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Trump Administration Imposes Ban on Asylum Seekers Coming to the US From Third Countries

Jul 16, 2019

People fleeing persecution who arrive to the United States at the southern land border may no longer be able to seek asylum. As of Tuesday, these asylum seekers will instead be denied protection and returned to a country where their lives may be at risk, unless they qualify for a limited exception or meet a […]

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ICE Raids: What to Expect This Week

Jul 15, 2019

After word got out about U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) plans to conduct widespread raids across the country on Sunday, ICE agents appeared to scale back their plans. The enforcement agency is instead attempting a quieter—but just as damaging—approach to targeting immigrant families. ICE is reportedly targeting approximately 2,000 people in these raids. By […]

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Cutting Interpreters From Immigration Court Risks Due Process

Jul 12, 2019

Every day, hundreds of non-English speaking immigrants show up to court for initial hearings where they will see an immigration judge for the first time. But due to a new policy, many immigrants will lose the help of dedicated court interpreters to ensure they understand what’s going on in the hearing. Instead, in-person simultaneous interpreters […]

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Trump Administration Rejects More Student Visas From Muslim-Majority Countries

Jul 11, 2019

Hosting foreign students is a vital way the United States builds better relations with other countries. Many foreign students go on to become government, business, and academic leaders in their home countries. The opinion they form of the United States during their student years stays with them throughout their lives. If their experience in the […]

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86 Conversations Across US Show Public Opinion on Immigration Is Complex Yet Changeable

Jul 10, 2019

The American public can still deliberate civilly with one another about issues of national importance. The most recent example comes from The Kettering Foundation who hosted 86 conversations across America on the topic of immigration through their National Issues Forums (NIF). The resulting report from these conversations illustrates why efforts to engage on even the […]

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A New EOIR Rule Expands Powers of the Board of Immigration Appeals and Attorney General

Jul 9, 2019

The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) issued a final rule last week that expands the authority of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) and Attorney General William Barr when reviewing an immigration judge’s decision following a removal proceeding. The BIA reviews an immigration judge’s decision if ether the individual or the Department of Homeland […]

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Trump Administration Moves to Cut Protections for Military Families

Jul 8, 2019

The Trump administration is reportedly seeking to end important programs that protect the family members of active duty service members and veterans from deportation. NPR reports that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services may scale back or terminate a program called Parole-in-Place (PIP) for military family members. The PIP program provides some spouses and dependents of […]

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Certain Detained Asylum Seekers Must Receive a Bond Hearing Within 7 Days, Despite Trump Administration’s Efforts

Jul 3, 2019

Attorney General William Barr announced in April 2019 plans to eliminate bond hearings for immigrants who pass an asylum screening interview after entering the United States. This would have forced many people to remain incarcerated for months or years during their asylum proceedings. However, on Tuesday, a federal court recognized that this fundamental attack on […]

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What Happens to Dreamers Now That the Supreme Court Is Hearing the DACA Case?

Jul 2, 2019

After months of speculation, last week the Supreme Court agreed to review three cases challenging the Trump administration’s decision to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The Court is expected to issue its decision by June 2020, coming in the midst of the presidential race. In the meantime, current DACA recipients remain eligible to […]

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More Women and U.S. Citizens Impacted by Immigration Enforcement Actions

Jul 1, 2019

The Trump administration’s approach to immigration enforcement is seriously impacting noncitizens and citizens around the country. A new report by the American Immigration Council highlights how the administration’s indiscriminate, aggressive enforcement approach has created new categories of individuals who are more vulnerable to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) encounters, arrest, and potential deportation. Since […]

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Supreme Court Rules Against Citizenship Question on 2020 Census

Jun 28, 2019

In a rebuke to the Trump administration, the Supreme Court ruled against adding a question on citizenship to the 2020 U.S. Census form—for now. Critics feared the question may discourage immigrant, mixed-status, and minority households from participating in the Census, resulting in widespread undercounting and dramatic shifts in political representation. The controversy centers on whether […]

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Federal Court Tells ICE to Stop Arrests in Massachusetts Courthouses

Jun 27, 2019

In Massachusetts, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials are barred from making civil arrests in courthouses. Such arrests have a chilling effect on the administration of justice—those who fear civil arrest in court are much less likely to seek a court’s help for resolving disputes. Since 2018, an ICE policy has been encouraging its […]

