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

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

Over 12.3 million Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) immigrants live in the United States, placing them among the fastest-growing racial groups in the country. Between 2010 and 2017, the number of AAPI immigrants grew four times as fast as the total U.S. population. Yet, despite being an integral and expanding part of American communities, […]

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New Diversity Visa Requirements Impose Major Obstacles for Applicants

New Diversity Visa Requirements Impose Major Obstacles for Applicants

Written by on June 13, 2019 in Adjustment of Status, Immigration 101, Reform with 0 Comments

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

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

Written by on June 12, 2019 in Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 0 Comments

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

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

Written by on June 11, 2019 in Abuses, Detention, Enforcement with 0 Comments

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

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

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

USCIS Processing Delays to be Investigated by Government Accountability Office

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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