Royce Murray – Immigration Impact http://immigrationimpact.com Tue, 13 Nov 2018 21:05:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 Trump’s Illegal Ban on Asylum Seekers Solves Nothing http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/11/09/trumps-ban-asylum-seekers/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/11/09/trumps-ban-asylum-seekers/#respond Fri, 09 Nov 2018 22:35:10 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=23820

In response to a much over-hyped caravan of migrants slowly trekking north through Mexico, the Trump administration announced new rules to block people from applying for asylum if they cross between the ports of entry along the Southern border. The rules take effect immediately, setting the stage for an utterly avoidable crisis that will put […]

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2018 Midterms and Immigration: What Will Congress Do Next? http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/11/07/2018-midterms-immigration-congress/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/11/07/2018-midterms-immigration-congress/#respond Wed, 07 Nov 2018 21:46:57 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=23806

While the pundits digest the lessons to be learned from the 2018 midterm elections, one takeaway is immediately clear: many Americans want Congress to resume its critical role of checks and balances on the Trump administration and its overzealous immigration agenda. Democrats’ control of the House of Representatives offers significant opportunity for the 116th Congress […]

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5 Ways to Prevent the Next Migrant Caravan http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/10/23/5-ways-to-prevent-the-next-migrant-caravan/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/10/23/5-ways-to-prevent-the-next-migrant-caravan/#respond Tue, 23 Oct 2018 18:09:58 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=23655

Just two weeks ahead of the midterm elections, much attention is being placed on a migrant caravan of Central Americans making their way north through Mexico. Now reported to include more than 7,000 people, the mostly Honduran group is seeking protection from pervasive violence at home. Even though the southern border is more secure than […]

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Federal Court Blocks Trump’s Efforts to Terminate Temporary Protected Status for 250,000 Recipients http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/10/04/court-blocks-trumps-terminate-temporary-protected-status/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/10/04/court-blocks-trumps-terminate-temporary-protected-status/#respond Thu, 04 Oct 2018 18:22:45 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=23421

Just weeks ahead of thousands of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders beginning to lose their immigration status, a federal court in California blocked the Trump administration’s decision to terminate the TPS designations for El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Sudan. At least for now, this unexpected lifeline will temporarily protect hundreds of thousands of TPS holders […]

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Trump Administration Proposes Regulations in ‘Flores’ to Detain Migrant Children Longer in Unsafe Conditions http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/09/06/trump-flores-detain-migrant-children-longer/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/09/06/trump-flores-detain-migrant-children-longer/#respond Thu, 06 Sep 2018 20:50:16 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=23175

The Trump administration is proposing new regulations to indefinitely detain immigrant children at the border and keep them in unsafe conditions, creating a false choice between separating families or detaining children indefinitely. This misguided effort would continue the administration’s pattern of inflicting needless suffering on asylum-seeking children. The Flores Settlement Agreement (“Flores”) is a decades-old […]

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The Family Reunification Deadline Passed. What’s Next for Separated Families? http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/07/27/family-reunification-deadline-whats-next/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/07/27/family-reunification-deadline-whats-next/#respond Fri, 27 Jul 2018 21:43:11 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22879

The court-imposed deadline of July 26 for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to reunite families separated at the southern border has passed. So far, over 1800 children have been released to their parents. However, the Trump administration has refused to reunite hundreds of others by excluding many families from the reunification process. It remains unclear how far the […]

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TPS Is Extended for Somalia, Leaving Only 4 of 10 Designations Intact http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/07/20/tps-extended-somalia-designations/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/07/20/tps-extended-somalia-designations/#respond Fri, 20 Jul 2018 21:51:03 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22818

The Secretary of Homeland Security completed her review of all pending Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designations this week, announcing that Somalia’s designation will be extended. That brings the total number of remaining TPS designations to just four countries, down from ten at the start of the Trump administration. Since January 2017, there has effectively been […]

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It Is Legal to Seek Asylum http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/07/17/it-is-legal-to-seek-asylum/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/07/17/it-is-legal-to-seek-asylum/#respond Tue, 17 Jul 2018 23:00:37 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22801

As thousands of asylum-seeking parents were separated from their children in recent months, the Trump administration actively portrayed them as law breakers who must be prosecuted and punished for coming to the United States. Left out of the narrative is one well-established fact: it is legal to seek asylum. The Immigration and Nationality Act, which […]

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Homeland Security Extends TPS for Yemen for 18 Months http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/07/05/tps-holders-from-yemen-anxiously-await-news-of-whether-they-can-stay-in-the-u-s/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/07/05/tps-holders-from-yemen-anxiously-await-news-of-whether-they-can-stay-in-the-u-s/#respond Thu, 05 Jul 2018 13:39:51 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22744

The Yemeni community in the United States received word today that Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Yemen will be extended through March 3, 2020.  Approximately 1,250 Yemeni TPS will now be able to renew their status to avoid being returned to what the United Nations Secretary-General has labeled “the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.” Yemen has […]

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Asylum Seekers Fleeing Domestic Violence and Gangs Now Face Even Higher Hurdles to Protection http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/06/13/asylum-seekers-domestic-violence-gangs-hurdles-protection/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/06/13/asylum-seekers-domestic-violence-gangs-hurdles-protection/#respond Wed, 13 Jun 2018 22:04:04 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22612

In the latest attack on asylum seekers, Attorney General Jeff Sessions single-handedly overturned years of immigration precedent to find that many victims of violence will not qualify for asylum. His strongly-worded opinion strikes an especially devastating blow to Central American asylum seekers, the vast majority of whom seek protection in the United States after fleeing […]

