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Current H-1B Visa Policies Darken IT Talent Outlook

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Current H-1B Visa Policies Darken IT Talent Outlook As the USCIS begin to receive applications for H-1B visas for 2020 fiscal year, the program has been attacked. Employers, politicians, and employees have expressed a high level of frustration towards the program, while since 2017, filings have reduced to 20%. More destruction is expected this year which has led to the wide speculation that the 29-old program may soon be headed for a complete crash.

What are the issues surrounding the fall in the H-1B application?

The availability of talented workers is excluded from such causes. China produces 10% of H-1B workers while 52% are from India. The workforce from these countries alone, excluding potentials from Canada, South Korea or Japan, is enough to meet the 85,000 H-1B visa allocations for 10 years and beyond.

As informed by a US Industry Trade group CompTIA, the unfilled IT jobs in the country is presently up to 732,000, as such, less demand for tech workers cannot be listed among the causes.

Some causes of the decline in filings of H-1B visas applications are

  • Administrative bottlenecks before sponsoring foreign workers
  • High cost – $1500 non-refundable fee, plus filing fee and other expenses incurred by firms which could tally up to $20,000 for a single application.
  • Rigid enforcement of the president’s executive order – “Buy American, Hire American” which has led to the increase in rejections of visa applications annually.

Another significant blow will be a new policy which is still under consideration. According to reports, a recommendation has been drafted by the agency and forwarded to the white house office of management and budget to approve the annulment of H-4EAD visas which will hereby restrict the spouses of H-1B holders from living and working in the country.

According to a policy analyst at the Migration Policy Institute, Sarah Pierce, the approval and implementation of such recommendation would be devastating to H-1B family members as they would either be forced to separate from family or self deport.

Furthermore, the greatest threat to the H-1B visa is the implementation of the current technology. Presently, robotic science, AI algorithm which does not need a visa, are replacing the workers who did IT jobs like applications developments, coding, IT services, etc. With this, the visa programme must focus on hiring talents in blockchain Technology, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and the likes in order to remain significant.

The selection process of the current H-1B visa is scattered, and the tactical proposals by the USCIS to fix it endangers it the more. The administration should understand that H-1B visa or other potential future visa programs should be implemented in a way that will accommodate international talents and skilled workers, which will help promote the country economically.

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New Sets of Migrant Caravan on Their Way to the US

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New Sets of Migrant Caravan on Their Way to the USOn Wednesday, above 1,700 Honduras passed through Guatemala as they head towards the Mexican border in a bid to reach the US, representing another group of Central American migrants seeking asylum in the US.

The United States and Mexico are still struggling to come to terms with the great number of migrants camped outside the US border awaiting asylum. The US has told them emphatically to turn back as they won’t be allowed in, but they are bent on getting asylum in the country. They have nonetheless been frustrated by the number of asylum applications being treated daily and are trying several things to get across the border including breaching attempts which have seen border agents firing shots tear gas at them on two separate occasions.

US’ record-breaking partial government shutdown continues with no end in view as Mr. Trump will not flinch until he gets the funding he wants for building the US-Mexico border wall.  This has sparked a lot of debate and controversy in the US.

New Group of Migrants Emerge

Now, a new group of immigrants is advancing towards the US in great numbers. About 325 children or youths below age 18, as well as around 100 El Salvadorans, are in the group according to Guatemala’s National Immigration Institute.

One would not have expected to see such numbers advance towards the US at a time like this given the stiffer policies of the current administration, but they said they are not dismayed. A member of the group, Miria Zelaya, said Mr. Trump’s hard stance does not faze them. She said they are motivated by greater need.

Another said he has to keep moving because he has been threatened by gangs back home to either join them or be killed. He, Adonay Hernandez, said he is sure he will make it to his relatives in North Carolina despite having just $20 with him.

Many of the group revealed they hope to find a better life in Mexico from where they can then apply for asylum in the US.

In the coming days, Mr. Trump will surely try to use this news to pressure Congress into funding his wall.

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US Insist on Deporting Vietnam War Refugees

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US Set to Deport Vietnam War RefugeesAfter deporting about 40 Cambodian immigrants on Monday 17 December, United States is now ramping up the effort to deport refugees of the Vietnam War who were convicted of crimes after their arrival in the country.

The Cambodian immigrants deported is one of the largest groups the US has ever deported at a time, but a larger group may soon be deported as about 9,000 Vietnamese immigrants who came to America decades back when they escape the Vietnam war now face possible deportation. In this regard, the US and Vietnam officials held a meeting earlier this month to address reinterpreting an agreement between the countries that has been shielding the refugees from deportation.

This is just one of the many instances of Trump’s aggressive move against immigration that has seen deportation surpass entry into the US. Many who have been in the US almost all their life, with very little or no connection to their home country, have been victims of such a hard stance against immigration by Mr. Trump’s government.

