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No economic difference between merit-based and family-based visas

A new study has found that there is no significant difference between the benefits that family-based immigration and merit-based immigration provide to the U.S. economy. The study’s findings run contrary to President Donald Trump’s insistence that the economy would benefit from an immigration system that was solely based on merit. The study, authored by a law professor at Rutgers University, found several other important facts about family-based and merit-based immigration.

California has 3 of the top 10 cities in the US for immigrants

It is no secret that the Trump administration has ramped up its efforts against immigration. The administration’s widespread crackdown has made it difficult for many immigrants to find a safe and welcoming home in the country that they love.To combat the widespread animosity toward the immigrant community, several cities have increased their efforts to attract newcomers from all countries. A new list examines some of these cities and ranks them according to how welcoming they are for immigrants.

Trump may separate families to discourage illegal immigration

Many of the immigrants who come to the United States are trying to secure a better future for their families. With few opportunities for advancement in their countries of origin, the United States seems like an opportunity for a better life. However, if the Trump administration’s new measures to separate immigrant families are successful, that may all change.

Ex-Marine wins case, returns to US after deportation to Mexico

Fifteen years ago, a former Marine was deported to Mexico after being convicted for a minor crime. Over the years, he never gave up in his fight to return to the United States. Now, he will be allowed to return to his home in Iowa to be with his family.

Future Of Parole In Place Program Uncertain

Immigration news has been in no short supply this year, and undocumented immigrants have consequently been on alert, in a state of heightened anticipation against the possibility of deportation. And now, military families--previously protected by the Parole In Place (PIP) program--have reason to be concerned, too.

Enrollment of first-time foreign students declines

The United States is widely reputed to have some of the best colleges and universities in the world. Students from all over the globe immigrate to the United States to receive an education at an institution of higher learning. That is, until this year.

Might the U.S. see major immigration system changes?

Recently, a new immigration proposal has been getting considerable attention in the news. The proposal is a bill that would put a “merit-based” system in place when it comes to green cards. The President recently gave his support to the bill.

Could a prenup have immigration impacts?

Some events in a person’s life can give rise to family immigration issues. One such event is getting married to a person from a foreign country. When a U.S. citizen marries a foreign national, one immigration option that opens up is that they may be able to pursue a green card for their spouse.

Beware of immigration consultant and protection scams

With a new presidential administration in place, many changes are impacting immigrants and their family members throughout California. Changing laws, new enforcement procedures and an increased focus on deportation has heightened the fears of many. Unfortunately, this fear breeds opportunists who would seek to take advantage of vulnerable populations in our state and throughout the U.S.

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • State Bar of California | California Board of Legal Specialization
  • Avvo
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Irvine Chamber