Posts By: Michael Monnot

Link To News: Grandparents Eligible For Visas Under Expanded Instructions On Travel Ban

From NPR


“The instructions issued to U.S. embassies and consulates widen the definition of a close familial relationship to include categories such as grandparents and cousins, in accordance with a federal court ruling last week, a State Department spokesman said in a statement to The Two-Way.

The Supreme Court last month ruled that parts of the ban can take …Continue Reading »

Link To News: Mark Zuckerberg’s Response to the Supreme Court’s Partial Ruling on Trump’s Travel Ban Was Truly Head Scratching

From Inc.


“Since January, entrepreneurs from across America have fought hard against President Trump’s travel ban, which prohibited citizens from six predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S. On Monday, those business leaders took a heavy blow and some spent the day licking their wounds instead of speaking up.

The Supreme Court allowed parts of Trump’s ban to go into effect until …Continue Reading »

Link To News: In Texas Legislature, Tempers Flare Over Immigration Crackdown

From Reuters


“The incident highlights the raw emotions stirred by Republican efforts to put Texas in line with the priority that President Donald Trump has given to combating illegal immigration. Democrats, mostly representing urban centers that have defied federal policy, have condemned the crackdown.

Texas, which has an estimated 1.5 million illegal immigrants and the longest …Continue Reading »

Link To News: White House Says No Determination Yet On ‘Dreamer’ Immigrants

From Reuters


“The Trump administration is still reviewing a policy set in 2012 by U.S. President Barack Obama that protects from deportation nearly 600,000 immigrants brought into the country illegally by their parents, known as ‘Dreamers,’ a White House spokesman said on Friday.

‘No final determination has been made,’ said the spokesman, who asked that his …Continue Reading »

Link To News: Maryland Lawmakers Pass Bill To Curb Immigration Enforcement

From Reuters


“Maryland’s House of Delegates on Monday approved legislation to bar police statewide from checking the immigration status of individuals they arrest or keeping them locked up longer than otherwise warranted at the request of federal agents seeking to deport them.

The state Senate in Annapolis, which like the lower house of the General Assembly …Continue Reading »

Link To News: Recent Immigrants To The U.S. Are Better Educated: Report

From Reuters


“Batalova said the increasing ‘human capital’ of better-educated immigrants contrasts with political rhetoric casting them as a burden.

‘For a very long time, the perception of immigrants was they had low education, were low-skilled and they came to the U.S. to take advantage of opportunity and benefits,’ she said.

‘Our study sheds light on …Continue Reading »

Link To News: USCIS Announces Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Opportunities



“Grants will support citizenship preparation services for lawful permanent residents. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is now accepting applications for two funding opportunities under the Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Program. These are competitive grant opportunities for organizations that prepare lawful permanent residents for naturalization and promote civic assimilation and assimilation through increased knowledge of …Continue Reading »

Link To News: USCIS to Resume H-1B Premium Processing for Certain Cap-Exempt Petitions



“U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will resume premium processing for certain cap-exempt H-1B petitions effective immediately. The H-1B visa has an annual cap of 65,000 visas each fiscal year. Additionally, there is an annual ‘master’s cap’ of 20,000 petitions filed for beneficiaries with a U.S. master’s degree or higher.

Premium processing will resume for …Continue Reading »

Link To News: DHS Provides Relief to American Businesses in Danger of Suffering Irreparable Harm



“U.S. businesses in danger of suffering irreparable harm due to a lack of available temporary nonagricultural workers will be able to hire up to 15,000 additional temporary nonagricultural workers under the H-2B program under a final rule that the Departments of Homeland Security and Labor submitted to the Federal Register today. To qualify for the additional …Continue Reading »

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