• Want to Hire an Immigrant or Refugee? Chambers of Commerce Aim to Make That Easier
    September 30, 2022

    With job openings at nearly twice as high as the pre-pandemic norm, employers across the country are continuing to struggle to fill open positions and meet workforce needs. But they’re finding a natural ally in an unusual place: chambers of commerce. Chambers are refocusing the conversation around immigration by highlighting a simple fact. Immigrants are […] The post Want to Hire an Immigrant or Refugee? Chambers of Commerce Aim to Make That Easier appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Study Finds that Reducing Refugee Admissions and Access to Asylum Harms the US Economy
    September 28, 2022

    The number of refugees and asylum seekers fleeing violence or persecution in their home countries in search of safety abroad has grown dramatically over the past decade. Until recently, the United States was a global leader in admitting refugees and granting asylum to people whose lives are in danger. But since 2017—the first year of […] The post Study Finds that Reducing Refugee Admissions and Access to Asylum Harms the US Economy appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Asylum Seekers Become Political Pawns in Governors’ Transportation Stunts
    September 23, 2022

    The Republican governors of Texas, Arizona, and now Florida are playing a cynical political game with the lives of migrants—including many asylum seekers fleeing persecution. Officials in these states are using taxpayer money to ship thousands of migrants to other, Democratic-leaning states and dumping them there. In recent weeks, these actions have escalated, with allegations […] The post Asylum Seekers Become Political Pawns in Governors’ Transportation Stunts appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • The Racist Origins of the Lawsuit Against Biden’s Immigration Enforcement Priorities
    September 22, 2022

    Written by Joseph Meyers, Staff Attorney at the National Immigration Project A group of immigrant advocacy organizations filed an amicus brief in United States v. Texas last week, in which they highlight the unlawful, racist arguments behind Texas and Louisiana’s lawsuit against the Biden administration’s immigration enforcement priorities. In United States v. Texas, the Supreme […] The post The Racist Origins of the Lawsuit Against Biden’s Immigration Enforcement Priorities appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Local Communities Commit to Welcoming Immigrant and Refugee Neighbors
    September 19, 2022

    Last week marked the 10-year anniversary of Welcoming Week, an initiative organized by Welcoming America that encourages local communities to bring together neighbors of all backgrounds to build strong connections and affirm the importance of welcoming and inclusive places in our collective prosperity. This year’s theme is Where We Belong, focusing on the physical, mental, […] The post Local Communities Commit to Welcoming Immigrant and Refugee Neighbors appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Biden Administration’s New Public Charge Rule Should End Fear of Trump Wealth Test
    September 16, 2022

    Three years ago, the Trump administration sent fear throughout immigrant communities across the nation with its Public Charge rule, which functioned as a wealth test for green card applicants. This fear had been amplified by a leaked draft of the rule in 2018, which would have punished intending immigrants whose U.S. citizen children received a […] The post Biden Administration’s New Public Charge Rule Should End Fear of Trump Wealth Test appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Hispanics in the US: What the Data Reveals About Shifting Geography, Ancestry, and Voting Patterns
    September 14, 2022

    This Hispanic Heritage Month, we look at the most recent Census and data to highlight the importance of Hispanics in the United States. For those wondering why Hispanic Heritage Month starts mid-month rather than on the first of September, the Month starts on September 15, coinciding with the independence days of several Latin American countries. […] The post Hispanics in the US: What the Data Reveals About Shifting Geography, Ancestry, and Voting Patterns appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Biden Administration Close to Reaching Increased Cap on Employment-Based Green Cards
    September 13, 2022

    The Biden administration is close to using all of the employment-based immigrant visas (green cards) allotted for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that as of August 31, a total of 263,510 employment-based immigrant visas had been used this fiscal year (FY)—close to the limit of 281,507. This is a […] The post Biden Administration Close to Reaching Increased Cap on Employment-Based Green Cards appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Immigration Status Will No Longer Be a Barrier for Aspiring Lawyers in New Mexico
    September 9, 2022

    Written by American Immigration Council staff Leani García Torres and Raul Pinto The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative provides certain young, undocumented immigrants with a renewable two-year work permit. However, this work permit does not always mean DACA recipients can go into the profession of their choice. Certain professions, like practicing law, medicine, […] The post Immigration Status Will No Longer Be a Barrier for Aspiring Lawyers in New Mexico appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Fact Check: Migrants Aren’t the Ones Smuggling Fentanyl Into the United States
    September 7, 2022

