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Joanna Schaffer, Immigration Lawyer
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U.S. Immigration. White Plains NY, USA, www.visalawusa.com
U.S. Immigration. White Plains NY, USA, www.visalawusa.com

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Thinking about #naturalization? What a great way to prepare for the civics /history test!
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The Trump administration has released a lengthy list of immigration demands that could stall growing bipartisan momentum on Capitol Hill to protect the young unauthorized immigrants known as DREAMers. The wish list includes border wall funding, along with cuts to legal immigration and an end to certain protections for unaccompanied child migrants. Democrats have called the demands unworkable, while some proposals may drive a wedge within the Republican Party. What’s next for the administration's plan and negotiations as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program gets ever closer to winding down?
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As the author of this article points out, the discriminatory immigration policies of the United States haven't ended -- they have just shifted.
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Investor immigration programs have spread around the world over the past decade, and Chinese applicants have dominated in a number of countries. In fiscal year 2015, roughly 90 percent of green cards granted through the U.S. EB-5 investor program went to wealthy Chinese immigrants. What explains this rise of Chinese elite migration? As this article explores, economic and cultural factors drive many Chinese millionaires to pursue immigration to the West—a symbol of social status among China’s well-off. Learn more in the Migration Information Source, the Migration Policy Institute’s online journal.
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On September 5, the Trump administration announced its decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which offered work authorization and relief from deportation to some 790,000 young unauthorized immigrants brought to the United States as children. The program will be rolled back starting in March 2018, creating a new sense of urgency around finding a more long-term fix for these immigrants, commonly known as DREAMers. As this article from the Migration Information Source explores, the plight of the DREAMers is now in the hands of Congress and the courts.
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Since 2012, nearly 800,000 unauthorized children who entered the United States as children have received work authorization and two-year reprieve from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Following DACA’s fifth anniversary, a new Migration Policy Institute issue brief examines the occupational and educational characteristics of the DACA-eligible population, finding that three-quarters are in the labor force, and one-quarter of those workers are also in school. If the Trump administration terminates DACA, many recipients would no longer be able to work in white-collar positions, have fewer incentives to complete college, and lose other tangible benefits.
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Government records show that, from July 2014 through August 2015, immigration judges issued almost 2,800 removal (deportation) orders for children who had no defense lawyer and only a single hearing. In at least 40 percent of these cases, the child was 16 or younger.
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