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No Emergency at the Border as House Says they Reject Emergency Move

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No Emergency at the Border as House Says they Reject Emergency MoveYesterday, US House of Representatives wield their power when they passed legislation to terminate the emergency declared at the U.S.-Mexico border by president Trump in a bid to build a border wall there.

The House passed the resolution following a vote of 245-182 to set up a vote in the Senate, with a Republican majority.

Democratic House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, reveled in the victory but is aware that the tally falls short of what would be needed to override a possible veto from the President, a Republican. The move to stop the president’s declaration was supported by only 13 Republicans.

The main force behind the controversial legislation, Democratic Representative Joaquin Castro, said “Border crossings are at a 40-year low. There is no emergency at the border, he said.

Threat to Constitutional Balance of Power

There is fear amidst the Democrats and some Republicans alike that the emergency declaration, which will give Mr. Trump the power to build the border wall without the lawmakers’ approval, may threaten the constitutional balance of powers between the executive and the Congress.

Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader, shied away from predicting the outcome of Senate legislation after Vice President Mike Pence had a closed meeting with Republican senators. McConnell said he is yet to conclude if the emergency declaration by the President is legal and the meeting with the Vice President a robust one.

Congress has been formally notified by White House that Mr. President could veto the order if the proposal passes Congress.

President Trump insists he has the power to declare the national emergency explaining that US national security is threatened by the humanitarian and security crisis at the southern border.

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India Demands Release of Indian Students Arrested in the US

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India Demands Release of Indian Students Arrested in the USThe United States has been urged by India to release 129 students detained during a crackdown on people said to be involved in the violation of the country’s immigration rules. These students enrolled in a University in Farmington Hills, MI but the university was later revealed to be part of undercover operations by Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Last week, the news of the arrests of several hundreds of students by the DHS broke out, and it has since generated a lot of waves. After affected students contacted them, American Telugu Association (ATA) offered its help and counsel to the students as well as offering to work with the Indian ambassador to ensure proper course of action.

They Were Duped

In a rallying call to the US, India said the affected students were perhaps duped into enrolling in the fake university hence should be treated differently from the recruiters who are the perpetrators. India ministry of external affairs expressed the country’s concern over the dignity and well-being of the affected students and emphasized the need for immediate action.

The ministry, therefore, urged the US to share full details of the situation with the government of India as well as provide continuous updates. They also demand the release of the students from detention as soon as possible and should not be deported forcefully.

India ministry of external affairs reemphasized the country’s commitment towards the welfare of the students detained, and so, it’s working diligently with all stakeholders including US authorities to resolve the issue. The ministry said about 30 of the students had been contacted by officials and is doing all it can to reach others latest in 24 hours.

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Delays in Green Cards and Citizenship Condemned by US Immigration Lawyers

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Delays in Green Cards and Citizenship Condemned by US Immigration LawyersOn Wednesday 30 January, the delay in the handling of citizenship and green cards’ applications along with other benefits of immigration by the government of the United States was condemned by immigration lawyers.

Over a four year period, waiting times for applications for citizenship and green cards increased by almost a hundred percent despite only a slight increase in the numbers of applications received according to the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Families and Businesses Affected Alike

American Immigration Lawyers Association consists of over 15,000 law professors as well as immigration. As stated in a report, the group said the delays surrounding these applications are hurting families and businesses in the US that rely on timely adjudication.

The association accused U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) of acting like an arm of the Department of Homeland and Security hence drifting from its purpose of serving immigrant applicants.

There is the need for greater transparency and more oversight by the Congress, the association said.

Responding to the situation, a spokesman for USCIS revealed that in a systematic attempt to speed up the processes, the agency recently opened three new field offices as well as expanded another ten. The workforce handling the processes has increased by 38 percent in just five years, he said.

While several factors peculiar to different cases affect processing time, the delays are usually caused by higher application rates in contrast to the low processing rates claim, the spokesman said.

