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What to do if immigration officers arrest a family member

Immigration-related arrests are increasing in Arizona and other parts of the country, and a family member might be taken into custody for this reason. When this happens, it may be important to act quickly because the person may be deported after a short period of time. This deportation might happen without due process and could result in the person having trouble returning to the United States.

Fewer visas issued to people from travel ban countries

There may be fewer visitors to Arizona and other states from the seven countries targeted in President Trump's travel ban if an April trend continues. In that month, about half the number of visas were issued to people from those countries compared to any average month in the previous year. Nonimmigrant visas issued dropped about 15 percent in April compared to an average month from the previous year.

University program helps immigrants stay in the U.S.

Arizona residents may be interested to know that immigrants are responsible for founding many startups in America, according to immigration advocates. However, there is no specific visa for foreigners who wish to start their own companies in the United States. In many cases, employers can sponsor foreigners who want to stay in the country, but that doesn't work for those who are their own bosses.

H-1B visa programs may take on a new form under Trump

Immigrants who work in Arizona or other parts of the U.S. on H-1B visas may have to deal with evolving political and legislative landscapes thanks to President Donald Trump. Although Trump has long spoken out against potential flaws in the immigration system, in mid-April 2017, he took what some observers say was his first official move in efforts to bring change to federal work visa programs. Although some legal observers said that his actions lacked teeth, they could represent a shifting tide of official federal policy and open the door to more formal legislation that favors American workers.

Tougher immigration penalties may be imposed

Many Arizona residents are concerned about immigration issues. They may be immigrants themselves, have family members who are interested in immigrating, or may know people who are unsure of their immigration status. Changes in immigration law and policy has made many of them even more anxious.

Border agents detaining holders of special immigration visas

As a result of living in a border state, many Arizona residents are aware of immigration issues, and a new era of aggressive enforcement appears to have dawned. Even holders of special immigration visas, who have sometimes undergone years of vetting and background checks, cannot know for certain if they can enter the United States. The director of the International Refugee Assistance Project said that people in possession of an SIV had not been detained or deported by border agents until recently.

Expedited processing for H-1B visas suspended

Arizona business owners may be interested to learn that, starting April 3, expedited processing for H-1B visas were scheduled to be suspended. These particular visas are used by U.S. companies to sponsor foreign talent and allow them to stay in the country for up to six years.

Resistance to Trump's immigration policy emerges

Many Arizona residents could be affected by President Trump's February 2017 order concerning immigration. Immigration and Customs Enforcement quickly arrested 680 alien residents residing in the nation without legal permanent resident status. Many arrested were student visa or family visa holders who had allowed their visas to expire. Senators Cortez Masto and Tammy Duckworth have come to the forefront of congressional and legislative opposition to Trump's order. Purportedly acting to protect immigrant rights, these senators have proposed legislation to immediately repeal Trump's order on illegal immigration.

Proposed immigration bill would cut legal immigration

Many Arizona residents are no doubt aware that President Donald Trump has been focused on reducing illegal immigration. Now, two Republican senators are proposing a law that would reduce the number of immigrants who enter the country legally. They believe that the proposed bill would bring the number of green cards that are issued each year down from about 1 million to 600,000.

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