• Who Is in ICE Detention Right Now? New Data Provides a Snapshot of Sprawling Detention System
    February 3, 2023

    Recently published data from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) provides insight into who ICE is detaining and for how long. The results show that the majority of noncitizens are being held in the rural South, and many are subject to fast-track removal proceedings. But still, many people remain locked up for months, if not […] The post Who Is in ICE Detention Right Now? New Data Provides a Snapshot of Sprawling Detention System appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Resounding Victory in a Data Case Against ICE
    January 31, 2023

    On January 26, the Second Circuit ruled against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in a case that has broad implications for the public’s access to data held in immigration agency databases. The case stems from an ACLU Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. The request asked for data from ICE about removals, detentions, apprehensions, […] The post Resounding Victory in a Data Case Against ICE appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Amid a Severe Shortage of Home Health Aides, Immigrants Help Care for Our Seniors
    January 26, 2023

    The United States will need to fill nearly three-quarters of a million open jobs for home health and personal care aides every year through 2031. Currently, immigrant workers fill these jobs in outsized numbers. Without more workers joining the workforce, the drastic shortage of aides could leave millions of Americans without the ability to remain […] The post Amid a Severe Shortage of Home Health Aides, Immigrants Help Care for Our Seniors appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • USCIS Faces New Class Action Lawsuit for its Extreme Delays in Processing Waivers
    January 26, 2023

    Many families in the United States live in a frightening limbo when processing delays prevent one family member from becoming a lawful permanent resident.  A lawsuit was recently filed against U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on behalf of 248 people, and a class of tens of thousands more, to end the delays, which have […] The post USCIS Faces New Class Action Lawsuit for its Extreme Delays in Processing Waivers appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Immigrant Workers Who Report Labor Violations Will Be Protected Under This New Policy
    January 19, 2023

    Immigrant workers who are the victims of labor exploitation are often faced with a difficult choice. They can either stay quiet out of fear of deportation or come forward to report coercive conduct. Looming over that choice is the possibility that the employer may retaliate by calling U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or take […] The post Immigrant Workers Who Report Labor Violations Will Be Protected Under This New Policy appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • USCIS’ Funding Crisis Might Be Too Big for the Agency to Fix by Itself
    January 17, 2023

    On January 3, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) finally published a new proposed fee schedule for immigration benefits—which is to say, it took an important step to becoming a solvent, functional federal agency that can adjudicate applications in a timely manner again. The fee rule (which will be open for comment for 60 days, […] The post USCIS’ Funding Crisis Might Be Too Big for the Agency to Fix by Itself appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • DHS Fails to Address Concerns about CBP One as the Agency Expands the App’s Use
    January 13, 2023

    On January 5, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced new measures to process people seeking asylum at ports of entry on the U.S.-Mexico border who are asking to be exempt from Title 42 on humanitarian grounds. Following the announcement, details emerged about how the agency plans to leverage the use of the CBP […] The post DHS Fails to Address Concerns about CBP One as the Agency Expands the App’s Use appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • What’s Next for Title 42? The Policy Still Has the Border in Its Grip
    January 12, 2023

    Weeks after Title 42 was ordered to end in December 2022, the supposed “public health” policy is still effectively closing the border to many asylum seekers after an eleventh-hour order from the Supreme Court kept it alive. And as the Trump-era policy inches closer to its third anniversary, the Biden administration is expanding its use, […] The post What’s Next for Title 42? The Policy Still Has the Border in Its Grip appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Title 42’s End May Be in Sight. Good Riddance.
    December 21, 2022

    More than two and a half years after it began, the “public health” policy known as Title 42 may finally be nearing an end. On Monday, a coalition of GOP-led states submitted a last-ditch request to the Supreme Court asking the Justices to halt a court order from a federal judge in Washington, D.C. who […] The post Title 42’s End May Be in Sight. Good Riddance. appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • The Queens Night Market Is a Testament to the Power of Immigrant Inclusion
    December 21, 2022

    Written by John Wang, author and founder of the Queens Night Market The singular mission of the Queens Night Market is to be New York City’s most affordable, diverse, and welcoming community space. That mission has been the north star of every organizational decision we’ve made since we launched in 2015. From the start, I […] The post The Queens Night Market Is a Testament to the Power of Immigrant Inclusion appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • USCIS’ 2022 Progress Report Shows Promise, But Agency Still Has a Long Way to Go
    December 15, 2022

