How the Immigration System Works

White House’s Misguided Immigration Reform Plan Is Set for Failure

White House’s Misguided Immigration Reform Plan Is Set for Failure

President Trump announced his new plan for overhauling the legal immigration system on Thursday. The plan is short on details, but it rests on principles that the Trump administration has touted before. Specifically, the proposal emphasizes the desire to radically curtail family-based immigration while prioritizing certain attributes that are viewed as an expression of “merit.” […]

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Why the White House’s Measures to Curb Visa Overstays Are Inadequate

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Why the White House’s Measures to Curb Visa Overstays Are Inadequate

The White House issued a memo on Monday directing the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security to provide recommendations to reduce visa overstays. The recommendations, which are expected within 120 days, may include suspending or limiting entry of nationals of countries with high nonimmigrant visa overstay rates. Why is the administration pursuing these changes now? […]

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Immigrants Are Regularly Kept Locked up for Months After Deportation Orders

Immigrants Are Regularly Kept Locked up for Months After Deportation Orders

When the U.S. government orders that an immigrant in its custody must be deported, the person isn’t supposed to remain incarcerated for long. Yet the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) often does not deport people promptly. This means thousands of people suffer in detention for months after they’re ordered deported. This is what the DHS’s […]

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Immigration Groups Are Using This Tool to Expose Government Secrets

Immigration Groups Are Using This Tool to Expose Government Secrets

Many of the country’s top immigration agencies operate in secret. This lack of transparency in how immigration laws are implemented, administered, and enforced has the potential to devastate the lives of millions of immigrants and their families. Fortunately, there is a powerful tool—the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)—that ensures government agencies comply with their obligations […]

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Trump’s State of the Union Speech Reflects a Fundamental Misunderstanding of Immigration

Trump’s State of the Union Speech Reflects a Fundamental Misunderstanding of Immigration

Speaking before Congress and the nation Tuesday evening, President Trump once again promised bipartisanship and instead delivered division. When it came to immigration, the president neither offered an olive branch nor acknowledged the devastating effects of his administration’s actions to date. Rather than offer solutions to the actual problems facing immigrants across the country, his […]

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USCIS Processing Times Get Even Slower Under Trump

USCIS Processing Times Get Even Slower Under Trump

The Trump administration has slowed the processing of immigration benefit applications to a crawl, causing needless harm to immigrants, their families, and their employers. Under President Trump, the backlog of applications at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) doubled in the span of only one year. A recent analysis of USCIS data by the American […]

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More People Overstay Their Visas Than Cross the Border Illegally – Our Immigration Laws Need to Address That

More People Overstay Their Visas Than Cross the Border Illegally – Our Immigration Laws Need to Address That

New estimates of the undocumented population in the United States confirm a trend that has been apparent for several years: the number of people who become undocumented each year by overstaying their visa now greatly exceeds the number who entered with no visa at all. This suggests that our immigration laws—and our immigration-enforcement mechanisms in […]

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Proposed ‘Public Charge’ Regulation Draws Hundreds of Thousands of Comments

Proposed ‘Public Charge’ Regulation Draws Hundreds of Thousands of Comments

On Monday night, the 60–day comment period for the Trump administration’s proposed public charge regulation drew to a close. More than 210,000 comments were submitted, with the majority of publicly available comments opposing the rule. Comments on the proposed regulation, which has the potential to drastically slash legal immigration, will now be reviewed before any […]

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What Matthew Whitaker’s Designation as Acting Attorney General Means for Immigration

What Matthew Whitaker’s Designation as Acting Attorney General Means for Immigration

Following Jeff Sessions’ resignation as Attorney General, President Trump named Matthew Whitaker to replace him—a move that has already inspired multiple lawsuits that contend the designation was illegal. In a recent immigration case, an amicus brief explains why designating Sessions’ former chief of staff is unlawful. The amicus brief was filed in Matter of Negusie, […]

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Changes to USCIS Policy Will Directly Impact Vulnerable Immigrants

Changes to USCIS Policy Will Directly Impact Vulnerable Immigrants

The Trump administration’s move to deport more people from the United States has come into sharp focus again as it targets some of the most vulnerable immigrants with its Notice to Appear (NTA) policy. The new policy, announced in June 2018, had already dramatically altered the role of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) by […]

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