Italy’s Matteo Salvini Faces First Trial

Italian far-right leader Matteo Salvini on Saturday for the first time appeared in a court in Catania, Sicily, facing charges of preventing the landing of migrants rescued at sea. The former Italy’s Interior Minister is accused of abuse of power and ”kidnapping people” following the order he gave in July 2019 to block the 116 migrants on board the Italian Coast Guard ship “Gregoretti”.

Coronavirus and the Statutory Residence Test

The Covid-19 pandemic is impacting everyone’s life in one way or the other. Whether it’s personally, psychologically, or professionally, the current crisis is definitely one of the most challenging times for each one of us. With all the restrictions and travel bans in place, tax is definitely not everyone’s top preference these days. However, some foreign nationals attentively plan the total number of days they spend in the country in each tax year to avoid getting the title of the UK tax resident.

UK Immigration System and Work Permits Per BREXIT – Detailed Point Based System Explained

On February 19th, UK unveiled its new points based immigration system. The system is very similar to the current Canadian immigration system. The post-Brexit period will end by the end of 2020.

The new system will come into effect on January 1, 2021. This will mean controlled border access points. Unskilled labor by foreign nationals will be absolute banned. It would also mean that former Soviet Baltic republic nationals will no longer have access to such jobs. It would add additional poverty to Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. Even though they get aid and funding for being NATO strategic locations. It would hit their economy, due to an immediate decrease in spending.

Anti-Immigration Website Reborn as Anti-ICE/Border Patrol Site

The owner of a website that was known internationally for exposing the identities of people in countries illegally has re-launched one of his old anti-immigration websites as a resource for documenting the abuse of undocumented persons by law enforcement. This change of heart comes after BrokenBorderPatrol.com founder Cyrus Sullivan spent time living with illegal aliens in federal prisons and realized how unfairly they are treated by the government.

Democracy in the Crosshairs

I have been a witness to the democratic process for many, many years. I have participated in numerous elections that have brought to office Democrats and Republicans of various philosophies and styles, but I have never before been worried through all of these various changes that our democracy was in danger of not surviving.

A democracy is based on the rule of law and when there is an assault on our laws, that is an assault on our democracy. Because I am so concerned, I have been paying more attention to the political changes that are occurring not only in our country but also in the world. I have begun to realize that what is happening in our country is not an isolated event, but is also happening all over Europe.

Trump Gets Bad Decisions, Another Resignation, in Frantic Friday

A federal judge ruled Friday that the that the national emergency declaration proclaimed by US President Donald Trump is illegal. Therefore, his decision to divert money from other sources to finance the construction of a border wall is also illegal. Judge David Briones of the US Federal Court for the Western District of Texas responded to a lawsuit filed against the federal government by El Paso County, Texas, jointly with the Border Network for Human Rights.

Supreme Court Sides with Trump, Delivering Big Victory on the Wall

In a surprise decision late Friday, the Supreme Court struck down a lower court ruling, 5-4, against President Trump’s declaration of an emergency on the border with Mexico.  The ruling clears the way for Trump to redirect $2.5 billion from the Pentagon to build his long-promised border wall.  The ultimate issue is still to be decided by the courts, but Friday’s decision allows the money to be spent now.  It follows a scathing report this week, from the Washington Examiner, that despite the central promise of his campaign, Trump had not built a single mile of new border fence since assuming office.

Southwest Border Migration Recorded a Sharp Drop of 28% in 2019

Is President Donald Trump’s new policy with Mexico working?  Or is the seasonal drop in migration due to the weather?

First, if you take the May to June average for the last five years of Southern Border illegal migration and end prior to this year or 2018, the average seasonal drop is 9%. Without a doubt, there seems to be something real going on because it just dropped around 300% more than the average season decline.

Chicago Mayor and Illinois Governor Refuse to Cooperate with Trump; They Have No Problem Taking His Money

It’s no secret that Chicago is proud of their sanctuary city status and their lack of cooperation with the Trump Administration. With the election of Lori Lightfoot as mayor, it became clear that Chicago will continue down the path of presidential defiance and migrant protection.

Lightfoot recently addressed the issue of illegal immigration, saying that the Chicago Police Department would not cooperate with President’s Trump’s planned ICE raids that will target over 2,000 families in 10 cities.

Has Trump Already Gotten Mexico to Pay for the Wall?

One of the President’s loftier promises during his 2016 campaign was that there was going to be a southern border wall, and that Mexico was going to pay for it. Some laughed off the idea as another crazy Trump outburst, much like when he questioned President Obama’s country of birth. Others believed that the then candidate’s words should not be taken literally, but could be used more as a loose metaphor for Mexico helping to stem the flow of illegal immigrants into the U.S.

Trump Calls Off ICE Raids Again, Gives Congress Two Weeks to Fix Immigration

If you don’t like what President Trump does, wait about five minutes.  What started as a joke is quickly becoming a theme.  On Friday afternoon, it was reported that Immigration and Customs Enforcement was planning raids in more than a dozen major cities, targeting up to 2,000 families for deportation.  By Saturday, Trump tweeted the raids would be delayed another two weeks, ostensibly so that Congress could “work out a solution.”  It’s the third such instance this week— and second on immigration— where Trump has threatened major action, only to pull back at the last minute.

