Archive for October, 2017

Court Requires Defense Department to Remove Hurdles to Citizenship for Army Reserve Soldiers

Written by on October 31, 2017 in Federal Courts/Jurisdiction with 0 Comments
Court Requires Defense Department to Remove Hurdles to Citizenship for Army Reserve Soldiers

In a sweeping decision, a federal judge ruled the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) could not continue to prevent approximately 2,000 noncitizen Army Reserve soldiers from applying for citizenship. The case centers on the treatment of noncitizen soldiers who benefited from the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI) program. MAVNI, established in 2008, […]

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How Discretion Failed One 10-Year-Old Girl and What the Future Holds

Written by on October 30, 2017 in Abuses, Border Enforcement, Enforcement with 0 Comments
How Discretion Failed One 10-Year-Old Girl and What the Future Holds

Much has been said about Rosa María Hernández, the latest target of the Trump administration’s immigration policies. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has the responsibility and authorization to enforce the immigration laws against those inside the United States without authorization. However, the government’s choice to target a ten-year old girl with cerebral palsy on […]

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Refugee Admissions Resume but Government Will Still Restrict Some Countries

Written by on October 27, 2017 in Humanitarian Protection, Refugee Status with 0 Comments
Refugee Admissions Resume but Government Will Still Restrict Some Countries

With its current refugee ban formally expiring, this week the Trump administration announced it will resume the U.S. Refugee Admissions program—with one major caveat: refugees from 11 countries are generally barred from the country for an additional 90-day period. Although the administration did not name the 11 countries subject to additional review, they appear to […]

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New USCIS Policy Creates Obstacles for Employers and Foreign Workers

Written by on October 26, 2017 in Business & the Workforce, Employment Based with 0 Comments
New USCIS Policy Creates Obstacles for Employers and Foreign Workers

In a major reversal of longstanding policy, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has created new and unnecessary hurdles for employers and foreign employees temporarily working in the United States. In the past, USCIS followed a streamlined approach when employers filed petition extensions. Now, USCIS officers will be encouraged to redetermine every petition extension as […]

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Government Threatens Families, Communities with Looming Temporary Protected Status Decisions

Government Threatens Families, Communities with Looming Temporary Protected Status Decisions

  The United States is currently home to an estimated 325,000 individuals with Temporary Protected Status (TPS), a temporary immigration status granted to nationals of specifically designated countries that are facing an ongoing armed conflict, environmental disaster, or extraordinary and temporary conditions. Combined, more than 90 percent of these beneficiaries, or TPS holders, are from […]

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Senate Committee Holds Hearing on Nominee to Head Border Enforcement Agency

Written by on October 24, 2017 in Border Enforcement, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Senate Committee Holds Hearing on Nominee to Head Border Enforcement Agency

The Trump administration’s pick for the next Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Acting Commissioner Kevin McAleenan, appeared before the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday for a confirmation hearing. Senators peppered the nominee with questions about how he would lead the largest law enforcement agency in the United States and his work in […]

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Immigrants Make up a Smaller Share of the U.S. Population Than They Did 100 Years Ago

Written by on October 23, 2017 in Demographics, Economics, Immigration 101, Integration with 0 Comments
Immigrants Make up a Smaller Share of the U.S. Population Than They Did 100 Years Ago

The United States has been created by successive waves of immigration over the course of centuries. Each wave of immigrants from different parts of the world has helped to build the U.S. economy and enrich U.S. society. And each wave of immigrants has provoked a chorus of dire warnings from nativists worried that the presence […]

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Mexican Nationals and Detained Individuals Are Uniquely Disadvantaged in Immigration Court, Data Finds

Mexican Nationals and Detained Individuals Are Uniquely Disadvantaged in Immigration Court, Data Finds

Immigrants facing deportation fare far better if they have a competent attorney representing them. For example, studies show that for asylum seekers, representation generally doubles the likelihood of being granted asylum. For many, the ability to secure competent representation in immigration court is truly a matter of life and death.  Yet more than 80 percent […]

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Immigrants and Refugees Are Among America’s 2017 Nobel Prize Winners

Written by on October 19, 2017 in Demographics, Economics, Employment Based, Integration with 0 Comments
Immigrants and Refugees Are Among America’s 2017 Nobel Prize Winners

The Nobel Prizes, awarded annually in recognition of extraordinary achievement in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature, and peace, have once again been won by Americans who came here as immigrants and refugees. Three out of the five Nobel Prize categories included immigrants or refugees. Immigrants have a history of winning The Nobel Foundation’s numerous […]

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President Trump’s Travel Ban Blocked by Courts yet Again

President Trump’s Travel Ban Blocked by Courts yet Again

Only hours before President Trump’s third travel ban was set to go into effect Tuesday night, it was halted by the same federal court in Hawaii that stopped the second version of the travel ban in March. In his order, Judge Watson found that President Trump had gone beyond what Congress had allowed him to […]

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