Emily Creighton – Immigration Impact http://immigrationimpact.com Fri, 15 Jun 2018 17:18:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 DHS Acts to Eliminate Opportunities for Foreign Entrepreneurs and U.S. Job Growth http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/05/31/dhs-foreign-international-entrepreneur-rule/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/05/31/dhs-foreign-international-entrepreneur-rule/#respond Thu, 31 May 2018 19:37:17 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22547

The Trump administration continued its shortsighted attack on businesses this week, indicating it will end a rule allowing foreign entrepreneurs to grow start-up companies in the United States. The International Entrepreneur Rule (IER) was designed to bring the talent, ideas, and initiative of foreign entrepreneurs to the United States by easing the process for them […]

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Department of Justice Ignores Its Own Evaluators’ Recommendations on Immigration Courts http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/04/23/department-justice-recommendations-immigration-courts/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/04/23/department-justice-recommendations-immigration-courts/#respond Mon, 23 Apr 2018 18:03:34 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22346

A newly-released document obtained under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) shows that the Department of Justice (DOJ) is making radical changes to the immigration court system that deliberately contradict the recommendations given to the department by its own independent evaluators. The recommendations were made in an April 2017 Booz Allen Hamilton report commissioned by […]

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Immigration Groups Demand Records Related to Family Separation at the Border http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/04/05/immigrant-families-separated-border/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/04/05/immigrant-families-separated-border/#respond Thu, 05 Apr 2018 19:08:36 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22257

To shed light on the cruel and unlawful practice of family separation, a group of immigrant rights organizations filed a series of Freedom of Information Act requests to multiple government agencies this week. The groups seek agency records underlying an unconscionable practice where immigration officials at the border purposefully divide families–taking children from their parents […]

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Court Rules Detained Iraqis Are Entitled to Bond Hearings http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/01/05/court-detained-iraqis-bond-hearings/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/01/05/court-detained-iraqis-bond-hearings/#respond Fri, 05 Jan 2018 19:42:17 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=21759

In another victory for over 300 Iraqis whose deportation was halted last July, a Michigan district court ruled that they must be permitted to seek bond while their immigration cases are pending. Many of the Iraqis were swept up in a massive enforcement action in June 2017 and have remained in detention since that time. […]

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Court Requires Defense Department to Remove Hurdles to Citizenship for Army Reserve Soldiers http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/10/31/court-requires-defense-department-remove-hurdles-citizenship-army-reserve-soldiers/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/10/31/court-requires-defense-department-remove-hurdles-citizenship-army-reserve-soldiers/#respond Tue, 31 Oct 2017 20:51:25 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=21500

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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Government Moves to Curb Non-Citizens’ Ability to Get More Time to Prepare for Hearings http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/08/08/government-non-citizens-prepare-hearings/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/08/08/government-non-citizens-prepare-hearings/#respond Tue, 08 Aug 2017 19:32:00 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=21140

In a move to reduce the number of times immigration judges reschedule immigration hearings, the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) recently issued guidance suggesting judges should change practices regarding “continuances.” A continuance, which only may be granted for “good cause,” is a critically important option for individuals who seek a level playing field in […]

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Court Says Class Action Challenging Abusive Conditions in Hieleras Can Move Forward http://immigrationimpact.com/2016/01/13/court-says-class-action-challenging-abusive-conditions-in-hieleras-can-move-forward/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2016/01/13/court-says-class-action-challenging-abusive-conditions-in-hieleras-can-move-forward/#respond Wed, 13 Jan 2016 22:22:00 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=18393

A federal court in Tucson, Arizona held that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) must answer allegations of horrific conditions experienced by individuals in Tucson Sector detention facilities (a.k.a. “hieleras”) along the southern border. In decisions handed down on January 11, the court decided that the case, Doe V. Johnson, may proceed as a class […]