    There is no doubt that fentanyl is a major problem inside the United States. Over the last decade, rising availability of fentanyl has caused a spike in overdose deaths across the nation. In 2021, almost 90% of opioid overdose deaths were linked to fentanyl. The criminal networks that produce and distribute fentanyl are vast and […] The post Fact Check: Migrants Aren’t the Ones Smuggling Fentanyl Into the United States appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Sikh Asylum Seekers in Arizona Face Religious Discrimination by the Border Patrol
    September 6, 2022

    Border Patrol agents in Arizona have been confiscating and not returning the turbans worn by Sikh asylum seekers as part of their religion. Immigrant advocates and members of Congress have pointed out that this practice is discriminatory and violates federal law, as well as the policies of the Border Patrol’s parent agency, U.S. Customs and […] The post Sikh Asylum Seekers in Arizona Face Religious Discrimination by the Border Patrol appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • The Economic Impact When International Students Return Back to Campus
    August 31, 2022

    As hundreds of thousands of students prepare to go back to school this fall, it’s important to consider the outsized role international students play in both campus life and the United States economy. For the 2020 – 2021 academic school year, there were an estimated 914,000 international students enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities, making […] The post The Economic Impact When International Students Return Back to Campus appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Biden Moves to Stabilize the Lives of Hundreds of Thousands of DACA Recipients, but Critical Work Remains
    August 30, 2022

    Last week, the Biden administration published the final version of a regulation that seeks to preserve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative and provide a modicum of stability to the hundreds of thousands of people living in the United States who benefit from its protections. While this move fulfills a key commitment made […] The post Biden Moves to Stabilize the Lives of Hundreds of Thousands of DACA Recipients, but Critical Work Remains appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • How Schools Welcome Newly Arrived Immigrant and Refugee Students
    August 25, 2022

    School is back in session. For many states and localities across the country, that means welcoming newly arrived immigrant and refugee youth into the classroom. There will be increased need for student support this fall, given that the United States has resettled more than 76,000 Afghans and 100,000 Ukrainians over the last year as a […] The post How Schools Welcome Newly Arrived Immigrant and Refugee Students appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • How Immigration Can Offset the U.S. Labor Shortage and Rising Inflation
    August 25, 2022

    The U. S. inflation rate reached a 40-year high in June and slightly eased to 8.5% in July, continuing to put pressure on the budgets of American families. Disruptions to the supply chain during the COVID-19 pandemic have led to price hikes around the world, with the war in Ukraine further pushing up global food […] The post How Immigration Can Offset the U.S. Labor Shortage and Rising Inflation appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • What Does Legal Representation Look Like in Immigration Courts Across the Country?
    August 23, 2022

    Written by Emily Creighton of the American Immigration Council and Jennifer Whitlock of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.  It might seem like a straightforward statistic: 44% of individuals who appear in deportation proceedings have an immigration attorney. But it’s not so simple. Instead, it is a number that must factor in deportation cases that proceed […] The post What Does Legal Representation Look Like in Immigration Courts Across the Country? appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • House GOP’s Immigration Framework Recreates Trump’s Border Wish List
    August 18, 2022

    As midterm election season heats up, House Republicans on the “American Security Task Force” have produced a new framework for what they say is a plan to “secure the border.” Despite the claim of new ideas to tackle the situation at the border, the framework is almost identical to prior legislative and administrative efforts under […] The post House GOP’s Immigration Framework Recreates Trump’s Border Wish List appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Recent Supreme Court Ruling Limits Advocates’ Relief on Asylum Seekers’ Case
    August 17, 2022

    A federal court decision this month confirmed what advocates feared: that a recent move by the Supreme Court would undermine the fight against illegal government practices, like turning back asylum seekers at the border. On August 5, a federal court concluded that it could not issue an injunction against this unlawful U.S. government behavior at […] The post Recent Supreme Court Ruling Limits Advocates’ Relief on Asylum Seekers’ Case appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Urgent Immigration Measures Rest With the Senate After August Recess
    August 16, 2022

    When members of Congress return from their August recess, they will find several immigration measures urgently awaiting their attention. The House Appropriations Committee already has passed a funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the full House has passed both the Farm Workforce Modernization Act and the National Defense Authorization Act, which […] The post Urgent Immigration Measures Rest With the Senate After August Recess appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Who Enforces Immigration Policy Anyway?
    August 10, 2022

    The lack of a major overhaul in the United States’ immigration system for roughly thirty years has created an ecosystem where states have attempted to insert their authority over immigration, especially when it comes to enforcement. Texas has made headlines with its tougher approach and outsized role in shaping America’s immigration enforcement policy, while some […] The post Who Enforces Immigration Policy Anyway? appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]