sued by property taxpayers
  10. Trucker in Texas denies knowing immigrants were in stifling tractor trailer
  11. Survivors of Texas truck where 10 immigrants died seek to trade testimony for visas
  12. Trump endorses immigration reform, says he’s ‘liberating cities’ with arrests
  13. State reps. defend immigration bill amid protests
  14. Feds arrest Memphis immigrants in Sunday ‘surge’, outraging activists
  15. San Diego County refugee flow slows to lowest number in over a decade

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