• Student’s Deportation Shows a Pattern of US Government Targeting Iranians
    January 22, 2020

    Iranian students coming to the United States are being stopped at airports, having their visas revoked, and are being deported. Advocates warn this trend is emerging less than a month after hundreds of Iranian Americans were stopped and interrogated at a port of entry between Washington State and Vancouver, Canada. Shahab Dehghani, an Iranian student […] The post Student’s Deportation Shows a Pattern of US Government Targeting Iranians appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Judge Allows Certain Family Separations at the Border to Continue
    January 21, 2020

    The Trump administration received an unfortunate victory in the case against their family separation policy. On January 13, 2020, Federal Judge Dana Sabraw sided with the government in a lawsuit challenging continued separations at the border. Although the judge ordered an end to most family separations in 2018, he has allowed families to be separated […] The post Judge Allows Certain Family Separations at the Border to Continue appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Tent Immigration Courts Are Still Not Fully Open to the Public
    January 17, 2020

    Asylum seekers subject to the Migrant Protection Protocols—or the “Remain in Mexico” program—in Laredo and Brownsville, Texas attend their court hearings in tents known as “port courts.” The government announced these secretive courts would finally be opened last week, but the public still does not have full access. For the past year, this program has […] The post Tent Immigration Courts Are Still Not Fully Open to the Public appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • What We Know About USCIS’ New H-1B Cap Registration System
    January 16, 2020

    The new process for petitioning for highly educated H-1B workers will officially begin on March 1, 2020. For the first time, a U.S. employer who wants to file a petition that is subject to the annual limits must first register with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The agency then must select the registration before […] The post What We Know About USCIS’ New H-1B Cap Registration System appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • On Trial: Inhumane Conditions in Customs and Border Protection Facilities in Arizona
    January 15, 2020

    After more than four years of gathering evidence of the substandard conditions in the government’s short-term detention facilities in Arizona’s Tucson Sector, a case challenging these conditions called Doe v. Wolf went to trial on Monday. Over the course of the trial, plaintiffs will show how individuals held in Customs and Border Protection (CBP) short-term […] The post On Trial: Inhumane Conditions in Customs and Border Protection Facilities in Arizona appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Changes to Work Permit Eligibility Leave Asylum Seekers Without a Job
    January 13, 2020

    People who come to the United States in search of protection must be allowed to work during the often-lengthy asylum application process. They need to be able to support themselves and their families. Yet the Trump administration wants to make it harder for asylum seekers to get a work permit. The Department of Homeland Security […] The post Changes to Work Permit Eligibility Leave Asylum Seekers Without a Job appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • The Decade Ends with Another Death in Immigration Detention
    January 10, 2020

    The government closed out the decade with yet another person’s death in immigration detention. Fiscal year 2019 was one of the most fatal years on the books for immigrants held in the custody of both Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Eight people died while in ICE custody in fiscal […] The post The Decade Ends with Another Death in Immigration Detention appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • What Are the Proposed New Bars to Asylum?
    January 8, 2020

    In yet another move to gut asylum protections in the United States, the Trump administration proposed a rule last month that would add severe new restrictions on asylum access. The restrictions would apply to people convicted of—and in some cases, merely accused of—a wide range of criminal offenses. If enacted, the rule would create seven […] The post What Are the Proposed New Bars to Asylum? appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Republican and Democratic Officials Continue to Accept Refugees, Rejecting Trump’s Executive Order
    January 7, 2020

    Update: On January 15, federal Judge Peter Messitte issued a preliminary injunction temporarily blocking the Trump administration from enforcing its executive order giving state and local governments the power to opt out of refugee resettlement. Judge Messitte ruled the executive order was likely unlawful. In his decision, he called for the program to “go forward […] The post Republican and Democratic Officials Continue to Accept Refugees, Rejecting Trump’s Executive Order appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • 4 Ways USCIS’ Proposed Fee Increase Fails to Solve the Agency’s Problems
    January 6, 2020

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) recent proposal to increase most of their fees has been met with strong opposition. The proposal drew widespread attention, garnering nearly 10,000 comments. The agency claims the new fees will help reduce the growing application backlog. Yet the agency offers no solution as to how that will be achieved. […] The post 4 Ways USCIS’ Proposed Fee Increase Fails to Solve the Agency’s Problems appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • New Jersey Caps Off A Tremendous Year for Expanding Access to Driver’s Licenses
    January 3, 2020