The lawyers pointed out that applications only increased by four percent between 2014 and 2018 according to a 2018 report by DHS. In 2016, nationwide naturalization wait time was 5.6 months which increased to 10.2 months in 2018, revealed the agency.

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New H-1B System Favours Foreigners in US Colleges

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New H-1B System Favours Foreigners in US CollegesProfessionals with higher education from countries like India and China could be impacted as a new H-1B visa filing rule was announced by the United States. Under the new rule that will commence in April, foreign workers that have advanced qualifications from universities in the US will be given priority.

H-1B visa is a nonimmigrant visa used by companies in the US when recruiting foreign workers for specialty occupations requiring technical or theoretical expertise.

This final rule reversed US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) order of selecting H-1B petitions regular cap and advanced degree exemption.

Benefit for Both Employers and Employees

The new rule which was published in the Federal Register on Thursday includes the introduction of electronic registration requirement for petitioners filing H-1B petitions among other things. It should be noted that the electronic registration requirement will not be used for the 2020 fiscal year according to USCIS.

The director of USCIS, Francis Cissna, said these simple but smart changes are of great help to all parties involved – employers, foreigner workers and agency’s adjudicators.

The new rule is according to Mr. Trump’s promise earlier this month. He promised to change the visa in a way to holders stay in the US and hasten citizenship process

It will reduce the overall costs incurred by employers as well as enhance government efficiency according to the director. He said the new rule is a representation of the agency’s work with the president to improve the country’s immigration system.

H-1B visa is valid for three years and renewable for another three. 65,000 H-1B visa is granted annually with another 20,000 reserved for people with advanced degrees from US higher education institutions. Often, the lottery system is triggered when the demand for this visa exceeds the supply.

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Statistics Show US Needs More Immigration not Less

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Economists say America Requires More ImmigrantsAccording to economists on either side of the United States’ political spectrum, the country needs more immigrants, representing an absolutely different position compared to the US president’ hard stance of fending off illegal immigrants.

To maintain our workforce and economic health, we need to significantly increase the pace of immigration in the US according to Shikha Dalmia – an analyst with Reason Foundation.

Explaining further, business analysts and economists pointed out the reduced birthrate in the country since the previous administration, at the least. They are hence advocating for more people, innovation, and capital being brought into the country.

Mass immigration in the US is a Myth

Shikha Dalmia backed up by the fact, revealed that with careful consideration, the belief that America is experiencing mass immigration is nothing but a myth. He said the opposite is actually the reality in the country – the US is a low immigration country.

If the country does not open its doors wide to immigration, a huge bottleneck for growth will soon be evident as suggested by demographic trends in the country which is pointing towards a severe labor shortfall, Dalmia said.

Without a strategic immigration move, the all-time low birthrate in the country is a pointer to tough times ahead. Despite this, Mr. Trump is not only hindering illegal immigration, but he is also putting tough measures in place for legal immigration.

In conclusion, based on the data available, Dalmia said the United States should be receiving at least double of what it is currently receiving as immigrants per year until 2050. He said this still will not amount to mass immigration for the country given that foreign-born population in the country at 2050 will be at about 26% at the rate suggested which is still below what is obtainable in Australia as of today.

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USA: About Half of Illegal Immigration Will be Stopped by Border Wall

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USA: About Half of Illegal Immigration Will be Stopped by Border WallAmidst enormous controversy, including a partial government shutdown, surrounding the building of a US-Mexico border wall, a new report released by CBS unequivocally says half of the total illegal immigration into the United States can be stopped by building a border wall according to data from the Center for Migration Studies.

According to the report, the southern border made it possible for one-third of the total recent undocumented immigrants in the US to be in the country while the other two-thirds have overstayed various kinds of visas.

Bringing Data to Focus

The latest data from the Center for Migration Studies reveal that a little below half (42%) of the undocumented immigrants residing in the United States entered the country legally on work visas but failed to leave the country when such visas expire.

