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White House proposes collecting DNA from immigrants

A policy change proposed by the Trump administration would allow U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to collect DNA samples from immigrants taken into custody in North Carolina and around the country. The proposed policy change was announced by a White House representative on Oct. 21 and published in the Federal Register on Oct. 22. If the measure is implemented, the DNA collected from immigrants in custody will be added to a nationwide database compiled and maintained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

USCIS denying more skilled worker visas

The rate of denials for H1-B visas has been on the rise since the beginning of the Trump administration. The number of denials rose to 32% during the first quarter of the 2019 fiscal year from just 6% during the 2015 fiscal year. North Carolina employers that are pursuing H1-B visas might be interested in the details of some government documents that shed light on the reasons for the increase in the number of denials.

White House seeks indefinite detention for migrant families

North Carolina residents who have been following the ongoing legal battles over some of the Trump administration's more controversial immigration policies will likely not be surprised to learn that another court case is brewing. A proposed rule change published in the Federal Register on Aug. 23 would allow immigrant families to be detained indefinitely while their applications for asylum are being processed. They are currently detained for no more than 20 days.

Thirteen states sue over Trump's new immigration rule

North Carolina readers might be interested to learn that 13 states have filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Trump administration's controversial new "public charge" rule, which denies green cards to immigrants who receive certain government benefits. The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington on Aug. 14.

New restrictive rule imposed on asylum claims

Many people in North Carolina are deeply concerned about the changes to the immigration system being made by the Trump administration. Even people who are not refugees or asylum seekers have expressed outrage at the repeated measures aimed to minimize the number of people eligible to seek protection in the United States, especially at the southern border. On July 29, Attorney General William Barr promulgated another rule aimed to cut back on asylum claims. Barr said that people cannot rely on persecution targeting their family members in order to seek asylum.

Immigration rules protecting children to be curtailed

North Carolina residents may be aware that President Trump has taken aggressive action to address what he has referred to as a crisis at the nation's southern border. In late May, the White House said in a statement that Trump plans to introduce a series of escalating tariffs on Mexican-made goods because he feels that the efforts being taken by the Mexican government to address the problem are inadequate. The following day, media outlets reported that protections put into place by President Obama to protect migrant children were being curtailed.

Trump asylum memorandum likely to prompt a legal challenge

Media outlets in North Carolina and around the country have devoted a lot of attention in recent months to the ongoing legal challenges to some of President Trump's more controversial immigration policies. Trump has declared the situation on the nation's southern border a national emergency and has issued a flurry of executive orders designed to stem the flow of migrants heading toward the United States from Central America. However, most of his efforts have been rebuffed by the courts.

H-4 visa recipients fret over proposed rule change

In 2015, the Obama administration modified the immigration rules to allow the spouses of H-1B visa holders who are applying for permanent residence to work in the United States. The move proved to be a popular one as 91,000 H-4 visa holders in North Carolina and around the country later filed applications. However, President Trump has been a harsh critic of H-1B visas, which allow employers to hire skilled foreign workers, and he has vowed to scrutinize all aspects of the program.

Young immigrants face 'grave harm' in detention centers

North Carolina residents may be aware that the living conditions of over 10,000 immigrant children being held in federal custody at the U.S.-Mexico border have become the source of multiple lawsuits in recent weeks. According to these cases, the bad conditions in which these children are confined are used as a way to punish immigrant families in order to deter them from entering the country. The lawsuits further claim the goal of the federal government is to deter immigration in general.

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