Trump Nominee for USCIS Director Testifies before Senate Committee

Trump Nominee for USCIS Director Testifies before Senate Committee

President Trump’s pick for the next director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Lee Francis Cissna, recently testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee. This was the first congressional body to publicly vet Cissna after his nomination. The content of this hearing, coupled with his work advising the Trump campaign, and cozy relationship with a […]

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How Many People Overstay Their Visas? Not Even the Government Knows

How Many People Overstay Their Visas? Not Even the Government Knows

Written by on May 30, 2017 in How the Immigration System Works with 0 Comments

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials unveiled their newest “overstay” estimates—the number of people from other countries who remain in the United States after their visas expire—at a recent congressional hearing. However, agency officials themselves acknowledge serious flaws in their estimates, stemming from a lack of reliable exit data, as well as poorly coordinated communications […]

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Some Veterans Observe Memorial Day Under Threat of Deportation

Some Veterans Observe Memorial Day Under Threat of Deportation

Written by on May 29, 2017 in Benefits & Relief, Enforcement with 0 Comments

This Memorial Day, Americans honor U.S. service members who have died while serving their country. Enlisting in the military, and risking one’s life, is considered a powerful demonstration of gratitude and loyalty to one’s nation. And for many, the decision to serve the United States is also a decision to serve their adopted country. Immigrants […]

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Trump’s Mass Deportation Plan Is Passed by the House Judiciary Committee

Trump’s Mass Deportation Plan Is Passed by the House Judiciary Committee

For the third time in five years the House Judiciary Committee has passed a draconian interior enforcement immigration bill out of committee on a party line vote. Immigration advocates and Democratic members aptly called it the “Mass Deportation Act.” The bill mimics earlier, failed versions of the bill. However, with President Trump’s tough talk on […]

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Appeals Court Upholds Block on Trump’s Travel Ban

Appeals Court Upholds Block on Trump’s Travel Ban

Written by on May 25, 2017 in Federal Courts/Jurisdiction, News Flash with 0 Comments

In a sweeping decision issued Thursday, the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld a nationwide preliminary injunction against President Trump’s second Executive Order, which restricts nationals of six Muslim-majority countries from being issued visas and entering the United States. In the case International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) v. Trump, an overwhelming majority of […]

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Government Regularly Denies Access to Counsel, Groups Seek New Rules

Government Regularly Denies Access to Counsel, Groups Seek New Rules

When the White House issued its first Muslim travel ban, reports of noncitizens and citizens being held in airports’ secondary detention swirled. Individuals were being held for hours at a time without access to attorneys, even though scores of lawyers were attempting to reach them. Denial of access to counsel in secondary detention is not […]

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President Trump Unveils Harsh Immigration Budget Proposals

President Trump Unveils Harsh Immigration Budget Proposals

Written by on May 24, 2017 in Detention, Interior Enforcement with 0 Comments

President Trump released his formal budget request to Congress for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 this week, which seeks to solidify the harsh proposals laid out in his immigration executive orders.  The budget aims to fund the beginnings of a border wall, as well as increase immigration enforcement, detention, and deportations. If approved, these requests would […]

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Justice Department Changes Tune on Sanctuary Cities, Acknowledging Administration’s Bark Is Worse Than Its Bite

Justice Department Changes Tune on Sanctuary Cities, Acknowledging Administration’s Bark Is Worse Than Its Bite

Written by on May 23, 2017 in Interior Enforcement, State and Local with 0 Comments

While campaigning for office, then-candidate Trump threatened to punish so-called sanctuary cities by defunding them. Soon after his inauguration, he released an executive order on interior enforcement. The order partially focused on getting local officers to become force multipliers by assisting federal immigration agents in the identification, detention, and deportation of immigrants. The president’s order […]

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Haitian Nationals Will Receive Temporary Protected Status for 6 More Months – But Then What?

Haitian Nationals Will Receive Temporary Protected Status for 6 More Months – But Then What?

After a massive earthquake struck Haiti in 2010, nationals of the country have been allowed to live and work in the United States under an immigration status called Temporary Protected Status (TPS). TPS for Haitians, which was due to expire in the next 60 days, was just extended for six months by the Trump administration. […]

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How California Is Helping Protect Immigrants From Trump’s Aggressive Immigration Enforcement

How California Is Helping Protect Immigrants From Trump’s Aggressive Immigration Enforcement

California is once again taking a lead on protecting and integrating its immigrant communities and standing up to the enforcement policies of the Trump administration. The state’s governor and legislators have set an example for other states by making support of its immigrant population of more than 10.6 million foreign-born residents, including 2.3 million undocumented […]

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