Royce Murray

Royce Bernstein Murray is the Director of Policy and Media at the American Immigration Council. She oversees the organization’s administrative and legislative advocacy and ensures that the Council informs and shapes the narrative around immigration through effective engagement with the news media. Prior to joining the Council, Royce served as the Director of Policy at the Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center where she worked on issues impacting the due process rights, detention, and treatment of vulnerable immigrants. She previously worked as an immigration and human rights law consultant for organizations including the National Immigration Forum, Center for Global Development, and the World Bank’s Nordic Trust Fund. Royce was also an adjunct professor at the David A. Clarke School of Law at the University of the District of Columbia. She began her career working for the federal government as a Presidential Management Fellow and Asylum Officer for the Immigration and Naturalization Service and later at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Office of the Chief Counsel. She was introduced to immigration and asylum issues as an intern for the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (now “Human Rights First”), the Guatemala Human Rights Commission/USA, and Ayuda. She holds a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center and a Bachelor of Arts with distinction in political science from the University of Michigan. She is a member of the New York Bar.

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US Embassy Cables Reveal How Trump Officials Ignored Warnings About Ending Temporary Protected Status

US Embassy Cables Reveal How Trump Officials Ignored Warnings About Ending Temporary Protected Status

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revealed State Department cables now confirm that the Trump administration’s interest in ending these designations superseded stark warnings from U.S. embassies on the ground about […]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

Written by on May 4, 2018 in Waivers and Relief from Deportation with 0 Comments
After Almost 20 Years, Honduran Temporary Protected Status Holders Lose Permission to Stay

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

Homeland Security Ends Temporary Protected Status for Earthquake-Ravaged Nepal

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

Written by on April 3, 2018 in Border Enforcement, Detention, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Migrant Caravan Making Its Way North to Be Greeted By a Complex Web of Immigration Laws

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

Long-Residing Liberians Are at Risk of Losing Protection from Deportation by the End of March

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

USCIS Changes to Asylum Interview Scheduling Allows Long-Pending Cases to Languish

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

DHS Extends Temporary Protected Status for Syrians, but Leaves Some Without Protections

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

Written by on January 20, 2018 in DACA/DAPA, Enforcement, Immigration Courts, Legislation with 0 Comments
Government Shuts Down While Negotiations Continue on Dream Act, but Most Immigration Functions Continue

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

3 Things You Need to Know About DACA Developments This Week

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

Trump Administration Ends Protections for Long-Time Salvadoran Residents

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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