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Illegal Border Crossings Near Two-Decade High, Mayorkas Says

Illegal Border Crossings Near Two-Decade High, Mayorkas Says

Skip to Main ContentSkip to SearchByWASHINGTON—The U.S. is on pace to see the largest number of migrants crossing its southern border illegally in two decades, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said addressing growing concern about the government’s response.“The situation at the southwest border is difficult. We are working around the clock to manage it and we will continue to do so,” Mr. Mayorkas said in the statement. “It will take time and we will not waver in our commitment to succeed.”Mr. Mayorkas is scheduled to appear before the House Homeland Security Committee on...

Mar 17
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Biden Administration Grants New Deportation Protection for Venezuelans in the U.S. Illegally

Biden Administration Grants New Deportation Protection for Venezuelans in the U.S. Illegally

Skip to Main ContentSkip to SearchByandWASHINGTON—The Biden administration said it would grant temporary legal authorization to Venezuelans in the U.S. without permission, allowing potentially hundreds of thousands of people to remain in the country.The Temporary Protected Status designation, which lasts for 18 months and can be renewed, offers Venezuelans in the U.S. work permits and temporary protection against deportation. Venezuelans who enter the U.S. after March 8 can’t qualify for the program, a senior administration official said. As many as 320,000 people could be eligible for the...

Mar 9
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Arrests of Unaccompanied Immigrant Children at Southern Border Surge

Arrests of Unaccompanied Immigrant Children at Southern Border Surge

Skip to Main ContentSkip to SearchByWASHINGTON—The number of unaccompanied immigrant children arrested for crossing the U.S. southern border illegally is on pace to rise more than 50% in February compared with the previous month, people familiar with the matter said, raising the prospect of a humanitarian crisis there.About 2,200 children have been illegally crossing the border weekly in February, and the pace is picking up as the month progresses, some of the people said. The government is projecting that about 9,000 children will be taken into custody by the end of February.U.S. Customs...

Feb 27
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Migrants Crowd Border Crossing as Biden Administration Begins Undoing Trump Policy

Migrants Crowd Border Crossing as Biden Administration Begins Undoing Trump Policy

Skip to Main ContentSkip to Searchhttps://www.wsj.com/articles/migrants-crowd-border-crossing-as-biden-administration-begins-undoing-trump-immigration-policy-11613765396ByandTIJUANA, Mexico—Hundreds of migrants crowded the pedestrian border crossing with the U.S. here Friday morning as the Biden administration let in the first handful who had been forced to wait in Mexico for their asylum claims to be resolved under Trump administration policy.Biden administration officials had stressed in English and Spanish communications that only people contacted ahead of time would be allowed in Friday...

Feb 20
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Texas Challenges Legality of DACA in Latest Bid to End the Program

Texas Challenges Legality of DACA in Latest Bid to End the Program

Skip to Main ContentSkip to SearchByTexas and eight other Republican-led states will ask a federal court on Tuesday to rule the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program unlawful, posing a fresh threat to the Obama-era program offering deportation protections to young immigrants that has been the subject of .The Trump administration first attempted to end the program, known as DACA, in September 2017, but it was blocked by federal courts. that it hadn’t taken the proper steps to do so, and after several additional months of legal wrangling, the for the program for the first time in...

Dec 22
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DACA Is Restored After Court Rules DHS Head Served Illegally

DACA Is Restored After Court Rules DHS Head Served Illegally

Skip to Main ContentSkip to SearchByWASHINGTON—A federal judge in New York invalidated Trump administration rules narrowing the program that protects immigrants living in the U.S. since childhood without legal permission, ruling the restrictions were improperly issued. The ruling Saturday restores the program, called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, to near-full operation, after multiple attempts by the Trump administration to end or curtail it. That means, for the first time since September 2017, new applicants who weren’t previously eligible,...To Read the Full...

November 15, 2020
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Tech Startups Say New Pay Rules for H-1B Visas Are Unaffordable

Tech Startups Say New Pay Rules for H-1B Visas Are Unaffordable

Skip to Main ContentSkip to Searchhttps://www.wsj.com/articles/tech-startups-say-new-pay-rules-for-h-1b-visas-are-unaffordable-11604246400Byand| Photographs by David Degner for The Wall Street JournalNew rules from the Trump administration restricting skilled foreign workers are unnerving U.S. startup hubs, as founders and investors say the limitations will hamstring their ability to recruit top-tier talent to grow their businesses.The announced in October will make much tougher and compel employers to pay foreign workers drastically higher wages.Those rules hit especially hard for...

November 1, 2020
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Trump Administration Announces Overhaul of H-1B Visa Program

Trump Administration Announces Overhaul of H-1B Visa Program

Skip to Main ContentSkip to SearchByWASHINGTON—The Trump administration announced an overhaul of the H-1B visa program for high-skilled foreign workers that will require employers to pay H-1B workers significantly higher wages, narrow the types of degrees that could qualify an applicant and shorten the length of visas for certain contract workers. The changes, introduced by the Departments of Labor and Homeland Security on Tuesday, will likely make it tougher to qualify for one of the coveted visas. Ken...To Read the Full StorySponsored Offers

October 7, 2020
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As Pandemic Keeps Borders Shut, Closed Consulates Are Biggest Barrier for Many

As Pandemic Keeps Borders Shut, Closed Consulates Are Biggest Barrier for Many

Skip to Main ContentSkip to SearchByWhen Natasha Bhat rushed to India after her father-in-law died in late February, she expected that returning home to Fremont, Calif., a few weeks later would be a simple matter of having her H-1B visa stamped at the U.S. consulate in Kolkata. Ms. Bhat, who works in human resources at a tech startup, had packed one small bag and left with her husband and 4-year-old son. Her...To Read the Full StorySponsored Offers

June 27, 2020
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WSJ News Exclusive | Federal Agencies Use Cellphone Location Data for Immigration Enforcement

WSJ News Exclusive | Federal Agencies Use Cellphone Location Data for Immigration Enforcement

News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information servicesDow JonesNews CorpWASHINGTON—The Trump administration has bought access to a commercial database that maps the movements of millions of cellphones in America and is using it for immigration and border enforcement, according to people familiar with the matter and documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. The location data is drawn from ordinary cellphone apps, including those for games, weather and e-commerce, for which the user has granted permission to log the...

February 11, 2020
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