• Immigration Agencies’ Intrusive Searches of Cell Phones, Laptops Are Ruled Unconstitutional
    November 15, 2019

    A federal court ruled this week that sweeping policies permitting U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to search personal cell phones, laptops, and other electronic devices without responsible suspicion are unconstitutional. The policies that the court rejected authorized CBP and ICE officers to search the contents of electronic […] The post Immigration Agencies’ Intrusive Searches of Cell Phones, Laptops Are Ruled Unconstitutional appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • USCIS Proposes Increased Fees for All Immigration-Related Applications
    November 14, 2019

    In a new proposal officially put forward on Thursday, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) called for major fee hikes for immigration-related applications. The cost for becoming a citizen would rise above $1,000 for the first time in history. In another first, USCIS proposed a new fee for asylum seekers, which would make the United […] The post USCIS Proposes Increased Fees for All Immigration-Related Applications appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • The Supreme Court Heard a Major Case on DACA. Here’s What You Need to Know.
    November 13, 2019

    The Supreme Court heard arguments on November 12 in three cases challenging President Trump’s attempted rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative. The Court’s decision could have far-reaching consequences for DACA recipients and the limits of executive authority when it comes to immigration law and policy. President Obama created the DACA initiative […] The post The Supreme Court Heard a Major Case on DACA. Here’s What You Need to Know. appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Poland Enters the US Visa Waiver Program, Signaling a Boost to the Countries’ Relationship
    November 12, 2019

    Poland officially began its participation in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program (VWP) on November 11. Under the program, Polish nationals can now spend up to 90 days in the United States without first obtaining a visa. Overall, Poland’s entry into the program will benefit tourists and business travelers from Poland, as well as give a […] The post Poland Enters the US Visa Waiver Program, Signaling a Boost to the Countries’ Relationship appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • ‘I Have DACA. No Matter What the Supreme Court Decides, I’ll Continue to Build American Communities.’
    November 11, 2019

    On November 12, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments regarding the legality of President Trump’s 2017 rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative. The court’s decision will impact the ability of nearly 700,000 DACA recipients across the country to continue to live and work in the United States without fear […] The post ‘I Have DACA. No Matter What the Supreme Court Decides, I’ll Continue to Build American Communities.’ appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • USCIS’ Denial Rates for H-1B Petitions Have Quadrupled
    November 8, 2019

    The Trump administration, acting through U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), is disrupting the process by which U.S. employers obtain work authorization for highly skilled foreign professionals. According to a report from the National Foundation for American Policy, these changes are affecting how often H-1B petitions are denied and the length of time it takes […] The post USCIS’ Denial Rates for H-1B Petitions Have Quadrupled appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Opposition Mounts to Trump’s Effort to Delay Work Permits for People Seeking Asylum
    November 7, 2019

    The Trump administration is proposing a new rule that would delay work authorization for people seeking asylum in the United States. The move is drawing opposition from advocates across the country. The proposed rule risks leaving people unable to support themselves and their families for months. The rule would eliminate a 30-day deadline by which […] The post Opposition Mounts to Trump’s Effort to Delay Work Permits for People Seeking Asylum appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • What’s Happened to the People Returned to Mexico Under the Migrant Protection Protocols?
    November 6, 2019

    It’s been nearly a year since the Trump administration announced the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), or the “Remain in Mexico” program. This program forces vulnerable asylum seekers to return to Mexico to await their U.S. immigration court dates. It has since been expanded to six cities along the border. The U.S. Immigration Policy Center (USIPC) […] The post What’s Happened to the People Returned to Mexico Under the Migrant Protection Protocols? appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • A Federal Agency Is Deleting Court Records That Implicate Trump’s Immigration Policies  
    November 5, 2019

    Understanding how the immigration agencies operate has never been more important. Equally important is being able to rely on the information that those agencies release to the public. For this reason, a recent report issued by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) is cause for alarm. The research center discovered that the Executive Office for […] The post A Federal Agency Is Deleting Court Records That Implicate Trump’s Immigration Policies   appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • What Is Next for Trump’s Health Care Ban?
    November 4, 2019

    A federal judge temporarily blocked the Trump administration’s health care ban on Saturday, one day before it was scheduled to go into effect. The ban would have barred entry for any prospective immigrant who could not prove they would be covered by qualifying health insurance within their first 30 days in the United States or […] The post What Is Next for Trump’s Health Care Ban? appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • The Artificial Intelligence Industry Thrives on a Global Workforce
    November 1, 2019

