Immigration Impact http://immigrationimpact.com Wed, 17 Oct 2018 20:49:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 The US Healthcare System Benefits From Immigrant Contributors http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/10/17/healthcare-system-benefits-immigrants-pay-more/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/10/17/healthcare-system-benefits-immigrants-pay-more/#respond Wed, 17 Oct 2018 20:48:32 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=23557

Insurers have always depended on large numbers of participants to pay into a pool so that those with the highest rates of usage are covered by those with lower rates. In other words, everyone in an insurance pool is interdependent on one another. In the case of private health insurance, immigrants are often helping shore […]

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New Court Filing Highlights the Government’s Official “Turnback Policy” for Asylum Seekers http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/10/16/court-governments-turnback-policy-asylum-seekers/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/10/16/court-governments-turnback-policy-asylum-seekers/#respond Tue, 16 Oct 2018 16:43:58 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=23541

Eight new asylum seekers joined a lawsuit last week that challenges U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials’ widespread and well-documented practice of turning back asylum seekers at U.S. ports of entry (POE) along the U.S.-Mexico border. The plaintiffs also amended the complaint in the lawsuit with new facts documenting an official “Turnback Policy” that […]

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Human Rights Groups Finds More Families Separated Than Originally Reported http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/10/15/human-rights-groups-finds-more-families-separated-than-originally-reported/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/10/15/human-rights-groups-finds-more-families-separated-than-originally-reported/#respond Mon, 15 Oct 2018 20:57:07 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=23534

A new report alleges that the Trump administration (and partially Obama administration) may have separated thousands more families than previously reported and also details how thousands of asylum seekers have been illegally turned away at the U.S.-Mexico border. Amnesty International released the report last Thursday which reveals that upwards of 1,000 more families than originally […]

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Disarray in Baltimore Immigration Court Is Emblematic of Systemic Issues http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/10/12/baltimore-immigration-court-issues/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/10/12/baltimore-immigration-court-issues/#respond Fri, 12 Oct 2018 19:38:57 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=23521

Overwhelmed immigration courts and massive court backlogs have long been a nation-wide problem. Hearings are regularly scheduled years in advance—in some jurisdictions, judges are scheduling hearings into 2022. This means that many immigrants are held in limbo for years, unable to move forward, while living with the uncertainty of whether or not they will be […]

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DHS Secretary Nielsen Makes Laughable Claim That Agency Does Not Detain Children http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/10/11/dhs-secretary-claim-agency-does-not-detain-children/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/10/11/dhs-secretary-claim-agency-does-not-detain-children/#respond Thu, 11 Oct 2018 20:56:25 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=23503

Senators grilled Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen about the Trump administration’s harsh immigration policies, including its practice of detaining migrant children and families, at a hearing on Wednesday. The most jarring moment of the hearing was when Secretary Nielsen repeatedly refused to admit that her agency detains children. During the “Threats to […]

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The United States Must Embrace Global Talent, As High-Skilled Foreign Workers Go Elsewhere http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/10/10/united-states-global-talent-foreign-workers/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/10/10/united-states-global-talent-foreign-workers/#respond Wed, 10 Oct 2018 20:08:01 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=23480

If the U.S. government closes the door to highly skilled foreign workers, other countries stand ready to embrace their contributions. For instance, while the Trump administration contemplates an overhaul of the H-1B temporary employment visa, a process that would make it more difficult to obtain them, the Canadian government is offering the opposite. Canada is […]

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The Government Tried to Turn Local Cops Into Immigration Agents – The Result Was Disastrous http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/10/09/local-cops-turn-immigration-agents/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/10/09/local-cops-turn-immigration-agents/#respond Tue, 09 Oct 2018 19:31:41 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=23453

For years, the federal government has attempted to partner with local communities on immigration enforcement, raising a host of problems. This form of collaboration steers limited local resources away from community safety and toward punitive federal immigration enforcement goals. The biggest criticism of these partnerships is the chilling effect they have on community members who […]

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DHS Inspector General Issues Scathing Report on Trump’s Family Separation Policy http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/10/05/dhs-inspector-general-issues-scathing-report-on-trumps-family-separation-policy/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/10/05/dhs-inspector-general-issues-scathing-report-on-trumps-family-separation-policy/#respond Fri, 05 Oct 2018 22:12:38 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=23429

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) issued a special report this week revealing its findings following an investigation into the Trump administration’s contentious family separation policy. The OIG’s primary finding is that DHS was “not fully prepared to implement the Zero Tolerance Policy.” Further, the OIG found that DHS […]

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Federal Court Blocks Trump’s Efforts to Terminate Temporary Protected Status for 250,000 Recipients http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/10/04/court-blocks-trumps-terminate-temporary-protected-status/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/10/04/court-blocks-trumps-terminate-temporary-protected-status/#respond Thu, 04 Oct 2018 18:22:45 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=23421

