• What Is Happening with Trump’s Border Wall? Here’s Everything You Need to Know So Far
    October 18, 2019

    President Trump has made the construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border a cornerstone of his presidency. To date, not a single mile of new barriers has been erected. But the Trump administration continues to aggressively pursue new avenues to fund this project outside of the traditional federal appropriations process, including the president’s declaration […] The post What Is Happening with Trump’s Border Wall? Here’s Everything You Need to Know So Far appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • In Historic Ruling, Thousands of Immigrants Waiting for Their Immigration Records Can Now Challenge Agency Delay
    October 17, 2019

    A federal court in San Francisco certified two nationwide classes of immigrants and attorneys challenging extreme agency delays in producing immigration case files. Plaintiffs allege that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have a system-wide practice of failing to provide access to immigration case records—called A-Files—within deadlines set […] The post In Historic Ruling, Thousands of Immigrants Waiting for Their Immigration Records Can Now Challenge Agency Delay appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • California Bans Private Prisons, Eliminating Immigration Detention Centers That Incarcerate 4,000 People
    October 16, 2019

    California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill into law on Friday that will phase out private prisons—including federal immigration detention centers—throughout the state. The new law, AB 32, prohibits the state government and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from creating, modifying, or renewing prison contracts with private companies beginning on January 1, 2020. The […] The post California Bans Private Prisons, Eliminating Immigration Detention Centers That Incarcerate 4,000 People appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Which Immigration Cases Will the Supreme Court Rule on This Session?
    October 15, 2019

    The Supreme Court began a new session this October, and in the coming months, the justices will hear several high-profile immigration cases. These cases involve the attempted termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative, the highly-criticized killing of a young boy in Mexico by a Border Patrol agent, and the criminal prosecution […] The post Which Immigration Cases Will the Supreme Court Rule on This Session? appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • “Public Charge” Rule Blocked Days Before Going Into Effect
    October 14, 2019

    The Trump administration suffered another immigration blow in court last Friday. The new “public charge” rule set to go into effect Tuesday, October 15, was blocked in three separate rulings by judges around the country. Courts in New York, San Francisco, and Seattle all issued rulings halting the implementation of the rule. This was largely […] The post “Public Charge” Rule Blocked Days Before Going Into Effect appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Pennsylvania Should Widen Access to Justice for People in Immigration Detention
    October 11, 2019

    People in immigration detention who are represented by an attorney are more likely to receive a positive outcome in immigration court than those that face judges alone. Unfortunately, people who arrive in the U.S. from other countries are not guaranteed representation even though having one can be the difference between being allowed to stay or […] The post Pennsylvania Should Widen Access to Justice for People in Immigration Detention appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Federal Court Blocks Error-Prone ICE Deportation Program
    October 10, 2019

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has arrested millions of people based on unreliable electronic databases. In a recent court decision with nationwide impact, a federal judge in California ruled that parts of this mass deportation program—called Secure Communities—are unconstitutional. Through Secure Communities, anyone arrested and fingerprinted for any reason has their fingerprints sent to […] The post Federal Court Blocks Error-Prone ICE Deportation Program appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • How Trump’s New Healthcare Ban Threatens the Legal Immigration System
    October 9, 2019

    President Trump invoked the same legal authority used for the Travel Ban to impose a sweeping new ban on legal immigration last week. Under the new ban, which analysis suggests could block as much as two thirds of all immigrants from coming to the United States, immigrants will be banned from entering unless they can […] The post How Trump’s New Healthcare Ban Threatens the Legal Immigration System appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • CBP Officers Take on Role of Asylum Officers – This Lawsuit Demands to Know Why
    October 8, 2019

    Officers from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)—a law enforcement agency with a history of misconduct and abuse—are reportedly conducting screenings of asylum seekers pursuing protection in the United States. A new lawsuit aims to find out more about this secretive practice. For decades, these screenings—called credible fear interviews (CFI)—have been under the jurisdiction of […] The post CBP Officers Take on Role of Asylum Officers – This Lawsuit Demands to Know Why appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Cameroonian’s Death in ICE Custody Underscores Problems with Immigration Detention
    October 7, 2019

    Nebane Abienwi, a 37-year-old man who had recently fled war-torn Cameroon, died in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody on Tuesday. His passing—the first of the new fiscal year that began on October 1—follows a string of tragic and unnecessary deaths in ICE detention that illustrate just how poorly the agency operates its facilities. […] The post Cameroonian’s Death in ICE Custody Underscores Problems with Immigration Detention appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • What the Safe Third Country Deals Mean for The Future of Asylum in the United States
    October 4, 2019

