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April 2014 Archives

Suit: Immigration repeat offenders held too long in detention

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a class-action lawsuit against the federal government, alleging that immigrants are being unfairly held in detention facilities against national policy. The suit alleges that federal officials are allowing the immigrants to languish in detention for months, even though regulations dictate that they should receive an initial decision about the legitimacy of their case within a 10-day period. That initial decision determines whether the immigrants have a reasonable fear of returning to their home country. A favorable ruling allows the immigrant to progress to the next stage in the application process for asylum protection in Texas and other states.

Immigration system strained by asylum-seekers

The scene is familiar: Texas immigration officers watch from afar as people-smuggling operations bring dozens of illegal immigrants into the southern state. What is not so familiar, though, is the actions that occur after the travelers are across the border. Instead of scattering, they surrender. This is a growing concern for immigration authorities, as more immigrants are seeking asylum through the courts under U.S. immigration law instead of simply sneaking into the country. Now, more legal resources are needed to manage the influx of new asylum-seekers.

High-tech visa shortage could affect economic recovery

Newly released information shows that there may be a shortage of visas designed to bring technology experts into the U.S. from other countries. Official reports show that it took just a few days for businesses throughout Texas and other states to apply for special visas through the H-1B program, which is designed to provide a path to receiving green cards for those with tech-related skills. The shortage of these visas may cause legislators to rethink the visa process for highly skilled workers from overseas.

Chinese demand for green cards on the rise

Many people in Texas may not be aware of the growing rate of Chinese immigrants to this country. New information shows, however, that wealthy Chinese citizens are causing serious strain on a U.S. program that allows individuals to receive green cards in exchange for large investments. The visa program, known as the EB-5, is increasingly popular among Chinese nationals who now make up over 80 percent of applicants.

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