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The Family Reunification Deadline Passed. What’s Next for Separated Families?

The court-imposed deadline of July 26 for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to reunite families separated at the southern border has passed. So far, over 1800 children have been released to their parents. However, the Trump administration has refused to reunite hundreds of others by excluding many families from the reunification process. It remains unclear how far the […]

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Despite Bipartisan Amendments, House Committee Passes Enforcement-Focused Bill

The House Appropriations Committee passed the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding bill that provides the agency with its budget for Fiscal Year 2019, which begins October 1, 2018. The bill includes funding for record high levels of detention beds and billions for President Trump’s controversial border wall. Surprisingly, several amendments were attached that provide […]

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Supporting And Funding Immigration Services Is Particularly Vital Now

Jennifer Burk, an AILA member from the Northern California Chapter, shares highlights from the recent pro bono clinic at Annual Conference and urges AILA members to get involved and leverage their expertise to help change lives.

ICE Targets ‘Sanctuary’ Jurisdictions in Worksite Investigations

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced on Tuesday that its agents had delivered I-9 audit notices to more than 5,200 businesses since January 2018, many of which were served in so-called “sanctuary” jurisdictions around the country. These audit notices, known as notices of inspection (NOIs), tell business owners that ICE is going to examine […]

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Number of foreign college graduates staying in U.S. to work climbed again in 2017, but growth has slowed

The Pew Research Center - July 25, 2018 - 10:05
A record 276,500 foreign graduates received work permits under the Optional Practical Training program in the U.S. in 2017, up from 257,100 in 2016.

Growing Partisan Differences in Views of the FBI; Stark Divide over ICE

The Pew Research Center - July 24, 2018 - 14:38
A new survey of public attitudes toward federal agencies finds that partisan differences in views of the FBI have increased markedly over the past year. And Americans’ opinions about Immigration and Customs Enforcement are deeply polarized.

How Long Does It Take USCIS to Issue a Green Card?

How long does it take to process an application for permanent residence in the United States, or a “green card?” You might be surprised by how difficult it is to find a reliable answer to this common question. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)—the agency that adjudicates applications for permanent residence and other immigration benefits—provides […]

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The Trump Administration Is Funneling Money From Health Programs to Fund Its Family Separation Policy

The cost of the Trump administration’s family separation policy continues to skyrocket. In order to finance its self-made crisis, the administration has dipped into funds that were reserved for the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) medical research and rural health services. The financial ramifications of separating, detaining, and reuniting migrant children and their […]

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

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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Witnessing the Destruction in the Wake of Administration Border Policies

Katie Shepherd, National Advocacy Counsel for the Immigration Justice Campaign, describes the meetings she had with detained parents who had been traumatically separated from their children and needlessly incarcerated in West Texas, highlighting the urgent need for volunteer attorneys.

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

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

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

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

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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The President’s Proposal to Eliminate Due Process at the Border

In this blog post, AILA Policy Counsel Jason Boyd highlights recent tweets from the president that attack due process for asylum seekers and explains how and why, if implemented, such changes would violate U.S. asylum laws.

The disgrace of detaining asylum seekers and other migrants

July 15, 2018 Stephanie J Silverman, Adjunct professor, University of Toronto This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

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

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

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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Despite the Supreme Court’s Decision, the Fight Against the Muslim Ban Will Continue

In this blog post, AILA member Sima Alizadeh highlights the recent SCOTUS decision in Trump v. Hawaii and what it will mean for individuals and families, urging readers to keep up the fight, contact Congress, and keep attention on the hardship the ban continues to cause.

5 key takeaways about populism and the political landscape in Western Europe

The Pew Research Center - July 12, 2018 - 10:00
People with populist views in Western Europe are more likely than those with mainstream views to distrust traditional institutions. While populist attitudes span the ideological spectrum in Western Europe, populist political parties are relatively unpopular in the region.

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