This week in immigration

New Americans Represent Team USA at the London Olympics
Today, the 2012 Olympics formally kicked off inLondon where the best athletes from around the world are meeting to compete. TheUnited States is well-represented, not only by our native born-athletes but by many “New Americans.” In fact, approximately 38 of the athletes on TeamUSA are naturalizedU.S. citizens. As Lopez Lomong, an immigrant fromSudan and the 2008 flag bearer said, “Americans come from all over the world.”

Immigration Court Backlog Keeps Growing (and Growing, and Growing…)
Two recent reports from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) contain discouraging news about the backlog in our nation’s immigration courts. One noted that the number of pending removal proceedings has reached a record high, while the other reported that a relatively small number of cases have been closed through the exercise of prosecutorial discretion.

Don’t Jump to Conclusions About Costs of Deferred Action
The Associated Press (AP) reported this week that the deferred action initiative for eligible, young immigrants, which is still under development, could cost more than $585 million.  While some critics immediately jumped on this as proof that taxpayers would be made to pay for the new initiative, that’s just not the way things work at USCIS.

New Brookings Report Examines Demand for H-1B High Skilled Worker Visas

Who uses H-1Bs and for what types of jobs is a topic of constant debate in Congress and in communities across the country.  The Brookings Institute recently released a new report mapping H-1B workers in the U.S which addresses some of these questions and sheds new light on the topic.

Lieutenant Governor Makes Plea for Maryland DREAM Act
At the end of its 2011 legislative session,Maryland lawmakers passed a bill that would allow certain undocumented students to pay in-state tuition rates atMaryland community colleges, joining 12 other states with similar laws. Now, however, opponents of the law have gathered enough signatures to suspend the law and force a referendum come November.
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