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Oficiales federales muestran su preocupación sobre la escasez de mano de obra que generan las represalias migratorias

Durante su campaña, el Presidente Trump no perdió oportunidad de compartir su meta de frenar el flujo de inmigración ilegal a los Estados Unidos. Según USA Today, desde que el presidente firmó una orden ejecutiva en enero para mejorar la aplicación de la ley de inmigración, las detenciones de inmigrantes indocumentados aumentaron un 38 por ciento en comparación con el mismo período del 2016.


Aunque los partidarios de las recientes medidas de inmigración argumentan que abren oportunidades de empleo para los ciudadanos de los Estados Unidos, los opositores señalan que los inmigrantes ilegales constituyen una porción importante de la mano de obra estadounidense. De hecho, según un informe de Pew Research del 2016, los inmigrantes indocumentados representaban alrededor del 5 por ciento de la mano de obra civil en el 2014.

En junio, funcionarios de la Reserva Federal expresaron su preocupación de que un aumento importante en las deportaciones podría conducir a una escasez de mano de obra poco calificada. Según un informe de Bloomberg, las empresas de todo Estados Unidos han tenido que aumentar los salarios de los trabajadores para mantener niveles de mano de obra suficientes. Un funcionario de la Fed en San Francisco señaló que algunos agricultores han tenido que desechar porciones de su cosecha como resultado de la escasez de mano de obra.

Los impactos económicos futuros de las recientes medidas de inmigración siguen siendo una cuestión de especulación. Pero al menos en un futuro previsible, parece que las autoridades de inmigración estadounidenses seguirán arrestando a inmigrantes indocumentados a niveles sin precedentes.

Si le preocupa que las nuevas políticas de inmigración puedan afectar a su familia, acuda a Kuck Immigration Partners. Kuck Immigration Partners ha manejado con éxito decenas de miles de asuntos de inmigración en los últimos 27 años. Llame al 404-816-8611 para programar una consulta.

Reuters: El gasto de los hispanos en la estela del aumento de las detenciones de inmigrantes indocumentados

Según Reuters, el gasto discrecional en áreas dominadas por los hispanos ha sido notablemente menor en los últimos meses. Los minoristas creen que la represión de la inmigración es la causa principal de la recesión.

El informe de Reuters reveló que los ciudadanos estadounidenses legales de origen hispano son reacios a salir por temor a ser acosados ​​por los funcionarios de inmigración, especialmente en las ciudades fronterizas.

A los economistas les preocupa que la continua reducción del gasto discrecional de los hispanos pueda tener un gran impacto en el crecimiento económico general. La comunidad hispana gastó alrededor de 1,4 billones de dólares en 2016, según datos citados por la Universidad de Georgia.
Según Reuters, la reducción en el gasto ya ha afectado a los minoristas de calzado y prendas de vestir. Esos dos sectores estaban bajo presión antes de las medidas de inmigración debido a un cambio hacia las tiendas minoristas en línea.

Bloomberg: El precio de los nuevos hogares ha aumentado debido a la escasez de mano de obra hispana.

Según un informe reciente de Bloomberg, los constructores de casas en Atlanta y en todo el país se han visto obligados a aumentar los precios de los nuevos hogares debido a una escasez de mano de obra. En particular, las empresas de construcción han informado de una escasez de framers, una posición que tradicionalmente emplea una alta concentración de inmigrantes hispanos. Algunas empresas se han visto obligadas a pagar a los redactores casi el doble de su salario anterior para mitigar el impacto de la escasez de mano de obra.

Además del aumento de 145 por ciento en los arrestos de trabajadores indocumentados no criminales que han destruido gran parte de la mano de obra de la industria, también hay preocupación de que la postura dura del Presidente Trump sobre el comercio podría aumentar el precio de las piezas y materiales, el gasto de nuevas viviendas.

Si está preocupado acerca de cómo las nuevas políticas de inmigración le afectarán a usted oa su familia, comuníquese con Kuck Immigration Partners. No importa cuáles sean sus preocupaciones de inmigración, Charles Kuck evaluará su situación, responderá a sus preguntas y proporcionará una guía legal completa.


