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  • Workers Detained in Massive Tennessee Immigration Raid Sue ICE
    February 22, 2019

    Workers who were detained during the first large-scale workplace immigration raid under the Trump administration filed a class action lawsuit against the government on Thursday. The raid, which took place in April 2018, decimated a meat processing plant in Bean Station, a rural community outside of […]

  • Blueprint for Overhauling Immigration Courts Released Through FOIA
    February 21, 2019

    A FOIA request has forced the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) to produce its comprehensive plan for reducing the immigration court backlog. Though partially redacted, the aim of the October 2017 “Strategic Caseload Reduction Plan” is clear—to fundamentally alter the […]

  • Risky ‘Remain in Mexico’ Policy Faces Legal Challenges
    February 21, 2019

    The Department of Homeland Security began implementing a dramatic new policy last month requiring asylum seekers to return to Mexico to await immigration court hearings. Many denounced the so-called “Migrant Protection Protocols,” (MPP) highlighting the extreme dangers that migrants in […]

  • Multiple Lawsuits Filed Against Trump’s National Emergency Declaration
    February 19, 2019

    Speaking from the Rose Garden on Friday, President Trump invoked the National Emergency Act after Congress refused to provide full funding for additions to the U.S.-Mexico border wall. By declaring a national emergency, the president could potentially bypass Congress and pull from Department of […]

  • Trump Declares National Emergency to Fund His Border Wall
    February 15, 2019

    Following three weeks of spending negotiations, Congress passed a budget deal on Thursday to fund the federal government through the end of September. Even though it did not include the money President Trump demanded to build a border wall, he signed the deal and then immediately declared a […]

  • TPS Holders from Honduras and Nepal Sue the Trump Administration Over Terminations
    February 14, 2019

    With the fate of their Temporary Protected Status (TPS) in jeopardy, immigrants from Honduras and Nepal brought a class action lawsuit against the federal government this week to stop the Trump administration from ending TPS for their respective countries. The case’s plaintiffs—six […]

  • 4 Ways ICE Doesn’t Hold Immigration Detention Facilities Accountable
    February 13, 2019

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its component agency U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have a long-standing and poor track record when it comes to transparency and accountability in immigration detention. A recent investigation from the DHS Office of the Inspector General […]

  • Border Towns Are Among the Safest in the United States
    February 12, 2019

    On Monday evening in El Paso, Texas, two very different images of the U.S.-Mexico border emerged. President Trump held a rally to make the case for his border wall again, repeating his usual talking points on the supposed dangers lurking in the region. Just a block away, former Democratic […]

  • Immigrant Mothers Are Filing Claims for Monetary Compensation in the Wake of Family Separation Crisis
    February 11, 2019

    In April 2018, the Trump administration officially rolled out its “zero tolerance” policy—a policy that has since been universally condemned for its cruel and unlawful practice of separating parents and children migrating to the United States. The policy has had widely documented […]

  • Letter to Nielsen Shows Potential Catastrophic Impact of Migrant Protection Protocols
    February 8, 2019

    The Trump administration began implementing a deeply troubling new policy on January 28, 2019, the “Migrant Protection Protocols” (MPP). Under the MPP, the government prevents asylum seekers from entering the United States by forcing them to remain in Mexico pending their request for […]

  • Immigrants Have More Faith in American Institutions Than the Native-Born
    February 7, 2019

    Despite the fact that immigrants living in and arriving in the United States today are not exactly receiving a warm welcome by key government institutions, a recent poll by the Cato Institute shows that immigrants’ faith in America’s key political institutions is strong. In fact, […]

  • Trump’s State of the Union Speech Reflects a Fundamental Misunderstanding of Immigration
    February 6, 2019

    Speaking before Congress and the nation Tuesday evening, President Trump once again promised bipartisanship and instead delivered division. When it came to immigration, the president neither offered an olive branch nor acknowledged the devastating effects of his administration’s actions to […]

  • How Trump Can Use Immigration to Make the State of the Union Stronger
    February 5, 2019

    Immigration will undoubtedly be a central issue during President Trump’s State of the Union address. However, it’s unlikely that any of the proposals the president advances will move us closer to a policy breakthrough. It’s more likely the president will propose ideas that make […]

  • USCIS Processing Times Get Even Slower Under Trump
    February 4, 2019

    The Trump administration has slowed the processing of immigration benefit applications to a crawl, causing needless harm to immigrants, their families, and their employers. Under President Trump, the backlog of applications at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) doubled in the span of […]

  • USCIS Final Regulation Puts Registration On Hold, Changes Petition Selection Order
    February 1, 2019

    On January 31, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a final regulation that changes the process U.S employers will have to follow in order to hire foreign workers under the “H-1B” program. The rule applies to H-1B petitions subject to the statutory “cap” […]

  • Government Quietly Increases ICE Detention to 48,000 Beds During the Shutdown
    January 31, 2019

    Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) drastically expanded its network of immigration jails in the last month by a startling 7 percent. ICE now holds about 48,000 individuals in its jails and private prisons, even though Congress has only appropriated funds for them to detain 40,500 individuals […]

  • Setting the Record Straight: Asylum Seekers Show Up for Court
    January 30, 2019

    Immigration restrictionists have often repeated a bold and erroneous claim: that there is a serious problem of asylum seekers who come to the U.S. border and disappear once released from detention. But both fact-checkers and independent studies show this is not true. In reality, the vast majority […]

  • Trump’s Travel Ban Leaves Thousands of US Citizens Separated from Their Families
    January 29, 2019

    It has been two years since the Trump administration’s travel ban went into effect. Aside from multiple court challenges, the ban has largely disappeared from American headlines. And yet the ban continues to affect American families every single day. While this policy may be a quieter form of […]

  • Businesses Are Fighting Back Against USCIS’ Restrictive View of H-1B ‘Specialty Occupation’
    January 28, 2019

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is making it more difficult to hire temporary foreign workers in a “specialty occupation.” American businesses are fighting back in order to keep their talent in increasingly competitive tech and science fields. Since June 2017, at least […]

  • US Government to Force Migrants to Remain in Mexico and Await Their Immigration Court Hearings
    January 25, 2019

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced plans to immediately launch a new policy to force asylum-seeking migrants to wait in Mexico for their immigration court hearing. Officially labeled the “Migrant Protection Protocols” but more commonly known as “Remain in […]

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