President Obama’s Change to Cuban Migration Policy, Explained

President Obama’s Change to Cuban Migration Policy, Explained

Written by on January 13, 2017 in Enforcement, Legislation with 0 Comments

On January 12, the White House announced the end of the “wet-foot, dry-foot” policy towards Cuban migrants. Effective immediately, Cubans who attempt to enter the U.S. unauthorized will be treated the same as other migrants. They will not be automatically “paroled” (granted entry to the United States by an immigration officer), and thus eligible for benefits […]

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Jeff Sessions Affirms Anti-Immigrant Views at Confirmation Hearing

Jeff Sessions Affirms Anti-Immigrant Views at Confirmation Hearing

Written by on January 12, 2017 in DACA/DAPA, Enforcement, Immigration Courts with 1 Comment

Senator Jeff Sessions, who has been nominated to be Attorney General by President-elect Donald Trump, endured a 10-and-a-half-hour confirmation hearing this week where he answered questions on a wide range of issues from voting rights and immigration to anti-trust litigation. During his time in the Senate, Sessions has worked towards further restricting legal immigration, drastically […]

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Bill to Protect DACA Recipients Reintroduced in Congress

Bill to Protect DACA Recipients Reintroduced in Congress

Written by on January 12, 2017 in DACA/DAPA, Legislation with 0 Comments

Bipartisan legislation was introduced today in the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate called The Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy (BRIDGE) Act, which would provide work authorization and relief from deportation for three years to individuals who are eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative created […]

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What John Kelly Said About Immigration Policy at His Confirmation Hearing for DHS Secretary

What John Kelly Said About Immigration Policy at His Confirmation Hearing for DHS Secretary

Written by on January 11, 2017 in Enforcement with 0 Comments

The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee held a hearing on the nomination of General John Kelly for the position of Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) this week. Kelly, if confirmed, will be only the fifth person to hold the position which was created in 2002. The Department of Homeland Security […]

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Who Will Pay for Donald Trump’s Border Wall?

Who Will Pay for Donald Trump’s Border Wall?

Written by on January 10, 2017 in Border Enforcement, Enforcement, Legislation with 0 Comments

President-elect Donald Trump’s plans to build a wall along the U.S-Mexico border took a step forward last week as Congressional Republicans discussed ways to get funding for the structure through the budget process. Republican leadership believes that current law already allows them to construct additional barriers along the border, if they can secure additional appropriations. […]

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Five Things to Look for on Immigration in the 115th Congress

Five Things to Look for on Immigration in the 115th Congress

Written by on January 9, 2017 in DACA/DAPA, Enforcement, High Skilled, Legislation with 0 Comments

When President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in later this month, for the first time in a decade, the Republican Party will have control of the House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, and the Presidency. In theory, this control allows the Congress to pass and help implement many of the incoming President’s priorities. On immigration, Trump has […]

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USCIS Changes How Processing Times Are Posted

USCIS Changes How Processing Times Are Posted

Written by on January 6, 2017 in How the Immigration System Works with 0 Comments

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that beginning on January 4, 2017, it has changed how it posts processing times. Rather that listing weeks or months, it now provides specific dates. This is a small initial step toward providing better customer service and giving individuals and employers the information they need about their […]

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Department of Justice Issues Final Rule About Unfair Immigration-Related Employment Practices

Department of Justice Issues Final Rule About Unfair Immigration-Related Employment Practices

Written by on January 5, 2017 in Business & the Workforce, Employment Based with 0 Comments

The U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Civil Rights Division recently issued a final rule, effective January 18, to update regulations that the agency uses to enforce employment-related anti-discrimination provisions that Congress included in the “unfair immigration-related employment practices” section of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).  The agency maintains that the update clarifies the procedures […]

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Lessons to Be Found in DHS’ 2016 Immigration Enforcement Numbers

Lessons to Be Found in DHS’ 2016 Immigration Enforcement Numbers

As the Obama Administration comes to an end and its legacy on immigration is solidified, one of the defining characteristics of the President’s eight years in office will be how he enforced immigration laws. One of the strongest indicators of that will be how many individuals he actually removed and returned out of the country. […]

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Local Policies That Protect Immigrants, Outlined

Local Policies That Protect Immigrants, Outlined

Written by on January 3, 2017 in State and Local with 0 Comments

Since the election, states and localities have begun to think creatively about how to push back against President-elect Donald Trump’s threats to undermine current enforcement priorities and increase deportations. His party’s efforts to deny federal funding to so-called “sanctuary cities” has mayors across the country proudly declaring themselves such places. Additionally, they’re  preparing to implement […]

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