The Border Wall: Q&A

The President’s 2019 budget proposal has just been sent to Congress and includes a request for $18 billion to build a wall along the southern border of the United States. In addition, it includes $2.7 billion to detain up to 52,000 undocumented immigrants and $782 million to hire 2,750 customs and immigration agents. Q: Is […]
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National Vetting Center Created by President Trump

Not to be confused with the National Visa Center, the National Vetting Center (also abbreviated as NVC) was established by President Trump on February 6. The Vetting Center is being created to address the shortcomings of the current vetting protocols and procedures already in place with the Department of Homeland Security. According to White House […]
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What Exactly is Chain Migration?

Immigration policy continues to make national headlines as it has become a central focus of the Trump administration and a major sticking point between Democrats and Republicans. The lengthy and controversial negotiations surrounding the DACA program were recently responsible for a 69-hour government shutdown and the potential of yet another looms near. One term that […]
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NAFTA Negotiations Set to Continue

The United States, Canada and Mexico continue to negotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), but the divide between each nation’s delegations on major treaty issues does not appear to be shrinking. In fact, many experts are starting to believe that the parties are too far apart to ever reach a deal. The American […]
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Updating the DACA Issue

As expected, immigration was a central focus of President Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday evening, as he walked listeners through the latest DACA proposal. “For over 30 years, Washington has tried and failed to solve this problem,” Trump said. “This Congress can be the one that finally makes it happen.” The President has […]
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From the Desk of Rosanna Berardi: The Government Shutdown

Late last week, the federal government shut down. While this isn’t completely out of the norm, what is unusual is the fact that the controversy focused on our U.S. immigration system. President Trump’s presidential campaign and first year of office focused heavily on comprehensive immigration reform. The Immigration and Nationality Act hasn’t been formally amended since 1996 and […]
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