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Diverse Coalitions Urge Supreme Court to Hear Case on Executive Action http://immigrationimpact.com/2015/12/11/supreme-court-executive-action-on-immigration-amicus-brief/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2015/12/11/supreme-court-executive-action-on-immigration-amicus-brief/#respond Fri, 11 Dec 2015 16:34:27 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=18298

Seven groups have filed amicus briefs in support of a petition for certiorari to the Supreme Court in United States v. Texas, requesting that the Court overturn the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decision to enjoin, or halt, the President’s 2014 deferred action initiatives. The briefs were filed on behalf of a diverse range of […]

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Immigration Appeals Court Reverses Position on Deportation Waivers http://immigrationimpact.com/2015/05/20/immigration-appeals-court-reverses-position-on-deportation-waivers/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2015/05/20/immigration-appeals-court-reverses-position-on-deportation-waivers/#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 21:19:04 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=17176

In a decision issued last week, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) reversed course and decided that a subset of Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) who have been convicted of certain crimes may now have an opportunity to avoid deportation by proving to an immigration judge that their removal would cause extreme hardship to their U.S. […]

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Do the President’s New Immigration Policies Really Mark the End of Secure Communities? http://immigrationimpact.com/2014/12/30/do-the-presidents-new-immigration-policies-really-mark-the-end-of-secure-communities/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2014/12/30/do-the-presidents-new-immigration-policies-really-mark-the-end-of-secure-communities/#respond Tue, 30 Dec 2014 14:33:03 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=16610

The misnamed Secure Communities program has been plagued with problems since its inception—most fundamentally, its failure to make communities more “secure.” Critics of the program have cited to its adverse impact on community policing, asserted that it encourages racial profiling, and highlighted the mounting evidence that many individuals encountered and subsequently removed through the program […]

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Civil Rights Complaint Documents Government’s Failure to Properly Screen Asylum Seekers http://immigrationimpact.com/2014/11/14/civil-rights-complaint-documents-governments-failure-properly-screen-asylum-seekers/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2014/11/14/civil-rights-complaint-documents-governments-failure-properly-screen-asylum-seekers/#respond Fri, 14 Nov 2014 20:39:25 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=16065

In a strong condemnation of Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) treatment of refugees, several organizations submitted a complaint to the Department of Homeland Security Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (OCRCL) detailing the pervasive failure of CBP officers to properly screen individuals who fear persecution. The complaint supplements media accounts, and recent reports by […]

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Inspector General Falls Short in Documenting Border Detention Conditions http://immigrationimpact.com/2014/09/16/inspector-general-falls-short-in-documenting-border-detention-conditions/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2014/09/16/inspector-general-falls-short-in-documenting-border-detention-conditions/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:55:17 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=15833

The deplorable conditions in U.S. Border Patrol—an agency within U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)—detention facilities have been widely documented in numerous media accounts and NGO reports and challenged in federal lawsuits. Immigrant children and other immigrants detained in these facilities—often called “hieleras” or “iceboxes” because of their cold temperatures—consistently describe extremely crowded holding cells […]

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Circuit Court Ruling Affirms Detainers Not Mandatory http://immigrationimpact.com/2014/03/12/circuit-court-ruling-affirms-detainers-not-mandatory/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2014/03/12/circuit-court-ruling-affirms-detainers-not-mandatory/#comments Wed, 12 Mar 2014 18:00:27 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=15023

As communities continue to debate the harmful impact of large scale immigration enforcement programs such as Secure Communities, the 287(g) Program and the Criminal Alien Program, much of the discussion has centered on the use of “detainers.” –  Detainers are requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to state and local jailers and officials asking […]

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Class Action Settlement Removes Obstacles Preventing Asylum Applicants from Working http://immigrationimpact.com/2013/12/19/class-action-settlement-removes-obstacles-preventing-asylum-applicants-from-working/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2013/12/19/class-action-settlement-removes-obstacles-preventing-asylum-applicants-from-working/#respond Thu, 19 Dec 2013 16:17:39 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=14755

