Immigration Impact http://immigrationimpact.com Wed, 20 Jun 2018 17:44:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 On World Refugee Day, a Look at the Trump Administration’s Ugly Track Record on Refugees http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/06/20/world-refugee-day-trump-track-record/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/06/20/world-refugee-day-trump-track-record/#respond Wed, 20 Jun 2018 17:32:08 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22664

Across the globe, people gather together to celebrate World Refugee Day on June 20. Started in 2001, this day not only commends the courage and determination of the currently 25.4 million recognized refugees, but is also a time for countries and institutions to recommit to the principles of the United Nation’s 1951 Refugee Convention and […]

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The Trump Administration Is Choosing to Separate Children From Their Parents Every Day http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/06/19/trump-administration-choosing-separate-children-parents/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/06/19/trump-administration-choosing-separate-children-parents/#respond Tue, 19 Jun 2018 21:33:44 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22654

Every day under the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is choosing to separate children from their parents. Despite claims by the administration to the contrary, the separation of families could stop today if the Attorney General and DHS chose to end the policy. In the past few days, there […]

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Trump’s Signature Family Separation Policy and Migrant Kid Jails Meet Outrage http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/06/18/trump-family-separation-policy-kid-outrage/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/06/18/trump-family-separation-policy-kid-outrage/#respond Mon, 18 Jun 2018 19:18:12 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22643

The outcry against family separation has only just begun. The Trump administration’s cruel policy of separating migrant children from their parents when they cross the U.S.-Mexico border is drawing sharp criticism from many corners. In addition to protests held by everyday Americans, faith leaders, pediatricians, and high-profile figures such as former First Lady Laura Bush […]

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Read This Year’s ‘Celebrate America’ Creative Writing Contest Winning Entry http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/06/15/read-celebrate-america-writing-contest-winning-entry/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/06/15/read-celebrate-america-writing-contest-winning-entry/#respond Fri, 15 Jun 2018 15:29:13 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22621

  The American Immigration Council is proud to announce the winner of the 21st Annual Celebrate America Fifth Grade Creative Writing Contest. This contest encourages educators to incorporate lessons on U.S. immigration into their classrooms and gives fifth graders the opportunity to explain, in their own words, why they are proud America is a nation of […]

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As Ramadan Ends, Religious Rights Abuses Emerge at Immigrant Detention Center http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/06/14/ramadan-abuses-detention-center/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/06/14/ramadan-abuses-detention-center/#respond Thu, 14 Jun 2018 19:53:28 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22617

The end of Ramadan 2018 is here, which is the holy month of fasting, contemplation, and prayer for Muslims worldwide. Yet, despite the First Amendment’s protection of the right to practice one’s religion of choice, reports have surfaced of abuses against Muslim detainees attempting to participate in the holy month at the Glades County Detention […]

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Asylum Seekers Fleeing Domestic Violence and Gangs Now Face Even Higher Hurdles to Protection http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/06/13/asylum-seekers-domestic-violence-gangs-hurdles-protection/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/06/13/asylum-seekers-domestic-violence-gangs-hurdles-protection/#respond Wed, 13 Jun 2018 22:04:04 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22612

In the latest attack on asylum seekers, Attorney General Jeff Sessions single-handedly overturned years of immigration precedent to find that many victims of violence will not qualify for asylum. His strongly-worded opinion strikes an especially devastating blow to Central American asylum seekers, the vast majority of whom seek protection in the United States after fleeing […]

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How Family-Based Immigrants Succeed in the US Economy http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/06/12/family-based-immigrants-economy/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/06/12/family-based-immigrants-economy/#respond Tue, 12 Jun 2018 22:27:30 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22605

Migration based on family ties has long been the foundation of the U.S. immigration system. Yet lawmakers are proposing drastic cuts to family-based immigration in favor of immigrants who come to the United States based on their skill sets, arguing that these immigrants add more value to the U.S. economy. However, this distinction between skill-based […]

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Sessions Rolls Back Asylum Protections for Domestic and Gang Violence Victims http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/06/11/sessions-asylum-protections-domestic-gang-violence-victims/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/06/11/sessions-asylum-protections-domestic-gang-violence-victims/#respond Mon, 11 Jun 2018 20:54:50 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22598

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Monday his decision to overturn earlier court precedent effectively rolling back protections for asylum-seeking men, women, and children fleeing domestic violence and criminal gangs. Sessions referred Matter of A-B- to himself earlier this year—a case involving a Salvadoran woman who came to the United States seeking asylum after being […]

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Ohio Worksite Immigration Raid Ignores the Impact on the Local Community http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/06/08/ohio-worksite-raid-ignores-impact-local-community/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/06/08/ohio-worksite-raid-ignores-impact-local-community/#respond Fri, 08 Jun 2018 15:29:42 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22591

More than 100 workers were arrested at a gardening and landscaping company in northern Ohio on Wednesday, marking another massive employment crackdown under the Trump administration. This raid comes two months after one of the largest employment crackdowns in a decade took place at a meat-processing plant in rural Tennessee. According to ICE’s acting director […]

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Asylum Seeker Files Lawsuit After CBP Officers Falsify Paperwork and Then Deport Him http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/06/07/asylum-seeker-lawsuit-cbp/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/06/07/asylum-seeker-lawsuit-cbp/#respond Thu, 07 Jun 2018 18:17:52 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22583

