Trump Says Europe Is 'Losing' Its Culture Because Of Immigration

  1. Trump Says Europe Is ‘Losing’ Its Culture Because Of Immigration  HuffPost
  2. Trump is stomping on European views of immigration to score political points with his base at home  Business Insider
  3. Trump: Europe is ‘losing its culture’ because of immigration  The Hill
  4. Donald Trump told Theresa May how to do Brexit ‘but she wrecked it’ – and says the US trade deal is off  The Sun
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Trump makes scaremongering claims about immigration negatively 'changing culture' of Europe, while providing no evidence

Trump makes scaremongering claims about immigration negatively 'changing culture' of Europe, while providing no evidenceDonald Trump has claimed that immigration is negatively “changing the culture” of Europe, but offered no evidence to back-up his remarks as he battles to justify his hardline stance on migration into the UK. During a press conference with UK Prime Minister Theresa May, the president claimed that he believed immigration has been “very bad for Europe” adding that he knew it was not politically correct to talk about but he would “say it loud”. Mr Trump gave no examples of why this is the case, as Ms May sought to talk about how immigration had benefited the UK.


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House Democrats introduce bill to abolish ICE, create 'humane' immigration system

  1. House Democrats introduce bill to abolish ICE, create ‘humane’ immigration system  USA TODAY
  2. Democrats’ push to abolish ICE reaches Capitol Hill  Los Angeles Times
  3. Abolish ICE: More than a slogan  New York Daily News
  4. Republicans look to squeeze Dems with vote to abolish ICE  Politico
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Microsoft engineer shares her immigration story and sheds light on a broken system

Microsoft engineer shares her immigration story and sheds light on a broken systemIn a heart-wrenching post, a Microsoft software engineer opened up about her personal immigration story. Sri Ponnada shared on Facebook that she must leave the United States in six months because of the nation’s current immigration issues that have forced her and her family to wait years for green cards, despite proper documentation. Her post is starting conversations about how the system is also impacting children who came to this country, and those who are now adults still navigating a complex green card process.   SEE ALSO: 5 books about immigrant and refugee experiences that you’ll want to read with your kids On a page dedicated to support for her case, Ponnada, who is currently residing in Washington, offered a detailed account of her experiences as a child who immigrated to the country with her parents when she was 14 from Jamaica, though she is originally from India. In the post, she discusses the opportunities she seized while a student at University of Iowa, and the contributions she and her family have made — such as her mother’s work as “a doctor in an underserved community in Iowa.” Ponnada also shared that she has worked with non-profits, encouraging girls to join STEM fields and is involved in social service projects with the city of Seattle outside of her work at Microsoft.  “I have had great opportunities in this country so far, but I still face the same anxiety I’ve had since childhood about my visa status,” she explains. “Even though I have lived here practically my whole life and work at Microsoft, I had to apply for a H1B visa — which is a LOTTERY — just to be able to stay in the country because there is no way for kids like me to stay here with our parents who become lawful permanent residents through the green card process.” The immigration status of Ponnada’s parents is unclear, but we’ve reached out for additional information.  H-1B visas are temporary visas filed by employers. Due to the amount of people seeking the visa, petitions are chosen via lottery. Those who are selected are granted three years of work within the United States. According to the
New York Times, many (though not all) visas are granted to software engineers and those working in tech, like, Ponnada.  “I haven’t been selected for a H1B in the lottery – so when my STEM OPT expires next February, I’ll have to leave my family, my friends, and my home in the United States — the only country I’ve known since I became a teenager,” she explains on Facebook. STEM OPT is a program facilitated by the Department of Homeland Security for those who have graduated from a STEM program at an accredited U.S. college or university.  “Where should I go? Jamaica – where I came from? Or to India where I was born but haven’t lived in since I was 3 years old?,” she continued. Ponnada explains that while she is currently  working and residing in the country on a STEM OPT extension, she initially came on a dependent children’s visa. “Due to the huge green card backlog for individuals from India, I lost my dependent visa status at the age of 21 as I was no longer a minor,” she recounted. This meant she had to convert her initial dependent children’s visa to a student visa in order to complete her education.  When her extension runs out in six months, she will have to “self-deport” because she was unable to obtain a visa, despite having a permanent job. “That makes no sense to me,” she wrote. “And I hope it doesn’t make sense to you either.”  In another post, Ponnada shared the ways in which people can support her efforts to stay within the country. Many action items, like calling Congress or sharing personal stories, are similar things one can do if seeking ways to help immigrant children and undocumented youth throughout the country.   Within Microsoft, the company’s Assistant General Counsel Jack Chen offered his support for Ponnada, along with U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder, (R-Kansas) who met with her in June.  I’m proud to call Sri a Microsoft colleague. Thank you @RepKevinYoder for taking the time to hear our employees stories, and for your commitment to eliminating #percountry limits. #HR392 https://t.co/FlFWbwzGI6 — Jack Chen (@jakchen) June 21, 2018 You can read Ponnada’s full post here.  WATCH: ‘We’re being used’: Rapper Vic Mensa pleads for gun control legislation.


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Immigration Deadline for Reuniting Families Remains, Judge Says

  1. Immigration Deadline for Reuniting Families Remains, Judge Says  Bloomberg
  2. ACLU Accuses Trump Admin Of Using DNA Tests To Slow-Walk Family Reunifications  TPM
  3. The 54 migrant kids ICE is reuniting with their parents Tuesday will be transported in secret caravans  The Week Magazine
  4. Family separation combines cruelty, incompetence  USA TODAY
  5. Trump’s about to miss Tuesday’s court-ordered deadline to reunite young migrant kids with their parents  Vox
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Foreign-researcher figures stress need for immigration reform before Brexit

Foreign-researcher figures stress need for immigration reform before Brexit

Foreign-researcher figures stress need for immigration reform before Brexit, Published online: 10 July 2018; doi:10.1038/d41586-018-05632-w

EU researchers would overwhelm existing visa system and should retain special access to the United Kingdom, say science organizations.
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