President Trump Throws Support Behind Immigration Bill

In a speech on Wednesday, August 2, 2017, President Trump vocalized strong support for the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act, previously proposed by Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue.  The RAISE Act would fundamentally alter immigration priorities in the United States, limiting access to family based immigrant visas, such as for brothers and sisters of U.S. citizens, in favor of employment-based visas.  The Act would also end the diversity visa lottery and place a limit on the number of annual refugee admissions.

President Trump stated that he believes the United States should implement a merit-based system that favors highly educated or skilled English-speakers.  In all, it is estimated that the RAISE Act would cut annual U.S. immigration by fifty percent (50%).

Politically, the Act likely has little chance of passing in the Senate and will face fierce opposition from immigrant rights groups, Democrats, and even some Republicans. However, President Trump’s willingness to support such legislation indicates that immigration remains a priority for the Administration.

Travel Ban 2.0 Up and Running

On June 26, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court allowed parts of President Trump’s “travel ban” to move forward, and it will hear oral arguments on the entire case this fall. The travel ban went into effect Thursday evening, June 29, 2017.

In its opinion, the Court held that foreign nationals from the six named countries — Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen — with no “bona fide relationship” to the United States can be barred from entry pursuant to the recent executive orders. The Court gave several examples of what should qualify as a “bona fide relationship”: (1) people with a “close familial relationship” to someone in the United States; (2) students admitted to a university in the United States; (3) workers who have accepted an offer of employment United States company; and (4) lecturers invited to speak in the United States. In practice, this ruling is not likely to impact most foreign nationals seeking entry into the United States, but for those without a clear relationship to the United States, it creates yet another barrier to entry and places an even larger amount of discretion in the government’s hands. For full text of the Supreme Court’s ruling, click here.

USCIS Releases Revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification

On Nov. 14, 2016, USCIS released a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. Employers may continue using Form I-9 with a revision date of 03/08/2013 N through January 21, 2017. However, the best action is for employers to take this time to review their new-hire paperwork to ensure that they are using the new Form I-9, dated 11/14/2016. Failure to use the new Form I-9 after January 21, 2017, may result in fines and penalties. The new form can be accessed on USCIS’s website at https://www.uscis.gov/i-9. Read the USCIS press release regarding the new Form I-9 here: https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-revises-form-i-9-used-all-new-hires-us.

Victoria de Trump Exige Una Accion Inmediata Sobre La Inmigracion

Mientras que muchas presidente electos hacen que no se puedan entregar “Día 1,” grandes promesas, Presidente Electo de Donald Trump en realidad será capaz de cumplir algunas de sus promesas de inmigración cuando el ponga un pie en la oficina oval. Como es probable que sea mucho más restrictiva que la de su política general de inmigración del Presidente Obama, es necesario que los extranjeros en los Estados Unidos tomar medidas inmediatas para obtener un estatus legal. Para empezar, se espera que Trump vaya a terminar el programa de Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia (DACA). DACA fue creado por Orden Ejecutiva, ya que es el resultado del ejercicio de la administración de Obama de lo que se conoce como “discreción del fiscal.” En esencia, la Administración Obama reconoció que había recursos limitados y que ciertos individuos, como los llegados a los Estados Unidos en la infancia, no debe ser el objetivo de expulsión de alta prioridad. Del mismo modo, se espera que Trump invalidará o reescribir el Departamento de Seguridad Nacional de 20 de noviembre de 2014 memorando discrecionalidad de enjuiciamiento que esbozó las prioridades de control de inmigración EE.UU. La combinación de estos dos eventos tendría un impacto negativo a un gran número de extranjeros actualmente en los Estados Unidos. Si usted tiene alguna base para obtener un estatus legal, ahora es el momento de actuar. Trump no toma el cargo hasta finales de enero, proporcionando un período de dos meses para prepararse para su administración. Además, si bien algunas acciones como los descritos anteriormente, pueden pasar durante la noche, tomará su administración más tiempo para reasignar los recursos necesarios para comenzar implementando agresivamente sus políticas. Para descubrir sus opciones, llame a un abogado de inmigración en Johnstone Adams hoy al (251) 432-7682 o llamando gratis al (866) 732-3267, o visite nuestro sitio web..

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