On Tuesday, a federal judge in Northern California blocked the Trump Administration's executive order threatening to withhold all federal funding from so-called "sanctuary" cities and counties and the State of California. His reasoning had nothing to do with whether the policy was sound.
In our last post, we discussed the three pro-immigrant bills that were recently passed by the California Senate. This week, we'll get into more detail about SB 54, the so-called "sanctuary bill."
Nearly a quarter of all unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. live in California, along with innumerable immigrants here to visit, work temporarily, or become green card holders or citizens. The State Senate has just passed a suite of three bills protective of immigrants, including a so-called "sanctuary" bill that would prevent California law enforcement from acting as federal immigration enforcement personnel. What are the three bills that were passed and what are they attended to accomplish?
Being separated from family members for long periods of time can be difficult, but being separated from a significant other can feel unbearable. Even though immigration laws regarding visas and green cards can be a complicated and oftentimes concerning issue for some families, the process of bringing a spouse or fiancé into the United States can be more straightforward.
On Monday, the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services jointly announced that they will be cracking down on companies who sponsor H-1B visa holders in order to pay them less than U.S. workers. They also reaffirmed that computer programmers ordinarily aren't eligible for H-1B visas without a bachelor's degree.
According to a survey by five major higher education groups, nearly 40 percent of all U.S. colleges and universities are experiencing a substantial drop in applications from international students. Why? In part, it's "concerns about the Trump effect" -- a sense that Americans are demonstrating negative attitudes about immigrants in general, regardless of their individual characteristics or contributions to society.