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UPDATE: Emergency Measures in Place for Certain Countries, Expiring for Others

The U.S. government is offering temporary relief to citizens of countries affected by natural disasters, armed conflict, and other extraordinary conditions. At the same time, some emergency measures are expiring soon. Japan: Japanese nationals may request expedited processing for immediate-relative immigrant petitions, for employment authorization, and for extensions of status for those currently in the  Read more→

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By the Numbers: How the FY 2011 Budget Impacts Immigration

Travis Packer wrote the following analysis for the Immigration Policy Council detailing how the FY 2011 Federal Budget impacts immigration: After the threat of a government shutdown last week, Congress finally managed to approve a budget that will keep the government running through the 2011 fiscal year. Included in that budget, however, are a host  Read more→

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Aide Says Obama Remains Deeply Committed to Immigration Reform

On April 20, 2011 Melody Barnes an Assistant to the President and Director of the Domestic Policy Council posted the following on the White House Blog: Working Together to Create a 21st Century Immigration System President Obama remains deeply committed to reforming our immigration laws to meet our 21st Century economic and security needs. In  Read more→

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Update: H-1B & H-2B Cap Count

USCIS updated its count of FY2012 cap-subject H-1B petitions and advanced degree cap-exempt petitions receipted. As of April 15, 2011, approximately 7,100 H-1B cap-subject petitions were receipted. USCIS has receipted 5,100 H-1B petitions for aliens with advanced degrees. As of April 15, 2011, USCIS receipted 24,394 petitions toward the 33,000 H-2B cap amount for the  Read more→

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Over $275,000,000 In Taxes Paid in 2010 By N.C. Households Headed By Unauthorized Immigrants; Billions Paid Nationally

The Immigration Policy Center (IPC) has issued a press release noting that "Tax Day" is an appropriate time to underscore the often-overlooked fact that unauthorized immigrants pay taxes. The unauthorized, like everyone else in the United States, pay sales taxes. They also pay property taxes—even if they rent. At least half of unauthorized immigrants pay  Read more→

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Senator Reid and Colleagues Urge Deferred Action

This week 22 U.S. Senators, including Majority Leader Harry Reid, sent a letter to President Obama asking him to grant "deferred action"-a stay from deportation-to DREAM Act-eligible students. The letter follows a campaign by immigrant rights and advocacy groups earlier this month calling on the Obama Administration to use executive authority to reform immigration policy.  Read more→

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Update: The Wake of DOJ Abandoning The Defense of Marriage Act

The following is excerpted from a blog by Victoria Neilson, Legal Director of Immigration Equality: "Although the modern immigration system is grounded in the concept of family unity, lesbian and gay American citizens and lawful permanent residents have been completely excluded from petitioning for their partners or spouses. When Congress enacted the Defense of Marriage  Read more→

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Ninth Circuit Upholds Preliminary Injunction of Arizona Law

On April 11, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld a preliminary injunction against the key provisions of Arizona’s SB 1070. The court found that Arizona’s attempt to drive immigrants from the state interferes with the federal government’s exclusive authority to enforce immigration law, has negatively impacted U.S. foreign relations, and reflects  Read more→

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