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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The Department of State Revises the Foreign Affair Manual to Provide Consular Officers Guidance in light of Trump’s “Buy American and Hire American” Executive Order.

By Roujin Mozaffarimehr

As of August 2017, the Department of State (DOS) has updated its Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM), which details the policies and procedures by which Consular Officers are to follow in the issuance of visas at appointments abroad. These revisions have been made based upon President Trump’s April 2017 Executive Order (EO) 13788, “Buy American and Hire American.” This EO posits targeted directives with the goal of “ensure[ing] the integrity of the Immigration System in order to ‘Hire American.”

Prior to the FAM revisions and the April 2017 EO, the Immigration Bar and non-immigrant visa (NIV) holders traveling abroad have been gathering anecdotal evidence of rigorous adjudications at the consulate.


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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

BREAKING NEWS: Trump Administration to End DACA Program

On September 5, 2017, President Trump issued a written statement read aloud by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, announcing the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The President has put into place a 6-month “wind-down” of the DACA program.

What we know so far:

  • During this 6-month period, all applications that have already been filed and are pending will be processed, as well as renewal applications for those facing near-term expiration.
  • New applications for work permits will not be accepted.
  • All existing work permits will be honored until their date of expiration up to two full years from today.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Breaking News: Proposed RAISE Act Will Alienate, Not Attract Global Talent

By Roujin Mozaffarimehr

On August 2nd, Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Perdue (R-GA) introduced the RAISE Act, a bill supported by the Trump administration that, in part, looks to replace our current employment-based immigration system with a “merit-based” points system that purports to attract the best and the brightest global talent.

We have taken a closer look at the points system in the bill and put it to the test, to see if the best and the brightest would really be identified by the system. We compared 2 hypothetical Candidates to each other and evaluated each of them with the proposed point system.


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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Dream Act

MPLG welcomes the relief that would come with the approval and implementation of these bills. However, we remain cautious of their outcomes based upon the current Administration’s conservative stance on immigration.


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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Executive Action: H-4 Employment Authorization

Our current laws do not allow the H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B holders to work in the U.S. This has resulted in a lost talent pool for the U.S., not to mention frustration by the H-4 dependents, and financial stress on families. Executive Action will finally extend employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses...
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Executive Action: Employment Based Immigration

President Obama's Executive Action on Immigration seeks to stimulate the economy and provide some relief to foreign workers through a series of new actions...


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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Executive Action: Undocumented Immigrants & Deferred Action

There are approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. The President’s executive action, would address this population by reordering the enforcement priorities away from families and children and toward: criminals, gang members, recent immigrants, and multiple visa violators.
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

President Obama: Major Immigration Announcement

President Obama is expected to make a major announcement about immigration reform this Thursday evening. It is anticipated that he will roll out a plan that would effectively grant relief from deportation to as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants by using his Executive Authority on how our current immigration laws are enforced. These actions are being taken as more than 1 year has passed since the Senate initially passed an immigration reform bill that had bipartisan support in June 2013, but was later killed in the House.

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

California Immigration Reform

While Washington remains gridlocked, California makes great strides forward on immigration reform, once again leading the nation on a humane path for reforming our broken immigration system. 


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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The "SAFE" Act is anything but...

United We Dream highlights the problems with the "SAFE" Act introducted by Rep. Gowdy (R-Sc) in June 2013. United We Dream identifies several disturibing issues with this Act. The bill does little to fix our immigration system and eliminates relief for young DREAMers.


Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Indians Now Third Largest Immigrant Population in U.S.

Since my parents arrived in the early 1960s to the U.S., "the share of Indian immigrants among all foreign-born in the U.S. increased from less than 0.5 percent to almost 5 percent..." "The 1.86 million Indian immigrants who were living in the U.S. in 2011  represented the third-largest immigrant group by country of origin behind Mexico  and China, according to a new study by the Migration Policy Institute." Read more at: India West.

-Kalpana Peddibhotla 

 


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