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New USCIS Policy Places Certain Students and Exchange Visitors at Serious Risk of Being Barred from the United States

New USCIS Policy Places Certain Students and Exchange Visitors at Serious Risk of Being Barred from the United States

In another attempt to restrict legal immigration, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a policy change to the way foreign students and exchange visitors accrue unlawful presence—a legal term used to describe any time spent in the United States after a foreign national’s period of authorized stay has ended. Effective August 9, 2018, this […]

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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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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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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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Government Threatens Families, Communities with Looming Temporary Protected Status Decisions

Government Threatens Families, Communities with Looming Temporary Protected Status Decisions

  The United States is currently home to an estimated 325,000 individuals with Temporary Protected Status (TPS), a temporary immigration status granted to nationals of specifically designated countries that are facing an ongoing armed conflict, environmental disaster, or extraordinary and temporary conditions. Combined, more than 90 percent of these beneficiaries, or TPS holders, are from […]

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Trump Nominee for USCIS Director Testifies before Senate Committee

Trump Nominee for USCIS Director Testifies before Senate Committee

President Trump’s pick for the next director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Lee Francis Cissna, recently testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee. This was the first congressional body to publicly vet Cissna after his nomination. The content of this hearing, coupled with his work advising the Trump campaign, and cozy relationship with a […]

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New Lawsuit Challenges Preliminary Injunction in United States v. Texas

New Lawsuit Challenges Preliminary Injunction in United States v. Texas

In February 2015, a court in Texas issued a nationwide preliminary injunction in the case challenging the expansion of President’s Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative and the launch of Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA). The injunction effectively halted implementation of the initiatives and also rolled back […]

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Setting the Record Straight on the Leaked Government Memo on Work Authorization

Setting the Record Straight on the Leaked Government Memo on Work Authorization

Recently, a leaked memo related to the Department of Homeland Security’s ongoing deliberations about reforming the employment-based immigrant visa system was published online. An “investigative associate” with the restrictionist organization Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) wrote an op-ed in The Hill making grossly inaccurate statements about the contents of the leaked memo—indicating that it applied […]

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Restrictionists Continue to Attack H-4 Work Authorization

Restrictionists Continue to Attack H-4 Work Authorization

Save Jobs USA—an organization comprised of IT workers who claim they lost their jobs to H-1B workers—still wants to overturn the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) rule that allows certain H-4 spouses (i.e., spouses of H-1B workers) to apply for work authorization. Although Save Jobs was unsuccessful in stopping the rule before USCIS began accepting […]

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Court Rejects Restrictionists’ Attempts to Derail Work Authorization for H-4 Spouses

Court Rejects Restrictionists’ Attempts to Derail Work Authorization for H-4 Spouses

Despite immigration restrictionists’ efforts to derail implementation, a new rule went into effect this week allowing certain H-4 spouses (i.e., spouses of H-1B workers) to apply for work authorization. This new policy, announced as part of the Administration’s package of Executive Actions on immigration, permits H-4s to obtain work authorization where the H-1B spouse is […]

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