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  1. Trump Plans to Raise Asylum Bar and Speed Deportations

    by , 07-26-2017 at 02:35 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Via Reuters:

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Department of Homeland Security has prepared new guidance for immigration agents aimed at speeding up deportations by denying asylum claims earlier in the process.

    The new guidelines, contained in a draft memo dated February 17 but not yet sent to field offices, directs agents to only pass applicants who have a good chance of ultimately getting asylum, but does not give specific criteria for establishing credible fear of persecution if sent home.

    The guidance instructs asylum officers to "elicit all relevant information" in determining whether an applicant has "credible fear" of persecution if returned home, the first obstacle faced by migrants on the U.S.-Mexico border requesting asylum.

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  2. Undocumented Youth Stage Mass Sit-in at Texas Attorney General Office

    by , 07-26-2017 at 10:01 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Immigrant Youth From Across The Country Come To Texas For First Undocumented Led Escalated Action Under The Trump Administration
    This action comes in response to the recent threats facing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program and the introduction to the DREAM Act bill in Congress

    Austin, TX- Immigrant youth from across the country are gathering in Texas to take escalated action and pledge their renewed commitment to winning permanent protection, dignity and respect for all 11 million undocumented immigrants.

    Undocumented youth, parents, and allies

    Mass sit-in at Texas Attorney Generalís Office, in the first and largest undocumented led direct action since Trumpís inauguration. 300 W 15th St, Austin, TX

    Wednesday, July 26th 10:30 AM

    Texas has become the battleground state in the struggle for immigrant rights in the Trump era. It leads the country on mass deportations and recently passed the most anti-immigrant statewide law. It was Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton who spearheaded the call for the repeal of DACA. Undocumented youth in Texas and across the country are confronting attacks on the immigrant community head on. For the DACAmented young people participating in this action, the threat of facing ICE retaliation is real- just as it was seven years ago when the first undocumented youth began risking arrest. Austin Mayor Steve Adler and Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez have said that the police department does not transfer immigrants over to ICE and we expect them to honor that commitment.

    ďWith DACA under threat, we know that some will put their hope in DC politicians. But we also know that we won DACA not because of any politician, but because our community took fearless action. We marched, we walked-out, we stopped deportations and shut down detention centers. We took risks and put our bodies on the line to tell the people of this country that we were ĎUndocumented, Unafraid, and Unapologetic,íĒ said Maria Fernanda Cabello, a spokesperson for Movimiento Cosecha. ďThis moment calls for us to be brave again; to create a moral crisis that will change the narrative on immigration in this country.Ē

    Immigrant youth have always known DACA was temporary, which is why we need permanent protection, dignity and respect for all. This moment is bigger than any piece of legislation. DACA is under attack while our parents, who were never even given the temporary protection DACA provides, are denied dignity and respect in a country that has never recognized them. It is time for the immigrant community to show this country that it depends on us. We will not stop fighting until we have won permanent protection, dignity and respect for our parents, our communities, and all 11 million undocumented immigrant

    by , 07-26-2017 at 08:43 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    MU Law is pleased to announce a free healthcare immigration webinar on August 1, 2017 at 3PM ET for all clients and friend of the firm. It is ideal for US employers, staffing companies, recruiters, and others interested in healthcare immigration.

    Click here to REGISTER

    The Healthcare Immigration Seminar will feature these topics:

    • Green card Immigration for Nurses and Physical Therapists (Schedule A occupations)
    • Filing for Green card when you have an Unanticipated Worksite
    • Visa Screens and Healthcare Worker Certificates
    • FCCPT and the future of PT immigration
    • H-1B visas for PTs, OTs, Med Techs, and other allied healthcare workers
    • Managing Social Security Numbers and Licensure
    • H-1B cap-exempt entities
    • Immigration under the Trump administration
    • Legislative and Regulatory changes that may be on the horizon

    Please read the Musillo Unkenholt Healthcare and Immigration Law Blog at and You can also visit us on Facebook, Twitter and LinknedIn

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