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  • Cities with ‘Sanctuary’ Policies Save Lives from Domestic Violence
    June 5, 2020

    Many communities across the U.S. have adopted so-called “sanctuary policies” that are intended to ensure that we all live in safe neighborhoods. When these policies are in place, local police don’t take part in the enforcement of federal immigration laws. These policies allow immigrants to work with local law enforcement in reporting and investigating crimes […] The post Cities with ‘Sanctuary’ Policies Save Lives from Domestic Violence appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Supreme Court Safeguards Federal Court Review of Torture Protections
    June 4, 2020

    The U.S. Supreme Court found on Monday that federal courts have the authority to review certain claims from people who are seeking protection from torture. The case, Nasrallah v. Barr, is about what happens when certain people seeking protection under the Convention Against Torture are denied protection by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). The […] The post Supreme Court Safeguards Federal Court Review of Torture Protections appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Presidential Proclamation Bars Certain Students and Researchers From China
    June 1, 2020

    President Trump issued a proclamation to prevent certain Chinese nationals from entering the United States using academic student (F) or exchange visitor researcher (J) visas. The proclamation applies to graduate-level or post-graduate students and researchers who have ties to certain entities in the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The proclamation bans students and researchers who […] The post Presidential Proclamation Bars Certain Students and Researchers From China appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Asian Americans Play Key Role in Fighting Coronavirus, Even as They Suffer Racism Spurred by It
    May 29, 2020

    May 31 closes out Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, a time dedicated to recognizing the contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. The term AAPI encompasses all people from the Asian continent and the Pacific Islands of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia. This year’s recognition of AAPI Heritage Month […] The post Asian Americans Play Key Role in Fighting Coronavirus, Even as They Suffer Racism Spurred by It appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Board of Immigration Appeals’ Restructuring and Hiring Plan Reveals Anti-Immigrant Bias
    May 28, 2020

    The Board of Immigration Appeals’ (BIA) hiring process for immigration appellate judges was recently revealed. Now, the integrity of the immigration court system has never been more in question. These procedures reflect how the agency has altered the hiring process to promote judges with a track record of anti-immigrant bias. The information was obtained through […] The post Board of Immigration Appeals’ Restructuring and Hiring Plan Reveals Anti-Immigrant Bias appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • 5 Ways Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Agenda Gets in the Way of an Effective Coronavirus Response
    May 27, 2020

    In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the federal government has implemented sweeping revisions to U.S. immigration policy. Many of the changes fail to prioritize the health of immigrants or the general public. Some functions—like processing visas abroad and asylum claims at the border—have come to a virtual standstill. Yet many people applying for immigration benefits […] The post 5 Ways Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Agenda Gets in the Way of an Effective Coronavirus Response appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Trump Is Using the Coronavirus Pandemic as an Excuse to Permanently Close the Borders
    May 26, 2020

    The Trump administration has indefinitely extended its ban on immigration at U.S. land borders.  The order was also expanded to include immigrants arriving at coastal ports. The ban is based on an order from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), allowing Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to immediately remove migrants from the […] The post Trump Is Using the Coronavirus Pandemic as an Excuse to Permanently Close the Borders appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • USCIS Claims It’s Strapped for Cash, Requests Emergency Funding From Congress
    May 21, 2020

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) says it’s running out of money, fast. In a letter to Congress, USCIS declared that the coronavirus pandemic had caused unavoidable budget shortfalls. The agency—normally funded by fees from visa petitions and immigration benefit applications—says it will run out of money by June. It’s asking Congress for an emergency […] The post USCIS Claims It’s Strapped for Cash, Requests Emergency Funding From Congress appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Exchange Visitor Program Faces Uncertainty as US Opens but Embassies Remain Closed
    May 20, 2020

    The coronavirus pandemic has affected day-to-day life for everyone, including foreign nationals who planned to participate in the U.S. Department of State’s Exchange Visitor Program. These programs use on-the-job training and are often planned months in advanced. Many large organizations and companies that sponsor and host exchange visitors—who come to the United States on J-1 […] The post Exchange Visitor Program Faces Uncertainty as US Opens but Embassies Remain Closed appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • ICE Tells Parents to Separate From Their Children or Risk Indefinite Detention Together
    May 19, 2020

    When the Trump administration implemented mass family separation in 2018, the American public was outraged. Two years later, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is using a different strategy with the risk of a similar result. The agency is now forcing parents at its family detention centers to choose between separation from their children or […] The post ICE Tells Parents to Separate From Their Children or Risk Indefinite Detention Together appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • The HEROES Act Would Provide Aid to Millions of Immigrants Left Out of Other Coronavirus Relief Packages
    May 18, 2020

    The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act on Friday, May 15. The bill directs $3 trillion in stimulus spending and is the latest in a series of bills that Congress has considered in response to the coronavirus. The HEROES Act seeks to relieve some of the […] The post The HEROES Act Would Provide Aid to Millions of Immigrants Left Out of Other Coronavirus Relief Packages appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Essential Workers Are at the Heart of a Diversifying Working-Class America
    May 15, 2020

    The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the importance of essential workers in keeping America up and running. First-responders, medical staff, meat packers, and domestic, hospitality, and transportation workers have been feeding, caring for, and moving us forward for years. It’s time for the working class in America to be recognized and rewarded for their labor. Yet, […] The post Essential Workers Are at the Heart of a Diversifying Working-Class America appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • If the Supreme Court Terminates DACA, President Trump Can Still Fix It
    May 14, 2020

    The coronavirus has disrupted all our lives. Native-born Americans and noncitizens across the United States are experiencing many of the same challenges—the disruptions to day-to-day life, the struggle to find work to provide for their families, and the difficulties in obtaining adequate medical care. But many noncitizens are navigating these challenges while also coping with […] The post If the Supreme Court Terminates DACA, President Trump Can Still Fix It appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Government Takes Surprising Position to Preserve H-4 Work Permits – For Now
    May 13, 2020

    A long-running lawsuit over a rule allowing certain spouses of highly educated H-1B workers to work in the United States took an interesting twist. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which has threatened to take away work authorization for this group of people since the start of the Trump administration, opposed the latest attempt […] The post Government Takes Surprising Position to Preserve H-4 Work Permits – For Now appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]