    Many New Yorkers had a reason to celebrate on December 16, as they were permitted to apply for a driver’s license for the first time, even if they lacked permanent immigration status. Now, thanks to a new law passed on December 19, their neighbors in New Jersey will be able to benefit as well. The […] The post New Jersey Caps Off A Tremendous Year for Expanding Access to Driver’s Licenses appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Defense Spending Act Allows Thousands of Liberians to Apply for Permanent Residency
    January 2, 2020

    The defense spending package for the fiscal year 2020 will allow thousands of Liberians living in the United States to gain green cards. The $738-billion National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) was signed into law by President Trump in December. About 4,000 Liberians may now have a path to citizenship under this new law. Many Liberians […] The post Defense Spending Act Allows Thousands of Liberians to Apply for Permanent Residency appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • 3 Ways Our Immigration System Can Eliminate Barriers to Becoming a US Citizen
    December 19, 2019

    When people who immigrate to the United States are enabled to become U.S. citizens, everyone benefits. Citizenship allows people to have more stable lives by granting access to better work, housing, health care, and education. This leads to a stronger, safer, and more prosperous country for foreign- and native-born Americans alike. Yet the Trump administration […] The post 3 Ways Our Immigration System Can Eliminate Barriers to Becoming a US Citizen appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Federal Court Orders Government to Recognize American Samoans as US Citizens
    December 19, 2019

    In a landmark decision last week, a federal court in Utah ordered the U.S. government to extend birthright citizenship to people born in the U.S. territory of American Samoa. In a lengthy decision, Judge Clark Waddoups declared that his decision was “required by the mandate of the Fourteenth Amendment as construed and applied by Supreme […] The post Federal Court Orders Government to Recognize American Samoans as US Citizens appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Trump Implemented Family Separation After Government Officials Raised Red Flags
    December 17, 2019

    Government officials were aware of the harm family separation would cause and were critical of the practice years before the Trump administration established it as an official policy. Advocates unearthed this and other details about the “zero tolerance” policy in response to a series of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests filed in April 2018. […] The post Trump Implemented Family Separation After Government Officials Raised Red Flags appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Thousands in ICE Detention Sue Private Prison Company for Forced Labor
    December 16, 2019

    A recent federal court ruling in California could allow hundreds of thousands of immigrants currently and previously detained by private prison companies to demand compensation and damages for work completed behind bars under threat of retaliation. The decision follows a series of lawsuits filed against GEO Group, the largest private prison corporation in the United […] The post Thousands in ICE Detention Sue Private Prison Company for Forced Labor appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • USCIS Announces Major Change to H-1B ‘Cap’ Filing With Electronic Registration
    December 12, 2019

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that U.S. employers will have to pay a $10 fee and register to have a chance at filing an H-1B petition subject to the statutory “cap” of 65,000 workers per fiscal year (FY). The annual “cap” filing also includes 20,000 additional visa numbers for foreign workers with […] The post USCIS Announces Major Change to H-1B ‘Cap’ Filing With Electronic Registration appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • The Number of People in ICE Detention with Criminal Records Continues to Drop
    December 11, 2019

    As U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has expanded immigration capacity across the country in recent years, the number of people held in its facilities with actual criminal records dropped, according to a new report from Syracuse University’s TRAC Center. Since October 2017, the number of individuals in ICE detention with serious criminal convictions dropped […] The post The Number of People in ICE Detention with Criminal Records Continues to Drop appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Detention of Pregnant Women Increases 52% Under the Trump Administration
    December 10, 2019

    The rate at which U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detained pregnant women increased 52% during the first two years of the Trump administration, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released last week. 2,098 pregnant women were detained by ICE in 2018, compared to 1,380 in 2016. The increase aligns with a December […] The post Detention of Pregnant Women Increases 52% Under the Trump Administration appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • USCIS Plans Massive Fee Hike for Access to Genealogical Records
    December 9, 2019

    If you have ever wanted to trace your family’s immigration history, you should do it now—accessing genealogical records from the 1800s and 1900s may soon become far more expensive than ever before. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is planning to increase its fees to access millions of historical records held under the agency’s Genealogy […] The post USCIS Plans Massive Fee Hike for Access to Genealogical Records appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]