Decreasing legal immigration

3/30 “Veronica Gaubault, who was sent back to Jamaica, told the Houston media that US Customs and Border Protection revoked her visa after agents inspected (CBP) her iPhone, iPad and other belongings. Her cousin, paediatrician Kareen Smith, said she waited for approximately four hours before customs agents told her that Gaubault would not be allowed to enter the country.” http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Jamaican-denied-entry-to-US–visa-revoked_91395

3/29 Canadians being turned back at the border “Church volunteers on their way from Ontario to New Jersey were stopped at the U.S.-Canada border and turned away. So were Canadian nurses who work at a hospital in Detroit.” “Then there’s the story of Manpreet Kooner, who lives in Montreal. She said she was stopped at the U.S. border this month and told she had to have a visa to enter. Kooner says she’s a law-abiding citizen of Canada, so there’s no apparent reason she needs one to visit as a tourist.” : http://www.npr.org/2017/03/29/521920595/canadians-report-more-scrutiny-and-rejection-at-u-s-border-checkpoints

3/26 Same cap, labor shortages: http://rapidcityjournal.com/news/local/black-hills-afflicted-with-shortage-of-foreign-seasonal-workers/article_d38bde87-b10c-5205-8987-d9b940583236.html

3/24 Tightened restrictions on granting visas. “Under the new rules, U.S.-bound travelers are subject to detailed background checks, as well a review of their social media history if they’ve ever been to a territory controlled by the self-proclaimed Islamic State. Embassy officials are seeking approval from the White House Office of Management and Budget to ask applicants for a 15-year history of where they have lived, worked and traveled. If applicants are unable to provide all of the required information, embassy officials could delay or reschedule the interview process. While there are valid reasons travelers could be denied a U.S. visa, some advocates worry people may be profiled for extra scrutiny because of their name or nationality, The New York Times reports. The Trump administration did not publicly announce the new visa screening measures, which were sent to embassies March 15 to March 17. Reuters first published a story on the new rules Thursday after reviewing copies of the cables between Tillerson and embassy officials.”” : http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-air-travel_us_58d52802e4b03692bea4cf26

3/17 Canadian nurse visa problem fixed (maybe?): “After a week of confusion, U.S. border officials are once again granting professional work visas to specialized Canadian nurses working at American hospitals. Nurses and hospitals have been in a frenzy in the past week as visa applications for advanced practice nurses and advanced clinical nurse practitioners working in Detroit hospitals were denied.” : http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/canadian-nurses-us-border-work-visa-1.4030179

3/? Specialized nurses working at US hospitals denied entry: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/canadian-nurses-working-in-us-rejected-1.4026554

3/15 Cap on guest worker visas likely means shortage of seasonal workers: http://mainepublic.org/post/lawmakers-businesses-say-worker-visa-restrictions-will-harm-maine-tourism-industry 

nge visa application/approval system: http://www.cnbc.com/2017/03/06/h-1b-visa-premium-processing-suspended–tech-jobs.html

3/6  “Gold Star father Khizr Khan has canceled an upcoming speech in Toronto after being told that his “travel privileges are being reviewed,” CTV’s Rosa Hwang reports. Khan and his wife were born in Pakistan, but Khizr has been an American citizen for more than 30 years. The Khans famously accused President Trump of having “sacrificed nothing and no one” during a speech at the Democratic National Convention last year; their son died in the Iraq War in 2004.” http://theweek.com/speedreads/684192/american-citizen-khizr-khan-reportedly-cancels-trip-canada-after-being-warned-travel-privileges-are-being-reviewed

2/28 Executive action removing privacy protections from non-US-citizens “…Trump’s immigration enforcement executive order released on January 25. It could let the Trump administration release the names and private information of non-U.S. citizens — including refugees, college students, tourists, and people here on work visas.” https://www.aclu.org/blog/speak-freely/trump-administration-threatening-publicly-release-private-data-immigrants-and

2/1 An Indian muslim athlete denied a visa because of “current policy,” no further explanation offered. “”We had local government recommendation and also the invitation and verification letter from the New York snowshoe federation. But as soon as a lady visa officer at the US embassy in Delhi read our names, she went inside a cabin and came back after a few minutes. She said she was sorry, but that she could not help us due to the current US policy,” he told the BBC.” http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-38824358

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