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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Surprise Government Inspection Finds Nooses in ICE Detention Center, Doctors Refusing to Treat Immigrant Detainees http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/10/03/inspection-finds-nooses-ice-detention-center/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/10/03/inspection-finds-nooses-ice-detention-center/#respond Wed, 03 Oct 2018 20:43:56 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=23415

When government officials conducted a surprise inspection of the immigration detention center in Adelanto, California this May, they were met by many signs of serious neglect and abuse, including the chilling sight of nooses made from twisted bed sheets hanging in multiple cells. This abuse and neglect are highlighted in a new report by the […]

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USCIS Begins Implementing Plan to Issue More Deportation Notices http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/10/02/uscis-issue-more-deportation-notices/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/10/02/uscis-issue-more-deportation-notices/#respond Tue, 02 Oct 2018 20:30:09 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=23404

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued guidance to its officers in June instructing them to initiate deportation proceedings for certain applicants who were denied immigration benefits. At the same time, the agency put the guidance on hold and solicited comments from the public. On Monday, the guidance went into full effect, putting thousands of […]

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As Immigration Court Quotas Go Into Effect, Many Call For Reform http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/10/01/immigration-court-quotas-call-reform/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/10/01/immigration-court-quotas-call-reform/#respond Mon, 01 Oct 2018 20:09:53 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=23395

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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Which Immigration Cases Will the Supreme Court Hear This Term? http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/09/28/which-immigration-cases-supreme-court-hear-term/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/09/28/which-immigration-cases-supreme-court-hear-term/#respond Fri, 28 Sep 2018 20:30:38 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=23386

On October 1, the Supreme Court will begin hearing cases for the start of its 2018-2019 term. Although only one immigration case is currently scheduled to be heard, challenges to President Trump’s immigration policies will likely end up in front of the Court by the end of the term. As it did in 2016, the […]

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In the Face of a Shutdown, Trump and Congress Delay Border Wall Fight Until December http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/09/27/shutdown-trump-congress-border-wall/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/09/27/shutdown-trump-congress-border-wall/#respond Thu, 27 Sep 2018 21:29:15 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=23372

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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Sessions Limits Immigration Judges’ Ability to Dismiss Deportation Cases http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/09/26/sessions-limits-immigration-judges-deportation-cases/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/09/26/sessions-limits-immigration-judges-deportation-cases/#respond Wed, 26 Sep 2018 21:31:04 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=23361

In his latest attempt to micromanage immigration judges and ensure a maximum number of deportations, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a decision last week restricting a judge’s ability to terminate cases. He made this decision despite the fact that these cases may be unnecessary to pursue and helpful to clear out as judges manage their […]

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A Record 13,300 Migrant Children Are Being Detained by the Trump Administration http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/09/25/13300-migrant-children-detained-trump-administration/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/09/25/13300-migrant-children-detained-trump-administration/#respond Tue, 25 Sep 2018 17:41:00 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=23346

The Trump administration is holding a record level of 13,300 migrant children in its custody, forcing the government to shift hundreds of millions of dollars to ensure there is enough money and bed space in Health and Human Services (HHS) facilities. This increase is largely due to the administration’s new policies and not an indication […]

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The Proposed Changes to Public Charge: What You Need to Know http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/09/24/changes-public-charge-what-you-need-to-know/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/09/24/changes-public-charge-what-you-need-to-know/#respond Mon, 24 Sep 2018 22:13:05 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=23323

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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More Communities Say They Won’t Jail Immigrants for ICE http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/09/21/communities-wont-jail-immigrants-ice/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/09/21/communities-wont-jail-immigrants-ice/#respond Fri, 21 Sep 2018 17:16:12 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=23309

A growing number of communities are reevaluating their role in detaining immigrants on behalf of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Local officials in Atlanta, Georgia recently decided to stop holding individuals for ICE in the city’s jails. The city was directed to “permanently stop accepting and housing ICE detainees at the Atlanta City Detention […]

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New Census Data Show Immigrants Complement Natives in the US Workforce http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/09/20/census-data-immigrants-workforce/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/09/20/census-data-immigrants-workforce/#respond Thu, 20 Sep 2018 17:13:50 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=23293

Every year, the Census Bureau releases new data from its American Community Survey (ACS), which contains a wealth of information about the characteristics of the U.S. population. Without fail, this data always underscores the significant extent to which immigrants contribute to the U.S. economy. The 2017 data—released in September 2018—was no exception. As the ACS data […]

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Two Border Patrol Agents Charged with Murder Highlights the Need for Robust Hiring Standards http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/09/19/border-patrol-agents-murder-hiring-standards/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/09/19/border-patrol-agents-murder-hiring-standards/#respond Wed, 19 Sep 2018 15:33:11 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=23275

For the second time this year, a Border Patrol agent has been charged with murdering multiple people in Texas. Both agents were hired nearly a decade ago amidst a surge in staffing that backfired on U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in many ways, resulting in Congress passing an act to improve hiring practices. However, […]

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