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Up to 5 Migrant Children Are Still Separated From Their Family Every Day, New Government Data Shows

Jun 26, 2019

New government documents show that family separations continue—despite the Trump administration’s claims to the contrary. Documents uncovered through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request show that children continue to be separated from their parents at the border in high numbers. This cruel practice continues despite a June 2018 executive order, which ostensibly ended President […]

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The Government Ended an Effective and Less Costly Alternative to Immigration Detention

Jun 25, 2019

Case management isn’t necessarily something you would think of in relation to the U.S. immigration system, but a few years ago—for the first time in more than a decade—officials chose to invest in a model of individualized case management to support families seeking protection in the United States – and it worked. A recent study […]

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Read the 2019 ‘Celebrate America’ Fifth Grade Creative Writing Contest Winning Entry

Jun 24, 2019

The American Immigration Council is proud to announce the winner of the 22nd Annual Celebrate America Fifth Grade Creative Writing Contest. The contest encourages educators to incorporate lessons on U.S. immigration into their classrooms and gives fifth graders the opportunity to explain, in their own words, why they are proud America is a nation of […]

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The Changing Face of Undocumented Immigration

Jun 21, 2019

Undocumented flows are declining, more people are coming from Central America and Asia, and more arrive on valid visas.

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Chronic USCIS and ICE FOIA Delays Being Challenged in Court

Jun 20, 2019

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USCIS Will Transfer Applications Out of Its Busiest Offices to Reduce Wait Times

Jun 19, 2019

USCIS is beginning to transfer cases out of its busiest offices to even out the processing times across the country. Transferred cases will go to USCIS offices that have more manageable workloads.

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As World Refugee Day Approaches, A Reminder That We Must Do Better

Jun 18, 2019

World Refugee Day serves as a reminder that as a nation we must do better to protect those who are fleeing harm.

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World Refugee Day Reminders Us That We Must Do Better

Jun 18, 2019

World Refugee Day serves as a reminder that as a nation we must do better to protect those who are fleeing harm.

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Providing Humanitarian Aid to People Crossing the Border Should Never Be a Crime

Jun 17, 2019

Since President Trump took office, a target has been placed on humanitarian aid workers. One person in particular has come under fire—Dr. Scott Warren, a volunteer with the Arizona-based humanitarian aid group No More Deaths.

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Report on Asian American and Pacific Islander Immigrants Highlights Education, Economic Opportunity Gaps

Jun 14, 2019

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New Diversity Visa Requirements Impose Major Obstacles for Applicants

Jun 13, 2019

The U.S. State Department announced a new rule last week that changes the Diversity Visa Program, a lottery system that grants 50,000 foreign nationals the opportunity to apply for an immigrant visa number. Applicants must come from an underrepresented country that has low rates of immigration to the United States. The lucky ones, after applying […]

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ICE Deported Hundreds of Immigrant Veterans – And Has No Record of Them in Their Database

Jun 12, 2019

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is not following its own policies—and hundreds of men and women who have served in our military are getting deported for minor offenses due to the agency’s negligence. A report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released last week details how ICE ignores two of its long-standing policies that […]

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No Help “Unless We’re Dying.” Immigrants Present Evidence of Inadequate Medical Care in Detention

Jun 11, 2019

As the Trump administration ramps up efforts to expand immigration detention in the United States, many detained immigrants continue to suffer behind bars due to woefully inadequate medical and mental health care. In the past two years, 24 people died in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention alone as a result. In June 2018—almost […]

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Here’s What to Expect From Trump’s New Immigration Deal With Mexico

Jun 10, 2019

Only weeks after threatening to impose tariffs on Mexico, President Trump backed down on Friday after both countries announced that Mexico would step up immigration enforcement at its southern border. The Mexican government also said it would also expand its participation in the so-called “Migrant Protection Protocols” (MPP) by taking in more asylum seekers who […]

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USCIS Processing Delays to be Investigated by Government Accountability Office

Jun 7, 2019

Applications for permanent residence and other immigration benefits are taking longer than ever to process. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the agency responsible for adjudicating these applications, has a backlog at “crisis levels.” While USCIS processing delays have increasingly been a problem, the backlog is reaching new highs under the Trump administration. But for […]