In 2016, undocumented population in the US hit a 12-year low according to Pew Research Center. The center equally revealed that only about 500,000 Mexicans entered through the southern border illegally between 2011 and 2016 representing a huge fall from the above two million that entered in 2007 according to CBS.

Roughly 700,000 foreigners are residing in the United States on an expired visa as at September 2017 according to CBS report. The report acknowledged that the current administration has measures in place to cub visa overstays. A measure is U.S. Immigration, and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) sending of mail to visa holders to flag them about their visas were about to expire.

This will make people reconsider overstaying their visas according to the director at the Center for Immigration Studies.

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Thousands of Immigration Cases Indefinitely Delayed Due To Shut down

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Thousands of Immigration Cases Indefinitely Delayed Due To Shut downThe federal government has delayed thousands of immigration cases due to the ongoing partial shutdown by the Trump administration.

It is reported by the ABC News that most courts handling immigration cases have closed down due to the shutdown, thereby causing delay. As a result, a lot of asylum application and immigration claims cases are still untouched as the shutdown is moving to its third week.

The Immigration judged have reported that these delays have made the cases worse and also made the President’s goal, in terms of the border security, not achievable.

The People Laments

The Vice President of the National Association of Immigration Judges, Amiens Khan complained about how frustrating the situation was. He spoke on the irony of the whole situation, stating that the government was shut down to ensure border security and yet, it was affecting the Immigration system.

In December, there was a report that the Department of Justice’s Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR), without prior notice, had informed a lot of immigration attorneys of the postponement of their cases.

There are complaints from attorneys that EOIR didn’t notify them and this had rendered a lot of the attorneys and their clients (migrants) clueless about what the future holds for their cases.

An attorney with the African Hispanic Immigration Organization (AHIO), Kidhen Banet, had tweeted, at that time, how he was clueless about the cases until he had tweeted other attorneys and also called the court.

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USA: Democrats Reject Building Border Walls

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Democrats Reject Building Border WallsDonald Trump, President of the United States, has blamed the opposition Democrats for the demise of the two immigrant kids who were in the US custody.

According to Trump, the death of children and others at the border are a direct result of the Democrats’ refusal to agree to the erection of the border walls, thereby permitting immigrants to enter the country illegally.

This comment came after the separate death of the two children from Guatemala who illegally crossed the border with their relatives, and had been in the U. S. Patrol border’s custody.

This was after he had tweeted that he was waiting for the democrats at the white house to conclude the border walls deal.

The Guatemalan eight-year-old, Felipe Gomez died of fever while in the US custody with his father, Augustin Gomez. This same occurrence happened on the same day, earlier this month where another Guatemalan kid, Jakelin Caval also died.

It is recorded, that in the last two months, 139,817 people have been apprehended by the US border patrol agents, on the southwest border. This is compared to the 74,946 people who were apprehended same time a year ago.

Trump is Resolute to Build the Borders

On December 22, when the US government shutdown which affected a quarter of the US federal government began, Trump promised to stay at the white house, thereby cancelling his trip to Florida for the holidays – though he visited the US troops in Iraq unannounced.

With his fight to build the US-Mexico border walls, the US President has even threatened to close the border if there is no substantial agreement with the Democrats on the deal. Meanwhile, the Democrats are firm in their decision not to support the agreement, claiming it as a waste of money.

A vow to reopen government

Nancy Pelosi, the expected Speaker in the new Congress, has vowed to reopen the government immediately her Democrats take control of the lower chambers from Thursday next week.

It seems that with the holiday celebrations ongoing, the effect of the shutdown has not been felt as most of the workers who have been sent off or without pay are on holidays will be called off, but we are sure the pressure will be higher in the New Year.

Though a more significant part of the US military isn’t affected, same cannot be said about the 42,000 coast Guard members, a branch that is under the Homeland Security, who are working without pay.

This is actually the third shutdown the government has made in a year.

A recent poll has shown that the Americans are in favour of a compromise rather than the President’s firm stand on the deal.

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