US Immigration News: September 1, 2017

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This past week Hurricane Harvey destroyed many towns and cities in Texas. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has promised the city’s nearly 600,000 illegal immigrants that they won’t be turned over to immigration authorities if they go to a shelter or ask for help during Harvey. This was an extremely important message he sent to his fellow Texans to show compassion and loyalty. Turner, a lawyer, even went a step further, saying he would personally represent any illegal immigrant who faces deportation for seeking shelter during the storm. “I don’t care who you are, I don’t care what your status is,” Turner said Monday. “I do not want you to run the risk of losing your life or [that of] a family member because you’re concerned about (Senate Bill) 4 or anything else.” Texas Senate Bill 4 outlaws sanctuary cities in the state and allows state and local law enforcement officers to check immigration status. It takes effect Sept. 1. “It’s not the time for anyone to ask anyone about immigration status. It’s a time to help people.” – Ira Mehlman, spokesman, Federation for American Immigration Reform. 

Hurricane Harvey

US immigration authorities will soon require an in-person interview for certain applicants for green cards, a change that is likely to slow the process of obtaining one and may jam the already-backlogged visa application system, a media report said. Visa holders who are family members of refugees or people who receive asylum will also be required to undergo an in-person interview when they apply for provisional status, a stage that precedes receiving a green card, according to USCIS. The new policy will take effect from October 1, the report said. Carter Langston, a spokesperson for USCIS, told Politico that the categories of visas that require interviews will expand in the future, calling it “an incremental expansion”. These changes are part of the Trump administrations strategy to further improve the detection and prevention of fraud and security that is brought into the US.

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Top US Immigration News Stories

  1. Trump Administration Targets Obama-Era Immigration Loophole

  2. David Perdue looks to Democrats while selling immigration bill

  3. Trump Pardons Joe Arpaio, Who Became Face of Crackdown on Illegal Immigration

  4. Couple visited by immigration officers on wedding day book flight to India, but ‘haven’t given up hope’
  5. Donald Trump administration introduces green card hurdle 
  6. Sen. David Perdue looks to Democrats while selling immigration bill

  7. Indian American Catholic Association helps immigrants in Bucks County area

  8. Australia’s Immigration Chief Defends Cutting Support for Some Asylum Seekers

  9. Trump considering cuts to au pair work visas: report

  10. Forum: U.S immigration policy needs re-examination

  11. U.S. VISAS: What is an immigrant Visa?
  12. Immigration officials in Vietnam deny mother visa to see her dying daughter in San Jose

  13. Investors Go Where Trump Won’t: To Immigrant Entrepreneurs

  14. Elected officials react to Post-Star immigration series

  15. Green card policy change could affect San Diego biotech companies
  16. Community, pols join fight for Staten Island dad detained by ICE; deportation looms

  17. Does the US need an immigration “pause”? (Mary Waters transcript)

  18. Immigration Corner | How Can My Daughter Return To Live In The US?

  19. Houston mayor promises illegal immigrants fleeing Harvey will not be turned over to ICE

 

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