Is California Offering Government-provided Healthcare to Illegal Aliens While Refusing the Same Free Services to Seniors?

Is California discriminating?

How do you value someone? One way is to give them more than others. How do you say you don’t value someone? You give them less than others, or better yet charge them for the same services you’re giving away to others.

California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) Source Wikimedia

For American citizens the single largest benefit in the Untied States is healthcare. California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) has supported a bill that, if approved by the Democratic super majority, will soon provide undocumented immigrants access to free Medi-Cal, the State’s low-income healthcare insurance program.

U.S., Mexico Strike Deal to Avoid Tariffs

Late Friday evening, President Trump took to his favorite platform to make a major announcement. “I am pleased to inform you that The United States of America has reached a signed agreement with Mexico,” he tweeted. “The Tariffs scheduled to be implemented by the U.S. on Monday, against Mexico, are hereby indefinitely suspended.” At first glance, the agreement alluded to seems to have been based on earlier reports of Mexico redoubling its border security. The news was welcomed by all sides Friday night, weary of the damage Trump’s tariffs might have caused.

Trump Wants to Stop Border Crossings; Mexico’s Foreign Minister Compared Him to Hitler

Border crossings are exploding, with over 144k people crossing in May 2019, up 182% over May 2018. We have seen over 675,000 apprehensions so far this year, up 99% over this time last year.

Sources: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

The Biggest Border issues are in El Paso, up 2,100%

The El Paso district has seen a 2,100% increase in border crossings compared to 2018. The city has a population of about 840k, and the district has seen over 100k apprehensions. El Paso is just across the border from Ciudad Juarez. With a population of 1.5 million, Ciudad Juarez is the most populated city in the state of Chihuahua. Interestingly, the biggest migration is next to a major Mexican City.

Trump’s Tariffs: Mexican Concessions, Republican Rebellion

President Trump is set to unilaterally levy an escalating 5% tariff on all Mexican goods next week, and just about everybody is working diligently to stop them. The two countries continued talks Thursday, aimed at satisfying Trump’s demands that Mexico do more to stop the flow of migrants from Central America. To that end, Mexico has begun to deploy the National Guard on its southern border with Guatemala. Back in the States, members of the president’s own party have begun to show their own frustrations with Trump’s tariffs. This time, they might be serious.

Something is Right-Wing in Denmark: Immigration Top Concern for Both Blocs

Pollsters have had a rough go of it over the past four years or so. Several high-profile misses have led to reassessment and caution throughout the industry. But no one has been the least bit bashful about Denmark, headed to the polls on Wednesday. As sure as the sun will rise over the Baltic Sea, the Kingdom will have a new Prime Minister. Actually, it almost happened two days early, as Lars Løkke Rasmussen, leader of the center-right “Blue Bloc,” and centrist Venstre party, was nearly hit by a falling roof tile outside the National Museum on Monday. The real winners, however, are likely to be the populist Danish People’s Party, as mainstream parties race to the right on immigration.

Return of Tariff Man Imperils USMCA, Shocks Markets

If President Trump wants his free trade deal passed, he has a funny way of showing it. On the same day that Vice President Mike Pence met Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa, to push the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement through Parliament, the President tweeted out an entirely new trade policy. The United States would impose a 5% tax on all imports from Mexico, “until such time as illegal migrants coming through Mexico, and into our Country, STOP.” The unexpected return of Tariff Man sent shockwaves through the continent and financial markets Friday.

Trump Campaign Update: More Talk Than Action on His Big 3 Issues

Trump has been focusing on three major issues during the last few days: immigration, tariffs, and infrastructure. Of those issues, infrastructure is the one that seems at least a bit refreshing. The last time Trump really made infrastructure a major focus was during his 2016 campaign.

During that campaign Trump compared U.S. infrastructure to that of “a third world country.” His promise to rebuild and reinvest in the country’s infrastructure was something that excited and pleased many Americans.

President Trump Offers Compromise on Border, Immigration Standoff

US Border with Mexico: Clashes, Chaos, Crisis

7 Days to Midterm Elections: No Stone Left Unturned for Votes

ITServe Chicago Chapter: Skilled Immigration is a Boon to the US

It is not wise to give away power to people who don’t believe in the benefits of highly skilled immigrants or pretend that they don’t believe in skilled immigration for their self-interest. They know who they are, and we know who they are. We are small, medium or large companies, successful or still not so successful; we will all suffer the effects of changes and destruction of the immigration system. We are facing the greatest crisis of all times. This is setting the stage for a new outbreak. The political makeup could well determine the future of this. But we will not just be an audience for this.

ITServe it as a group makes our backs stronger. Now to protect our interests, we must be even more forceful, even stronger and not compromise. Our goal is to pull our strength together and go forward. An action item is the second lawsuit filed by IT Serve Alliance challenging USCIS authority to limit visa duration. This news gained a lot of traction and became the most trending news on major media outlets in a short duration.

Central American Caravan Puts Immigration Issue Front and Center in 2018 Election