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‘What’s Next? Drinking Water?’ Government Cuts English Classes, Recreation for Immigrant Children in Shelters

Jun 6, 2019

The Trump administration is cutting funds for educational programs, recreation, and legal services for unaccompanied children who are waiting to be placed with a sponsor in the United States. The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), which contracts with shelters around the country to hold unaccompanied immigrant children, says that if it does not cut these […]

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The House Passes Historic Legislation to Provide Path to Citizenship for Dreamers and TPS Holders

Jun 5, 2019

The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 6—the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019—by a bipartisan vote of 237-187 on Tuesday evening. The bill would create permanent protections for Dreamers, participants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, as well as beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED). […]

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People Forced to Stand on Toilets, Wear Soiled Clothing for Days at Border Patrol Facility

Jun 4, 2019

The internal watchdog for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) found “dangerous overcrowding” and unsanitary conditions at a Border Patrol processing facility in El Paso, Texas during an unannounced inspection last month. The watchdog said conditions were so bad they posed an “immediate risk to the health and safety not just of the detainees, but […]

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Trump’s Tariffs Will Hurt US and Mexico Economies, Not Manage Central American Migration

Jun 3, 2019

The Trump administration’s threat to impose tariffs on Mexican goods unless the Mexican government somehow reduces undocumented migration from Central America is devoid of logic. Tariffs could backfire on the United States economically—as experts from the world-renowned Wilson Institute point out—and they won’t address the root causes of Central American migration. They will not provide […]

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ICE Uses Solitary Confinement on Immigrants Who Are Transgender, Suicidal

May 31, 2019

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials regularly place detained immigrants into prolonged solitary confinement, despite findings that such confinement is a form of torture. A new report from the International Consortium for Investigative Journalism reveals that over a four year period, individuals held in ICE custody were placed into solitary confinement over 8,400 times. Individuals […]

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The Trump Administration Continues to Attack Low-Income Immigrants

May 30, 2019

President Trump signed a memorandum last week that will place additional and unwarranted pressure on sponsors—usually family members—who accept financial responsibility for immigrants living in the United States. The Trump administration says the memo is meant to direct federal agencies to develop new “procedures and guidance” to ensure that ineligible immigrants do not receive certain […]

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USCIS’ New eProcessing System Will Test Whether the Agency Learned From Past Mistakes

May 29, 2019

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced a new strategy in its quest for a paperless system. USCIS envisions that the new system—called eProcessing—will eventually handle the agency’s immigration records. This will include applications for all immigration benefits, communication with USCIS, and receiving a decision on a case. For now, certain tourists, business visitors, […]

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Immigration Hardliner Kenneth Cuccinelli to Replace Cissna at USCIS

May 28, 2019

The shakeup at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) continues, as President Trump seeks to fill a revolving door of open positions with handpicked immigration hardliners. The latest change is at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), where Lee Francis Cissna resigned from his director position on Friday at President Trump’s request. Kenneth Cuccinelli is […]

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U.S. Policies Make It Harder for Mexican Graduates to Participate Fully in the Workforce

May 24, 2019

A growing number of Mexican immigrants in the United States have college degrees, but many of them encounter obstacles to putting their education to productive use in this country. Problems involving legal status, credentialing, and English mastery often stand between these college graduates and professional jobs in their fields of study. A report from the […]

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Worsening Detention Conditions in Border Patrol Custody Highlighted in New Complaint

May 23, 2019

As rising numbers of families and children are arriving at the U.S. Mexico border and asking for asylum, the conditions they face while in the custody of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have gone from bad to worse. The conditions in so-called “iceboxes”—where migrants are held for days before being transferred elsewhere—have always been bad, […]

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Serving Our Country Is No Longer a Way for Immigrant Soldiers to Gain Citizenship

May 22, 2019

Immigrant soldiers in the U.S. military often use their service as a catalyst to apply for and gain citizenship. Traditionally, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) honored that service with a fast-tracked pathway to naturalization—granting soldiers citizenship to a country they already risked their lives for seemed beyond fair. But that has recently changed. New […]

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The Death Toll of Migrant Children in US Custody Continues to Rise

