Immigration Impact http://immigrationimpact.com Fri, 17 Aug 2018 14:00:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 Immigration Judges’ Union Fights for Judicial Independence http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/08/17/immigration-judges-union-judicial-independence/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/08/17/immigration-judges-union-judicial-independence/#respond Fri, 17 Aug 2018 14:00:22 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22978

The National Association of Immigration Judges (NAIJ), the union that represents the nation’s immigration judges, is challenging the government’s decision to remove an immigration judge from a well-known case and replace him with a judge who immediately ordered the immigrant in the case deported. NAIJ’s grievance addresses the treatment of one immigration judge, but its […]

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Detention Is Not the Solution to Family Separation: 15 Years of Government Data Explain Why http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/08/16/detention-family-separation-government-data/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/08/16/detention-family-separation-government-data/#respond Thu, 16 Aug 2018 18:08:27 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22985

In the wake of the government separating thousands of asylum-seeking families, the Trump administration has scrambled to reunite families. In place of family separation, the administration is pursuing the expansion of an equally horrific practice: holding families in detention camps. This practice has sadly persisted in the United States since 2001. Neither option—separation or detention—is […]

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Students and Exchange Visitors at Risk of Being Barred from U.S. Under New USCIS Policy http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/08/15/students-and-exchange-visitors-at-risk-of-being-barred-from-u-s-under-new-uscis-policy/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/08/15/students-and-exchange-visitors-at-risk-of-being-barred-from-u-s-under-new-uscis-policy/#respond Wed, 15 Aug 2018 20:20:28 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22980

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a revised, final policy memorandum on August 9, 2018 that radically changes how the agency will determine 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 […]

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White House Residents Directly Benefit from America’s Generous Immigration System http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/08/14/white-house-benefit-immigration-system/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/08/14/white-house-benefit-immigration-system/#respond Tue, 14 Aug 2018 19:36:15 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22966

America’s generosity is reflected in our immigration system. Throughout our nation’s history (with some shameful exceptions), we have allowed individuals to come to the United States to reunite with family members and offered safety and protection to those who need it most. Yet the Trump White House publicly opposes these fundamental American traditions and values. […]

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Immigration Raid in Nebraska Devastates Local Agriculture Industry and Families http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/08/13/immigration-raid-nebraska-agriculture-industry/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/08/13/immigration-raid-nebraska-agriculture-industry/#respond Mon, 13 Aug 2018 20:50:49 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22950

A small town in Nebraska was rocked last week when Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents raided multiple businesses, arresting 133 undocumented immigrant workers in an operation which has already created upheaval in the community and its local agriculture industry. This raid is the latest amid a series of enforcement […]

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Family Separation, Harsh Enforcement Tactics Do Not Deter Migration http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/08/10/family-separation-enforcement-migration/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/08/10/family-separation-enforcement-migration/#respond Fri, 10 Aug 2018 15:06:50 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22935

When the Trump administration began prosecuting migrant families and separating thousands of children from their parents, many in the administration predicted this would significantly deter migrants looking to cross the U.S.-Mexico border. That has not been the case. A recent study based on new data from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) shows this policy […]

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President Trump’s Anti-‘Sanctuary’ City Order Is Unconstitutional http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/08/09/trump-sanctuary-city-order-unconstitutional/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/08/09/trump-sanctuary-city-order-unconstitutional/#respond Thu, 09 Aug 2018 19:00:03 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22930

A key part of President Trump’s effort to bar so-called “sanctuary” cities and counties from receiving money from the federal government has been ruled unconstitutional. Last week’s decision by a federal court of appeals is just the latest in a string of defeats for the Trump administration in federal court as it continues to attack […]

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DHS to Restart Deportation Cases for Hundreds of Thousands of Immigrants http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/08/08/dhs-deportation-cases-immigrants/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/08/08/dhs-deportation-cases-immigrants/#respond Wed, 08 Aug 2018 21:51:30 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22922

Recently released internal communications at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reveal a plan to restart the deportation cases of hundreds of thousands of people whose cases are currently administratively closed. This initiative has the potential to swell the immigration court backlog (currently at 730,000 cases) to over one million cases. Administrative closure is a docket-management […]

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Immigration Judges Are Rejecting More Asylum Requests Under the Trump Administration http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/08/07/immigration-judges-rejecting-asylum-requests-trump/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/08/07/immigration-judges-rejecting-asylum-requests-trump/#respond Tue, 07 Aug 2018 22:01:06 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22912

The Trump administration is working hard to undermine the asylum system through additional and unnecessary barriers, making it more difficult for those seeking refuge in the United States to be granted asylum. This is an ominous trend given that the U.S. government’s decision to either grant or reject an asylum request can be a life-or-death […]

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Judge Orders A Full Restart of DACA, but Its Future Remains Uncertain http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/08/06/judge-orders-restart-daca-future-uncertain/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/08/06/judge-orders-restart-daca-future-uncertain/#respond Mon, 06 Aug 2018 21:43:19 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22902

