Benefits & Relief

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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What Salvadorans With Temporary Protected Status Should Know Now

What Salvadorans With Temporary Protected Status Should Know Now

Secretary of Homeland Security Kristjen Nielsen announced on Monday that the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for El Salvador would be terminated. The decision to terminate TPS for some 200,000 Salvadorans comes on the heels of months of advocacy, which focused on their decades-long lawful residency in the United States and El Salvador’s ongoing problems […]

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USCIS Makes It Harder for Congress to Help Constituents with Immigration Cases

Written by on January 2, 2018 in Benefits & Relief with 0 Comments
USCIS Makes It Harder for Congress to Help Constituents with Immigration Cases

A critical service that members of Congress provide for their constituents is case assistance with the agencies that oversee federal programs like Social Security and immigration. Oftentimes, when constituents get stuck in backlogs or need help, a congressperson’s office can serve as a critical intermediary between an individual and an inefficient government agency.

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Congress Fails to Act on Protection for Dreamers In 2017

Written by on December 21, 2017 in DACA/DAPA, Legislation, News Flash with 0 Comments
Congress Fails to Act on Protection for Dreamers In 2017

Today, Congress agreed to continue funding the federal government at current levels through January 19, 2018, but it will not address a permanent legislative solution for Dreamers this year. Despite strong bipartisan support for including a legislative fix for Dreamers in the spending bill, Congress punted the issue to next year. Some in Congress argue that they have until March to pass […]

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Where Doug Jones Stands on Immigration Policy

Where Doug Jones Stands on Immigration Policy

Doug Jones, a former Democratic prosecutor once considered a longshot in Republican-majority Alabama, narrowly won the state’s Senate race Tuesday evening in what may ultimately prove to be a needed boost for immigrants’ rights on Capitol Hill. Jones’ stance on immigration was largely captured during the contentious Senate race, in which he was repeatedly questioned […]

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The Dream Act Could Add Millions to Your Congressional District

The Dream Act Could Add Millions to Your Congressional District

Current and former recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative are asking Congress to recognize the impact they and other Dreamers have on the United States, and to subsequently pass legislation that protects them from deportation and places them on a path to citizenship. One of the clear benefits of providing young […]

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The Senate Has Confirmed Kirstjen Nielsen as Secretary of Homeland Security

The Senate Has Confirmed Kirstjen Nielsen as Secretary of Homeland Security

This afternoon, the United States Senate confirmed Kirstjen Nielsen to be the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). As Secretary, she will oversee an ever-growing agency which includes the enforcement and services functions of immigration, airport security, disaster relief, the Secret Service, and more. During her confirmation hearing, Nielsen largely committed to carrying […]

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Dreamer Movement Gains Support as Deadline for a Legislative Solution Approaches

Written by on December 4, 2017 in Benefits & Relief, DACA/DAPA, Legislation with 0 Comments
Dreamer Movement Gains Support as Deadline for a Legislative Solution Approaches

A growing coalition is voicing its support for finding a permanent, legislative solution for the young immigrants thrown into limbo with the recent termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative. With more and more Dreamers losing their status by the day, a groundswell of support is forming to create a fix by […]

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As DHS Ends TPS for Haiti, a Pattern Emerges. What Comes Next?

As DHS Ends TPS for Haiti, a Pattern Emerges. What Comes Next?

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced last week that it would be ending Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti. 50,000 Haitians, along with hundreds of thousands of nationals from other countries, now face an uncertain future which could result in deportation to a country struggling to recover from an onslaught of environmental challenges. It […]

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Judge Grants Temporary Reprieve From Deportation to Indonesians Fearing Religious Persecution

Judge Grants Temporary Reprieve From Deportation to Indonesians Fearing Religious Persecution

After being lured to participate in an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) initiative that promised a reprieve from deportation, 51 Indonesian nationals suddenly were at risk for removal once again when the government agency decided to abruptly terminate the program. But on Monday, a federal district court judge in Boston ruled to extend her prior […]

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