A recent settlement agreement in a class action lawsuit brought on behalf of thousands of asylum seekers is removing obstacles they faced in obtaining work documents while they pursue their asylum claims. The inability to work for lengthy periods of time has had crippling effects on asylum applicants. Without proper work authorization, they have been […]

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Will USCIS Develop Fair, Humane Travel Policies for DACA Recipients? http://immigrationimpact.com/2013/01/23/will-uscis-develop-fair-humane-travel-policies-for-daca-recipients/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2013/01/23/will-uscis-develop-fair-humane-travel-policies-for-daca-recipients/#comments Wed, 23 Jan 2013 19:15:33 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=13048

For many young immigrants who are now lawfully present under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative—which grants them the right to work and live in the United States for at least two years—the next question may be, when will they be able to travel outside of the United States?  Depending on what guidance […]

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Lawsuit Uncovers USCIS’ Double Standards in H-1B Program http://immigrationimpact.com/2012/12/13/lawsuit-uncovers-uscis-double-standards-in-h1-b-program/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2012/12/13/lawsuit-uncovers-uscis-double-standards-in-h1-b-program/#comments Thu, 13 Dec 2012 16:50:04 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=12843

For the past several years, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) H-1B visa review and processing procedures have caused confusion and concern among U.S. businesses that turn to highly-skilled temporary foreign workers in specialty occupations to operate successfully. In newly-uncovered documents, it appears that instead of supporting small businesses that attempt to hire highly-skilled foreign […]

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It’s Time to Improve Noncitizens’ Access to Counsel http://immigrationimpact.com/2012/01/23/its-time-to-improve-noncitizens-access-to-counsel/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2012/01/23/its-time-to-improve-noncitizens-access-to-counsel/#respond Mon, 23 Jan 2012 22:16:11 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=9807

In the United States, most immigration decisions impacting noncitizens are made by immigration officials in informal proceedings far from a courtroom. While the right to an attorney (at the noncitizens’ own expense) in immigration court proceedings is widely recognized, the right to counsel in administrative settings outside of a courtroom is often overlooked or explicitly […]

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Class Action Challenging Arizona Law Reveals Depth of Constitutional Rights at Stake http://immigrationimpact.com/2010/05/18/class-action-challenging-arizona-law-reveals-depth-of-constitutional-rights-at-stake/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2010/05/18/class-action-challenging-arizona-law-reveals-depth-of-constitutional-rights-at-stake/#comments Tue, 18 May 2010 21:43:58 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=4800 Yesterday, a diverse group of individuals and organizations filed a class action challenging Arizona’s harsh immigration enforcement law SB 1070, scheduled to go into effect on July 28, 2010. This law, among other things requires state and local law enforcement to check the immigration status of individuals it encounters, and makes it a state crime […]

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DHS Reverses Decision on Deportation Time Frame http://immigrationimpact.com/2010/04/29/dhs-reverses-decision-on-deportation-time-frame/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2010/04/29/dhs-reverses-decision-on-deportation-time-frame/#comments Thu, 29 Apr 2010 21:46:48 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=4689 In a sudden about-face last week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reversed its position on an interpretation of law which drastically increased immigrants’ vulnerability to deportation. In a brief filed on April 21, DHS urged the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) to modify an existing precedent decision in a pending BIA case, Matter of […]

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Report Provides Solutions to Broken Asylum Employment Authorization Clock http://immigrationimpact.com/2010/02/12/new-report-provides-solutions-to-broken-asylum-employment-authorization-clock/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2010/02/12/new-report-provides-solutions-to-broken-asylum-employment-authorization-clock/#comments Fri, 12 Feb 2010 22:20:53 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=4121 Asylum applicants and their attorneys have long struggled to better understand how the employment authorization asylum clock (“EAD asylum clock”) functions. The clock, which measures the number of days after an applicant files an asylum application before the applicant is eligible for work authorization, affects potentially more than 50,000 asylum applicants each year. While the […]

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