• USCIS Fee Hikes Will Go Into Effect for These Applications
    July 31, 2020

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released an advance copy of a final rule on July 31 that will impose significant fee increases across many facets of the legal immigration system. These changes include an astronomical 80% increase to the cost of becoming a U.S. citizen and a first-time fee for asylum applicants. The rule […] The post USCIS Fee Hikes Will Go Into Effect for These Applications appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Trump’s Public Charge Rule Is Blocked Again Over Impact of COVID-19
    July 30, 2020

    A federal judge in New York has once again put the Trump administration’s “public charge” rule on hold, but only for the duration of the COVID-19 national emergency. This rule, which went into effect in February after the Supreme Court stepped in, has restricted the ability of low-income immigrants to obtain green cards. But it’s […] The post Trump’s Public Charge Rule Is Blocked Again Over Impact of COVID-19 appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Government Secretly Held Asylum-Seeking Children in Hotels
    July 29, 2020

    The Trump administration has been detaining immigrant children in hotels along the Texas-Mexico border and in Arizona. Some of the children are as young as 1 year old and are held in the hotels for weeks before being expelled from the United States. A group of immigrant children who were held in one of these […] The post Government Secretly Held Asylum-Seeking Children in Hotels appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • What You Need to Know About the Partial DACA Rescission Memo
    July 28, 2020

    After nearly six weeks of inaction following its stinging defeat before the Supreme Court on June 18, the Department of Homeland Security released a memo gutting the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative. This will set the stage for a full rescission of the initiative in the months ahead. The Supreme Court had ruled […] The post What You Need to Know About the Partial DACA Rescission Memo appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Trump Deployed a Federal Agency With a History of Excessive Force to Police Racial Justice Protests
    July 27, 2020

    The May 25 killing of George Floyd by Minnesota police officers rightly sparked public outrage and protests throughout the United States. In response, the Trump administration deployed federal forces from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)—which houses federal immigration enforcement agencies including U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)—to different cities and engaged in aerial surveillance […] The post Trump Deployed a Federal Agency With a History of Excessive Force to Police Racial Justice Protests appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Canadian Court Rules US Is No Longer a ‘Safe Third Country’ for Asylum Applicants
    July 23, 2020

    A Canadian court has ruled that the United States is no longer a country to which the Canadian government could safely return asylum seekers who crossed the U.S-Canada land border.  This upends more than 15 years of bilateral cooperation between the two countries. On July 22, the Federal Court of Canada ruled that sending asylum […] The post Canadian Court Rules US Is No Longer a ‘Safe Third Country’ for Asylum Applicants appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • 3 Things You Need to Know About Trump’s Unconstitutional Census Executive Order
    July 22, 2020

    President Trump issued an executive order on June 21 that laid out a plan to violate the U.S. Constitution by excluding undocumented immigrants from the 2020 Census. An accurate census count is vital to ensuring that each state receives their fair share of seats in the U.S House of Representatives. It also directs hundreds of […] The post 3 Things You Need to Know About Trump’s Unconstitutional Census Executive Order appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • USCIS Wastes Time and Money With Increased Vetting in Citizenship Processing
    July 21, 2020

    The Trump administration has justified major changes to citizenship processing to “safeguard” the U.S. immigration system from application fraud. Yet the increased vetting has not lowered the number of approvals over the last few years, indicating an absence of fraud. The time it takes to approve those applications, however, has grown. A new report from […] The post USCIS Wastes Time and Money With Increased Vetting in Citizenship Processing appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • ICE’s ‘Citizens Academy’ Has No Place in Communities That Welcome Immigrants
    July 20, 2020

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced last week that it was launching a “Citizens Academy” in Chicago. The move justifiably generated everything from confusion to anger and fear from elected officials and community members. The program is already the subject of recently introduced bills to ban funding for it. ICE describes the program as […] The post ICE’s ‘Citizens Academy’ Has No Place in Communities That Welcome Immigrants appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • The Jail-to-Deportation Pipeline Turns Deadly for Immigrants in the Pandemic
    July 16, 2020

    Another man has died in immigration detention from COVID-19. His tragic and avoidable death marks the deadly end to a jail-to-deportation pipeline that disproportionately targets Black and Brown people. On July 13, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued a press release announcing that Onoval Perez-Montufa had died from COVID-19. The release says nothing about who […] The post The Jail-to-Deportation Pipeline Turns Deadly for Immigrants in the Pandemic appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • USCIS Upends the Lives of Immigrants by Refusing to Print Their Work Permits and Green Cards
    July 15, 2020

