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In immigration news: 'Specialized' worker visas denied, Cambodian Americans and education, LA County joins executive action lawsuit, more



Immigration officials are reportedly turning down a growing number of visa requests by U.S. employers for foreign workers with 'specialized knowledge' in their fields. The majority of workers denied have been Indian nationals.
Immigration officials are reportedly turning down a growing number of visa requests by U.S. employers for foreign workers with 'specialized knowledge' in their fields. The majority of workers denied have been Indian nationals.
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Feds deny more visas for 'specialized' foreign workers - USA Today A growing number of visas for workers with special skills are being turned down. From the story: "About 35% of petitions by American companies to bring to the U.S. employees working overseas who have a 'specialized knowledge' in their fields were denied in 2014 by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the fourth straight year that figure has risen. The denial rate for those visas, known as L-1B visas, was as low as 6% in 2006," according to a report. The majority of workers denied have been from India. 

For younger Cambodian Americans, a narrowing education gap - Southern California Public Radio Cambodian Americans have long struggled with an education gap that puts them, along with a few other subgroups, behind the Asian American mainstream. But while their overall high school graduation rates remain low, this is changing as the second generation comes of age. High school graduation rates for U.S.-born Cambodian Americans are above the California state average.

LA County Supes Vote To Support Executive Order On Immigration - CBS Los Angeles Los Angeles County supervisors voted 3-2 Tuesday to join the lawsuit over President Obama's executive immigration order. The board voted to file a brief in support of the administration. Opposition came from supervisors Michael Antonovich and Don Knabe, "with Antonovich raising concerns about creating an 'unfunded mandate' to provide benefits to people living in the country illegally." The multi-state lawsuit has led to Obama's immigration plan being held up in court.

For Asian Americans, Wealth Stereotypes Don't Fit Reality - NBC News From the story: "...like the rest of the country, income inequality among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders - a diverse grouping of more than 48 ethnic groups - is vast." According to a new analysis of census data, "about half of all Asian-American income goes to the top 20 percent of Asian-American earners. The bottom 40 percent of Asian-American earners, meanwhile, take home just 13 percent of the income pot. "