This month, the White House is celebrating the contributions of
diverse immigrant communities. Last week, President Obama
reiterated his support for comprehensive immigration reform,
including the DREAM Act, at the White House's annual Cinco de
Here's an excerpt of the President's Cinco de Mayo
We're going to keep fighting for this common-sense reform
— not just because hundreds of thousands of talented
young students depend on it, but because ultimately America depends
on it. "No" is not an option. I want to sign the DREAM
Act into law. I've got the pens all ready. I'm willing to
work with anybody who is serious to get this done, and to achieve
bipartisan, comprehensive immigration reform that solves this
challenge once and for all.
It's worth remembering; America is and always will be a
nation of immigrants. We are richer because of the men and women
and children who have come to our shores and joined our union.
Throughout the entire month of May, the Administration will
celebrate Asian American and Pacific Island (AAPI) Heritage month.
In this year's Presidential Proclamation on AAPI Heritage
Month, the President reminded us that "generations of
AAPIs have helped make America what it is today." In this
Immigration Action Update, you will read a blog about the important
work being done by Harry Leong, an AAPI leader who returned to the
White House last month for an event with President Obama
celebrating a year of the Champions of Change program, which recognizes
ordinary Americans from across the country who are doing
extraordinary work in their communities.
During the program's first year, the White House hosted a
roundtable with leaders working to integrate immigrants into their new
communities. One of those leaders, Patience Lehrman, also returned
for the anniversary celebration. To read more, click here.
In this edition of your Immigration Action Update, you'll
also find important agency updates, including the Department of
State's new Interim Final Rule on the Summer Work Travel/J-1
visa program, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
announcement re-designating Somalia for Temporary Protected Status
(TPS ), a new policy memo on transgender immigration benefits, H-1B
visa cap issues, Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) new
language access plan, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement's
(ICE) new relief for certain F-1 Syrian students.
Additional Blog Highlights include information on the next steps
USCIS is taking on its Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIR)
The U.S. Department of State has released its June 2013 Visa Bulletin sets out per country priority date cutoffs that regulate the flow of adjustment of status and consular immigrant visa applications.
A comprehensive new Senate immigration bill includes provisions governing the award of nonimmigrant visas for highly skilled workers that are likely to adversely affect outsourcing companies that use a U.S.-based workforce made up primarily of foreign - generally Indian - workers.