This Week In Immigration – Week of October 24-30, 2021

This Week In Immigration

Monday October 26, 2021

Research Shows U.S. Immigration Policies Stifle Immigrant Entrepreneurship – According to the research of the Ed Snider Center for Enterprise and Markets, U.S. visa policies hold immigrants back from starting new ventures and restrict their employment choices early in their careers. The researchers found significant differences in early-career employment choices of people with immigration-related restrictions – foreign nationals with temporary work visas upon graduation – and people without constraints (U.S. natives and immigrants with permanent residency status or U.S. citizenship). Immigrant workers are much more likely to work for a large company to maintain their visa than start a new company. 

Tuesday October 27, 2021

New Immigrant Affairs Office to Connect Resource Centers – Maryland’s new Governor’s Office for Immigrant Affairs is tasked with connecting immigrant advocacy resources across the state to those in need. Bills SB85 and HB15, which chartered the office on October 1, 2021, require that its administrators form a network of existing immigrant advocacy groups across the state to share resources, as well as to pass along information about government programs and to advise Governor Larry Hogan on immigrant needs. The main goals for the office, according to the bills, are to help with career placement, English language programs, and naturalization processes for Maryland’s immigrant residents.  

Justice Department Settles with Construction Company to Resolve Immigration-Related Discrimination Claims – The Department of Justice announced that it has reached a settlement agreement with Priority Construction Corporation, located in Baltimore, Maryland. The settlement resolves the department’s claims that Priority Construction violated the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) by failing to consider workers in the United States, such as U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, asylees, refugees and recent lawful permanent residents, for employment opportunities due to the company’s preference for workers with H-2B visas.  Under the settlement, Priority Construction will pay $40,600 in civil penalties to the United States and conduct enhanced U.S. worker recruitment and advertising for future positions.

Wednesday October 28, 2021

Student Bar Association Senate Condemns Language ‘Dehumanizing’ Undocumented Immigrants – The Student Bar Association Senate unanimously passed a resolution condemning the use of “dehumanizing” language about undocumented immigrants in internal and external communications. The resolution urges the organization members to refrain from using the words “illegal,” “alien” and “assimilation” in reference to undocumented immigrants which is in line with President Joe Biden’s guidance on language that immigration enforcement agencies may use.

Thursday October 29, 2021

Archdiocese Of Chicago to Host the Ninth Annual Keep Hope Alive Fundraiser Benefiting Its Immigration Ministry and National Pastoral Migratoria on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021 – The Archdiocese of Chicago’s Immigration Ministry will host its ninth annual Keep Hope Alive benefit virtually on October 29, 2021. Keep Hope Alive is the archdiocese’s annual fundraiser to support its local and national immigrant-led ministry Pastoral Migratoria, its Polish immigrant-to-immigrant ministry and to recognize community leaders who have responded to the needs of immigrant communities.

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