April 2024 Immigration Update

Want to keep up with immigration news in the U.S.? Every month, Global Cleveland publishes our immigration update so that you can stay informed about the latest immigration news.

This month’s Immigration Update at a glance:

  • USCIS Makes Changes to Streamline Social Security Card Process
  • House to Investigate Deportation Cases
  • Congress Aid Package Passes Without Immigration Provisions

Congress passes aid package without immigration provisions

House to Investigate 'Botched Deportation' cases

Reps seek accountability for death of people in immigration facilities

US Talking to China over Border Crossings

Biden, López Obrador, Pledge Joint Action on Border

  • US President Joe Biden and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced new measures to work closely together to reduce unauthorized border crossings.
  • The presidents said that they would have their national security teams work in concert to “significantly reduce irregular border crossings while protecting human rights”
  • While the administration did not disclose specifics on what this would mean it is believed that the measures could include more deportation flights and stronger enforcement measures directed towards the use of buses, railways, and airports for unauthorized border entry.
  • Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2024/04/29/us/politics/biden-mexico-illegal-immigration.html

H1B Lottery bids down

  • Bids for the H1B visa are down 38% in 2024 comapred to a similar figure at this time in 2023.
  • However, this is believed to be because of a crackdown on fraud. It is thought that many of the previous applications were actually from companies submitting multiple applications in an effort to game the system
  • Back in 2021, the USCIS dropped a requirement to mail in extensive paperwork in an effort to ease barriers, but this unintentionally made it easier for companies to fraudulently submit duplicate applications.
  • USCIS Director Ur Jaddou said that the drop was attributed to more efforts to stop the gaming of the system
  • Data also showed that technology companies are among the top users of the H1-B visa, with Amazon.com, Apple, Google, Infosys, Microsoft, and Meta (Facebook) all in the Top Ten.
  • Some tech companies had pushed for the change, including Intel, who said that fraud in the lottery was making it harder for legitimate applications from companies following the rules.

Trump Calls for Local Police to be Used for Immigration Crackdown

  • Ex President Donald Trump, running to regain his old job, said that he would employ local police to deport immigrants in the US without authorization
  • Trump told Time magazine that local law enforcement would be a key to his plans to increase deportations.
  • While local law enforcement cannot be ordered to enforce federal immigration law, Trump was open to the possibility of using federal funding as a way to push them to do so.

USCIS: I-693s will remain valid

USCIS Makes Changes to streamline Social Security Card Process

Kansas City Mayor: our city needs immigrants

  • Kansas City Mayor Quintin Lucas said that his city was looking at ways to attract more immigrants in an effort to boost its workforce
  • The Mayor told reporters that he was in talks with Denver and New York City, both of which have seen an influx in migrants in recent years that has put considerable strain on city services, about how to bring migrants with work authorization to Kansas City
  • Lucas told Bloomberg News that the city’s companies were in serious need of employees.