Llame al 404-816-8611 hoy para programar una consulta con un abogado de inmigración en Atlanta. Puede obtener más información sobre las leyes de inmigración de los Estados Unidos visitando el sitio web de USAttorneys.

Fed Officials Voice Concern That Immigration Crackdowns Will Lead to Workforce Shortage

On the campaign trail, President Trump missed no opportunity to share his goal to stem the flow of illegal immigration to the United States. According to USA Today, since the president signed an executive order in January to enhance immigration enforcement, arrests of undocumented immigrants have increased 38 percent compared to the same period in 2016.


Although supporters of the recent immigration crackdowns argue that they open up job opportunities for U.S. citizens, opponents point out that illegal immigrants make up a major portion of the U.S. workforce. In fact, according to a 2016 report from Pew Research, undocumented immigrants accounted for about 5 percent of the civilian workforce in 2014.

In June, Federal Reserve officials voiced their concern that a major increase in deportations could lead to a shortage of low-skilled labor. According to a report from Bloomberg, companies around the United States have had to raise worker wages to maintain sufficient labor levels. A Fed official in San Francisco pointed out that some farmers have had to discard portions of their harvest as a result of the labor shortage.

The future economic impacts of the recent immigration crackdowns are still a matter of speculation. But at least for the foreseeable future, it appears that U.S. immigration authorities will continue to arrest undocumented immigrants at unprecedented levels.

If you are worried that new immigration policies could affect your family, turn to Kuck Immigration Partners. Kuck Immigration Partners has successfully handled tens of thousands of immigration matters over the last 27 years.. Call 404-816-8611 to schedule a consultation.

Reuters: Hispanic Spending Down in Wake of Increased Arrests of Undocumented Immigrants

According to Reuters, discretionary spending in Hispanic-dominated areas has been notably lower over recent months. Retailers believe that the clampdown on immigration is a primary cause of the downturn.

The report from Reuters revealed that legal U.S. citizens of Hispanic origin are reluctant to go out due to fear of being harassed by immigration officials—especially in border towns.

Economists are worried that continued reduction in Hispanic discretionary spending could have a major impact on overall economic growth. The Hispanic community spent about $1.4 trillion in 2016, according to data cited by the University of Georgia.

According to Reuters, the reduction in spending has already affected footwear and apparel retailers. Those two sectors were under pressure before the immigration crackdowns due to a shift toward online retail shopping.

Bloomberg: Price of New Homes Has Spiked Due to Hispanic Labor Shortage

According to a recent report from Bloomberg, home builders in Atlanta and around the country have been forced to increase the prices of new homes due to a labor shortage. In particular, construction companies have reported a shortage of framers, a position that traditionally employs a high concentration of Hispanic immigrants. Some companies have been forced to pay framers nearly double their previous wage to mitigate the impact of the labor shortage.

Besides the 145-percent increase in arrests of non-criminal undocumented workers that has gutted much of the industry's labor pool, there's also concern that President Trump's tough stance on trade could cause the price of parts and materials to increase, which would further add to the expense of new homes.

If you are worried about how new immigration policies will affect you or your family, contact Kuck Immigration Partners. No matter what your immigration concerns are, Charles Kuck will evaluate your situation, answer your questions, and provide comprehensive legal guidance.


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U.S. Embassy Temporarily Suspends Issuing Russia Non-immigrant Visas

Tensions between Washington and Moscow have taken yet another downturn. After U.S. Congress approved sanctions against Russia for attempting to influence the 2016 presidential election, Vladimir Putin retaliated in early August by ordering the reduction of U.S. diplomatic staff by 755, or about two-thirds.


In response, the U.S. embassy announced that it will be suspending non-immigrant visas for eight days. According to ABC News, the suspension will be permanent at consulates in Yekaterinburg, Vladivostok, and St. Petersburg. Visa operations will only resume in the U.S. embassy building in Moscow on September 1.

