News Roundup for Week of September 16th

Read our weekly roundup to learn about the latest news in immigration and business this week.

1. Trump Administration considers slashing 2020 refugee cap

The Trump Administration is considering lowering the refugee cap to as low as zero. The refugee cap governs how many refugees the U.S. will admit every year.

By contrast, in the last year of the Obama Administration, the refugee cap was set at 110,000.

The possible plan follows a consistent pattern by the Administration to stifle immigration into the U.S. It has previously lowered the cap to the lowest levels seen since the refugee program was enacted in 1980.

Read more at Immigration Impact, the Associated Press, and Reuters.

2. Trump Administration to propose higher fees to appeal/reopen deportation cases

The Trump Administration is considering raising the fees an immigrant must pay to either appeal or reopen their deportation case, according to documents obtained by BuzzFeed News.

The fees are currently set at $110. However, the Administration is considering raising the fee to $975 for appeals and $895 for requests to reopen, according to U.S. officials.

In some cases, an increase of this degree in fees could mean that some immigrants will be denied the ability to process their case through the court system.

Read more at BuzzFeed News and VICE.

3. H-1B spouse work permit ban delayed by DHS

The Justice Department acknowledged in a memo that they are delaying a proposed ban on work permits (H-4 visas) for the spouses of H-1B visa holders.

According to the memo, the Justice Department will not have a completed proposal before early 2020.

Read more at Bloomberg Law, The Economic Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle.

4. Fed cuts rates for second time this year

On Wednesday, the Federal Reserves cut interest rates for the second time this year.

The cut is seen as a move by the Fed to head off a downturn in the U.S. economy, which signs are showing as increasingly possible.

Read more at NPR, Politico, Reuters, and CNN Business.

5. U.S. and China restart trade talks

The U.S. and China are set to restart trade talks this week as the trade war between the two countries shows no signs of cooling off.

According to officials from both governments, neither party is optimistic about the outcome of the meetings.

Read more at Reuters and CNN Business.

6. Defense Department stops border wall projects citing lack of funding

This week, the Department of Defense announced that it would not move forward with three border wall projects due to lack of funding.

President Trump has made building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border a key policy and goal of his Administration.

Read more at CNN and Law360.

7. Head BIA judge steps down

This week, the head judge for the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) announced his retirement, withholding his reason for doing so, but urging his colleges to “keep true to your commitment to fairness and justice.”

The announcement comes in the context of the Justice Department recently announcing a new policy that gives greater power to the Justice Department Director to decide the fate of immigration cases.

Read more at The New York Times.

8. President Trump names new National Security Adviser

On Wednesday, President Trump named Robert O’Brien as his new National Security Adviser, after firing John Bolton from the position earlier this month.

The National Security Adviser position does not require Senate confirmation.

Read more at CNN, CNBC, NPR, and the Associated Press.

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