This Week in US Immigration News: July 7, 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
The Supreme Court approved portions of President Trump’s new travel ban, which affects the following six countries: Libya, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, Syria, and Iran. The Court will fully review the travel ban in the fall, but for now, the US will limit some people from the six countries in the list and refugees. In Hawaii, a federal judge kept the restrictions outlined in the ban intact this week by not altering them. Instead, he advised that the Supreme Court will be more suited to answer the questions that have surfaced as a result of the ban. Tech CEOs such as Tim Cook are against the ban and have even vowed to protect their immigrant employees. “Apple would not exist without immigration, let alone thrive and innovate the way we do,” Cook stated.
More people have been turning to the O-1B visa in light of the current debate between the government and tech companies over the H-1B visa. Unlike an H-1B visa, there is no cap on an O-1B visa, which could explain the increase in the number of people applying for this type of visa. Moreover, immigrant rights groups have claimed that Milwaukee is slowly cooperating with the federal government’s immigration initiatives. There are multiple disagreements between US cities and the federal government regarding how to approach immigration in the US. Some cities protect immigrants by not cooperating with the federal government while others comply with the federal government. Milwaukee has been leaning towards the latter according to immigrant rights groups, and this may be due to the pressure created by the federal government.
Miami-Dade County has been complying with the requests to detain people in order to check their immigration status. The American Civil Liberties Union and immigration attorneys have filed a lawsuit against the county claiming that it is violating the Fourth Amendment by complying with these requests, which are known as “detainers.” They ask law enforcement officials to hold people in jail longer than they are meant to be there so federal immigration officials can detain those individuals. Many cities believe that they do not have to comply with these requests, but the federal government believes that they should and has stated that they will take away funding from the cities that refuse to comply with detainer requests. We have yet to discover whether or not the federal government has the power to actually implement this.
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