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Feds approve 35,000 more work visas, as firms struggle to fill open jobs

Arizona businesses welcomed the federal government’s release this week of another 35,000 H-2B visas for temporary guest workers, as a tight U.S. labor market has left companies scrambling to fill vacancies. ... Read more»

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As guest workers increase, so do concerns about wage cheating

From 2005 to 2020, U.S. employers around the country were ordered to pay more than $42.5 million in back wages to 69,000 workers who perform seasonal low-wage jobs on H-2A and H-2B visas - but labor advocates are worried that many more workers are being cheated.... Read more»

U.S. closing loophole that lured Mexicans over the border to donate plasma for cash

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is closing a legal loophole that allowed blood plasma companies to harvest plasma from thousands of Mexicans a day, who were lured by bonus payments and hefty cash rewards.... Read more»

COVID-19 takes toll on Arizona farmworkers

Of the more than half a million agricultural workers that have tested positive for COVID-19 in the U.S. as of March 10, it estimated that just under 7,200 of those cases were in Arizona and about 1,000 of which were in Yuma County, where farming brings an estimated $2.5 billion a year into the local economy.... Read more»

Trump hammered at 2nd Circuit for shake-up of green card rules

The Trump administration’s rule preventing immigrants who receive any form of public assistance from obtaining green cards is “unmoored” from the intent of Congress, the Second Circuit ruled Tuesday. ... Read more»

Federal judge issues nationwide ban on immigration welfare rule amid pandemic

A federal judge in New York issued a nationwide injunction Wednesday barring enforcement of a Trump administration rule that prevents immigrants from qualifying for green cards or other visas if they are likely to become dependent on government benefits.... Read more»1

Hospitals are suddenly short of young doctors — because of Trump’s visa ban

Doctors treating coronavirus patients were supposed to be allowed into the U.S. But hundreds of young doctors have their visas put on hold indefinitely.... Read more»

Immigration advocates criticize visa restrictions under Trump executive order

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Monday suspending H-1B, L-1, J and other temporary work visas until the end of the year, while also extending the hold on green cards for new immigrants.... Read more»

House panel advances bill to expand farmworker visas, green card access

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»

Advocates worry as 'domestic violence green cards' get greater scrutiny

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»

Rule change would deny green cards for food-stamp use

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»

Foreign-born doctors are vital to Arizona’s rural communities

For some patients living in rural areas, being treated by a foreign doctor is the only option they have.... Read more»

U.S. immigration agency will lose millions because it can't process visas fast enough

Fees from so-called “premium processing” to expedite H-1B visas have paid for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ efforts to digitize. But the agency hasn’t been able to keep up with demand, forcing it to suspend its cash cow. ... Read more»

Visa backlog from shutdown could cause shortage of farm labor

This month’s federal government shutdown caused a backup in seasonal farmworkers’ visa applications that some groups say could lead to a labor shortage during the coming winter vegetable harvest.... Read more»

Immigration group twists Ryan’s words

A group that opposes the Senate’s “Gang of Eight” immigration bill wrongly claims the Rep. Paul Ryan said “we have a labor shortage in Wisconsin.” Ryan, who supports an immigration overhaul, didn’t say there was a shortage now. Instead, he said there would be labor shortages in the future “when the baby boomers are fully retired.”... Read more»1

Factcheck: 9/11 hijackers and student visas

Lawmakers on both sides of the immigration debate have falsely claimed that “some” or “all” of the 9/11 hijackers were in the U.S. on student visas. Only one of the 19 hijackers came to the U.S. on a student visa. The rest arrived here on tourist or business visas.... Read more»

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