The New U.S. Restrictions on Travel to Cuba



By: Elaine Kussurelis On November 8th, the U.S. government announced sanctions that will make it more difficult for Americans to travel to and do business in Cuba. The restrictions, which implement President Trump’s June 2017 policy speech, took effect on November 9th. They are aimed at restricting American tourism and trade practices that benefit the […]



Mexico City: Ready for the Next Earthquake?



By: Alex Meyer A little over a month since a massive earthquake rocked the region, Mexico City is still reeling from the damage. The epicenter of the September 19 quake was located just 76 miles southwest of the city, and measured 7.1 on the Richter scale. With dozens of buildings destroyed and over 360 confirmed […]



H1B Visa Holders to Face Higher Scrutiny for Visa Extension



By: Niki Namazi On October 23, 2017, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) updated its policy to require a stricter burden of proof showing for nonimmigrant worker extension petitions. This new update applies to nearly all nonimmigrant classifications that use an I-129 form, petition for nonimmigrant workers. Essentially, when seeking a visa extension, […]



U.S.- Cuba Relations on Shaky Ground after Sonic Attacks at U.S. Embassy in Havana



By: Megan Kilissanly This August, news broke out that the United States was investigating mysterious health-related incidents that affected diplomats at the American Embassy in Havana, Cuba. The State Department confirmed that 22 Americans have been affected, with symptoms ranging from permanent hearing loss to mild traumatic brain injury. The cause of these injuries is still […]



Rebuilding Puerto Rico



By: Emmett Egger In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico faces funding issues. Hurricane Maria disrupted the economy, which is predicted to result in a $20 to $40 billion dollar loss in economic output. The governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rosselló, states that “it could take $95 billion dollars to rebuild.” In addition to […]



Uncertainty Looming Over NAFTA Professional Visas



By: Norka Lecca With the launch of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiations and the possibility of U.S. withdrawal, the NAFTA professional visa program may be on the chopping block. NAFTA is a trilateral free trade agreement created to facilitate trade in goods and services between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. On May […]



Puerto Rico, the Jones Act, and a New Focus on Economic Protectionism



By: Elizabeth Whiting Earlier this week, President Trump’s administration temporarily waived the Jones Act for a period of ten days, allowing Puerto Rico to receive aid and supplies from non-U.S.-flagged vessels in the wake of Hurricane Maria. [1] The waiver decision was made by acting head of Homeland Security Elaine Duke, following a determination by […]




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