According to a spokesperson from the U.S. embassy, despite Russia’s cap on the number of embassy staff, personnel levels will still be sufficient for the embassy to “carry out essential elements of our mission.”

According to NBC News, Russia has not yet retaliated to the suspension of non-immigrant visas, but Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov remarked that Russia has no plan to “take it out on U.S. citizens,” implying that the decision to suspend Russia non-immigrant visas is a slight against the Russian people and not their government.

About 250,000 Russians visited the United States as tourists in 2016, so the suspension of non-immigrant visas has the potential to affect thousands.

U.S. Accused of Trying to Draw Disfavor from Russian Citizens Toward Their Government

Lavrov has stated that the sanctions and the suspension of non-immigrant visas are attempts by the U.S. to stir discontent from Russian citizens toward their government. Even after the suspension has been lifted, Russians who want to apply for a U.S. non-immigrant visa will have to journey to Moscow to do so.

The mounting tension between the U.S. and Russia comes on the heels of unprecedented immigration crackdowns in the United States. If you are worried that your family could be affected by recent changes to U.S. immigration policies, contact Kuck Immigration Partners.

Charles Kuck is an immigration attorney in Atlanta who understands what’s at stake. Whether you’re bringing loved ones to the United States, defending yourself in immigration court, or going through applications for legal status, he will give your case the individual attention that it deserves.

Mr. Kuck is the past National President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and he has filed and won hundreds of asylum cases over the last 25 years.

Call 404-816-8611 today to discuss your case in an initial consultation. If you would like to learn more about U.S. immigration laws, visit the USAttorneys website.


70% of People Detained in Recent ICE Raids Were "Non-Targets"

At the end of July, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 650 people during a four-day operation that targeted individuals who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border as unaccompanied alien children (UACs) and family units.



According to a recent report from TIME, only 193 of the 650 people detained in this second iteration of Operation Border Guardian/Border Resolve were the actual targets of the raids. The other 457 (about 70 percent) were “non-targets,” essentially meaning that they were in the wrong place at the wrong time.  Basically, they were “low hanging fruit.”

According to an ICE spokesperson, certain categories of removable aliens were not considered amenable to arrest under the Obama administration, but now, ICE agents have been instructed to deport anyone who is in the country illegally. Some of the people who were detained in the recent raids just happened to be visiting family members when ICE agents were there, and many of them were eligible for DACA.

If you or a member of your family is facing deportation proceedings, or if you would like to change your immigration status, contact Kuck Immigration Partners. Charles Kuck is an immigration attorney in Atlanta who will evaluate your situation, answer your questions, and explain how he will help you achieve your immigration goals. Call 404-816-8611 today to schedule a consultation.

Deportations of Non-Criminal Undocumented Immigrants Have Increased 2%

According to deportation statistics from ICE, deportations of non-criminal undocumented immigrants have increased from 42 percent in 2016 to 44 percent so far in fiscal year 2017. However, according to a report from Politico, the overall deportation rate has dropped slightly.  This is more a function of how many people are deported from the border, than the interior enforcement, which has clearly increased dramatically.

More than 240,000 people were removed by ICE in fiscal year 2016, but in fiscal year 2012, more than 409,000 people were removed. However, the report pointed out that the drop in deportations does not necessarily mean that immigration enforcement is easing up; on the contrary, removal orders and arrest rates have increased significantly under the Trump administration. One primary cause of the lower removal rate is that the courts are backlogged with more than 600,000 cases.

ICE Agents Have Discretion When Choosing Whether to Detain a Non-Target

Although ICE agents have been instructed to detain anyone who is in the country illegally, they do have discretion when choosing whether or not to detain a non-target. For instance, if there are children present during an ICE raid, or in certain other situations, agents might decide not to take non-targets, like single mothers, into custody.


If you or a loved one is facing deportation proceedings or if you are worried that the recent immigration crackdown will affect your family, contact Kuck Immigration Partners. Charles Kuck is an immigration lawyer in Atlanta who understands what is at stake, and he and his dedicated staff immigration attorneys will compassionately represent your interests. Call 404-816-8611 today to schedule a consultation.