    The Trump administration’s full-on assault on the U.S. immigration system has continued despite the COVID-19 pandemic. The president has not only pursued his agenda during the outbreak—he has, in several instances, used the pandemic as a pretext to reduce the number of noncitizens who can come to the United States lawfully. Many recent policy changes […] The post USCIS Upends the Lives of Immigrants by Refusing to Print Their Work Permits and Green Cards appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • ICE Has Been Granted the Same Level of Secrecy as the FBI
    July 14, 2020

    In a blow to government transparency, the Trump administration has decided to designate Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) a “security/sensitive agency.” The move further shields ICE from public accountability, allowing them to withhold even more information. According to a leaked government memo, the Trump administration granted ICE’s request to be designated a “security/sensitive” agency when […] The post ICE Has Been Granted the Same Level of Secrecy as the FBI appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • USCIS Holds Drive-Thru Naturalization Ceremonies to Work Through COVID-19 Backlog
    July 13, 2020

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) expects, by the end of July, to have worked through nearly the entire backlog of naturalization oath ceremonies put on hold in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The agency is now providing new ways to take the oath, including drive-thru naturalization ceremonies. The cancellation of oath ceremonies had prevented […] The post USCIS Holds Drive-Thru Naturalization Ceremonies to Work Through COVID-19 Backlog appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Trump Labels Asylum Seekers as National Security Threat in Expanded Asylum Bar
    July 9, 2020

    Even as President Trump downplays the threat of COVID-19, the Trump administration is using the pandemic as a pretext to bar more people from asylum in the United States. While the proposal is being tied to the coronavirus right now, this asylum bar could remain in place long after the current national crisis subsides. Who […] The post Trump Labels Asylum Seekers as National Security Threat in Expanded Asylum Bar appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Congress Calls to Decrease ICE Detention as COVID-19 Continues to Spread
    July 8, 2020

    The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security introduced their proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2021 (beginning October 1, 2020) this week. The budget would have significant implications for U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facilities—current hotspots of the coronavirus pandemic. In a reversal of previous budget requests, this budget proposes a major decrease in […] The post Congress Calls to Decrease ICE Detention as COVID-19 Continues to Spread appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • ICE Says International Students Must Take Classes in Person or Leave the Country
    July 7, 2020

    As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to surge across the United States, many universities have chosen to temporarily move to online-only classes to protect public health. However, new guidance from the Trump administration will not allow international students to stay in the United States if their classes move online this fall. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement […] The post ICE Says International Students Must Take Classes in Person or Leave the Country appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Court Orders ICE to End Its Practice of Unlawfully Detaining Immigrant Youth
    July 6, 2020

    Immigrant children who arrive in the United States without a parent are placed in shelters or foster care while their guardianship and immigration process play out. But all too often, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) takes them away as soon as they turn 18 and locks them in an adult detention facility. However, a […] The post Court Orders ICE to End Its Practice of Unlawfully Detaining Immigrant Youth appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • USCIS Hasn’t Approved a Single Person for Liberian Legalization Program
    July 2, 2020

    A program created in late 2019 to allow certain Liberian noncitizens in the United States to become lawful permanent residents (LPRs) is falling far short of its potential, according to a new report. The program in question is Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness (LRIF), a provision of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 […] The post USCIS Hasn’t Approved a Single Person for Liberian Legalization Program appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Federal Court Strikes Down Trump’s Asylum Transit Ban in Momentous Victory
    July 1, 2020

    On June 30, a federal judge in the District of Columbia struck down the Trump administration’s asylum transit ban, ending a sweeping policy that had shut down asylum for most people entering the United States at the southern border. The court’s decisive action could not have come soon enough, as the rule has been in […] The post Federal Court Strikes Down Trump’s Asylum Transit Ban in Momentous Victory appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Inspector General Report Overlooks Serious Medical Care Issues Within Border Patrol Custody
    June 30, 2020

    The Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently published a report analyzing U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) treatment of noncitizens at the border in 2019. While the report critiques the agency for not meeting its own standards, it also allows CBP to avoid meaningful accountability for numerous failures in meeting the […] The post Inspector General Report Overlooks Serious Medical Care Issues Within Border Patrol Custody appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]