Month: March 2019

Supreme Court agrees to hear immigration case

Identity theft is a serious and growing problem in Indiana and around the country, but the efforts some states have taken to tackle it have been criticized by civil rights advocates and the courts. In 2017, a Kansas court voided the convictions of three undocumented immigrants because prosecutors used information from federal forms. The court ruled that the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 prevents states from pursuing criminal cases based on information found on certain federal immigration documents. Kansas is one of a coalition of 11 states that are challenging...

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Tech workers struggle to enter the United States

It’s no secret that companies in Silicon Valley recruit highly-skilled employees from other countries to develop new products in the tech industry. However, most foreign-born tech employees rely on H-1B visas to access the United States. According to data from the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), one-fourth of H-1B applicants were rejected during the last three months of 2018. Most experts speculate the numbers will decrease with the Trump administration’s strict stance on immigration. What is special about an H-1B visa? The H-1B visa program is unique because it...

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Democrats introduce updated DREAM Act

Indiana residents who follow developments in the nation's capital will likely know that a group of young people known as dreamers have become a hot-button political issue in recent years. Dreamers are undocumented young people who would be offered a path to eventual citizenship by the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act. The bill was introduced in 2001 and has yet to make it to the president's desk, but this deadlock has not prevented Democrats from introducing a new version that would go even further. If the Dream and Promise Act is signed into law, the DREAM Act's...

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Changes may be ahead for spouses of H-1B visa holders

Some H-1B visa holders in Indiana may face an additional hurdle to remaining in the United States if a proposal that changes the status of their spouse changes. The H-1B visa is an employment visa granted to workers with specialized skills, many of whom are from China or India. Spouses of H-1B visa holders are allowed to get work permits. This can be important to retaining talent in the U.S. since it allows a couple to have a dual income instead of having to live on a single income. Since 2015, nearly 91,000 work permits have been granted to spouses. However, members of a California-based...

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