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Trump’s Nominee for DHS Secretary Commits to Continuing Kelly’s Legacy on Immigration Enforcement

November 8, 2017 - 16:00

The nominee to be the next Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Kirstjen Nielsen, had her confirmation hearing before senators on Wednesday, during which she promised to largely carry on the legacy of her predecessor, General John Kelly. This included limiting President Trump’s plans to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Echoing […]

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How Immigrants Helped Boost American Jobs in the Midwest

November 7, 2017 - 16:42

At a time when anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies seem to be growing, immigrants in the United States continue to do what they have done for over a century—bring unique and vital experiences to the country that support our economy and society. States in the Rust Belt region of the United States, for example, owe much […]

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TPS for Nicaragua Ends and Honduras Decision Still Pending

November 6, 2017 - 21:46

Tonight, the Department of Homeland Security ended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Nicaragua. This decision means 5,300 Nicaraguan nationals will lose their temporary status to live and work in this country, despite the fact that many have lived lawfully here for nearly 20 years. The effective date of the termination of TPS for Nicaragua will […]

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How Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric Turns Immigrants Into Criminals

November 6, 2017 - 17:12

It has been well established for decades that the vast majority of immigrants are not criminals by any stretch of the imagination. Yet, immigrants who have committed no violent offense are often subjected to a different kind of violence doled out by the U.S. immigration-enforcement system. Young undocumented immigrants who grew up in the United […]

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

November 3, 2017 - 08:28

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

November 2, 2017 - 08:00

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

November 1, 2017 - 15:29

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

October 31, 2017 - 15:51

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

October 30, 2017 - 14:00

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

October 27, 2017 - 14:51

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

October 26, 2017 - 17:15

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

October 25, 2017 - 16:28

  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

October 24, 2017 - 17:47

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

October 23, 2017 - 11:18

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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Mexican Nationals and Detained Individuals Are Uniquely Disadvantaged in Immigration Court, Data Finds

October 20, 2017 - 11:12

Immigrants facing deportation fare far better if they have a competent attorney representing them. For example, studies show that for asylum seekers, representation generally doubles the likelihood of being granted asylum. For many, the ability to secure competent representation in immigration court is truly a matter of life and death.  Yet more than 80 percent […]

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Immigrants and Refugees Are Among America’s 2017 Nobel Prize Winners

October 19, 2017 - 10:13

The Nobel Prizes, awarded annually in recognition of extraordinary achievement in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature, and peace, have once again been won by Americans who came here as immigrants and refugees. Three out of the five Nobel Prize categories included immigrants or refugees. Immigrants have a history of winning The Nobel Foundation’s numerous […]

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President Trump’s Travel Ban Blocked by Courts yet Again

October 18, 2017 - 18:17

Only hours before President Trump’s third travel ban was set to go into effect Tuesday night, it was halted by the same federal court in Hawaii that stopped the second version of the travel ban in March. In his order, Judge Watson found that President Trump had gone beyond what Congress had allowed him to […]

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CBP Is Refusing to Be Transparent About Its Role in Domestic Law Enforcement

October 17, 2017 - 17:04

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has a long track record of operating in the dark, with little transparency and accountability.  The most recent examples come from the agency’s failure to reveal information about its practice of sending agents to serve as translators in routine law enforcement and local emergency services activities. Strong evidence suggests […]

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Attacks on Exchange Visitor Program Hurts American Businesses

October 16, 2017 - 17:07

Among the laundry list of proposed restrictions and other attacks on immigration, the Trump administration is reportedly considering cuts to the Exchange Visitor Program (EVP) and therefore limiting access to its corresponding J-1 visa. The long-standing program and non-immigrant visa allows American schools, businesses, and communities to host foreign nationals in the United States as […]

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DOJ Threatens to Turn Immigration Judges Into ‘Assembly-Line Workers’

October 13, 2017 - 15:54

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is reportedly intending to implement numerical quotas on Immigration Judges as a way of evaluating their performance. This move would undermine judicial independence, threaten the integrity of the immigration court system, and cause massive due process violations. As it currently stands, Immigration Judges are not rated based on the number […]

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