    The Trump administration announced last week that it had signed an “Asylum Cooperative Agreement” with Honduras, following two similar agreements signed with El Salvador and Guatemala. If any of these agreements go into effect, the United States could rapidly deport asylum seekers to a third country, without ever permitting them to apply for protections in […] The post What the Safe Third Country Deals Mean for The Future of Asylum in the United States appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • American Communities Benefit From Welcoming Refugees – The White House Wants to Stop That
    October 3, 2019

    For many small towns and rural communities, opening their doors to refugees is part of a local strategy to reverse population decline, stimulate their workforce, and build diverse communities. There are countless examples. Clarkston, Georgia—once a Southern town struggling to keep up with rapid population decline—has accepted over 40,000 refugees in the last four decades. […] The post American Communities Benefit From Welcoming Refugees – The White House Wants to Stop That appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Federal Judge Says DHS Must Keep Its Promise to Protect Children in Immigration Detention
    October 2, 2019

    A federal judge on Friday blocked the Trump administration’s attempts to significantly undo the Flores Settlement Agreement, which mandates certain protections for children held in immigration detention. The changes to the settlement would have allowed the administration to hold immigrant children and their parents indefinitely in jail-like settings. Federal Judge Dolly Gee repeated that the […] The post Federal Judge Says DHS Must Keep Its Promise to Protect Children in Immigration Detention appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • USCIS Implemented New H-1B Wage Level Policy Without Providing Sufficient Guidance to Its Staff
    October 1, 2019

    Newly released documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) reveal that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) rolled out a major policy change impacting petitions for H-1B workers without sufficient training to officers deciding the petitions. The records reveal troubling insights into what likely contributed to substantial increases in requests for evidence (RFEs) […] The post USCIS Implemented New H-1B Wage Level Policy Without Providing Sufficient Guidance to Its Staff appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Federal Judge Blocks the Expansion of Fast-Track Deportation Program, Expedited Removal
    September 30, 2019

    A federal judge blocked the expansion of a fast-track deportation program, known as “expedited removal,” minutes before the government said it would begin implementing its expansion on September 28, 2019. Expedited removal allows the government to deport certain people without basic legal protections. Those who are put in this process are not able to see […] The post Federal Judge Blocks the Expansion of Fast-Track Deportation Program, Expedited Removal appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Refugee Admissions to Hit 40-Year Low Under Trump
    September 27, 2019

    President Trump yesterday proposed a reduction in the annual number of refugee admissions to 18,000 persons for 2020. This is the lowest number ever in the 40-year history of the refugee program, and the fourth time Trump has reduced refugee admissions since January 2017. Simultaneously, Trump has issued an Executive Order that requires states and […] The post Refugee Admissions to Hit 40-Year Low Under Trump appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • State Governments Should Step In to Provide Oversight of Detention Facilities
    September 26, 2019

    Immigration enforcement may be a federal responsibility, but state governments have a great deal of power over the conditions under which immigrants are detained. At a time when over-crowded detention facilities are failing to meet even the minimum standards of humane treatment, states must step up and exercise their authority to improve a situation that […] The post State Governments Should Step In to Provide Oversight of Detention Facilities appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Deporting Immigrants Does Not Lower Crime, According to Study
    September 25, 2019

    The mass deportation of immigrants from the United States under the Secure Communities program has had no appreciable impact on local crime rates. Why? Because most of the immigrants being deported do not have serious criminal records. That is the simple yet powerful conclusion of a recent study from the University of California, Davis. The […] The post Deporting Immigrants Does Not Lower Crime, According to Study appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • How the Immigration Court Reached a Record One Million Case Backlog
    September 24, 2019

    When Donald Trump took office in January 2017, the immigration courts faced a record backlog of over 542,000 cases. This month, the immigration court backlog hit a new historic high with over 1,000,000 cases. Driven by new Trump administration immigration court policies and the growth in the number of families arriving at the border in […] The post How the Immigration Court Reached a Record One Million Case Backlog appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • The National Park Service Warns Border Wall Construction Could Destroy 22 Archaeological Sites 
    September 23, 2019

    In the Trump administration’s rush to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, 22 archaeological sites could be damaged or entirely destroyed. This warning comes from an internal National Park Service report that details how new border fencing, bulldozers, excavators, and Border Patrol four-wheelers could irrevocably harm ancient remnants of Native American tribes as well as endangered […] The post The National Park Service Warns Border Wall Construction Could Destroy 22 Archaeological Sites  appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]