Melissa Cruz – Immigration Impact http://immigrationimpact.com Fri, 21 Sep 2018 17:30:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 For $182 Million a Year, the Military Is Being Used at the Border to Shovel Manure and Conduct Other Menial Labor http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/09/10/military-border-shovel-manure-menial-labor/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/09/10/military-border-shovel-manure-menial-labor/#respond Mon, 10 Sep 2018 20:36:35 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=23198

The Pentagon recently announced that up to 4,000 National Guard troops will remain deployed on the U.S.-Mexico border through September 2019, following a 12-month extension authorized by Defense Secretary James Mattis. But the nature of the military service members’ work at the border—which is mostly menial labor—will still cost millions. The original deployment order, set […]

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USCIS’ Wait Times for Citizenship Have Doubled http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/08/20/uscis-wait-times-citizenship/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/08/20/uscis-wait-times-citizenship/#respond Mon, 20 Aug 2018 21:40:56 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=23003

The average wait time on a U.S. citizenship application was about five months in 2014. Today, the average time a green card holder will wait for their citizenship application to be processed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is 10 months. With the increased wait time, the backlog of pending applications has also grown […]

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Immigration Raid in Nebraska Devastates Local Agriculture Industry and Families http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/08/13/immigration-raid-nebraska-agriculture-industry/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/08/13/immigration-raid-nebraska-agriculture-industry/#respond Mon, 13 Aug 2018 20:50:49 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22950

A small town in Nebraska was rocked last week when Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents raided multiple businesses, arresting 133 undocumented immigrant workers in an operation which has already created upheaval in the community and its local agriculture industry. This raid is the latest amid a series of enforcement […]

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The Trump Administration Is Funneling Money From Health Programs to Fund Its Family Separation Policy http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/07/23/trump-funneling-money-health-programs-family-separation-policy/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/07/23/trump-funneling-money-health-programs-family-separation-policy/#respond Mon, 23 Jul 2018 19:43:34 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22830

The cost of the Trump administration’s family separation policy continues to skyrocket. In order to finance its self-made crisis, the administration has dipped into funds that were reserved for the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) medical research and rural health services. The financial ramifications of separating, detaining, and reuniting migrant children and their […]

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American Companies Should Be Able to Hire Foreign Seasonal Workers – Trump’s Businesses Do http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/07/13/hire-foreign-seasonal-workers-trumps-businesses-do/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/07/13/hire-foreign-seasonal-workers-trumps-businesses-do/#respond Fri, 13 Jul 2018 21:26:21 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22787

Kitchens, restaurants, and housekeeping departments in high-end resorts are often staffed with foreign seasonal workers, who arrive into the United States during peak vacation months. American vacation destinations including resorts—which frequently tout costly club memberships—can employ foreign workers through the H-2B visa program if there are not enough Americans to fill the positions. Many American […]

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Business Leaders Rebuke the Government’s Family Separation and Imprisonment Policies http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/06/22/business-leaders-family-separation-imprisonment-policies/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/06/22/business-leaders-family-separation-imprisonment-policies/#respond Fri, 22 Jun 2018 20:51:59 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22681

Criticism continues to mount for the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy and practice of separating and imprisoning migrant families along the U.S.-Mexico border. While the administration clumsily shifts its narrative around the policy, business leaders took action against what Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi‏ called an “immoral” and “unfathomable” practice. Khosrowshahi, who is himself a refugee from […]

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Trump’s Signature Family Separation Policy and Migrant Kid Jails Meet Outrage http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/06/18/trump-family-separation-policy-kid-outrage/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/06/18/trump-family-separation-policy-kid-outrage/#respond Mon, 18 Jun 2018 19:18:12 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22643

The outcry against family separation has only just begun. The Trump administration’s cruel policy of separating migrant children from their parents when they cross the U.S.-Mexico border is drawing sharp criticism from many corners. In addition to protests held by everyday Americans, faith leaders, pediatricians, and high-profile figures such as former First Lady Laura Bush […]

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The Border Patrol Is Undercounting How Many People Perish While Crossing the Border http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/05/15/border-patrol-undercounting-people-die-crossing-border/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/05/15/border-patrol-undercounting-people-die-crossing-border/#respond Tue, 15 May 2018 22:47:24 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22476

Migrants attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border without authorization frequently make a life-threatening journey, crossing the desert often with limited supplies of food and water. The Border Patrol is tasked with keeping an accurate count of how many people succumb to these challenges and perish in the desert, as well as preventing these deaths as […]

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Yes, All Immigrants – Even Undocumented – Pay Billions in Taxes Each Year http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/04/16/undocumented-immigrants-pay-taxes/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/04/16/undocumented-immigrants-pay-taxes/#respond Mon, 16 Apr 2018 12:00:00 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22315

Immigrants—both documented and undocumented—contribute billions of dollars in taxes to the United States every year. Immigrants who are authorized to work in the United States file the same taxes as any U.S.-native including local, state, and federal taxes. Unauthorized immigrants pay taxes as well, often using the Individual Tax Identification Number and consequently are paying […]

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Fewer Foreign Doctors Could Spell Disaster for America’s Most Underserved Communities http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/04/13/foreign-doctors-poor-rural-communities/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/04/13/foreign-doctors-poor-rural-communities/#respond Fri, 13 Apr 2018 15:41:09 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22307

