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TPS Is Extended for Somalia, Leaving Only 4 of 10 Designations Intact

July 20, 2018 - 17:51

The Secretary of Homeland Security completed her review of all pending Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designations this week, announcing that Somalia’s designation will be extended. That brings the total number of remaining TPS designations to just four countries, down from ten at the start of the Trump administration. Since January 2017, there has effectively been […]

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Government Uses Separated Children as Leverage to Coerce Parents Into Signing for Deportation

July 19, 2018 - 17:06

Among the many questions presented by the separation of immigrant families at the border is whether detained parents are being coerced into signing paperwork ensuring their deportation. Without knowing whether or when they would see their children again, many parents may have unintentionally waived their right to seek asylum in a desperate attempt to speed […]

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USCIS Is Redefining Who Qualifies For Asylum in This New Guidance

July 18, 2018 - 18:31

In its latest attack on asylum seekers, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued new guidance to asylum officers that will make it much harder for victims of domestic violence and gang violence to obtain asylum. The guidance follows a strongly worded opinion known as “Matter of AB” issued by Attorney General Jeff Sessions last […]

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It Is Legal to Seek Asylum

July 17, 2018 - 19:00

As thousands of asylum-seeking parents were separated from their children in recent months, the Trump administration actively portrayed them as law breakers who must be prosecuted and punished for coming to the United States. Left out of the narrative is one well-established fact: it is legal to seek asylum. The Immigration and Nationality Act, which […]

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Federal Audit Outlines Lasting Impacts of Trump’s Executive Orders on Immigration

July 16, 2018 - 18:02

President Trump wasted no time after assuming office in signing three executive orders which fundamentally changed the nature of immigration enforcement in the United States: Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements; Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States; and Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States (commonly known […]

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American Companies Should Be Able to Hire Foreign Seasonal Workers – Trump’s Businesses Do

July 13, 2018 - 17:26

Kitchens, restaurants, and housekeeping departments in high-end resorts are often staffed with foreign seasonal workers, who arrive into the United States during peak vacation months. American vacation destinations including resorts—which frequently tout costly club memberships—can employ foreign workers through the H-2B visa program if there are not enough Americans to fill the positions. Many American […]

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Why Rescinding the International Entrepreneur Rule Is Bad for the American Economy

July 12, 2018 - 17:30

To build America’s competitive edge over other nations attempting to attract global talent, the Obama administration issued the International Entrepreneur Rule (IER) in 2014. This regulation allows international entrepreneurs to temporarily enter the United States to grow businesses—yet the Trump administration wants to end it. The rationale behind the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) intention […]

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Trump Administration Misses the First Deadline to Reunite Children With Parents

July 11, 2018 - 15:32

After being order last month by a federal judge to reunite the thousands of children it had separated from their parents under the “zero tolerance” policy, the Trump administration said it would not meet the first court-mandated deadline to reunite all children under the age of  five. This admission coincided with a separate federal ruling […]

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Federal Investigation Finds ICE Fails to Address Sexual Assault, Abuse in Immigrant Detention Centers

July 10, 2018 - 17:03

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) consistently fails to conduct adequate inspections of its detention facilities or to follow up on recommended corrections at facilities that are found not to meet agency standards. As a result, many immigrant detainees are held in conditions that threaten their health and safety, or which fail to respect their […]

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USCIS Is Slowly Being Morphed Into an Immigration Enforcement Agency

July 9, 2018 - 14:55

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued new guidance to initiate deportation proceedings for thousands of applicants denied for any immigration benefit. This policy change will have far-reaching implications for many of those interacting with the agency, but also signals a major shift in how USCIS operates. USCIS was never meant to be tasked with […]

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Immigration Courts Are Rolling out an Electronic Filing Pilot Program in July

July 6, 2018 - 17:23

The immigration court system will begin to roll out an electronic filing pilot program in six immigration courts on July 16 this year, representing an important advancement for these courts that still heavily rely on paper documentation. Currently, immigration courts generally do not permit any electronic filing. Instead, immigrants and their attorneys must submit documents […]

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Homeland Security Extends TPS for Yemen for 18 Months

July 5, 2018 - 09:39

The Yemeni community in the United States received word today that Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Yemen will be extended through March 3, 2020.  Approximately 1,250 Yemeni TPS will now be able to renew their status to avoid being returned to what the United Nations Secretary-General has labeled “the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.” Yemen has […]

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14,000 Become U.S. Citizens to Celebrate Fourth of July

July 3, 2018 - 15:50

Coinciding with the Fourth of July each year, naturalization ceremonies turn immigrants into new American citizens. This Independence Day, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will welcome over 14,000 new citizens nationwide. These new citizens will be naturalized in approximately 175 ceremonies across the country—at a time when the U.S. government’s negative rhetoric towards immigrants, […]

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Nationwide Immigration Rallies Send A Strong Message: All Families Belong Together

July 2, 2018 - 17:16

Hundreds of thousands of marchers gathered on June 30, 2018 to protest the Trump’s administration policy of family separation. Activists organized nearly 800 marches in all 50 states, from major traditional immigrant gateways such as New York and California to newer receiving communities in Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee, and North Carolina. The focus was the administration’s […]

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Supreme Court Decision May Make Some Eligible for Relief From Deportation

June 29, 2018 - 14:27

In an 8-1 decision on June 21, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of an individual previously prevented from applying for a type of relief from deportation known as cancellation of removal. In Pereira v. Sessions, the Court rejected the government’s practice of placing noncitizens in immigration proceedings based on a charging document that does […]

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Re-Definition of ‘Public Charge’ Could Drastically Slash Family Immigration

June 28, 2018 - 14:49

The Trump administration is quietly attempting to revamp the U.S. immigration system by circumventing Congress and changing the nation’s immigration policies through new federal regulations. The administration has always favored a significant reduction in legal immigration and has pursued that goal through multiple avenues: admitting fewer refugees, cutting Temporary Protected Status for several countries, and […]

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The American Public Deserves to Know the Truth About Family Separation

June 27, 2018 - 19:19

The forced separation of children from their parents by U.S. government officials has created a human rights disaster. Children—some just a few months old—continue to be housed in tent cities, shelters, and foster care while their parents desperately await word of their children’s whereabouts. In some cases, parents are deported without their children. Recent days […]

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Supreme Court Upholds President Trump’s Muslim Ban

June 26, 2018 - 16:25

The Supreme Court issued its much-anticipated decision in Trump v. Hawaii on Tuesday, upholding the third iteration of the president’s Muslim Ban. The decision by the closely divided court, which allows the travel ban to remain in effect, drew a blistering dissent from Justice Sotomayor and civil rights groups around the country. In the 5-to-4 […]

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America Is Building Detention Camps for Immigrant Families in 2018

June 25, 2018 - 18:32

After an unprecedented public outcry last week, President Trump signed an executive order signaling an end to the government’s horrific practice of separating immigrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. While the government-sanctioned separations appear to have stopped—at least for now—the Trump administration now appears to be planning a massive increase in family […]

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Business Leaders Rebuke the Government’s Family Separation and Imprisonment Policies

June 22, 2018 - 16:51

Criticism continues to mount for the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy and practice of separating and imprisoning migrant families along the U.S.-Mexico border. While the administration clumsily shifts its narrative around the policy, business leaders took action against what Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi‏ called an “immoral” and “unfathomable” practice. Khosrowshahi, who is himself a refugee from […]

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