Immigration & Customs

Three MIT alumni win 2017 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

MIT News

Three MIT alumni have been awarded The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, a graduate school fellowship for outstanding immigrants and children of immigrants in the United States. Selected from 1,775 applicants, the 2017 fellows were chosen for their potential to make significant contributions to U.S. society, culture, or their academic field. Each will receive up to $90,000 in funding to support their graduate school studies.

Immigration chat bot can help you with the H1-B visa


When Visabot went live last November, the Facebook Messenger-based artificial intelligence attempted to simplify the US visa application process and help many people skip the fees associated with a visit to an immigration lawyer. At the time, however, Visabot's conversational approach only supported two types of visas for travel or "exceptional individuals." Now, as promised, Visabot support is adding support for the H-1B visa transfers and applications that many Silicon Valley companies rely on for attracting talent.

The Crazy, Amazing Life Of Immigrant Nikola Tesla


The guitarist of the band'Lightningfan' Wang Hongbin (C) creates lightning with a Tesla Coil in a village outside of Fuzhou in China's Fujian province in June 2013. The Tesla Coil invented by Nikola Tesla in 1891 is a transformer that produces vast amounts of voltage at high frequencies that creates long bolts of electricity like lightning.

More airports are rolling out facial recognition technology


TRAVELLERS sometimes have to show their travel documents five times when catching a flight: at check-in, at security, then occasionally at outbound immigration, before another check when boarding. Finally there is passport control at the destination. Each is a potential queue. So regular flyers will be interested in anything that might speed up the process.

Security News This Week: An IoT Teddy Bear Leaked Millions of Parent and Child Voice Recordings


It was a week of could have beens and still coulds in security. We took a long look at a plan to stop rogue drones that might work great, if it's ever legal. We looked at how Trump should spend that extra $54 billion on defense, if he insists. And we looked at Google's end-to-end encryption hopes for Gmail, which appear to have faded over the last three years. Oh, also, some rogue stuffed bears made a great case against the Internet of Toys.

Is Trump Bad For The Economy? Tourism To US Declines Significantly After Inauguration, Immigration Ban

International Business Times

Though he has prided himself on being a master deal maker, President Donald Trump and his policies might be taking a toll on the economy. Tourism in the United States has taken a hit since Trump took office and implemented an executive order temporarily suspending immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, according to data released by travel search engine Kayak on Monday.

Foliage-penetrating ladar technology may improve border surveillance

MIT News

The United States shares 5,525 miles of land border with Canada and 1,989 miles with Mexico. Monitoring these borders, which is the responsibility of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), is an enormous task. Detecting, and responding to, illegal activity while facilitating lawful commerce and travel is made more difficult by the expansive, rugged, diverse, and thickly vegetated geography that spans both often-crossed borders. To help mitigate the challenges to border surveillance, a group of researchers at MIT Lincoln Laboratory is investigating whether an airborne ladar system capable of imaging objects under a canopy of foliage could aid in the maintenance of border security by remotely detecting illegal activities. Their work will be presented at the 16th Annual IEEE Symposium on Technologies for Homeland Security to be held April 25-26 in Waltham, Massachusetts.

The Math Behind Trump's Deportation Plan Makes No Sense


President Trump claims his administration's new and expansive executive order on undocumented immigrants is "getting really bad dudes out of this country." But aggressive enforcement of immigration laws is also sweeping up vulnerable, far-from-bad people seeking help and care. Still, even setting aside the humanitarian issue, Trump's anti-immigrant plan suffers from a fundamental flaw: bad math.

Chinese Companies Aim to Take Lead in Development of World-Changing Technology


While US tech giants like Google and Microsoft are racing to infuse artificial intelligence into their core products, tech companies in China are keen to ready their artificial neural network to solve complicated problems of city governance and healthcare.