H-1B Cap Has Been Reached in First Week for Sixth Consecutive Year, USCIS Announces

H-1B Cap Has Been Reached in First Week for Sixth Consecutive Year, USCIS Announces

Demonstrating a critical demand for educated foreign workers in the United States, the annual H-1B cap has been reached within 5 business days. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services began accepting H-1B petitions on April 2, and on April 6, USCIS announced that it had received more petitions than the entire H-1B cap for Fiscal […]

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Immigration Groups Demand Records Related to Family Separation at the Border

Immigration Groups Demand Records Related to Family Separation at the Border

To shed light on the cruel and unlawful practice of family separation, a group of immigrant rights organizations filed a series of Freedom of Information Act requests to multiple government agencies this week. The groups seek agency records underlying an unconscionable practice where immigration officials at the border purposefully divide families–taking children from their parents […]

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Immigration Judge Quotas Could Result in Assembly Line Justice

Immigration Judge Quotas Could Result in Assembly Line Justice

In a controversial move, the Department of Justice recently announced new case completion quotas for immigration judges. These new quotas will result in time constraints and pressure for judges to reach decisions quickly, impacting individuals’ ability to have a fair day in court. The Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR), the DOJ component that runs […]

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Migrant Caravan Making Its Way North to Be Greeted By a Complex Web of Immigration Laws

Migrant Caravan Making Its Way North to Be Greeted By a Complex Web of Immigration Laws

Written by on April 3, 2018 in Border Enforcement, Detention, Enforcement with 0 Comments

Slowing making their way north through Mexico is a large caravan of migrants searching for safe haven, an opportunity to work, or the chance to reunite with family. Some will remain in Mexico, while others hope to reach the U.S.-Mexico border. But what will they face when they arrive? The caravan caught the attention of […]

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Court Ensures That Asylum Seekers Will Receive a Fair Opportunity to Apply for Asylum

Court Ensures That Asylum Seekers Will Receive a Fair Opportunity to Apply for Asylum

A federal court judge in Seattle ordered the government to notify asylum seekers that they are required by law to file their asylum applications within one year of their entry, and to adopt and implement a procedure that will ensure that applicants are able to file their asylum applications by the deadline. This decision, issued […]

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A New Official ICE Policy Calls for the Detention of Pregnant Women

A New Official ICE Policy Calls for the Detention of Pregnant Women

Written by on March 30, 2018 in Asylum, Detention, Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 0 Comments

Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced on Thursday that it was ending its general practice of releasing pregnant women from immigration jail. Under its new policy, pregnant women will only be released from detention on a case-by-case basis, ending the presumption of release. Now, ICE will detain “only those whose detention is necessary to effectuate removal, […]

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Trump Administration Refugee Admissions Fall Drastically Short of Six-Month Benchmark

Trump Administration Refugee Admissions Fall Drastically Short of Six-Month Benchmark

Six months into fiscal year 2018, the Trump administration has admitted roughly 10,520 refugees, a number so low that it may be impossible to reach the 45,000 target set by the administration last fall. If admissions continue at this slow pace, the United States may barely reach 20,000 refugee admissions by the end of the […]

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What Are the Risks of Adding a Citizenship Question to the Decennial Census?

What Are the Risks of Adding a Citizenship Question to the Decennial Census?

Written by on March 28, 2018 in Demographics, Immigration 101, Reform with 0 Comments

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced Monday night that a question on citizenship status will be added to the 2020 decennial census questionnaire. This decision, which was adopted in response to a request from the Department of Justice, has raised deep concern within both the immigrant rights and academic research communities. Having an accurate count […]

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Allowing Spouses of H1-B’s to Work Makes America More Competitive

Allowing Spouses of H1-B’s to Work Makes America More Competitive

As part of the April 2017 “Buy American and Hire American” executive order, the Trump administration announced that it intends to revoke the employment eligibility of the spouses of foreign workers with H-1B visas. These changes, if implemented, could have distressing effects on many of these workers, their families, and American competitiveness. Known as “H-4 […]

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USCIS Is Withholding Records Showing That Border Agents Are Abusing Asylum Seekers

USCIS Is Withholding Records Showing That Border Agents Are Abusing Asylum Seekers

As thousands of Central American families arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border asking for asylum in 2014, human rights organizations raised alarms about asylum seekers’ treatment by Customs and Border Protection officials. But these organizations were not the only ones expressing concern—asylum officers within U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services also raised alarms about CBP misbehavior. A […]

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