Mr. Washington Approved Protection

In 2008, Washington inked an agreement with Hanoi which protects all Vietnamese war refugees that entered the US before 1995 against deportation.

While addressing issues surrounding reinterpretation of the agreement inked, litigation director at Advancing Justice – an Asian-American civil rights group, Ms. Phi Nguyen revealed that the refugees were granted green cards when they entered the US hence becoming permanent residents of the country, but because of fund or the process involved, many did not apply for citizenship.

Ms. Phi Nguyen also said that neither Vietnamese officials nor the US Department of Homeland Security officials had discussed the outcome of their meeting.

Mr. Trump deported many Vietnamese immigrants early last year when he initially attempted to reinterpret the agreement. August this year, the administration appeared to have backtracked on the reinterpretation but is now at it again.

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105 Immigrants Arrested In New Jersey in Latest ICE’s Operation

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105 Immigrants Arrested In New Jersey in Latest ICE’s Operation

105 Immigrants Arrested In New Jersey in Latest ICE’s OperationA day after New Jersey’s Attorney General, Gubir Grewal, ordered law enforcement (local, county and state) to limit their level of involvement with federal immigration authorities, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) began a five-day period operation in the state and have since announced the arrest of 105 people.

Plans for the operation have been put in place before Attorney General Gubir Grewal gave his orders according to the official statement released by ICE.

Director of ICE’s Newark field office, John Tsoukaris, said ICE’s unflinching commitment to public safety in the state is highlighted by these outstanding results achieved by ICE’s officers in collaboration with law enforcement agencies. He hence emphasized that the agency will not shy away from the focus of arresting illegal aliens who are convicts of serious crimes as well as those who are considered dangerous to public safety.

Details of the Arrest

The operation was led by ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations and resulted in 105 arrests across the state. 80 percent of the total arrests involve people with prior criminal convictions or pending criminal charges according to immigration officials. The arrests include 24 in Hudson County, 14 in Monmouth County, 11 in Passaic County, 10 in Middlesex County and 6 in Essex County.

The arrests include people from Mexico, Canada, Brazil, Ecuador, Guatemala, Korea, Egypt, Peru, Russia, Serbia, Cuba, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Honduras, El Salvador, Columbia, Philippines, Taiwan, Spain, Venezuela, Trinidad, Dominican Republic and Slovakia.

The failure of local police departments and County jails to refer criminals and gang members they come across to ICE for review leaves the agency with no option than to conduct additional enforcement operations via which they can make arrests for immigration violations according to a statement released by the agency.

Sequel to the arrests, ICE has been tagged a rogue agency by a community organizer for Movimiento Cosecha, Carlos Rodriguez. He said it is a shame that ICE director, John Tsoukaris, is trying to destroy the trust the new AG is trying to foster between law enforcement and the immigrant community.

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Months after Reversal of Zero Tolerance Policy, Family Separation Still Thrives

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Family Separation Still Thrives in the USPresident of the United States, Donald Trump, signed an executive order on the 20th of June implying a backtrack from his highly controversial immigration enforcement policy tagged zero-tolerance policy. Zero tolerance policy empowers authorities to expose adults caught crossing the border illegally to criminal prosecution. The policy also allows authorities to separate such parents from their children.

A week after the president retreated from this policy, Dana M. Sabraw, a federal judge, ruled against the separations and called on the government to bring the affected families back together except in cases that pose a danger to the safety of the children.

It has now been revealed that immigrant families are being quietly separated at the border. Sometimes, the separation is based on unproven allegations of misconduct or insignificant violations. Catholic Charities lawyers have discovered at least 16 new separation cases over the past three months. Catholic Charities Lawyers provide legal services to the children of immigrants in government custody in New York. They claimed to have discovered these new cases chance as well as through looking into things after the placement of children in temporary foster care and homes with or without traces that they got to the border with their parents.

A Case At Hand

A Salvadoran father called ProPublica, in the latter part of last month, to report one of such separations. Julio, detained in South Texas, said a Customs and Border Protection agent took his four-year-old son from him after seeking asylum across the border. Reacting to the situation, Jodi Ziesemer, a supervising attorney at Catholic Charities, said she had no idea the boy was separated from his father.

These attorneys said Immigration Officials are taking advantage of any justification in their grasp to disqualify parents, with or without worthy proofs in their claim. They are equally empowered by an administration that does not totally shy away from family separation.

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98 Migrants Deported by Mexico for Storming US Border

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98 Migrants Deported by Mexico for Storming US BorderOn Sunday, a group of migrants attempted to breach the US border by finding ways through several points along the border but were resisted by US agents who fired several shots of tear gas. The agents claimed some of the migrants threw rocks and projectiles.