Time and time again, immigrants seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border are never given a meaningful opportunity by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers to explain why they fear returning to their country of origin. All too often CBP officers fail to follow the rules designed to protect asylum seekers at the border, and […]

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Trump’s Zero-Tolerance Immigration Policy Treats Parents like Criminals http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/06/06/trump-zero-tolerance-policy-parents/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/06/06/trump-zero-tolerance-policy-parents/#respond Wed, 06 Jun 2018 21:32:04 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22577

Since the implementation of a “zero-tolerance” policy in April 2018 toward illegal entry (as well as attempted illegal entry) into the United States, criminal prosecutions of unauthorized border-crossers under the Trump administration have started to rise. Criminal prosecutions of migrants apprehended by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) along the southwest border with Mexico jumped a […]

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Celebrating Immigrant Heritage Month and Being Welcoming Is Good for You and Your Community http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/06/05/immigrant-heritage-month-welcoming-community/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/06/05/immigrant-heritage-month-welcoming-community/#respond Tue, 05 Jun 2018 22:11:57 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22569

June is Immigrant Heritage Month, and given the shrill and often negative rhetoric we hear around immigration, it seems more important than ever to take time to appreciate our immigration history and what newcomers bring to our nation and our lives. Though our country’s roots can be largely traced back to successive generations of immigrants, […]

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Immigrants Are Dying in ICE Custody, So We’re Demanding an Investigation http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/06/04/medical-care-oversight-immigration-detention-center/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/06/04/medical-care-oversight-immigration-detention-center/#respond Mon, 04 Jun 2018 20:23:38 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22563

The government has a longstanding history of failing to provide adequate medical and mental health care to immigrants detained in the Denver Contract Detention Facility in Aurora, CO. This systemic failure has led to widespread insufficiencies within the facility—as well as the tragic death of two immigrants entrusted in its care. In response to this […]

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United States Seeks to Reject Asylum Seekers by Designating Mexico a Safe Third Country http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/06/01/asylum-seekers-mexico-safe-third-country/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/06/01/asylum-seekers-mexico-safe-third-country/#respond Fri, 01 Jun 2018 14:46:53 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22553

For generations, the United States has opened its doors to individuals from around the world seeking safety and protection. The process of seeking asylum in the United States is rigorous and well-established under U.S. law. But in a cynical attempt to reject asylum seekers who present themselves at ports of entry along the U.S. southern […]

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DHS Acts to Eliminate Opportunities for Foreign Entrepreneurs and U.S. Job Growth http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/05/31/dhs-foreign-international-entrepreneur-rule/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/05/31/dhs-foreign-international-entrepreneur-rule/#respond Thu, 31 May 2018 19:37:17 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22547

The Trump administration continued its shortsighted attack on businesses this week, indicating it will end a rule allowing foreign entrepreneurs to grow start-up companies in the United States. The International Entrepreneur Rule (IER) was designed to bring the talent, ideas, and initiative of foreign entrepreneurs to the United States by easing the process for them […]

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Trump’s Nominee for Refugee Bureau Has an Anti-Immigrant History http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/05/30/trump-nominee-refugee-anti-immigrant/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/05/30/trump-nominee-refugee-anti-immigrant/#respond Wed, 30 May 2018 20:28:05 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22540

When it comes to U.S. refugee policy, the Trump administration is asking Congress to let the fox guard the hen house. The administration has nominated Ronald Mortensen to be assistant secretary of state for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM), housed within the U.S. State Department. Mortensen is a retired foreign service officer, […]

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What Happens When Migrant Children Are Taken Into U.S. Custody? http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/05/29/when-migrant-children-taken-into-custody/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/05/29/when-migrant-children-taken-into-custody/#respond Tue, 29 May 2018 21:16:19 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22533

The glut of stories surfacing about family separation and the increasing number of migrant children being taken into U.S. custody is deeply concerning. In the past, children detained in shelters had arrived at the border without an adult. Now, however, the U.S. government is making children unaccompanied by intentionally separating them from their parents upon […]

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DHS Prosecutes Over 600 Parents in Two-Week Span and Seizes their Children http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/05/25/dhs-prosecutes-over-600-parents-in-two-week-span-and-seizes-their-children/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/05/25/dhs-prosecutes-over-600-parents-in-two-week-span-and-seizes-their-children/#respond Fri, 25 May 2018 16:19:55 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22530

Following implementation of a “zero tolerance” policy by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Justice (DOJ), where migrants who enter without inspection are referred for criminal prosecution, a DHS official announced that 638 parents who crossed with children had been prosecuted in just a 13-day span this month. The admission raises a […]

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Government Playing Fast and Loose With ‘Gang Member’ Label http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/05/24/immigrant-gang-myth/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/05/24/immigrant-gang-myth/#respond Thu, 24 May 2018 21:18:15 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22526

There is no doubt that criminal gangs operating in the United States adversely impact the lives of many people living in communities throughout the country. However, in a nefarious act, President Trump is attempting to cast young people fleeing Central America as gang members—which is simply untrue. As the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) points […]

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Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Oppose Revoking Work Authorization for Spouses of H1-B Holders http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/05/23/lawmakers-work-authorization-spouses-h1b/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/05/23/lawmakers-work-authorization-spouses-h1b/#respond Wed, 23 May 2018 21:50:18 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22519

In a rare show of bipartisanship, 130 members of Congress sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirsten Nielsen urging her to maintain the current regulation granting work authorization to spouses of H-1B visa holders. This letter is part of an  effort by lawmakers to sway the Trump administration, which has made […]

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