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Trump Declares National Emergency to Fund His Border Wall

February 15, 2019 - 18:00

Following three weeks of spending negotiations, Congress passed a budget deal on Thursday to fund the federal government through the end of September. Even though it did not include the money President Trump demanded to build a border wall, he signed the deal and then immediately declared a national emergency in order to reprogram funding […]

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TPS Holders from Honduras and Nepal Sue the Trump Administration Over Terminations

February 14, 2019 - 16:59

With the fate of their Temporary Protected Status (TPS) in jeopardy, immigrants from Honduras and Nepal brought a class action lawsuit against the federal government this week to stop the Trump administration from ending TPS for their respective countries. The case’s plaintiffs—six adults with TPS and two of their U.S.-born children—maintain that the termination is […]

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4 Ways ICE Doesn’t Hold Immigration Detention Facilities Accountable

February 13, 2019 - 17:59

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its component agency U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have a long-standing and poor track record when it comes to transparency and accountability in immigration detention. A recent investigation from the DHS Office of the Inspector General (OIG) confirms these concerns and further exposes problems with ICE’s management […]

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Border Towns Are Among the Safest in the United States

February 12, 2019 - 17:09

On Monday evening in El Paso, Texas, two very different images of the U.S.-Mexico border emerged. President Trump held a rally to make the case for his border wall again, repeating his usual talking points on the supposed dangers lurking in the region. Just a block away, former Democratic Representative from El Paso, Texas Beto […]

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Immigrant Mothers Are Suing the Government for Monetary Compensation in the Wake of Family Separation Crisis

February 11, 2019 - 15:03

In April 2018, the Trump administration officially rolled out its “zero tolerance” policy—a policy that has since been universally condemned for its cruel and unlawful practice of separating parents and children migrating to the United States. The policy has had widely documented traumatic and enduring effects on parents and their children. Immigration advocates filed six […]

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Letter to Nielsen Shows Potential Catastrophic Impact of Migrant Protection Protocols

February 8, 2019 - 11:33

The Trump administration began implementing a deeply troubling new policy on January 28, 2019, the “Migrant Protection Protocols” (MPP). Under the MPP, the government prevents asylum seekers from entering the United States by forcing them to remain in Mexico pending their request for protection. Now, a new letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary […]

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Immigrants Have More Faith in American Institutions Than the Native-Born

February 7, 2019 - 16:14

Despite the fact that immigrants living in and arriving in the United States today are not exactly receiving a warm welcome by key government institutions, a recent poll by the Cato Institute shows that immigrants’ faith in America’s key political institutions is strong. In fact, stronger than that of the native-born. General attitudes among the […]

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Trump’s State of the Union Speech Reflects a Fundamental Misunderstanding of Immigration

February 6, 2019 - 16:22

Speaking before Congress and the nation Tuesday evening, President Trump once again promised bipartisanship and instead delivered division. When it came to immigration, the president neither offered an olive branch nor acknowledged the devastating effects of his administration’s actions to date. Rather than offer solutions to the actual problems facing immigrants across the country, his […]

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How Trump Can Use Immigration to Make the State of the Union Stronger

February 5, 2019 - 18:49

Immigration will undoubtedly be a central issue during President Trump’s State of the Union address. However, it’s unlikely that any of the proposals the president advances will move us closer to a policy breakthrough. It’s more likely the president will propose ideas that make our immigration system less effective and do little to keep us […]

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USCIS Processing Times Get Even Slower Under Trump

February 4, 2019 - 14:26

The Trump administration has slowed the processing of immigration benefit applications to a crawl, causing needless harm to immigrants, their families, and their employers. Under President Trump, the backlog of applications at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) doubled in the span of only one year. A recent analysis of USCIS data by the American […]

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USCIS Final Regulation Puts Registration On Hold, Changes Petition Selection Order

February 1, 2019 - 17:33

On January 31, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a final regulation that changes the process U.S employers will have to follow in order to hire foreign workers under the “H-1B” program. The rule applies to H-1B petitions subject to the statutory “cap” of 65,000 H-1B workers per fiscal year. Employers will be required […]

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Government Quietly Increases ICE Detention to 48,000 Beds During the Shutdown

January 31, 2019 - 13:12

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) drastically expanded its network of immigration jails in the last month by a startling 7 percent. ICE now holds about 48,000 individuals in its jails and private prisons, even though Congress has only appropriated funds for them to detain 40,500 individuals on any given day. How can a government agency […]

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Setting the Record Straight: Asylum Seekers Show Up for Court

January 30, 2019 - 16:51

Immigration restrictionists have often repeated a bold and erroneous claim: that there is a serious problem of asylum seekers who come to the U.S. border and disappear once released from detention. But both fact-checkers and independent studies show this is not true. In reality, the vast majority of asylum seekers diligently attend all of their […]

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Trump’s Travel Ban Leaves Thousands of US Citizens Separated from Their Families

January 29, 2019 - 17:03

It has been two years since the Trump administration’s travel ban went into effect. Aside from multiple court challenges, the ban has largely disappeared from American headlines. And yet the ban continues to affect American families every single day. While this policy may be a quieter form of family separation than what has been seen […]

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Businesses Are Fighting Back Against USCIS’ Restrictive View of H-1B ‘Specialty Occupation’

January 28, 2019 - 16:58

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is making it more difficult to hire temporary foreign workers in a “specialty occupation.” American businesses are fighting back in order to keep their talent in increasingly competitive tech and science fields. Since June 2017, at least 14 lawsuits have been filed in federal courts across the country, challenging […]

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US Government to Force Migrants to Remain in Mexico and Await Their Immigration Court Hearings

January 25, 2019 - 16:44

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced plans to immediately launch a new policy to force asylum-seeking migrants to wait in Mexico for their immigration court hearing. Officially labeled the “Migrant Protection Protocols” but more commonly known as “Remain in Mexico,” this sweeping change to how people access the asylum process could lead to catastrophic […]

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Department of Homeland Security Blocks H-2B Visas for Filipinos, Dominicans, and Ethiopians

January 24, 2019 - 16:56

Citing high rates of visa overstays, on January 18 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a new rule mostly barring nationals from the Dominican Republic, the Philippines, and Ethiopia from receiving certain temporary worker visas. The U.S. territory of Guam is likely to be most impacted as it relies on large numbers of Filipino workers. […]

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More People Overstay Their Visas Than Cross the Border Illegally – Our Immigration Laws Need to Address That

January 23, 2019 - 17:00

New estimates of the undocumented population in the United States confirm a trend that has been apparent for several years: the number of people who become undocumented each year by overstaying their visa now greatly exceeds the number who entered with no visa at all. This suggests that our immigration laws—and our immigration-enforcement mechanisms in […]

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Trump Administration’s Immigration Proposal Is Dead on Arrival

January 22, 2019 - 18:08

President Trump went in front of the public on Saturday and claimed he was going to propose a “compromise” to end the ongoing government shutdown. Instead of offering a bipartisan bill that would protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients from deportation, the 1300-page bill unveiled Monday night was […]

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As One ‘Tent City’ for Immigrant Children Closes in Texas, Another Opens in Florida

January 18, 2019 - 16:07

Earlier this month, the Trump administration officially closed the doors of a “tent city” holding over 2,800 immigrant children in Tornillo, Texas. The closure comes after months of public pressure and local organizing. However, any celebration is short-lived. Just days after Tornillo’s closure, the administration announced its plan to increase bed space in another juvenile […]

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