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Federal Court Stops USCIS Policy Harmful to Students and Exchange Visitors

Federal Court Stops USCIS Policy Harmful to Students and Exchange Visitors

A federal district court recently prevented U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) from imposing a new policy that radically changed how the agency determines when a foreign student or exchange visitor is “unlawfully present” in the United States. “Unlawful presence” is a legal term used to describe any time spent in the United States after a foreign national’s period of authorized […]

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Acting DHS Secretary McAleenan Attempts to Reset Relationship with Congress

Written by on May 2, 2019 in Benefits & Relief, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Acting DHS Secretary McAleenan Attempts to Reset Relationship with Congress

Only weeks after being named the new Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Kevin McAleenan made his first appearance in front of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees this week. While it’s clear DHS will not change course on many of the policies implemented by former Secretary Nielsen, McAleenen seemed intent on […]

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HUD Proposes to Evict Citizens and Immigrants from Public Housing if They Have Undocumented Family Members

Written by on April 24, 2019 in Benefits & Relief with 0 Comments
HUD Proposes to Evict Citizens and Immigrants from Public Housing if They Have Undocumented Family Members

An estimated 25,000 families in public housing are of mixed-status, meaning that at least one family member is a citizen, legal permanent resident, or refugee and another member is undocumented. Although undocumented immigrants do not qualify for housing benefits, current rules allow them to live with their families who do qualify. However, this may soon […]

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Tuition Equity Policies for Immigrant Students Continue to Advance at the State Level

Written by on April 22, 2019 in DACA/DAPA, Economics, Integration, Tax Contributions with 0 Comments
Tuition Equity Policies for Immigrant Students Continue to Advance at the State Level

Attending a four-year public college or university is out of reach for many students without U.S. citizenship. But thanks to a growing number of new state laws—which make certain students eligible for in-state tuition rates—many more college hopefuls may be able to pursue higher education. There is a notable trend among the many immigration-related bills […]

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Closing USCIS International Offices Will Leave US Citizens, Military Members, and Refugees Abroad Without Help

Closing USCIS International Offices Will Leave US Citizens, Military Members, and Refugees Abroad Without Help

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ international field offices provide critical services to Americans living abroad, as well as refugees and other immigrants. But in a supposed effort to cut costs, the Trump administration plans to close all 23 offices that span 21 countries by the end of 2019. These offices are a lifeline for those […]

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Liberia’s DED Status Is Extended for Another Year

Liberia’s DED Status Is Extended for Another Year

The White House announced Thursday afternoon that it will extend Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) protections for Liberians living in the United States. DED will be extended through March 30, 2020. It was set to expire on Sunday, March 31, 2019. This is welcome news for thousands of Liberians who have been lawfully living in the […]

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An Update on TPS: A Promising New Bill, More Lawsuits, and an Uncertain Future

An Update on TPS: A Promising New Bill, More Lawsuits, and an Uncertain Future

More than 300,000 Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders whose status was due to expire in the coming months have new reasons to be hopeful. On the legislative front, Congress proposed a new bill to provide permanent status in the United States for many TPS holders and Dreamers. Separately, the Trump administration gave TPS holders from […]

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Families Hit Hardest by State Department Visa Denial Uptick

Written by on March 6, 2019 in Benefits & Relief with 0 Comments
Families Hit Hardest by State Department Visa Denial Uptick

Family reunification has long been the cornerstone of U.S. immigration policies. Yet, last year when the administration made changes to guidance around “public charge”—a policy that many consider an economic litmus test for who can come to or stay in the U.S.—advocates decried the impact it would have on families.

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The Government Is Hiding Information About How It Deports People – This Lawsuit Seeks to Expose That

The Government Is Hiding Information About How It Deports People – This Lawsuit Seeks to Expose That

The Trump administration’s aggressive enforcement tactics have made immigrants with final removal orders more vulnerable. That’s why it is more important than ever to have basic due process safeguards and to understand how they are implemented. A stay of removal (temporary reprieve from deportation) is one such safeguard in the deportation process. It helps ensure […]

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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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