The Fate of Hundreds of Thousands of TPS Recipients to Be Decided

The Fate of Hundreds of Thousands of TPS Recipients to Be Decided

Thousands of immigrants living and working in the United States are poised to learn whether their temporary immigration status will be extended or terminated in the coming days. The 300,000 nationals of El Salvador, Honduras, Haiti, and Nicaragua, who have been permitted to live in the United States for many years because their countries were […]

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Border Wall Prototypes Complete, Next Steps Unclear

Border Wall Prototypes Complete, Next Steps Unclear

Written by on November 2, 2017 in Border Enforcement, Enforcement with 0 Comments

Border apprehensions, which is the main indicator used to examine how many people are attempting to enter the United States are at record lows not seen since the 1970s. A September report released by the Department of Homeland Security also indicates the U.S.-Mexico border is now more secure than ever before. Yet despite these trends, […]

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How the Diversity Visa Lottery Honors American Values

How the Diversity Visa Lottery Honors American Values

Americans value diversity and family. That is why our immigration system generally reflects those values. The U.S. diversity visa lottery, which was enshrined into law in 1990, was created to encourage legal immigration to the U.S. from countries other than those where immigrants usually migrate from, thus creating a greater diversity in our immigration pool. […]

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Court Requires Defense Department to Remove Hurdles to Citizenship for Army Reserve Soldiers

Court Requires Defense Department to Remove Hurdles to Citizenship for Army Reserve Soldiers

Written by on October 31, 2017 in Federal Courts/Jurisdiction with 0 Comments

In a sweeping decision, a federal judge ruled the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) could not continue to prevent approximately 2,000 noncitizen Army Reserve soldiers from applying for citizenship. The case centers on the treatment of noncitizen soldiers who benefited from the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI) program. MAVNI, established in 2008, […]

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How Discretion Failed One 10-Year-Old Girl and What the Future Holds

How Discretion Failed One 10-Year-Old Girl and What the Future Holds

Written by on October 30, 2017 in Abuses, Border Enforcement, Enforcement with 0 Comments

Much has been said about Rosa María Hernández, the latest target of the Trump administration’s immigration policies. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has the responsibility and authorization to enforce the immigration laws against those inside the United States without authorization. However, the government’s choice to target a ten-year old girl with cerebral palsy on […]

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Refugee Admissions Resume but Government Will Still Restrict Some Countries

Refugee Admissions Resume but Government Will Still Restrict Some Countries

Written by on October 27, 2017 in Humanitarian Protection, Refugee Status with 0 Comments

With its current refugee ban formally expiring, this week the Trump administration announced it will resume the U.S. Refugee Admissions program—with one major caveat: refugees from 11 countries are generally barred from the country for an additional 90-day period. Although the administration did not name the 11 countries subject to additional review, they appear to […]

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New USCIS Policy Creates Obstacles for Employers and Foreign Workers

New USCIS Policy Creates Obstacles for Employers and Foreign Workers

Written by on October 26, 2017 in Business & the Workforce, Employment Based with 0 Comments

In a major reversal of longstanding policy, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has created new and unnecessary hurdles for employers and foreign employees temporarily working in the United States. In the past, USCIS followed a streamlined approach when employers filed petition extensions. Now, USCIS officers will be encouraged to redetermine every petition extension as […]

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Government Threatens Families, Communities with Looming Temporary Protected Status Decisions

Government Threatens Families, Communities with Looming Temporary Protected Status Decisions

  The United States is currently home to an estimated 325,000 individuals with Temporary Protected Status (TPS), a temporary immigration status granted to nationals of specifically designated countries that are facing an ongoing armed conflict, environmental disaster, or extraordinary and temporary conditions. Combined, more than 90 percent of these beneficiaries, or TPS holders, are from […]

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Senate Committee Holds Hearing on Nominee to Head Border Enforcement Agency

Senate Committee Holds Hearing on Nominee to Head Border Enforcement Agency

Written by on October 24, 2017 in Border Enforcement, Enforcement with 0 Comments

The Trump administration’s pick for the next Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Acting Commissioner Kevin McAleenan, appeared before the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday for a confirmation hearing. Senators peppered the nominee with questions about how he would lead the largest law enforcement agency in the United States and his work in […]

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Immigrants Make up a Smaller Share of the U.S. Population Than They Did 100 Years Ago

Immigrants Make up a Smaller Share of the U.S. Population Than They Did 100 Years Ago

Written by on October 23, 2017 in Demographics, Economics, Immigration 101, Integration with 0 Comments

The United States has been created by successive waves of immigration over the course of centuries. Each wave of immigrants from different parts of the world has helped to build the U.S. economy and enrich U.S. society. And each wave of immigrants has provoked a chorus of dire warnings from nativists worried that the presence […]

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