How the Immigration System Works

14,000 Become U.S. Citizens to Celebrate Fourth of July

14,000 Become U.S. Citizens to Celebrate Fourth of July

Coinciding with the Fourth of July each year, naturalization ceremonies turn immigrants into new American citizens. This Independence Day, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will welcome over 14,000 new citizens nationwide. These new citizens will be naturalized in approximately 175 ceremonies across the country—at a time when the U.S. government’s negative rhetoric towards immigrants, […]

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Re-Definition of ‘Public Charge’ Could Drastically Slash Family Immigration

Re-Definition of ‘Public Charge’ Could Drastically Slash Family Immigration

The Trump administration is quietly attempting to revamp the U.S. immigration system by circumventing Congress and changing the nation’s immigration policies through new federal regulations. The administration has always favored a significant reduction in legal immigration and has pursued that goal through multiple avenues: admitting fewer refugees, cutting Temporary Protected Status for several countries, and […]

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Canadian Lawsuit Challenges the United States’ Designation as a Safe Country for Asylum Seekers

Canadian Lawsuit Challenges the United States’ Designation as a Safe Country for Asylum Seekers

The United States has historically been viewed as a nation that welcomes refugees fleeing from violence and persecution in their home countries. Yet, the Trump administration recently reiterated its proposal that Central American refugees seeking asylum in the United States should instead seek refuge in Mexico. As these debates on Mexico’s ability to take on […]

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Trump Administration Refugee Admissions Fall Drastically Short of Six-Month Benchmark

Trump Administration Refugee Admissions Fall Drastically Short of Six-Month Benchmark

Six months into fiscal year 2018, the Trump administration has admitted roughly 10,520 refugees, a number so low that it may be impossible to reach the 45,000 target set by the administration last fall. If admissions continue at this slow pace, the United States may barely reach 20,000 refugee admissions by the end of the […]

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The Invisible Wall That President Trump Has Already Built

The Invisible Wall That President Trump Has Already Built

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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The Military’s Strategic and Recruitment Goals Fail When Immigrants Can’t Serve

The Military’s Strategic and Recruitment Goals Fail When Immigrants Can’t Serve

The United States Armed Forces has long valued the contributions of immigrants—from the War of 1812 to the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East, U.S.-born and immigrant soldiers have fought alongside one another with no concern for nationality or immigration status. Yet, within the first several months of the Trump presidency, the administration has created […]

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How Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric Turns Immigrants Into Criminals

How Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric Turns Immigrants Into Criminals

It has been well established for decades that the vast majority of immigrants are not criminals by any stretch of the imagination. Yet, immigrants who have committed no violent offense are often subjected to a different kind of violence doled out by the U.S. immigration-enforcement system. Young undocumented immigrants who grew up in the United […]

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How the Diversity Visa Lottery Honors American Values

How the Diversity Visa Lottery Honors American Values

Americans value diversity and family. That is why our immigration system generally reflects those values. The U.S. diversity visa lottery, which was enshrined into law in 1990, was created to encourage legal immigration to the U.S. from countries other than those where immigrants usually migrate from, thus creating a greater diversity in our immigration pool. […]

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Trump Administration Issues New Visa Sanctions on Four Countries, In Retaliation for Their Stance on Deportation

Trump Administration Issues New Visa Sanctions on Four Countries, In Retaliation for Their Stance on Deportation

Following through on a directive from President Trump made during his first week in office, the State Department on Monday invoked a rarely-used law to impose visa restrictions on Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea, and Sierra Leone, declaring each country “recalcitrant” for refusing to accept the return of immigrants that the United States has ordered deported. Three […]

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Three-Year-Old Immigrant Child Released After Two Years of Detention

Three-Year-Old Immigrant Child Released After Two Years of Detention

An immigration judge ordered the immediate release of a three-year-old immigrant child and his mother from a detention center in rural Pennsylvania on Monday, stating that it was one of the most sympathetic cases for release he had encountered in his career. The child’s release marks what will hopefully be a positive turn for immigrant […]

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