The Pew Research Center recently published key facts about existing U.S. immigration policies and proposed changes to those policies. The most common way that immigrants obtain green cards (about 70% of the more than one million people who obtain one each year) is through family-based immigration, which critics often refer to chain migration. The Trump administration has proposed limiting family-based immigration to spouses and minor children. Under another proposed plan, only a limited number of green cards would be available for other family members according to a skills-based point system. Refugee admissions have declined precipitously since Trump took office, falling from almost 85,000 in fiscal year 2016 to less than 54,000 in fiscal year 2017. For fiscal year 2018, refugee admissions are capped at 45,000, which is the lowest since Congress created the refugee program in 1980. Similar to family-based immigration policy changes, a Senate bill would replace existing eligibility criteria for employment-based green cards with a point system. It also would eliminate green cards for certain immigrant investors that current exist. Meanwhile, the Trump administration has proposed to eliminate the U.S. diversity visa program, or the visa lottery, altogether. This program traditionally has provided about 50,000 green cards per year in order to add to the diversity of the U.S. and give opportunities to individuals from underrepresented nations. H-1B visas are for highly skilled foreign workers to temporarily work and live in the U.S. Under the Trump administration, the federal government has challenged more and more of these visas, and has considered restricting the number of years that individuals can hold these visas. However, much of Congress continues to continue to expand this program. You and your family can count on Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., to have the experience that you need when you are facing deportation charges. We are skilled at representing immigrants just like you in immigration court, where we appear on a regular basis. We know how to gather the facts that are relevant to your case, assess your options, and determine whether you have any legal defenses that may enable you to avoid deportation and remain in the United States. Contact the Oakland immigration attorneys at our office today and learn how we potentially can help you and your family through this difficult situation.