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Nov 01, 2018
Be very afraid: Donald Trump's closing message ahead of midterm election stokes fears of immigrant ‘invasion’ as White House hawks plan more skeweringWith five days to go before America’s midterm elections, US president Donald Trump’s closing message is clear: Be very afraid, because illegal immigrants, according to Trump, are “invading” America, having babies on “this side of the border” and freeloading on the country’s bounties. The messaging is so loaded with violent imagery that even the booming economy or last week’s massacre at a synagogue come a far second. As far as Trump’s White House and his campaign is concerned, the midterms and the 2020 elections are a culture war whose time has come. If it was vicious in 2016, it’s not getting better.
Sep 06, 2018
Despatches from an H1B wasteland amid India-US 2+2 talks: How a non-immigrant work permit has occupied frontlines of US politicsBehind the present day backlash on H-1B visas are cold, hard numbers that say the H-1B cost advantage has vanished, especially if you add the cost of nuisance value which comes bundled with the H-1B process
Apr 16, 2018
In H1B haven of California, sharp political divisions on immigration surface as midterm elections loomDemocratic bastion California is seeing more local governments hitting back against state's efforts to resist the Trump administration's immigration crackdown as the midterm elections loom in November. US President Donald Trump has made it clear that he will continue to run on low immigration and border security which catapulted him into the White House in 2016. The Trump administration has confirmed that it hopes to muscle in another "comprehensive" immigration legislation before June which will push for the sharpest cuts to legal immigration and severe pushback against illegal immigration, especially from the country's southern border.
Mar 14, 2018
As H1B workers raise social media game, deep fissures surface among power brokersCamp fights are brewing and knives are out as Indian-led advocacy for high skilled workers-centered policy in the United States reaches a crucial crossroads this week coinciding with a must-pass funding bill in the US Congress.
Feb 22, 2018
Nail biting wait for H4 EAD decision as court passes baton to DHS, says respond in 90 daysA fresh round of alarm bells are going off in America’s H4 EAD community. The prolonged Save Jobs USA versus Department of Homeland Security (DHS) case challenging employment authorisation for a large swathe of H4 dependants has turned another corner Wednesday with the court asking DHS to respond within 90 days on its stated intention in Fall 2017 to revoke the EAD for H4 dependants of H1B workers.
Feb 09, 2018
H1B workers' Green Card blues make inroads into Washington DCOn Thursday, against the backdrop of the US Congress dome and the looming shadow of a coming immigration overhaul, a swoop of Indians from all over America rallied for ending Green Card backlogs which they claim is eating into the community’s collective mojo.
Feb 06, 2018
H1B, Green Card, H4 issues face strong DACA headwinds in gridlocked Washington DCNo wall, no deal, says Trump. Gridlock week has arrived again as bickering US lawmakers face a tight deadline for reaching deals on what to do with 700,000 immigrants who were brought into America illegally as children while Donald Trump is wagging an accusing finger at his opponents as a government shutdown looms.
Feb 04, 2018
H1B, H4 visa holders from 30 US states will put Green Card woes in spotlight in Trump backyard Feb 8Indians on H1B and H4 visas waiting for their green card backlog to clear up are going to pour in to Washington DC on February 7 and 8 from across 30 American states in a bid to ride the wave of public advocacy that will reach fever pitch all week as the Trump administration and the Opposition battle in the high stakes immigration stand off that has come to occupy the frontlines of US politics.
Jan 29, 2018
"Without H4 EAD, I would not have come to the US...": First person accounts from behind the long shadows of the H1B visahese men and women we spoke to represent a random microcosm of the H1B-H4 community. At one level, all their stories can be lumped together and dismissed in one stroke - a community not allowed to work from the early 90s till 2015 has sampled life with the same freedoms that the H1B workers enjoy and is now fighting to retain that toehold in a foreign land that has become a second home. But to do (only) that is to miss the story of many generations of H4 holders who have clutched at straws, raised children, watched their financial independence and their closest relationships erode or sometimes slip away.
Jan 03, 2018
Tension builds as H4 visa holders await cues from Save Jobs USA vs DHS case hearingIt’s a nerve wracking wait for H4 visa holders and their familiy members before we know what exactly happened in the Jan 2 court case hearing of DHS versus Save Jobs USA which has put the entire universe of H4 dependents on tenterhooks for many months now. H4 visa holders who got work permits in Obama's final year are now on cliff edge and their extended families in their home countries are worried on next steps because of innumerable real-life situations that are at risk - mortgage payments, other sunk costs and just the crushing uncertainty of a career in limbo.