Immigration Impact http://immigrationimpact.com Fri, 24 May 2019 13:16:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.1.1 U.S. Policies Make It Harder for Mexican Graduates to Participate Fully in the Workforce http://immigrationimpact.com/2019/05/24/mexican-graduates-participate-in-workforce/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2019/05/24/mexican-graduates-participate-in-workforce/#respond Fri, 24 May 2019 13:00:13 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=27306

A growing number of Mexican immigrants in the United States have college degrees, but many of them encounter obstacles to putting their education to productive use in this country. Problems involving legal status, credentialing, and English mastery often stand between these college graduates and professional jobs in their fields of study. A report from the […]

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Worsening Detention Conditions in Border Patrol Custody Highlighted in New Complaint http://immigrationimpact.com/2019/05/23/worsening-detention-conditions-in-border-patrol-custody-highlighted-in-new-complaint/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2019/05/23/worsening-detention-conditions-in-border-patrol-custody-highlighted-in-new-complaint/#respond Thu, 23 May 2019 20:09:18 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=27392

As rising numbers of families and children are arriving at the U.S. Mexico border and asking for asylum, the conditions they face while in the custody of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have gone from bad to worse. The conditions in so-called “iceboxes”—where migrants are held for days before being transferred elsewhere—have always been bad, […]

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Serving Our Country Is No Longer a Way for Immigrant Soldiers to Gain Citizenship http://immigrationimpact.com/2019/05/22/serving-our-country-immigrant-soldiers-citizenship/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2019/05/22/serving-our-country-immigrant-soldiers-citizenship/#respond Wed, 22 May 2019 21:59:29 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=27354

Immigrant soldiers in the U.S. military often use their service as a catalyst to apply for and gain citizenship. Traditionally, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) honored that service with a fast-tracked pathway to naturalization—granting soldiers citizenship to a country they already risked their lives for seemed beyond fair. But that has recently changed. New […]

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The Death Toll of Migrant Children in US Custody Continues to Rise http://immigrationimpact.com/2019/05/21/death-toll-migrant-children-us-custody-rise/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2019/05/21/death-toll-migrant-children-us-custody-rise/#respond Tue, 21 May 2019 21:07:42 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=27311

Reports surfaced this week about another migrant child – 10-year-old Darlyn Valle from El Salvador– who died in September of last year but whose death is just now being made public. Darlyn’s death is the sixth known death of a migrant child in the past eight months. News of her death came just one day […]

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DACA and TPS Beneficiaries Must Be Part of Any Conversation About Immigration Reform http://immigrationimpact.com/2019/05/20/daca-tps-conversation-immigration-reform/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2019/05/20/daca-tps-conversation-immigration-reform/#respond Mon, 20 May 2019 21:08:03 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=27263

President Trump unveiled an immigration proposal last week that would make drastic changes to our family-based immigration system and impose new security measures at our southern border. While the United States has not made major changes to its immigration system in over three decades, any meaningful immigration reform must address the needs of our current […]

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White House’s Misguided Immigration Reform Plan Is Set for Failure http://immigrationimpact.com/2019/05/17/white-house-immigration-reform-plan-failure/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2019/05/17/white-house-immigration-reform-plan-failure/#respond Fri, 17 May 2019 20:18:06 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=27161

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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Immigration Judges and Advocates Criticize Immigration Court System for ‘Propaganda’ http://immigrationimpact.com/2019/05/16/judges-criticize-immigration-court-system-propaganda/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2019/05/16/judges-criticize-immigration-court-system-propaganda/#respond Thu, 16 May 2019 21:59:24 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=27122

Amid growing calls for reforming the immigration court system, last week the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) sparked criticism when it put out a document “Myths vs. Facts About Immigration Proceedings.” The document, which claimed to bust 18 different “myths,” seemed intended to assuage concerns about the agency. Instead, it was met with widespread […]

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Federal Court Allows Controversial ‘Remain in Mexico’ Policy to Continue http://immigrationimpact.com/2019/05/15/federal-court-allows-remain-in-mexico-policy-continue/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2019/05/15/federal-court-allows-remain-in-mexico-policy-continue/#respond Wed, 15 May 2019 20:04:03 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=27092

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is resuming its controversial “Remain in Mexico” policy. This policy requires asylum-seeking Central American migrants who arrive at our Southern border to return to Mexico to await their immigration court hearings in the United States. A federal judge in California had previously blocked the policy’s implementation until the court […]

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Working Together Towards Shared Goals Can Help Heal America’s Deepest Divides http://immigrationimpact.com/2019/05/14/working-together-americas-divides/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2019/05/14/working-together-americas-divides/#respond Tue, 14 May 2019 19:11:11 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=27060

There are two pervasive trends taking hold in America today. One is deepening polarization and seemingly insurmountable political and cultural divides. And thanks to the rise in social media and the decline in membership in civic and faith groups, we are also becoming a nation of lonely-loners. Our country is plagued by too much individualism […]

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More Immigrants Requesting to Return to Their Countries of Origin Under Threat of Deportation http://immigrationimpact.com/2019/05/13/immigrants-requesting-return-their-countries-deportation/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2019/05/13/immigrants-requesting-return-their-countries-deportation/#respond Mon, 13 May 2019 20:35:39 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=27031

More immigrants facing deportation are requesting “voluntary departure” from the United States instead of fighting their cases in court. Voluntary departure is a process though which certain immigrants who the government is trying to deport in immigration court leave the United States without receiving a removal order. The number of applications for voluntary departure in […]

