Joshua Breisblatt – Immigration Impact http://immigrationimpact.com Thu, 19 Jul 2018 21:06:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.7 USCIS Is Redefining Who Qualifies For Asylum in This New Guidance http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/07/18/uscis-redefining-qualifies-asylum-guidance/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/07/18/uscis-redefining-qualifies-asylum-guidance/#respond Wed, 18 Jul 2018 22:31:04 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22804

In its latest attack on asylum seekers, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued new guidance to asylum officers that will make it much harder for victims of domestic violence and gang violence to obtain asylum. The guidance follows a strongly worded opinion known as “Matter of AB” issued by Attorney General Jeff Sessions last […]

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Trump Administration Misses the First Deadline to Reunite Children With Parents http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/07/11/trump-misses-deadline-reunite-children-parents/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/07/11/trump-misses-deadline-reunite-children-parents/#respond Wed, 11 Jul 2018 19:32:00 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22770

After being order last month by a federal judge to reunite the thousands of children it had separated from their parents under the “zero tolerance” policy, the Trump administration said it would not meet the first court-mandated deadline to reunite all children under the age of  five. This admission coincided with a separate federal ruling […]

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USCIS Is Slowly Being Morphed Into an Immigration Enforcement Agency http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/07/09/uscis-guidance-immigration-benefit/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/07/09/uscis-guidance-immigration-benefit/#respond Mon, 09 Jul 2018 18:55:06 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22757

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued new guidance to initiate deportation proceedings for thousands of applicants denied for any immigration benefit. This policy change will have far-reaching implications for many of those interacting with the agency, but also signals a major shift in how USCIS operates. USCIS was never meant to be tasked with […]

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Supreme Court Upholds President Trump’s Muslim Ban http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/06/26/supreme-court-upholds-muslim-ban/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/06/26/supreme-court-upholds-muslim-ban/#respond Tue, 26 Jun 2018 20:25:15 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22695

The Supreme Court issued its much-anticipated decision in Trump v. Hawaii on Tuesday, upholding the third iteration of the president’s Muslim Ban. The decision by the closely divided court, which allows the travel ban to remain in effect, drew a blistering dissent from Justice Sotomayor and civil rights groups around the country. In the 5-to-4 […]

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The Trump Administration Is Choosing to Separate Children From Their Parents Every Day http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/06/19/trump-administration-choosing-separate-children-parents/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/06/19/trump-administration-choosing-separate-children-parents/#respond Tue, 19 Jun 2018 21:33:44 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22654

Every day under the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is choosing to separate children from their parents. Despite claims by the administration to the contrary, the separation of families could stop today if the Attorney General and DHS chose to end the policy. In the past few days, there […]

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What Happens When Migrant Children Are Taken Into U.S. Custody? http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/05/29/when-migrant-children-taken-into-custody/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/05/29/when-migrant-children-taken-into-custody/#respond Tue, 29 May 2018 21:16:19 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22533

The glut of stories surfacing about family separation and the increasing number of migrant children being taken into U.S. custody is deeply concerning. In the past, children detained in shelters had arrived at the border without an adult. Now, however, the U.S. government is making children unaccompanied by intentionally separating them from their parents upon […]

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DHS Prosecutes Over 600 Parents in Two-Week Span and Seizes their Children http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/05/25/dhs-prosecutes-over-600-parents-in-two-week-span-and-seizes-their-children/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/05/25/dhs-prosecutes-over-600-parents-in-two-week-span-and-seizes-their-children/#respond Fri, 25 May 2018 16:19:55 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22530

Following implementation of a “zero tolerance” policy by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Justice (DOJ), where migrants who enter without inspection are referred for criminal prosecution, a DHS official announced that 638 parents who crossed with children had been prosecuted in just a 13-day span this month. The admission raises a […]

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Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Oppose Revoking Work Authorization for Spouses of H-1B Holders http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/05/23/lawmakers-work-authorization-spouses-h1b/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/05/23/lawmakers-work-authorization-spouses-h1b/#respond Wed, 23 May 2018 21:50:18 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22519

In a rare show of bipartisanship, 130 members of Congress sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirsten Nielsen urging her to maintain the current regulation granting work authorization to spouses of H-1B visa holders. This letter is part of an  effort by lawmakers to sway the Trump administration, which has made […]

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Confused About the Current Status of DACA? Here Is What You Need to Know http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/05/16/daca-what-you-need-to-know/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/05/16/daca-what-you-need-to-know/#respond Wed, 16 May 2018 22:35:14 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22482

The Trump administration’s attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative set off a slew of lawsuits attempting to stop the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from terminating the initiative. Much of that litigation has been successful—as a result, DHS is still accepting DACA renewal applications. However, a new lawsuit led by […]

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Government to Criminally Prosecute More Migrants and Separate Them From Their Children http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/05/08/prosecute-migrants-separate-children/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/05/08/prosecute-migrants-separate-children/#respond Tue, 08 May 2018 21:57:36 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22447

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced they will be stepping up prosecutions of individuals along the southern border. There is much folly in deciding in advance to criminally prosecute everyone who crosses the border. But what is most troubling is the likely prosecution of asylum seekers and the increase […]

