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The raise act: its strengths and weaknesses and why i ultimately oppose

On August 2, 2017, Republican Senators Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia proposed legislation titled the “Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act (“RAISE Act”).

Full resumption of h1b premium processing

On March 11, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) resumed premium processing for all H1B petitions. Premium processing of certain H1B petitions had been suspended for extended periods over the past couple of years.

Department of justice conditions participation in public safety partnership program on immigration enforcement cooperation

On June 20, 2017, the United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the creation of the “National Public Safety Partnership.” Localities may apply to participate in the National Public Safety Partnership.

New electronic payment system for 18 uscis field offices

The USCIS has implemented a new electronic payment system at 18 USCIS field offices.

Overview of gao report on refugee screening

In July of 2017, the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report titled “REFUGEES: Actions Needed by State Department and DHS to Further Strengthen Applicant Screening Process and Assess Fraud Risks” [GAO-17-706].

Eoir releases statistics for feb 1, 2017-july 31, 2017

On August 8, 2017, the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) released a document titled “Return to Rule of Law in Trump Administration Marked by Increase in Key Immigration Statistics”.

Dhs oig report finds waste in administering polygraph exams to cbp job applicants

On August 10, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a report showing that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) spent more than $5,000,000 on polygraph exams for job applicants...

Dhs terminates cam parole program (effective aug. 16, 2017)

On August 16, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a notice in the Federal Register (FR) titled “Termination of the Central American Minors Parole Program.”

Eoir adds nine new immigration judges

On August 14, 2017, the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) announced that it swore in nine new immigration judges to fill vacancies on seven immigration courts. The nine new immigration judges brings the size of the immigration judge corps to 334.