    At a time when skills related to the burgeoning field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) are in very short supply, the U.S. government is making it harder to recruit highly trained professionals from abroad. According to a report from Georgetown University’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology, U.S. immigration policies have undercut the U.S. high-tech sector […] The post The Artificial Intelligence Industry Thrives on a Global Workforce appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Congress Debates Current Policies That Make Life More Difficult for Immigrant Service Members and Their Families
    October 31, 2019

    At a House Judiciary Immigration Subcommittee Hearing on Tuesday, Congress heard testimony from experts about the impact of recent immigration policies affecting foreign-born military members, veterans, and their families. The witnesses addressed a myriad of policy changes surrounding the naturalization of service members and the separation of military families. Policy changes have resulted in an […] The post Congress Debates Current Policies That Make Life More Difficult for Immigrant Service Members and Their Families appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • USCIS Changes Policy on Fee Waivers, Potentially Deterring Thousands of Citizenship Applications
    October 30, 2019

    The cost of filing an application for citizenship—usually a hefty $725—has long been a barrier for some immigrants. Now, a change to the naturalization process may leave even more people priced out of becoming a U.S. citizen. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced a new policy that will change how the agency determines […] The post USCIS Changes Policy on Fee Waivers, Potentially Deterring Thousands of Citizenship Applications appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Temporary Protected Status for Salvadorans Extended, While Liberians Face Looming Deadline for Departure
    October 29, 2019

    Following an agreement between the governments of the United States and El Salvador, Salvadorans with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) will be able to extend their status for another year into early 2021. At the same time, many Liberians with special protections from deportation are suddenly facing a much different fate. The U.S. and Salvadoran governments […] The post Temporary Protected Status for Salvadorans Extended, While Liberians Face Looming Deadline for Departure appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • New Process in El Paso Seeks to Deport Asylum Seekers in Less Than 10 Days
    October 28, 2019

    The Trump administration began a secretive new asylum process in El Paso, Texas that came to light late last week. It seeks to deter asylum seekers from coming to the United States and to remove them as quickly as possible once they’re here. The process—dubbed the “Prompt Asylum Claim Review” or “PACR”—condenses the asylum process […] The post New Process in El Paso Seeks to Deport Asylum Seekers in Less Than 10 Days appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • How States Expand Access to Driver’s Licenses Ahead of Real ID Deadline
    October 25, 2019

    Beginning in December, all New Yorkers will be able to apply for a driver’s license—regardless of immigration status. The Driver’s License Access and Privacy Act, or “Green Light” bill, passed the New York Senate in June. Oregon passed a similar bill, the Equal Access to Roads Act, that month. It will take effect in January 2021. At […] The post How States Expand Access to Driver’s Licenses Ahead of Real ID Deadline appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Privacy Concerns Grow as Federal Immigration Agencies Use More Surveillance Technology
    October 24, 2019

    Federal immigration officials are beginning to expand their use of surveillance technology to collect information on immigrants. As officials gather more tools in their arsenal—from DNA collection to cell phone tracking devices—the privacy concerns also grow. The Trump administration proposed a new regulation on Monday that intensified those concerns. The proposed regulation would authorize immigration […] The post Privacy Concerns Grow as Federal Immigration Agencies Use More Surveillance Technology appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • The Perils of the Migrant Protection Protocols
    October 23, 2019

    Rape, violence, kidnapping, and lack of basic health care is, unfortunately, a reality for hundreds of asylum seekers subjected to the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) or “Remain in Mexico” program. Multiple recent accounts, including a report by Human Rights First (HRF), have documented the cruel and inhumane consequences asylum seekers suffer when they are sent […] The post The Perils of the Migrant Protection Protocols appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Prosecutions from Workplace Immigration Raids Overwhelm Mississippi Legal System
    October 22, 2019

    The consequences of record-breaking workplace immigration raids are still overwhelming the legal system in southern Mississippi. After the Trump administration repeatedly threatened mass raids last summer, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) entered seven Mississippi food processing plants in August, detaining 687 workers. In the following days, about half of those detained were released on […] The post Prosecutions from Workplace Immigration Raids Overwhelm Mississippi Legal System appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • The Trump Administration Wants to Return to a Pre-Civil Rights Immigration System
    October 21, 2019

    The ideology of President Trump is about more than limiting how many immigrants enter the United States each year; it’s about turning back the clock on U.S. social history. A recent analysis by law professor Robert Tsai explores how President Trump’s ideology—labeled “Trumpism”—is the latest installment in a long-standing conservative movement to dismantle the legacy […] The post The Trump Administration Wants to Return to a Pre-Civil Rights Immigration System appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]