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  1. VISA BULLETIN JANUARY 2018: ANALYSIS AND PREDICTIONS

    by , 12-14-2017 at 09:47 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    by Chris Musillo

    The Department of State has just issued the January 2018 Visa Bulletin.
    This is the fourth Visa Bulletin of Fiscal Year 2018. This blog post analyzes this month's Visa Bulletin.


    January 2018 Visa Bulletin

    Final Action Dates -- Applications with these dates may be approved for their Green Card (Permanent Residency card) or Immigrant Visa appointment.


    EB

    Class
    All Other
    CHINA
    INDIA
    MEXICO
    PHIL'PNES
    EB-1
    C
    C
    C
    C
    C
    EB-2
    C
    01AUG13
    22NOV08
    C
    C
    EB-3
    C
    15APR14
    01NOV06
    C

    15FEB16

    MU Law Analysis

    All Other: The EB-2 has been current for many years. The EB-3 is also current and is expected to remain current for the foreseeable future.

    China (mainland-born): Both China EB-2 and EB-3 progressed about one month. The China EB-3 remains more favorable than Chinese EB-2. The odd situation of China EB-3 progressing faster than China EB-2 will remain to be the case for the foreseeable future.

    India: Both India EB-2 and EB-3 progressed about two weeks, which is about what we expect that the monthly progressions will be in FY 2018. MU suspects that EB-3 will not progress at any notable rate until at least the India EB-3 date moves past the Visa Gate date of August 2007.

    Mexico: Mirrors All Other in analysis.

    Philippines: The Philippine EB-3 date moved one month, after not moving in the December 2017 Visa Bulletin. Because of increased demand will expect slower progressions in the FY2018, progressing no more than 1-2 months per Visa Bulletin.
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  2. Like it or hate it, Trumpís immigration enforcement is failing. By Nolan Rappaport


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    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released its FY2017 immigration enforcement report. It indicates that President Trump has reduced the number of illegal border crossings, but it shows no progress at all on reducing the number of undocumented aliens who are in the United States already.

    An immigration court backlog crisis is making it extremely difficult for him to move new cases through removal proceedings.

    Where enforcement is now.

    Removals have actually gone down under the Trump administration:

    DHS claims this is because fewer aliens are being apprehended in the vicinity of the border, which is where most removals take place. Trump has succeeded in reducing the number of illegal border crossings by reversing the damage President Obama did to border security with his interior enforcement policies.

    When Barack Obama was president, he focused his immigration enforcement efforts on aliens who had been convicted of serious crimes or who had been caught near the border after making an illegal entry, and he protected aliens here unlawfully who were not in a priority category.

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers were required to obtain permission from a Field Office Director before arresting an apparently deportable alien who was not in a priority category.

    This created what I called a ďhome free magnet.Ē Aliens wanting to enter the United States illegally knew that they would be safe from deportation once they had reached the interior of the country unless they were convicted of a serious crime. This was a powerful incentive to do whatever was necessary to cross the border into the United States.

    Trump destroyed this magnet with tough campaign rhetoric and his Executive Order, Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States, which greatly expanded enforcement priorities. No deportable alien is safe under President Trumpís enforcement policies.

    In April 2017, CBP reported a sharp decline in the number of aliens apprehended along the Southwest border, and in the number of aliens who were found inadmissible at ports of entry.

    But border security just keeps new aliens from entering the country illegally. It does not reduce the population of undocumented aliens who are in the country already, and this is where Trumpís enforcement program is failing.

    Read more at http://thehill.com/opinion/immigrati...ram-is-failing

    Published originally on The Hill.

    About the author. Nolan Rappaport was detailed to the House Judiciary Committee as an executive branch immigration law expert for three years; he subsequently served as an immigration counsel for the Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Claims for four years. Prior to working on the Judiciary Committee, he wrote decisions for the Board of Immigration Appeals for 20 years.






  3. I-9 and E-Verify Handbook Ė Book Review

    By: Bruce Buchanan, Sebelist Buchanan Law

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    As many of you know, Greg Siskind and I have published a book, The I-9 and E-Verify Handbook (2nd edition). If you would like to know more about the book, SHRM has just published a positive book review, where they discuss various aspects of the book. You may view the review at: https://www.shrm.org/hr-today/news/h...d-everify.aspx

    If you would like to purchase the book, it is available at Amazon -http://www.amazon.com/dp/0997083379.
  4. ICE Arrests 101 in New Jersey Enforcement Operation

    by , 12-13-2017 at 02:01 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Via ICE:

    ICE arrests 101 in New Jersey operation targeting criminal aliens, illegal re-entrants and immigration violators


    NEWARK, N.J. ó A Mexican national in the country illegally, who has a prior conviction for sexual assault on a minor, is among 101 foreign nationals taken into custody during a five-day operation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) last week in New Jersey, targeting at-large criminal aliens, illegal re-entrants and other immigration violators. The operation was supported by ICEís Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and U.S. Customs and Border Protectionís (CBP) New Jersey Field Office.