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US Embassy Cables Reveal How Trump Officials Ignored Warnings About Ending Temporary Protected Status http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/05/09/cables-trump-warnings-temporary-protected-status/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/05/09/cables-trump-warnings-temporary-protected-status/#respond Wed, 09 May 2018 22:13:18 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22453

In recent months, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has methodically ended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for six countries, including over 300,000 people from El Salvador, Honduras, and Haiti. Newly revealed State Department cables now confirm that the Trump administration’s interest in ending these designations superseded stark warnings from U.S. embassies on the ground about […]

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After Almost 20 Years, Honduran Temporary Protected Status Holders Lose Permission to Stay http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/05/04/imminent-decision-looms-large-hondurans-tps-holders/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/05/04/imminent-decision-looms-large-hondurans-tps-holders/#respond Fri, 04 May 2018 17:03:17 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22427

Nearly 60,000 Hondurans learned today that they will no longer be able to remain in the United States with Temporary Protected Status (TPS), placing them at risk of deportation when termination takes effect in 18 months. Having lawfully resided in the United States for many years, Honduran TPS holders now face the impossible choice of […]

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Homeland Security Ends Temporary Protected Status for Earthquake-Ravaged Nepal http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/04/27/temporary-protected-status-earthquake-nepal/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/04/27/temporary-protected-status-earthquake-nepal/#respond Fri, 27 Apr 2018 13:33:43 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22383

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen has announced the termination of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Nepal. Designated in 2015 based on a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake, Nielsen found that conditions in Nepal “have decreased to a degree that they should no longer be regarded as substantial.” Thursday’s announcement delayed the effective date by 12 […]

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Migrant Caravan Making Its Way North to Be Greeted By a Complex Web of Immigration Laws http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/04/03/migrant-caravan-border-immigration-laws/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/04/03/migrant-caravan-border-immigration-laws/#respond Tue, 03 Apr 2018 15:05:47 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22244

Slowing making their way north through Mexico is a large caravan of migrants searching for safe haven, an opportunity to work, or the chance to reunite with family. Some will remain in Mexico, while others hope to reach the U.S.-Mexico border. But what will they face when they arrive? The caravan caught the attention of […]

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Long-Residing Liberians Are at Risk of Losing Protection from Deportation by the End of March http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/03/15/liberians-deportation-march/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/03/15/liberians-deportation-march/#comments Thu, 15 Mar 2018 21:03:32 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22148

While much of the national immigration conversation has focused on the fate of Dreamers and those with Temporary Protected Status, a little-known protection provided to Liberians is on the brink of expiration. This rarely-applied protection is known as Deferred Enforced Departure, a designation made by the president to provide temporary relief from deportation and work […]

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USCIS Changes to Asylum Interview Scheduling Allows Long-Pending Cases to Languish http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/02/23/uscis-changes-asylum-interview-scheduling-allows-long-pending-cases-languish/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/02/23/uscis-changes-asylum-interview-scheduling-allows-long-pending-cases-languish/#respond Fri, 23 Feb 2018 17:02:29 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22021

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) made abrupt and sweeping changes to how the agency will schedule interviews for affirmative asylum applications. Rather than interviewing those who have been waiting months or years for their interview, asylum offices will now prioritize brand new filings ahead of all others waiting in the queue. While scheduling asylum […]

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DHS Extends Temporary Protected Status for Syrians, but Leaves Some Without Protections http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/02/01/dhs-temporary-protected-status-syrians/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/02/01/dhs-temporary-protected-status-syrians/#comments Thu, 01 Feb 2018 21:10:30 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=21908

For the first time in many months, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) decided to extend a Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation – this time for Syria.  With civil war continuing to rage, the Secretary of Homeland Security is permitting Syrians another 18 months to be safe from deportation. But for the first time since […]

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Government Shuts Down While Negotiations Continue on Dream Act, but Most Immigration Functions Continue http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/01/20/government-shuts-negotiations-continue-dream-act-immigration-functions-continue/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/01/20/government-shuts-negotiations-continue-dream-act-immigration-functions-continue/#respond Sat, 20 Jan 2018 05:03:14 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=21841

With the national conversation focused squarely on Dreamers, Congress was unable to find common ground on a budget deal and has shut down the U.S. Government. Congressional leadership decided not to bring a vote on bipartisan Dream Act legislation. Instead, this was the fourth time in as many months that Congress looked to fund the […]

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3 Things You Need to Know About DACA Developments This Week http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/01/10/need-to-know-daca-developments-week/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/01/10/need-to-know-daca-developments-week/#comments Wed, 10 Jan 2018 22:24:53 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=21783

There has been a flurry of activity around finding a long-term solution for Dreamers this week. All three branches of government have engaged in these head-spinning developments, ultimately underscoring the need for an urgent fix for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients. In September, the administration ended the DACA program that provided a work […]

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Trump Administration Ends Protections for Long-Time Salvadoran Residents http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/01/08/trump-ends-protections-salvadoran/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/01/08/trump-ends-protections-salvadoran/#comments Mon, 08 Jan 2018 17:29:27 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=21768

The Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen announced the Trump administration will end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 200,000 individuals from El Salvador after 17 years. TPS allows individuals to live and work in the United States while their country experiences armed conflict, environmental disasters, and extraordinary and temporary conditions. The administration’s decision to end TPS for El Salvador is the fourth termination […]

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