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How Florida’s SB 168 Will Benefit the Private Prison Industry http://immigrationimpact.com/2019/05/10/florida-sb168-private-prison-industry/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2019/05/10/florida-sb168-private-prison-industry/#respond Fri, 10 May 2019 22:23:14 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=26964

The Florida legislature recently passed SB 168 with the stated intent of ensuring that state officials and agencies fully cooperate with federal immigration authorities in enforcing immigration law. SB 168 could have far-reaching consequences in a state where one in five residents is an immigrant. SB 168 would prohibit any state/local entity or law enforcement […]

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Trump-Supporting Missouri Town Mounts Campaign to Protect One of Its Own from Deportation http://immigrationimpact.com/2019/05/09/trump-supporting-missouri-town-mounts-campaign-to-protect-one-of-its-own-from-deportation/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2019/05/09/trump-supporting-missouri-town-mounts-campaign-to-protect-one-of-its-own-from-deportation/#respond Thu, 09 May 2019 21:19:01 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=26923

New York Magazine, this week, tells the story of a Trump-Loving Town and its Favorite Undocumented Immigrant. The story features Alex Garcia, a native of Honduras, who has built deep personal relationships with his working class, Trump-supporting neighbors who are now organizing to prevent his deportation. Alex moved to Poplar Bluff, Missouri (population 17,000) in […]

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How Has Immigration Changed in the Last 100 Years? http://immigrationimpact.com/2019/05/08/how-has-immigration-changed-in-last-100-years/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2019/05/08/how-has-immigration-changed-in-last-100-years/#respond Wed, 08 May 2019 12:00:46 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=26842

Each new generation of immigrants to the United States has, in time, achieved a high degree of integration into U.S. society. Whether it was immigrants from southern and eastern Europe a century ago, or immigrants from Asia and Latin America today, newcomers eventually master English, settle into U.S. communities and workplaces, and contribute to the […]

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Federal Court Stops USCIS Policy Harmful to Students and Exchange Visitors http://immigrationimpact.com/2019/05/07/court-stops-uscis-policy-harmful-to-students-exchange-visitors/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2019/05/07/court-stops-uscis-policy-harmful-to-students-exchange-visitors/#respond Tue, 07 May 2019 11:52:44 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=26854

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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White House Demands Additional $4.5 Billion for Border http://immigrationimpact.com/2019/05/06/white-house-demands-four-billion-border-emergency/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2019/05/06/white-house-demands-four-billion-border-emergency/#respond Mon, 06 May 2019 21:36:09 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=26839

In a move designed to ratchet up pressure on Congress, last week the White House sent an emergency budget request to Congress asking for $4.5 billion of funding to deal with increased numbers of families arriving at the border. The money includes a request for funds that would permit Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to […]

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Local Officials in Massachusetts, New York Challenge ICE Courthouse Arrests http://immigrationimpact.com/2019/05/03/local-officials-in-massachusetts-new-york-challenge-ice-courthouse-arrests/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2019/05/03/local-officials-in-massachusetts-new-york-challenge-ice-courthouse-arrests/#respond Fri, 03 May 2019 21:13:56 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=26773

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has dramatically increased enforcement actions in and around state and local courthouses since 2017. As part of the Trump administration’s aggressive immigration enforcement agenda, ICE began using courthouses to conduct frequent civil immigration arrests. In practice, this means ICE agents—often unidentified and in plainclothes—have a greater presence in civil and […]

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Acting DHS Secretary McAleenan Attempts to Reset Relationship with Congress http://immigrationimpact.com/2019/05/02/acting-dhs-secretary-mcaleenan-attempts-to-reset-relationship-with-congress/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2019/05/02/acting-dhs-secretary-mcaleenan-attempts-to-reset-relationship-with-congress/#respond Thu, 02 May 2019 22:31:26 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=26743

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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Trump Wants to Make These 4 Disastrous Changes to the Asylum System http://immigrationimpact.com/2019/05/01/trump-wants-4-changes-asylum-system/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2019/05/01/trump-wants-4-changes-asylum-system/#respond Wed, 01 May 2019 21:22:24 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=26705

President Trump is calling for new regulations that will target asylum seekers arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border. These new rules would accelerate court hearings, limit options for relief, create new fees for an asylum application, and eliminate work permits for most asylum seekers. Taken together, the rules could prevent many from winning asylum and leave […]

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Personal Values and Friendly Contact Associated With Positive Attitudes Toward Undocumented Immigrants http://immigrationimpact.com/2019/04/30/personal-values-contact-attitudes-toward-undocumented/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2019/04/30/personal-values-contact-attitudes-toward-undocumented/#respond Tue, 30 Apr 2019 22:02:58 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=26674

We need to understand the views native-born Americans hold toward immigrants. This is central to building more welcoming communities and toning down our polarization. Unfortunately, most public opinion polls only reveal Americans’ conflicted views on immigration. There is little understanding about why Americans hold the views they do. A new report from the American Immigration […]

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Newly Unveiled Government Documents Show DHS’ Plans to Punish and Criminalize Parents http://immigrationimpact.com/2019/04/29/newly-unveiled-government-documents-show-dhs-plans-to-punish-and-criminalize-parents/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2019/04/29/newly-unveiled-government-documents-show-dhs-plans-to-punish-and-criminalize-parents/#respond Tue, 30 Apr 2019 00:50:02 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=26650

Acting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kevin McAleenan will testify before two congressional committees this week. He is likely to be asked questions about the government’s family separation polices, it’s poorly executed family reunification efforts, and what comes next for the families seeking protection inside the United States. McAlennan previewed what are sure to […]

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