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Boundless Immigration News Weekly Recap Archive: May 23, 2024

This week's round-up of the biggest, need-to-know immigration news

May 24, 2024

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Biden Plans Sweeping Executive Order to Stop Border Crossings

President Biden hinted at issuing an executive order that would dramatically reduce the number of asylum-seekers who are able to cross the U.S.-Mexico border. Biden would act under Section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), which gives the president sweeping authority to block immigration if it would be “detrimental” to national interests.

Although the executive order is not yet finalized, Biden is expected to announce border policy changes by the end of April.

Trump and House Speaker Push Non-citizen Voting Bill

House Speaker Mike Johnson, with the help of former President Trump, is promoting a new bill aimed at preventing non-citizens from voting.

Trump has falsely claimed that widespread voter fraud cost him the 2020 presidential election, however non-citizens are not allowed to vote in federal elections and such instances of fraud are incredibly rare. Additionally, no state in the U.S. currently allows for non-citizen voting in state-level elections.

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Immigrants Drive Labor Force Population Growth

Recent studies show that without foreign-born workers, population and job growth would significantly shrink in the United States.

Births in the U.S. peaked in 2007 at 4,316,233 and have been steadily declining since, with last year’s births reaching the lowest total since 1979. Stagnant population growth and a sharp decline in labor force participation among older generations has contributed to labor shortages in recent years. Increased immigration has helped alleviate these shortages, with a 2 million-estimated increase in the foreign-born working-age population over the past year.

More than 1 Million Indians Stuck in Employment Green Card Backlog

According to recent data from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), over 1.2 million Indians are currently waiting for employment-based green cards. This group of highly-skilled professionals and their dependents now face a possibly decades-long wait to obtain permanent residency based on the current backlog.

The massive backlog and long wait-times for employment green cards have a negative impact on applicants and their families. Indian workers spend years in immigration limbo, relying on their work visa status to remain in the country.

New Biden Plan Will Speed Up Court Cases for New Migrants

The Biden administration announced a new program to expedite immigration court cases for certain single adults caught crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, aiming to reduce illegal immigration before the November 5 presidential election. The program, targeting migrants in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York City, will place their cases on a “recent arrivals docket,” with judges aiming to resolve asylum claims within 180 days. 

The initiative is aimed at tackling the significant backlog in the immigration court system. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas emphasized that this measure is a stopgap, calling for broader legislative reforms.

New Poll: Half of U.S. Voters Oppose Migrant Detention Camps

Roughly half of American voters oppose detaining immigrants in camps while awaiting deportation, according to a new poll. The Reuters/Ipsos poll found that 54% of registered voters disapprove of detention camps, while 36% support them, and 10% are undecided. Despite this opposition, 56% believe most or all illegal immigrants should be deported.

Immigration is a key issue in the upcoming election, with Trump’s campaign emphasizing stricter immigration policies. Among Republican voters, 85% support widespread deportation, but only 62% agree with using detention camps. The poll surveyed 3,208 registered voters online and has a margin of error of approximately 2-4 percentage points.

 Top 25 Countries of Origin for U.S. Immigrants

Mexico has sent the largest number of immigrants to the United States, according to a new analysis from the Migration Policy Institute (MPI). 

The data, taken from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, showed there were more than 10.5 million Mexican immigrants in the U.S. in 2022. Economic factors like wage differences and job opportunities drive many Mexicans to seek better prospects in the U.S.

Following Mexico, the top countries of origin for immigrants are India, China, and the Philippines, with most immigrants coming from Latin American and Caribbean nations. Only three European countries — the UK, Germany, and Ukraine — are among the top 25 nationalities of U.S. immigrants.

International Students Risk Deportation By Engaging in Gaza Protests

International students in the U.S. risk their immigration status by participating in Gaza protests on campus. Many students are on F-1 visas, and their stay depends on full-time enrollment. Protesting can lead to suspensions, jeopardizing their visa status.

Legal experts warn that suspensions can lead to deportation if universities report students to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Laws like the Patriot Act could label protests as “terrorist” activities, affecting foreign students’ immigration status.

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