The United States has long been the country of choice for international physicians seeking a graduate medical education. But for the second year in a row, the number of foreign doctors who applied to graduate residency programs in the United States has declined. This has triggered concern that the Trump administration’s strict immigration policies are […]

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Fewer International Students Are Choosing to Study in the United States http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/03/13/international-students-study-united-states/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/03/13/international-students-study-united-states/#respond Tue, 13 Mar 2018 22:05:31 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22115

Fewer international students came to the United States in 2017 to continue their studies, leaving American universities less diverse and financially solvent. There is no doubt that international competition for the world’s most promising students is fierce. Canada and China are competing with the United States for global talent, yet the Trump administration’s stricter immigration […]

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The March 5 DACA Deadline Is Here—What Does It Mean for Dreamers? http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/03/05/march-daca-deadline-what-dreamers/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/03/05/march-daca-deadline-what-dreamers/#respond Mon, 05 Mar 2018 21:47:39 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22073

When President Trump terminated the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative last fall, he only allowed those whose DACA was due to expire before March 5 an opportunity to renew. March 5, 2018 then became the de facto deadline that the president and Congress said must be met to find a permanent solution for […]

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Immigrants Bring Home the Gold for the U.S. Olympics Team http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/02/14/immigrants-olympics-team/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/02/14/immigrants-olympics-team/#comments Wed, 14 Feb 2018 23:19:12 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=21969

From their meme-worthy Opening Ceremony gloves to some stunning wins on the halfpipe, Team USA has started the 2018 Winter Olympics off with a bang. Early victories in the Pyeongchang, South Korea games would not be possible without this entire group of 242 talented Americans—including the multiple athletes that have benefited from the United States’ […]

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Immigrant Women and Girls Often Face Abuse, Homelessness After Arriving to the United States http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/02/05/immigrant-women-girls-abuse-homelessness/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/02/05/immigrant-women-girls-abuse-homelessness/#comments Mon, 05 Feb 2018 22:41:40 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=21920

Immigrant women and girls face unique challenges in navigating the U.S. immigration system, their dire circumstances often exacerbated by the gender-based violence they encounter on the journey and upon their arrival to the United States. These struggles were captured in a new report from the Tahirih Justice Center, which surveyed a group of immigrant women, […]

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Businesses Want to Combat the “Trump Slump” and Get Tourists Traveling to America Again http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/01/29/businesses-trump-slump-tourists/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/01/29/businesses-trump-slump-tourists/#respond Mon, 29 Jan 2018 19:51:27 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=21884

The United States has always been a prime location for foreign tourists, historically maintaining its ranking as the world’s most visited country. But with more and more tourists opting to travel elsewhere within the last year, the United States’ tourism appeal is shrinking. This decline in tourism is largely thought to be the byproduct of […]

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What Salvadorans With Temporary Protected Status Should Know Now http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/01/09/salvadorans-temporary-protected-status-know-now/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/01/09/salvadorans-temporary-protected-status-know-now/#respond Tue, 09 Jan 2018 22:34:46 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=21771

Secretary of Homeland Security Kristjen Nielsen announced on Monday that the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for El Salvador would be terminated. The decision to terminate TPS for some 200,000 Salvadorans comes on the heels of months of advocacy, which focused on their decades-long lawful residency in the United States and El Salvador’s ongoing problems […]

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Faith and Community Leaders Urge Trump Administration to Extend Temporary Protected Status for El Salvador http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/01/04/faith-leaders-trump-tps-el-salvador/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/01/04/faith-leaders-trump-tps-el-salvador/#comments Thu, 04 Jan 2018 23:05:23 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=21746

With just a matter of days left before the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) must decide the fate of 200,000 Salvadorans, momentum around this community of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders is only growing. As the majority of Salvadoran TPS recipients have lawfully lived and worked in the United States for nearly two decades, various […]

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Top Five Immigration Stories of 2017 http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/12/22/top-five-immigration-stories-2017/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/12/22/top-five-immigration-stories-2017/#respond Fri, 22 Dec 2017 18:12:30 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=21698

The 2017 news cycle was filled with devastating stories of family separation as the Trump Administration began to place its mark on American’s immigration policy. While the coverage of immigration has been broad, we consider these to be the top five stories of 2017. President Trump’s Immigration Executive Orders The top story on immigration of […]

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Where Doug Jones Stands on Immigration Policy http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/12/13/doug-jones-immigration-policy/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/12/13/doug-jones-immigration-policy/#comments Wed, 13 Dec 2017 21:22:09 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=21654

Doug Jones, a former Democratic prosecutor once considered a longshot in Republican-majority Alabama, narrowly won the state’s Senate race Tuesday evening in what may ultimately prove to be a needed boost for immigrants’ rights on Capitol Hill. Jones’ stance on immigration was largely captured during the contentious Senate race, in which he was repeatedly questioned […]

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The Dream Act Could Add Millions to Your Congressional District http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/12/12/dream-act-add-millions-congressional-district/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2017/12/12/dream-act-add-millions-congressional-district/#respond Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:49:55 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=21647

Current and former recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative are asking Congress to recognize the impact they and other Dreamers have on the United States, and to subsequently pass legislation that protects them from deportation and places them on a path to citizenship. One of the clear benefits of providing young […]

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