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March 2018 Archives

New rules for sponsors of H-1B visas at third-party work sites

The H-1B visa is widely used to allow high-tech workers to come to the U.S. temporarily to work in so-called "specialty occupations." The nonimmigrant visa is also available for certain Department of Defense project workers and fashion models, but the controversial version of the H-1B visa is the "specialty occupation" visa.

Asylum seekers may face new rules

Those who successfully reach the Texas border can try to obtain asylum in the United States. However, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has weighed in on two cases that could have an impact on who is eligible to receive it. In one case, he vacated a ruling that would not allow an asylum claim to be rejected without a hearing. He can do this because immigration courts are run by the Justice Department, which makes them different from other types of American courts.

What the future may hold for DACA

The Trump administration had planned to let the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program come to end on March 5 in Texas and around the country. However, the program is still in effect even as Congress has not yet taken steps to revive it. There are roughly 700,000 undocumented immigrants who are protected from deportation by DACA. It is still in existence today because of a court ruling made on Jan. 10.

Texas appeals court: Judge, stop the electric shocks of defendants

Texas's Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in El Paso has ruled that a Fort Worth judge violated at least one defendant's rights by fitting him with stun belts and shocking him with 50,000-volts of electricity. This was apparently done in order to force an allegedly misbehaving defendant to comply with courtroom decorum. Now, the defendant's conviction has been thrown out.

Did Melania Trump deserve an EB-1 visa? Legally, it's no surprise

In 2001, a model known as Melania Knauss received an EB-1 immigrant visa, allowing her to live and work permanently in the United States. The official name of the visa is "Employment-Based Immigration: First Preference EB-1," but it is often referred to as the "extraordinary ability" visa or the "Einstein visa."

ICE arrests went up in 2017, most arrestees had criminal records

After several years of decline, in 2017 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) dramatically increased the number of immigrants it arrested. The largest percentage increases occurred in Florida, northern Texas and Oklahoma.

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