    From the displacement following the Russian invasion of Ukraine to migrant bussing across the United States, the immigration field has faced unique challenges this year while continuing to manage the ongoing COVID pandemic, backlog for legal immigration and asylum cases, and more. Last week, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released its Fiscal Year 2022 […] The post USCIS’ 2022 Progress Report Shows Promise, But Agency Still Has a Long Way to Go appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • ICE Makes Paying Bond Extremely Difficult. This Lawsuit Wants to Change That.
    December 13, 2022

    One might think that posting bond in the immigration system is a straightforward process. Immigration authorities set bond. A person pays the bond amount, and the incarcerated person is released. In reality, nothing could be farther from the truth. The process for posting bond is unclear across the board, resulting in confusion among those attempting […] The post ICE Makes Paying Bond Extremely Difficult. This Lawsuit Wants to Change That. appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Infamous Immigration Detention Center Closes, But More Work Needs to Be Done
    December 9, 2022

    After years of advocacy and widespread abuse, Berks County officials announced that the federal government was ending its contract for the Berks County detention center on January 31, 2023. Advocacy led by a group of organizations called the Shut Down Berks Coalition celebrated the news. Formally named the Berks County Residential Center, the Pennsylvania facility […] The post Infamous Immigration Detention Center Closes, But More Work Needs to Be Done appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • TPS Extension Offers Only a Temporary Fix
    December 8, 2022

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for citizens of El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Nepal, Haiti, and Sudan in November. The extension lasts until June 30, 2024 and is the result of litigation filed after the Trump administration attempted to end TPS for those countries. To provide even […] The post TPS Extension Offers Only a Temporary Fix appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Time Is Running Out for Congress to Act on Immigration This Year
    December 8, 2022

    Can immigration avoid a cold winter in Congress? That’s the question immigrants and their advocates are asking as time runs out on the current Congress. The fate of Afghan evacuees, Dreamers, farmworkers and others who are stuck in our outdated immigration system hinges in the short term on whether crucial legislation can be passed before […] The post Time Is Running Out for Congress to Act on Immigration This Year appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • The Supreme Court Takes on Enforcement Priorities and Other Immigration Questions in Its 2022 – 2023 Term
    November 30, 2022

    The Supreme Court will tackle more hot button immigration issues in its 2022 – 2023 term. Front and center is the Biden administration’s effort to set immigration enforcement priorities. But the Court will also consider what a noncitizen must do to get federal court review of immigration court decisions. It may also accept review of […] The post The Supreme Court Takes on Enforcement Priorities and Other Immigration Questions in Its 2022 – 2023 Term appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Talking Turkey: How to Appreciate Another View at the Dinner Table
    November 24, 2022

    Irrespective of your politics, no matter your football allegiances, the joy of Thanksgiving binds you with millions of others who are also celebrating togetherness. Some of us might gather with family and friends, while others might celebrate as a community of neighbors. Some will enjoy menu-staples, such as turkey and mash potatoes, while others might […] The post Talking Turkey: How to Appreciate Another View at the Dinner Table appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • From Farm to Your Thanksgiving Table: America’s Food Supply Relies on Immigrant Crop Workers
    November 22, 2022

    As Thanksgiving approaches, many cooks are busy planning their holiday meals. However, this year’s Thanksgiving meals will likely be more expensive as food prices soar. This is partly due to America’s ongoing labor shortage in agriculture, especially for fruit and vegetable crop production, where 57.0% of workers are immigrants. Farm workers are fundamental to America’s […] The post From Farm to Your Thanksgiving Table: America’s Food Supply Relies on Immigrant Crop Workers appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Congress Proposes the Case Backlog and Transparency Act to Tackle USCIS Backlogs
    November 11, 2022

    The backlog of pending applications at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has increased exponentially in the last few years. Congress is finally taking notice. The Case Backlog and Transparency Act, introduced by Congressman Tony Cárdenas on October 25, seeks to address the long delays encountered by millions of immigrants who applied for an immigration […] The post Congress Proposes the Case Backlog and Transparency Act to Tackle USCIS Backlogs appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • ICE Fails to Justify Solitary Confinement Placements and Identify Vulnerable Populations
    November 8, 2022

    Solitary confinement is widely criticized as a cruel and unnecessary practice. It’s largely unsupported by the public as a disciplinary measure and badly in need of reform. On October 26, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on solitary confinement practices used by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). It highlighted the dangers of […] The post ICE Fails to Justify Solitary Confinement Placements and Identify Vulnerable Populations appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]