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Homeland Security: tighten immigration for DACA

first_imgThe Trump Admistraton is seeking ways to tighten legal immigration in exchange for making DACA permanentAttorney Caroly PedersenAs President Trump calls on Congress to make DACA permanent in exchange for reforms, his Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is secretly working behind the scenes and making unilateral changes to existing policies which will tighten requirements and reduce overall immigration without the need for Congressional approval.These new policies are already having major effects throughout the entire legal immigration system.  Legal work visa policy changes have been implemented under the H-1B program which have retroactively changed the requirements and caused thousands of visa denials.Directives to Consular officers Consular officers have been given more authority to re-adjudicate approved cases and deny visas for cases previously approved by the USCIS and to deny student visas. This is based primarily on the officers “subjective” belief that the applicant does not intend to return to their home country after their US studies are completed.Asylum review guidelines for officers have been modified to provide more restrictive interpretation of the proof necessary for eligibility. USCIS officers are encouraged to apply the strictest standards to each application, leading to increased requests for evidence and denials for minor technical errors.Other policy changes include the recently announced 90-day rule which  abruptly replaced the existing 30/60 day rule. Under this strict new rule, any application for change of status or adjustment, or even marriage to a US Citizen made within 90 days of entering the US will result in an automatic presumption of “pre-conceived intent,” meaning that it will be presumed by the government that at the time the visitor entered the US, he or she made a “willful misrepresentation” to the officer at the border, which could result in potential revocation of their visa.DHS exploring other changesSimilarly, the DHS is exploring other subtle changes to immigration policies that could have major consequences, including eliminating work authorizations for spouses of professional workers and restricting STEM students to only 12 months of work authorization, rather than allowing  them to have an additional two extra years.Other measures being considered may simply just slow down the visa issuance process, so as to significantly reduce yearly levels of legal immigration. This is already being implemented to a degree by a new policy requiring that all employment based residency applicants undergo an interview at local USCIS offices prior to Green Card approval.There are still other measures being considered that could significantly slow down family cases and also naturalization processing (which currently already takes up to a year in some jurisdictions) even more. This would effectively disqualify many immigrants from voting in the 2018 mid-term general elections, to benefit Republican candidates.As a result, it is even more important than ever for US citizens and residents file to sponsor family members in order to avoid even more delays in processing, and for residents to file for Naturalization now, to give themselves a chance of becoming a US citizen before the 2018 Midterm elections.last_img read more

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Yankees ‘working all angles’ ahead of trade deadline, Brian Cashman says

first_imgThe Yankees reportedly want to add at least one starter this month and had been in “regular contact” with the Blue Jays about Marcus Stroman. But, Toronto sent Stroman to the Mets last weekend in exchange for two pitching prospects.The Yankees have also been linked to Trevor Bauer, Madison Bumgarner, Zack Wheeler, Noah Syndergaard, Robbie Ray and Mike Minor. Related News Yankees trade rumors: Gleyber Torres ‘off limits’ in discussions for starter Yankees trade rumors: New York ‘willing to consider’ moving Clint Frazier, Miguel Andujar for starter The Yankees have reportedly made two-time All-Star Gleyber Torres “off limits” in trade discussions but could be “willing to consider” moving outfielder Clint Frazier or infielder Miguel Andujar.The Yankees entered play Tuesday in first place of the American League East with a 67-38 record. The Yankees are exploring their options.New York is “working all angles” ahead of the July 31 trade deadline, general manager Brian Cashman told the New York Post in a text message Monday. “I wouldn’t say anybody is untouchable,” Cashman said last week, via MLB.com. “I would just say some are more realistic than others. If you are going to play in certain waters, there is going to be only a smaller category of legitimate options that I would be interested in with certain guys.”New York could look to acquire a reliever, as well, and has reportedly inquired about Tigers closer Shane Greene.”I think we’ve entered this process at the deadline with a pretty good feel of what we’d like to do, what we’re willing to pay for it, and also having the built-in discipline of walking away if we don’t find the right matches under those circumstances,” Cashman said. Yankees place CC Sabathia (knee) on 10-day ILlast_img read more

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