    Of those arrested during the operation, which was spearheaded by ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), 88 percent were convicted criminals and 80 percent of them had prior felony convictions.


    The New Jersey enforcement effort comes days after the agency announced a 40 percent spike in administrative arrests nationwide over last year Ė 92 percent of which had a criminal conviction or a pending criminal charge, were an ICE fugitive, or were an illegal re-entrant.


    ďThe continued results of our Fugitive Operations officers and their law enforcement partners underscore ICEís ongoing and steady commitment to public safety,Ē said John Tsoukaris, field office director of ERO Newark. ďAs part of this operation, we continue focus on the arrest of individuals who are criminal and are a threat to public safety and national security. Because of the tireless efforts of these professional officers, there are 101 fewer criminals in our communities.Ē

    ďHSI is committed to leveraging its broad jurisdiction to further public safety in New Jersey,Ē said Michael McCarthy, acting special agent in charge for HSI Newark.

    ďU.S. Customs and Border Protection is extremely proud to have assisted in this operation,Ē said Leon Hayward, acting director for the New York Field Office. ďIt is through collaborative efforts, such as the one leading to these arrests, that law enforcement agencies can combat illegal acts and apprehend criminals who pose a threat to the Homeland.Ē


    The individuals arrested throughout New Jersey were nationals of Brazil (3), Colombia (4), Congo (1), Costa Rica (3), Cuba (4), Dominican Republic (18), Ecuador (2), Egypt (2), El Salvador (7), Ethiopia (1), Georgia (1), Guatemala (6), Guyana (3), Haiti (3), Honduras (8), Jamaica (1), Korea (2), Liberia (1), Mexico (15), Nicaragua (1), Nigeria (1), Pakistan (1), Philippines (2), Peru (2), Portugal (1), Spain (2), Turkey (2), United Kingdom (1), Ukraine (1), Venezuela (1) and Vietnam (1).


    These individuals were arrested in the following counties in New Jersey: Atlantic (2), Bergen (6), Burlington (7), Camden (11), Cumberland (3), Essex (14), Hudson (15), Mercer (6), Middlesex (11), Monmouth (3), Morris (1), Passaic (9), Somerset (4), and Union (6) and the following counties in New York: Kings(1), New York (1), and Suffolk (1). They range from age 20 to 71 years old and all were previously convicted of a variety of offenses. Some of the convictions included sexual assault on a minor, child abuse, possession of narcotics, distribution of narcotics, robbery, trespassing, DUI, fraud, possession of child pornography, domestic violence, battery, receiving stolen property, theft, possession of a weapon, burglary, larceny, aggravated assault, aggravated assault on law enforcement, assault by auto, shoplifting, invasion of privacy-recording sexual act without consent, resisting arrest, endangering the welfare of a child, and illegal reentry.


    Among those arrested during this operation include:


    • A Mexican citizen convicted of sexual assault of a minor
    • A Turkish citizen convicted of possession of child pornography
    • A Peruvian citizen convicted of invasion of privacy-recording a sexual act w/o consent
    • A Colombian citizen convicted of aggravated battery and domestic violence assault
    • A Spanish citizen convicted of storing/maintaining child pornography
    • A Philippines citizen convicted of possession of methamphetamine
    • A Dominican citizen convicted of cocaine distribution and possession
    • A Guyanese citizen convicted of aggravated assault with a weapon
    • An Egyptian citizen convicted of possession of heroin
    • An El Salvadorian citizen convicted of aggravated assault with serious bodily injury
    • A Korean citizen convicted of distribution of cocaine

    ICE deportation officers conduct targeted enforcement operations every day in locations around the country as part of the agencyís ongoing efforts to protect the nation, uphold public safety and protect the integrity of our immigration laws and border controls.

    During targeted enforcement operations, ICE officers frequently encounter additional suspects who may be in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws. Those persons will be evaluated on a case by case basis and, when appropriate, arrested by ICE.


    ICE continues to focus its enforcement resources on individuals who pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security. ICE conducts targeted immigration enforcement in compliance with federal law and agency policy. However, as ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan has made clear, ICE does not exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement. All of those in violation of the immigration laws may be subject to immigration arrest, detention and, if found removable by final order, removal from the United States.



    Last Reviewed/Updated: 12/12/2017
  5. Muslim Immigration Has Fallen Dramatically Under Trump

    by , 12-13-2017 at 09:41 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Via the Cato Institute:

    Muslim refugee admissions have fallen dramatically over the past year. According to figures from the State Department, Muslim refugee flows fell 94 percent from January to November 2017 (the last full month of available data). In calendar 2016, the United States admitted almost 45,000 Muslim refugees, compared to a little more than 11,000 in 2017ófully half of those entered in January and February. Of course, the administration has cut refugee flows generally, but the Muslim share of all refugees has dropped substantially tooófrom 50 percent in January to less than 10 percent in November.



    Immigration and travel from all countries has also declined this year, but the declines for Muslim majority countries were larger. They saw their share of all immigrant visa issuances fall 3 percent and their share of temporary visa approvals by 15 percent.



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