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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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Trump’s Illegal Ban on Asylum Seekers Solves Nothing

Written by on November 9, 2018 in Asylum, Executive Action, Humanitarian Protection with 0 Comments
Trump’s Illegal Ban on Asylum Seekers Solves Nothing

In response to a much over-hyped caravan of migrants slowly trekking north through Mexico, the Trump administration announced new rules to block people from applying for asylum if they cross between the ports of entry along the Southern border. The rules take effect immediately, setting the stage for an utterly avoidable crisis that will put […]

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2018 Midterms and Immigration: What Will Congress Do Next?

Written by on November 7, 2018 in Enforcement, Humanitarian Protection, Reform with 0 Comments
2018 Midterms and Immigration: What Will Congress Do Next?

While the pundits digest the lessons to be learned from the 2018 midterm elections, one takeaway is immediately clear: many Americans want Congress to resume its critical role of checks and balances on the Trump administration and its overzealous immigration agenda. Democrats’ control of the House of Representatives offers significant opportunity for the 116th Congress […]

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Ending Birthright Citizenship Could Put All Americans’ Nationality in Jeopardy

Ending Birthright Citizenship Could Put All Americans’ Nationality in Jeopardy

On Monday night, President Trump told reporters that he intended to end birthright citizenship and claimed that he could do so with an executive order. Birthright citizenship comes from the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which states that “Any person born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, is a […]

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Federal Court Blocks Trump’s Efforts to Terminate Temporary Protected Status for 250,000 Recipients

Federal Court Blocks Trump’s Efforts to Terminate Temporary Protected Status for 250,000 Recipients

Just weeks ahead of thousands of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders beginning to lose their immigration status, a federal court in California blocked the Trump administration’s decision to terminate the TPS designations for El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Sudan. At least for now, this unexpected lifeline will temporarily protect hundreds of thousands of TPS holders […]

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As Immigration Court Quotas Go Into Effect, Many Call For Reform

As Immigration Court Quotas Go Into Effect, Many Call For Reform

On October 1, immigration judges around the country will arrive at work and face a daunting new task; complete 700 removal cases in the next year or risk official sanction. The new court quotas and performance metrics were imposed as part of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ ongoing push to reduce immigration court backlogs. Immigrant advocates […]

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In the Face of a Shutdown, Trump and Congress Delay Border Wall Fight Until December

Written by on September 27, 2018 in Detention, Enforcement, Legislation with 0 Comments
In the Face of a Shutdown, Trump and Congress Delay Border Wall Fight Until December

President Trump announced on Wednesday that he plans to sign a spending bill that will fund some federal agencies for the entire fiscal year, as well as provide a short-term fix for six others through December 7. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is among those agencies funded only through December. Congressional Republicans had urged […]

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The Proposed Changes to Public Charge: What You Need to Know

The Proposed Changes to Public Charge: What You Need to Know

Over the weekend, the Trump administration took steps to radically transform a little-known provision of immigration law that could have an outsized impact on legal immigration. In proposed regulations posted on Saturday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) indicated that it would redefine the legal term “public charge” to block green cards for low-income immigrants […]

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John McCain’s Legacy on Immigration

John McCain’s Legacy on Immigration

The United States Senate and Republican Party lost one of their biggest champions for bipartisan immigration reform and most vocal critics of President Trump’s immigration policies when Senator John S. McCain III (R-AZ) passed away at the age of 81 last week. While McCain will largely be remembered for his 32-year career in the Senate […]

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Despite Bipartisan Amendments, House Committee Passes Enforcement-Focused Bill

Despite Bipartisan Amendments, House Committee Passes Enforcement-Focused Bill

The House Appropriations Committee passed the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding bill that provides the agency with its budget for Fiscal Year 2019, which begins October 1, 2018. The bill includes funding for record high levels of detention beds and billions for President Trump’s controversial border wall. Surprisingly, several amendments were attached that provide […]

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