Attorney General Jeff Sessions: “Open borders policy is radical and dangerous”
September 10, 2018
Attorney General Jeff Sessions defended the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy as “perfectly legitimate, moral and decent” during remarks to a new class of immigration judges in Falls Church, Virginia on Monday.
“No great and prosperous nation can have both a generous welfare system and great prosperity, and open borders. Such a policy is radical, it’s dangerous, it’s never been adopted here, or any other major nation that I am aware of, so it must be rejected out of hand, and the American people have done so” Sessions said.
His remarks come amid a major push back to the “zero tolerance” immigration policy introduced earlier this year.
“We will send a clear message to the world that the lawless practices are over. The world will know what our rules are” Sessions said.
USCIS announced In-Person Interviews will be required for all Employment-Based Adjustment of Status applicants.
Aug. 28, 2017
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services now requires applicants for employment-based adjustment of status to attend a personal interview before their green card case can be processed to completion.
The interview requirement is part of the agency’s compliance with President Trump’s March 6 executive order on protection of the United States from terrorist activities. That order directs federal agencies to implement uniform screening and vetting standards for all immigration programs.
Interviews for employment-based adjustment applicants are not new, but USCIS had a longstanding policy of waiving them for most foreign nationals, recognizing that these applicants posed few security risks.
USCIS will interview all immigrant workers (and all family members), if the I-140 petition was filed on or after March 6, 2017.
President Trump signed the Buy American and Hire American Executive Order
April 18, 2017
On April 18, 2017, President Trump signed the Buy American and Hire American Executive Order, which seeks to create higher wages and employment rates for U.S. workers and to protect their economic interests by rigorously enforcing and administering U.S. immigration laws. It also directs DHS to advance policies to ensure employment visas are awarded to the most-skilled or highest-paid beneficiaries.
USCIS is working on a combination of rulemaking, policy memoranda, and operational changes
to implement the Buy American and Hire American Executive Order.
This order will clearly increase backlogs and implement additional steps for legal immigration.