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Boundless Immigration News Weekly Recap Archive: February 17, 2023

Feb 17, 2023

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DHS Hired Outside Law Firm to Defend Mayorkas Against Potential Impeachment

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has hired a New York-based law firm to defend against potential impeachment of Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

Two House Republicans have called for his removal for his handling of the crisis at the southern border.

The law firm represented the Democrat-controlled House during impeachment hearings against former President Donald Trump.

Fewer Americans Support Immigration, Finds New Poll

The number of Americans who support immigration has fallen by six percentage points over the last year, from 34% in January 2022 to 28% last month, according to a new Gallup poll.

That’s the lowest number in a decade, although still not the lowest level of satisfaction. In 2007, Americans’ support of immigration dropped to 23%, compared to a high of 41% in 2018.


Policy Update to Protect “Aged Out” Children

A new USCIS policy update will protect children from having to leave the country while waiting for their parent’s green card applications to be approved.

Children who come to the U.S. with their parents on temporary work visas often turn 21 and age out while waiting for permanent residence. They are then either forced to switch to a different visa, remain in the U.S. without legal status, or leave.

The new update will allow applicants to apply for a green card using the earlier date in the “dates for filing” chart of the Visa Bulletin.

State Department to Allow Foreign Workers to Renew Visas in the U.S.

The State Department will later this year start allowing foreign workers on temporary visas to renew their status without needing to leave the U.S.

The new pilot program will be available to H-1B and L-1 visa holders working in the United States, making it easier for these workers to renew their status while reducing the workload of consulates overseas.

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