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The Government Is Filing Charges Against More Migrants Than Ever Before http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/05/01/filing-charges-migrants-united-states/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/05/01/filing-charges-migrants-united-states/#respond Tue, 01 May 2018 21:21:48 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22399

  The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced it filed criminal charges on Tuesday to prosecute some migrants who recently crossed the border and were reportedly once a part of the caravan. The vast majority of the migrants from the caravan are asylum seekers fleeing persecution, grave violence, and the risk of death. Unfortunately, these attempts […]

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Justice Department Will Not Halt Legal Orientation Program for Detained Immigrants, Reversing Course for Now http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/04/25/justice-department-legal-orientation-program-not-halt/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/04/25/justice-department-legal-orientation-program-not-halt/#respond Wed, 25 Apr 2018 19:35:49 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22364

Just two weeks after the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a suspension of the Legal Orientation Program (LOP), Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified today that DOJ will reverse course and continue the program—at least for now. The announcement was made while testifying before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science, which oversees the […]

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New Border Policies Could Have a Big Impact on Families, Children, and Asylum Seekers http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/04/10/border-zero-tolerance-policy-impact-families/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/04/10/border-zero-tolerance-policy-impact-families/#respond Tue, 10 Apr 2018 21:46:47 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22288

Undocumented immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border increasingly consist of asylum seekers fleeing record levels of violence in Central America. But the Trump administration’s response to this humanitarian crisis has been unforgiving. In fact, the administration has recently made two policy announcements with the goal of further criminalizing immigrants apprehended crossing the border, as well as […]

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Trumps Calls in the Troops to the Border—But No One Knows What For http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/04/06/trumps-national-guard-border/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/04/06/trumps-national-guard-border/#respond Fri, 06 Apr 2018 19:16:03 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22272

President Trump first announced via tweet—and later a signed proclamation—that he plans to send the National Guard to the nation’s southern border. And yet, at the same time, he acknowledged that border apprehensions (which are used to gauge how many people are attempting to cross the border) are at a 46-year low. Some have questioned […]

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Immigration Judge Quotas Could Result in Assembly Line Justice http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/04/04/immigration-judge-quotas/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/04/04/immigration-judge-quotas/#comments Wed, 04 Apr 2018 21:30:24 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22253

In a controversial move, the Department of Justice recently announced new case completion quotas for immigration judges. These new quotas will result in time constraints and pressure for judges to reach decisions quickly, impacting individuals’ ability to have a fair day in court. The Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR), the DOJ component that runs […]

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Congress Reaches A Deal to Fund Government for the Year Without Solution for Dreamers http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/03/23/congress-deal-fund-government-dreamers/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/03/23/congress-deal-fund-government-dreamers/#respond Fri, 23 Mar 2018 20:43:28 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22198

This week Congress passed a $1.3 trillion bill to fund the federal government for the rest of the fiscal year, running through September 30, 2018. Though the legislation includes record levels of immigration enforcement, detention beds, and additional funds related to a border wall, the bill failed to provide President Trump with the funds to […]

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The Invisible Wall That President Trump Has Already Built http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/03/21/invisible-wall-president-trump-built/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/03/21/invisible-wall-president-trump-built/#respond Wed, 21 Mar 2018 22:15:49 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22180

Legal immigration and the number of foreigners visiting the United States has taken a serious hit within the last year, as the Trump administration makes changes to policies and procedures without any Congressional action or approval. These actions have already had a disturbing, cumulative effect as the administration begins to severely limit flows of immigrants […]

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Senate Confirms Kevin McAleenan as Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/03/19/senate-confirms-mcaleenan-as-commissioner-customs-border-protection/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/03/19/senate-confirms-mcaleenan-as-commissioner-customs-border-protection/#respond Mon, 19 Mar 2018 22:07:49 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22170

The United States Senate has confirmed Kevin McAleenan to serve as Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. McAleenan has been a member of CBP leadership since 2006, serving as the port director of Los Angeles International Airport and then as acting Assistant Commissioner of CBP’s Office of Field Operations overseeing the agency’s 329 ports […]

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The Senate Fails to Find a Way Forward for Dreamers http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/02/16/senate-fails-dreamers/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/02/16/senate-fails-dreamers/#respond Fri, 16 Feb 2018 20:50:55 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=21991

The United States Senate had a golden opportunity this week to legislate a permanent solution for Dreamers—however a week that began full of hope ended as a dud, with no bill passing and the president’s immigration proposal receiving a strong rebuke from Democrats and Republicans alike. The week began with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) […]

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The Senate Misses a Key Opportunity to Pass a Permanent Solution for Dreamers http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/02/15/senate-pass-solution-dreamers/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/02/15/senate-pass-solution-dreamers/#respond Thu, 15 Feb 2018 21:13:27 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=21982

The U.S. Senate failed again to provide a permanent solution for Dreamers on Thursday when it rejected multiple bipartisan bills. The Senate voted on three different proposals that would have provided a permanent solution for Dreamers. One proposal was an attempt to pass the White House immigration framework, which only secured 39 votes. While it […]

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