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Citing the pandemic-driven economic downturn, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Monday that suspends the issuance of several categories of nonimmigrant visas through the end of the year. Read more»

Migrant workers harvest cauliflower in Washington. The House is considering a bipartisan bill that would increase the number of H-2A visas for farm workers while setting pay rates and making it easier for them to get permanent legal resident status in the U.S.

A House committee gave preliminary approval Thursday to a bill that would add 20,000 farmworker visas and let some workers apply for permanent legal residency, despite Republican concerns that it could open the door to more illegal immigration. Read more»

U visas allow immigrants who are victims of domestic violence to get a temporary green card, among other benefits. The number of applications has risen sharply in recent years – but so has the number flagged by authorities for potential fraud.

Applications for “domestic violence green cards” have risen steadily since the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act in 2013, but the percentage flagged possibly fraudulent has risen at an even faster pace. Read more»

The Trump administration issued a rule Monday that allows the government to deny green cards or visas to people who rely on public benefit programs, or if they might need such programs, including food stamps, Medicaid and housing subsidies, in the future. Read more»

The EB-5 visa program, which gives visas to immigrants who invest in U.S. businesses, was extended beyond a Sept.30 exipiration date – but without reforms critics say are needed.

Congress granted a short-term reprieve this week to a visa program that benefits immigrants who invest in U.S. businesses, but that extension came without any reforms critics say are necessary to prevent fraud, abuse and security risks. Read more»

Maria Quiring’s son was just months old the day the deportation notice arrived at her El Mirage home. Despite her marriage of five years to a U.S. Air Force serviceman, Quiring was ordered back to her native Mexico. Had a Department of Homeland Security policy called Parole in Place not found her a loophole, Maria Quiring would not be where she is today, watching her now 5-year-old son J.J. assemble a Hungry Hungry Hippos game on the floor. Read more»

Here are the latest and most essential facts about immigrants and immigration reform in our nation today. The facts are broken down into the following sections: Read more»

Toddler Alana communicates with father, Issac Hernandez, who has been barred from the U.S. for life. Her mother, Amanda Seyer, has since moved the family from Missouri to Mexico to be with her husband.

The Department of Homeland Security has announced new rules designed to make it easier for thousands of U.S. citizens to legalize undocumented spouses without risking years of separation first. Read more»

How will the police be able to tell 'real' Americans from suspected illegal immigrants? They'll ask 'em stuff only 'real' Americans would know. Read more»

'Green cards' are no longer actually green (altered to obscure personal information).

Arizona police may soon be required to ask for immigration paperwork if they have a "reasonable suspicion" that a person is in the country illegally. Read more»