August 2

Washington Post: Trump, GOP Senators Introduce Bill to Slash Legal Immigration Levels

The Washington Post reports that President Trump endorsed a new bill in the Senate aimed at slashing legal immigration levels over a decade. Trump appeared with Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Perdue (R-GA) at the White House today to unveil the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act, a modified version of a bill the senators first introduced in April to cut immigration by half from the current level of more than one million green cards per year granting foreigners permanent legal residence in the United States.

July 25

NPR: Mass. High Court: Local Authorities Can’t Detain People Without Charges for ICE

NPR reports that the highest court in Massachusetts ruled Monday that local law enforcement cannot keep people in custody solely at ICE’s request. The unanimous decision from the Supreme Judicial Court stated that the state’s laws provide “no authority for Massachusetts court officers to arrest and hold an individual solely on the basis of a federal civil immigration detainer, beyond the time that the individual would otherwise be entitled to be released from State custody.” Susan Church, former head of AILA’s New England chapter said, “This is hopefully something that we will look back on and see that it sent a message out to all the other states that this is not the job of the states, to be enforcing federal immigration laws.”

July 24

USCIS to Resume H-1B Premium Processing for Certain Cap-Exempt Petitions

Today, USCIS announced that it has resumed premium processing for certain cap-exempt H-1B petitions, including petitions where the petitioner is an institution of higher education, a nonprofit related to or affiliated with an institution of higher education, or a nonprofit research or governmental research organization. Effective immediately, those cap-exempt petitioners who are eligible for premium processing can file Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service for Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker. The Form I-907 can be filed together with an H-1B petition or separately for a pending H-1B petition. USCIS plans to resume premium processing of other H-1B petitions as workloads permit.

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