A Presidential threat, a New York State bill, and more found their way into the news this week. Read our weekly roundup to learn more!
1. President Trump threatens immigration crackdown
On Monday, via Twitter, President Trump threatened an immigration crackdown by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). According to the President’s tweets, ICE would begin arresting and removing “millions of illegal aliens” as early as next week.
The threat seems to stem from a previously shelved plan to target immigrant families and prioritize their deportation. However, according to some former officials, it is unclear how the logistics of this plan would be implemented.
2. July 2019 Visa Bulletin published
The Department of State released the Visa Bulletin for July 2019. The Bulletin details which and how many visas are available for the month of July.
Read the Visa Bulletin at the Department of State’s website.
3. New York State passes bill allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain a driver’s license
Earlier this week, New York State passed the Green Light bill which allows for undocumented immigrants to obtain a driver’s license. New York now joins 12 other states in having such previsions for those who are undocumented.
4. Trump Administration appears to consider new restrictions on H-1B visas
Reuters exclusively reported this week that the Trump Administration appears to be considering new country-based restrictions on the H-1B visa program “for nations that force foreign companies to store data locally.”
According to the report, the plan would place a 15% cap on a particular country’s share of the 85,000 H-1B visas issued every fiscal year.
If the restrictions were to be implemented, they would be the first of their kind for the H-1B visa program.
Read more at Reuters.
5. 9th Circuit rules ICE raid was unconstitutional
The 9th Circuit found that an ICE raid on a California factory was unconstitutional. At the time of the raid, ICE had arrest warrants for 8 individuals, but ended up detaining, interrogating, and arresting 130 people after blocking all the exits to the factory.
According to the ACLU, ICE did not allow an individuals to consult with a lawyer or even have food and water for over 18 hours.
It is unclear how widespread the legal ramifications of the ruling will be.
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