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  • Customs and Border Protection Officials Are Allowed Full Anonymity Under FOIA—and That’s a Blow to Government Transparency
    February 14, 2020

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)—the largest law enforcement agency within the Department of Homeland Security, with tens of thousands of officers charged with policing our borders—is becoming more secretive. In fact, according to recent reporting, the agency is skittish when it comes to revealing the names of its officers through the Freedom of Information […] The post Customs and Border Protection Officials Are Allowed Full Anonymity Under FOIA—and That’s a Blow to Government Transparency appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • These Humanitarian Aid Workers’ Convictions Were Overturned. Here’s How It Sets Precedent for Future Protection.
    February 13, 2020

    A federal judge in Arizona reversed convictions of four volunteers of the humanitarian aid group No More Deaths last week. No More Deaths is an Arizona-based group that works to end death and suffering for people crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. In the summer of 2017, the four women drove on a restricted access road in […] The post These Humanitarian Aid Workers’ Convictions Were Overturned. Here’s How It Sets Precedent for Future Protection. appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • USCIS’ Change to How ‘Unlawful Presence’ Is Calculated Is Defeated in Court
    February 12, 2020

    A federal district court stopped U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) from drastically changing how the agency determines when a foreign student or exchange visitor is “unlawfully present” in the United States. “Unlawful presence” is defined by law as any time a foreign national spends in the United States after their authorized stay has ended. […] The post USCIS’ Change to How ‘Unlawful Presence’ Is Calculated Is Defeated in Court appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Trump Bars New Yorkers From Traveler Programs Over State’s Refusal to Cooperate With ICE
    February 10, 2020

    The Trump administration is cracking down on New York over its refusal to share residents’ driver’s license records with immigration authorities. Now, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has barred all New Yorkers from four of its five “trusted traveler” programs. New York residents can no longer enroll or re-enroll in the Global Entry, NEXUS, […] The post Trump Bars New Yorkers From Traveler Programs Over State’s Refusal to Cooperate With ICE appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • USCIS Is Hiding Damaging Changes Behind Its Motions and Appeals Form Proposal
    February 7, 2020

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently proposed changes to how the agency will review certain denials of immigration benefits. The changes will apply to its Form I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion, and instructions. But USCIS’ proposed changes are more than procedural—they will substantially alter USCIS’ longstanding motions and appeal processes. As part of […] The post USCIS Is Hiding Damaging Changes Behind Its Motions and Appeals Form Proposal appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Trump’s Immigration Restrictions Extend to Nearly 7% of the Entire World
    February 5, 2020

    President Trump issued the fourth travel ban of his presidency on Friday. This ban comes almost three years to the day after the first one brought thousands of protesters to airports around the country. People from Nigeria, Eritrea, Myanmar, and Kyrgyzstan are now barred from immigrating to the United States. Those from Sudan and Tanzania […] The post Trump’s Immigration Restrictions Extend to Nearly 7% of the Entire World appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Conditions in Border Facilities Deny Asylum Seekers Meaningful Screening Interviews
    February 4, 2020

    In U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) custody, asylum seekers are detained in horribly cold and overcrowded facilities, unable to sleep, without access to food, water, or adequate medical care, and without access to an attorney. Under two new government processes—the Prompt Asylum Claim Review (PACR) and the Humanitarian Asylum Review Process (HARP)—people seeking asylum […] The post Conditions in Border Facilities Deny Asylum Seekers Meaningful Screening Interviews appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • The State of Immigration in Our Union
    February 3, 2020

    Three years into the Trump administration, it’s become clear that we have lost our rudder. For a nation that long-provided a welcome mat to the huddled masses yearning to breathe free, our immigration policies are not welcoming. They are punitive and isolationist. We have seen a decrease in legal immigration alongside an historic increase in […] The post The State of Immigration in Our Union appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Calls for Independent Immigration Court Grow Louder at Congressional Hearing
    January 30, 2020

    A congressional oversight committee held a hearing this week on the need for immigration court reform and the systemic due process challenges within the immigration court system. The House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship heard from several experts on the issue. Most experts made the case that the immigration court should transfer from […] The post Calls for Independent Immigration Court Grow Louder at Congressional Hearing appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Demographic Change Is Hard, Especially When Our Leaders Stoke Our Worst Fears
    January 29, 2020

    After more than 20 years in the immigrant justice movement, I confess that I missed the mark. In my drive to improve the lives of immigrants and refugees, I was blind to some key realities taking root in America. I failed to see the surge of cultural anxiety driven by demographic, economic, and social change […] The post Demographic Change Is Hard, Especially When Our Leaders Stoke Our Worst Fears appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • A Humanitarian Catastrophe at the Border: One Year of the ‘Migrant Protection Protocols’
    January 28, 2020

    One year ago today, a confused Honduran man seeking asylum in the United States became the first person to be turned away from the border and sent back to Mexico to await a U.S. court hearing. He would become the first of nearly 60,000 people subjected to the so-called “Migrant Protection Protocols” (MPP). Under MPP—also […] The post A Humanitarian Catastrophe at the Border: One Year of the ‘Migrant Protection Protocols’ appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • What’s Happening to Trump’s Travel Ban?
    January 27, 2020

    Monday marks the third anniversary of the Trump administration’s travel ban—a presidential proclamation that needlessly divides families on the basis of their religion and nationality. The proclamation restricts travel to the United States by nationals of five majority-Muslim nations (Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen). Venezuela and North Korea are also included in the ban. […] The post What’s Happening to Trump’s Travel Ban? appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Lawmakers Call for Release of All Transgender Migrants From ICE Custody
    January 24, 2020

    Lawmakers on Capitol Hill sent a letter to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) this month demanding the release of all transgender people in ICE’s custody. At least two transgender women have died in the last two years. Both died following multiple, ignored requests for medical attention in ICE custody. Advocates and lawmakers fear more […] The post Lawmakers Call for Release of All Transgender Migrants From ICE Custody appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]

  • Privacy Concerns Over Trump’s Demand to Collect the DNA of Hundreds of Thousands of People
    January 23, 2020

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) began collecting DNA from people held at the border earlier this month. This is part of a pilot program that DHS plans to expand nationwide. The program is currently operating at the port of entry in Eagle Pass, Texas and within the Border Patrol’s Detroit Sector. When fully implemented, […] The post Privacy Concerns Over Trump’s Demand to Collect the DNA of Hundreds of Thousands of People appeared first on Immigration Impact. […]