May 21, 2019

Reports surfaced this week about another migrant child – 10-year-old Darlyn Valle from El Salvador– who died in September of last year but whose death is just now being made public. Darlyn’s death is the sixth known death of a migrant child in the past eight months. News of her death came just one day […]

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DACA and TPS Beneficiaries Must Be Part of Any Conversation About Immigration Reform

May 20, 2019

President Trump unveiled an immigration proposal last week that would make drastic changes to our family-based immigration system and impose new security measures at our southern border. While the United States has not made major changes to its immigration system in over three decades, any meaningful immigration reform must address the needs of our current […]

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White House’s Misguided Immigration Reform Plan Is Set for Failure

May 17, 2019

President Trump announced his new plan for overhauling the legal immigration system on Thursday. The plan is short on details, but it rests on principles that the Trump administration has touted before. Specifically, the proposal emphasizes the desire to radically curtail family-based immigration while prioritizing certain attributes that are viewed as an expression of “merit.” […]

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Immigration Judges and Advocates Criticize Immigration Court System for ‘Propaganda’

May 16, 2019

Amid growing calls for reforming the immigration court system, last week the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) sparked criticism when it put out a document “Myths vs. Facts About Immigration Proceedings.” The document, which claimed to bust 18 different “myths,” seemed intended to assuage concerns about the agency. Instead, it was met with widespread […]

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Federal Court Allows Controversial ‘Remain in Mexico’ Policy to Continue

May 15, 2019

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is resuming its controversial “Remain in Mexico” policy. This policy requires asylum-seeking Central American migrants who arrive at our Southern border to return to Mexico to await their immigration court hearings in the United States. A federal judge in California had previously blocked the policy’s implementation until the court […]

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Working Together Towards Shared Goals Can Help Heal America’s Deepest Divides

May 14, 2019

There are two pervasive trends taking hold in America today. One is deepening polarization and seemingly insurmountable political and cultural divides. And thanks to the rise in social media and the decline in membership in civic and faith groups, we are also becoming a nation of lonely-loners. Our country is plagued by too much individualism […]

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More Immigrants Requesting to Return to Their Countries of Origin Under Threat of Deportation

May 13, 2019

More immigrants facing deportation are requesting “voluntary departure” from the United States instead of fighting their cases in court. Voluntary departure is a process though which certain immigrants who the government is trying to deport in immigration court leave the United States without receiving a removal order. The number of applications for voluntary departure in […]

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How Florida’s SB 168 Will Benefit the Private Prison Industry

May 10, 2019

The Florida legislature recently passed SB 168 with the stated intent of ensuring that state officials and agencies fully cooperate with federal immigration authorities in enforcing immigration law. SB 168 could have far-reaching consequences in a state where one in five residents is an immigrant. SB 168 would prohibit any state/local entity or law enforcement […]

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Trump-Supporting Missouri Town Mounts Campaign to Protect One of Its Own from Deportation

May 9, 2019

New York Magazine, this week, tells the story of a Trump-Loving Town and its Favorite Undocumented Immigrant. The story features Alex Garcia, a native of Honduras, who has built deep personal relationships with his working class, Trump-supporting neighbors who are now organizing to prevent his deportation. Alex moved to Poplar Bluff, Missouri (population 17,000) in […]

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How Has Immigration Changed in the Last 100 Years?

May 8, 2019

Each new generation of immigrants to the United States has, in time, achieved a high degree of integration into U.S. society. Whether it was immigrants from southern and eastern Europe a century ago, or immigrants from Asia and Latin America today, newcomers eventually master English, settle into U.S. communities and workplaces, and contribute to the […]

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Federal Court Stops USCIS Policy Harmful to Students and Exchange Visitors

May 7, 2019

A federal district court recently prevented U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) from imposing a new policy that radically changed how the agency determines when a foreign student or exchange visitor is “unlawfully present” in the United States. “Unlawful presence” is a legal term used to describe any time spent in the United States after a foreign national’s period of authorized […]

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White House Demands Additional $4.5 Billion for Border

May 6, 2019

In a move designed to ratchet up pressure on Congress, last week the White House sent an emergency budget request to Congress asking for $4.5 billion of funding to deal with increased numbers of families arriving at the border. The money includes a request for funds that would permit Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to […]

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