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  • 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. […]

  • Court-Ordered Release of Children May Lead to Family Separation
    June 29, 2020

    Federal Judge Dolly Gee has ordered that children held for more than 20 days at U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) family detention centers must be released. The order was the latest development in Judge Gee’s oversight of the Flores Settlement, a decades-old binding decree governing the detention and treatment of immigrant children in government […] The post Court-Ordered Release of Children May Lead to Family Separation appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Supreme Court Limits Court Oversight for Fast-Track Deportations  
    June 26, 2020

    The Supreme Court ruled on June 25 that certain asylum seekers forced through a fast-track deportation process at the U.S. border, called “expedited removal,” cannot challenge their deportations in federal court. Foreclosing a critical way to challenge these error-prone deportation orders leaves people even more vulnerable to abuse by immigration authorities. In Department of Homeland […] The post Supreme Court Limits Court Oversight for Fast-Track Deportations   appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • ICE and CBP Agents Were Deployed at Black Lives Matter Protests
    June 25, 2020

    People have taken to the streets across the country to protest the murder of George Floyd, who died at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department. This exercise of First Amendment rights has been met with a militarized response—including the deployment of Homeland Security personnel and technology. The presence of immigration enforcement agencies at peaceful […] The post ICE and CBP Agents Were Deployed at Black Lives Matter Protests appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • DHS Suggests Asylum Seekers Should Get Used to ‘Homelessness’ After Stripping Work Permits
    June 24, 2020

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will finalize a new regulation on June 26 which will strip most asylum seekers of the right to seek work authorization. The rule imposes sweeping new grounds to deny asylum seekers a work permit during the multi-year process of obtaining asylum. DHS dismissed concerns that this would force many […] The post DHS Suggests Asylum Seekers Should Get Used to ‘Homelessness’ After Stripping Work Permits appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • The Trump Administration Expands Legal Immigration Ban, Using COVID-19 Pandemic as Excuse
    June 24, 2020

    The Trump administration has banned foreign nationals on certain employment-based nonimmigrant visas from entering the United States. The new ban begins June 24, at 12:01 am ET. The administration also extended its April 23 ban on the entry of certain immigrants, which would have expired on June 22. These bans could be permanent. They currently […] The post The Trump Administration Expands Legal Immigration Ban, Using COVID-19 Pandemic as Excuse appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • The Supreme Court Gave DACA a Lifeline. Now Trump and Congress Need to Create a Path to Citizenship for Dreamers.  
    June 18, 2020

    The Supreme Court issued its long-anticipated decision in DHS v. Regents of the University of California—the case challenging the administration’s attempt to dismantle the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative. The Court ruled on June 18 that the administration did not adequately explain its decision to end DACA and its reasoning to do so […] The post The Supreme Court Gave DACA a Lifeline. Now Trump and Congress Need to Create a Path to Citizenship for Dreamers.   appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • USCIS Wants $1.2 Billion in Taxpayer Dollars. The Agency Should Do These 3 Things Before Getting a Bailout.
    June 17, 2020

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) made a request for $1.2 billion in emergency funding from Congress. USCIS’ funding is unique since it primarily flows from the fees people pay in pursuing immigration benefits, such as petitions for noncitizen workers and applications for naturalization. USCIS is justifying this billion-dollar bailout based on a projected 61% […] The post USCIS Wants $1.2 Billion in Taxpayer Dollars. The Agency Should Do These 3 Things Before Getting a Bailout. appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • US Refugee Program Faces Grim Milestone: Historically Low Admissions
    June 16, 2020

    Each year on June 20, World Refugee Day celebrates the resiliency of refugees who have fled persecution in their home countries. It also honors the process that allows countries to take in refugees. This year, the occasion is more somber in the United States, where refugee admissions are historically low. World Refugee Day was established […] The post US Refugee Program Faces Grim Milestone: Historically Low Admissions appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • DACA Made It Possible For Me to Fight Against COVID-19. The Supreme Court May Soon Make That Impossible.
    June 15, 2020

    My name is Sonia Martinez. I am a Certified Nursing Assistant working to help treat patients with COVID-19 at University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora, Colorado. I am also one of the 650,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients in the United States today. According to the government, I am an essential worker. I’m married […] The post DACA Made It Possible For Me to Fight Against COVID-19. The Supreme Court May Soon Make That Impossible. appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]