The president of the United States thereafter warned Mexico to find a way to move the migrants, many of whom he called stone cold criminals, back to their countries otherwise they will close the border permanently if left with no option.

42 people among this group were arrested for disturbing public peace among many other charges according to US officials on Monday.

Afterwards, Mexico Interior Ministry said the group has been rounded up for their violent and illegal attempt to cross the border. Dozens of people were seen running aggressively towards the fence mounted at the border according to a video footage. A Mexico migration office official, Gerardo Garcia Benavente, said 98 people from the migrants have been sent back to their countries because of the violent incident.

Requested for a Peaceful Protest

Reacting to the border-breaching attempt, Alfonso Navarrete, Mexican Interior Minister, said the migrants requested help to stage a peaceful demonstration only to be allegedly advised by movement’s leaders to attempt breaching the border. The demonstration truly started on a peaceful note bust as soon as they make it pass the Mexican security blockade, it became a dash for the border.

The migrants’ latest move will not help their objectives in any way as they had trespassed the legal migration framework which could have resulted in ugly scenes according to Mexico’s interior ministry. The ministry revealed that 11,000 Central Americans had been deported since this influx of migrants entered the country on October 19.

Darker Camp

After this incident, the camp of the migrants will most likely be darkened. The fear of how long they might have to wait to get asylum is putting migrants in desperate moods. One of them, Joseph Garcia, said she couldn’t stand it anymore.

Migrants are in a fix’ – the US insist no place for them in America and they are causing Mexico troubles.

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US Agents Fire Tear Gas as Group of Migrants Attempt to Cross Borders

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US Agents Fire Tear Gas as Group of Migrants Attempt to Cross BordersEarly on Sunday, a peaceful march was staged by a group of Central American migrants with the aim of appealing for the asylum claims process. Thousands of them have camped in Tijuana with the hopes of applying for asylum in the United States but fewer than a hundred asylum petitions were processed daily by agents at the San Ysidro entry point. Irineo Mujica, part of an aid group, said the objective of the match toward US border was to the plight facing the migrants more visible to the Mexican and US governments.

They pushed past a Mexican police blockade quite easily without any sort of violence – some of the migrants were in fact heard calling out to each other remain peaceful. They were shouting with hand-painted Honduran and American flags aloft in their hands: We are international workers…! We are not criminals..!

The demonstration took a new turn when some of the group saw an opportunity to breach the border as they near the US crossing. They tried to find ways through several points along the border including – squeezing through gaps between mounted wires, peeling back metal sheeting and climbing over fences.

In order to stop the attempt, several shots of tear gas were fired by US agents according to an eyewitness. In this confusion, children were heard screaming and coughing. People who were not attempting to enter the US were not left out as the wind carried the ensuing fumes. Ana Zuniga, a Honduran with a 3-year-old daughter, said the more you try to run, the more the gas chokes you.

Borders Closed

The pedestrian crossings at the San Ysidro were closed as a result. South bound and the North bound vehicle lanes were also closed. All were reopened later in the day according tweets from Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

Kirstjen Nielsen, Homeland Security secretary, said the closure of San Y Sidro was a matter of public safety because projectiles were thrown at CBP personnel. He reaffirmed that this kind of lawlessness would not be condoned, and ports of entry will be shut without hesitation for security and public safety reasons.

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Federal Judge Blocked US New Asylum Rules

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Federal Judge Blocked US New Asylum RulesPresident Donald Trump’s new immigration rules received a major blow late on Monday when Jon Tigar, a federal judge in San Francisco, kicked against the administration’s rules that limit the asylum-seeking abilities of migrants. He ruled that the policy of stopping migrants who enter the country illegally from getting asylum is in absolute contrast to U.S. law that gave them the right to do so.

On November 9, US President Trump overruling the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act that states all foreigners arriving USA, regardless it is a designated port or not, have the right to apply for asylum. He signed a presidential proclamation which puts an end to migrants’ ability to request asylum when they enter the United States illegally. In his justification, he relied on a law that gives him the right to suspend foreigners’ entry if he could sign a proclamation that declares foreigners are detrimental to the welfare of the US. This was the same right he exercised to implement the highly controversial travel ban aimed at majority-Muslim countries.

The Federal Judge’s Position

Jon Tigar said rules barring immigrants who enter the US outside of a designated port from getting asylum is in contrast with the INA as well as Congress’ expressed intent. The judge who was appointed by Barack Obama affirmed that whatever the President’s scope of authority is, he may not come up with new immigration laws to force a condition expressly forbidden by Congress.

A temporary residing order preventing the administration from enforcing new rules was issued by Tigar. The restrain holds till December 19, when the court case continues. This ruling may be appealed by the Department of Justice, but it nevertheless could have an immediate impact on the migrant caravans who are currently at Tijuana.

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