A federal judge who has blocked President Barack Obama's immigration executive action suggested on Thursday that he could order sanctions against the Justice Department if he rules it misled him about when exactly the administration began implementing one of the measures.

On April 1, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year (FY) 2016 cap. U.S. businesses use the H-1B program to employ foreign workers in occupations that require highly specialized knowledge in fields such as science, engineering and computer programming.

The congressionally mandated cap on H-1B visas for FY 2016 is 65,000. The first 20,000 H-1B petitions filed for individuals with a U.S. master’s degree or higher are exempt from the 65,000 cap.

A panel of immigration lawyers from the Esperanza Center will be holding a FREE informational session at St Matthew Catholic Church in Baltimore, Maryland on Thursday, March 19, 2015 starting at 7pm.

The session will address recent immigration policies announced by the Obama administration, specifically DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and DAPA (Deferred Action for Parental Accountability), among other immigration topics.

The session is organized by the Immigration Outreach Service Center (IOSC) at St Matthew Catholic Church.

Event Date: 
Thu, 03/19/2015 11:59PM -0400

One of the longest-serving immigrant detainees in the United States is now free. This week an immigration judge in California granted bond to Sylvester Owino, a 38-year-old Kenyan national, almost a decade after he was transferred into Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody on no criminal charges.

New polling data shows that a majority of Americans did not support congressional Republicans who blocked the passage of the Department of Homeland Security funding bill in order to repeal President Obama's executive actions on immigration.

After weeks of debate and a looming partial government shutdown, extremists in the Republican Party finally conceded to funding Homeland Security without adding a policy rider that would have blocked Obama's executive order to prevent the deportation of 5 million undocumented workers currently living in the U.S.

A federal judge in Texas has declined to lift a block of the White House's immigration plan for at least 10 more days.

U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, a city along the border with Mexico, issued a preliminary injunction last month halting President Barack Obama's plans that would have shielded millions of illegal immigrants from deportation.

Federal agents searched three dozen homes Tuesday in California during a crackdown on so-called maternity tourism operators who arrange for pregnant Chinese women to give birth in the U.S., where their babies automatically become American citizens.

The investigation of three alleged birth tourism rings may be the biggest yet by federal homeland security agents who say that, while pregnant women may travel to the United States and deliver their babies here, they cannot lie about the purpose of their trip when applying for a visa.

US President Barack Obama has called on immigrants to start "gathering their papers" to prove their long standing residency in the country and guard against deportation.

President Barack Obama has filed an appeal against a Texas federal judge's suspension of his executive order looking to stop millions of immigrants in the US from potential deportation. The executive action has been highly criticized by House Republicans as overstepping the bounds of his powers.

Julissa Arce | Photo by João Canziani

Sitting at her desk at Goldman Sachs, Julissa Arce is doing her best to keep it together. It’s September 2007. Her father is dying in Taxco de Alarcón, a small and hilly city in Mexico, and she has just hung up after a call from her sister with bad news. Arce stands and leaves the row where she and her colleagues create derivatives and market them to rich people. She walks down the hall, opens the bathroom door, and locks herself in a stall.

The Obama administration said it would ease work restrictions for spouses of certain visa holders, even as Republican lawmakers are fighting the president on earlier actions regarding undocumented immigrants.

The new presidential action allows work permits and longer stays for some spouses of those in the U.S. legally with H-1B visas, Leon Rodriguez, director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, told reporters Tuesday in Washington.

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