A federal judge on Friday ordered the Trump administration to restart the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative by August 23. This ruling in the D.C. District Court comes just days ahead of another hearing before a hardline conservative federal judge in Texas, where seven states have challenged the constitutionality of DACA. When President […]

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The Family Reunification Deadline Passed. What’s Next for Separated Families? http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/07/27/family-reunification-deadline-whats-next/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/07/27/family-reunification-deadline-whats-next/#respond Fri, 27 Jul 2018 21:43:11 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22879

The court-imposed deadline of July 26 for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to reunite families separated at the southern border has passed. So far, over 1800 children have been released to their parents. However, the Trump administration has refused to reunite hundreds of others by excluding many families from the reunification process. It remains unclear how far the […]

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Despite Bipartisan Amendments, House Committee Passes Enforcement-Focused Bill http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/07/26/amendments-house-passes-immigration-enforcement-bill/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/07/26/amendments-house-passes-immigration-enforcement-bill/#respond Thu, 26 Jul 2018 23:05:38 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22875

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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ICE Targets ‘Sanctuary’ Jurisdictions in Worksite Investigations http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/07/25/ice-sanctuary-worksite-investigations/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/07/25/ice-sanctuary-worksite-investigations/#respond Wed, 25 Jul 2018 21:07:11 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22869

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced on Tuesday that its agents had delivered I-9 audit notices to more than 5,200 businesses since January 2018, many of which were served in so-called “sanctuary” jurisdictions around the country. These audit notices, known as notices of inspection (NOIs), tell business owners that ICE is going to examine […]

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How Long Does It Take USCIS to Issue a Green Card? http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/07/24/how-long-does-uscis-issue-green-card/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/07/24/how-long-does-uscis-issue-green-card/#respond Tue, 24 Jul 2018 18:24:20 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22845

How long does it take to process an application for permanent residence in the United States, or a “green card?” You might be surprised by how difficult it is to find a reliable answer to this common question. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)—the agency that adjudicates applications for permanent residence and other immigration benefits—provides […]

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The Trump Administration Is Funneling Money From Health Programs to Fund Its Family Separation Policy http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/07/23/trump-funneling-money-health-programs-family-separation-policy/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/07/23/trump-funneling-money-health-programs-family-separation-policy/#respond Mon, 23 Jul 2018 19:43:34 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22830

The cost of the Trump administration’s family separation policy continues to skyrocket. In order to finance its self-made crisis, the administration has dipped into funds that were reserved for the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) medical research and rural health services. The financial ramifications of separating, detaining, and reuniting migrant children and their […]

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TPS Is Extended for Somalia, Leaving Only 4 of 10 Designations Intact http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/07/20/tps-extended-somalia-designations/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/07/20/tps-extended-somalia-designations/#respond Fri, 20 Jul 2018 21:51:03 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22818

The Secretary of Homeland Security completed her review of all pending Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designations this week, announcing that Somalia’s designation will be extended. That brings the total number of remaining TPS designations to just four countries, down from ten at the start of the Trump administration. Since January 2017, there has effectively been […]

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Government Uses Separated Children as Leverage to Coerce Parents Into Signing for Deportation http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/07/19/children-coerce-parents-signing-deportation/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/07/19/children-coerce-parents-signing-deportation/#respond Thu, 19 Jul 2018 21:06:46 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22811

Among the many questions presented by the separation of immigrant families at the border is whether detained parents are being coerced into signing paperwork ensuring their deportation. Without knowing whether or when they would see their children again, many parents may have unintentionally waived their right to seek asylum in a desperate attempt to speed […]

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USCIS Is Redefining Who Qualifies For Asylum in This New Guidance http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/07/18/uscis-redefining-qualifies-asylum-guidance/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/07/18/uscis-redefining-qualifies-asylum-guidance/#respond Wed, 18 Jul 2018 22:31:04 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22804

In its latest attack on asylum seekers, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued new guidance to asylum officers that will make it much harder for victims of domestic violence and gang violence to obtain asylum. The guidance follows a strongly worded opinion known as “Matter of AB” issued by Attorney General Jeff Sessions last […]

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It Is Legal to Seek Asylum http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/07/17/it-is-legal-to-seek-asylum/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/07/17/it-is-legal-to-seek-asylum/#respond Tue, 17 Jul 2018 23:00:37 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22801

As thousands of asylum-seeking parents were separated from their children in recent months, the Trump administration actively portrayed them as law breakers who must be prosecuted and punished for coming to the United States. Left out of the narrative is one well-established fact: it is legal to seek asylum. The Immigration and Nationality Act, which […]

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Federal Audit Outlines Lasting Impacts of Trump’s Executive Orders on Immigration http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/07/16/federal-audit-outlines-lasting-impacts-of-trumps-executive-orders-on-immigration/ http://immigrationimpact.com/2018/07/16/federal-audit-outlines-lasting-impacts-of-trumps-executive-orders-on-immigration/#respond Mon, 16 Jul 2018 22:02:53 +0000 http://immigrationimpact.com/?p=22793

President Trump wasted no time after assuming office in signing three executive orders which fundamentally changed the nature of immigration enforcement in the United States: Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements; Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States; and Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States (commonly known […]

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