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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.

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