• Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Expansive Immigration Detention
    March 21, 2019

    Immigrants with even minor, dated criminal convictions will now be placed in mandatory detention without the possibility of a bond hearing—even if they have already served their time and been previously released. The U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in Nielsen v. Preap this week. A […]

  • Congress Debates Reauthorization of Expired Violence Against Women Act
    March 21, 2019

    The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), a landmark piece of legislation that was the first to offer clear protections for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, is up for reauthorization this year. The law has been instrumental in providing protections for immigrants who have faced this […]

  • Taking H-4 Spouses out of the US Workforce Would Hurt Women the Most
    March 19, 2019

    The Trump administration is set to issue a proposed rule that would prevent the spouses of certain high-skilled temporary foreign workers from getting jobs while they are in the United States. The rule—which would bar employment for those in H-4 status—would waste economic potential and […]

  • An Update on TPS: A Promising New Bill, More Lawsuits, and an Uncertain Future
    March 18, 2019

    More than 300,000 Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders whose status was due to expire in the coming months have new reasons to be hopeful. On the legislative front, Congress proposed a new bill to provide permanent status in the United States for many TPS holders and Dreamers. Separately, the […]

  • Immigration Groups Are Using This Tool to Expose Government Secrets
    March 15, 2019

    Many of the country’s top immigration agencies operate in secret. This lack of transparency in how immigration laws are implemented, administered, and enforced has the potential to devastate the lives of millions of immigrants and their families. Fortunately, there is a powerful […]

  • Federal Judge Rules Government Must Reunite Thousands More Separated Families
    March 13, 2019

    In recent weeks, alarming stories have surfaced indicating that thousands more children were forcibly separated from their parents at the southern border than originally thought. In response to this and earlier reports that the government had begun separating parents as early as 2017, the American […]

  • After Shutdown Loss, Trump Doubles Down on Immigration in His New Budget
    March 12, 2019

    After weeks of tense negotiations, Congress averted a second government shutdown last month by reaching a bipartisan agreement on the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget—a budget which gave President Trump very little of his border demands. Undeterred, the president made a budget request for the […]

  • Appeals Court Says Asylum Seekers May Now Challenge Their Deportation in Federal Court
    March 11, 2019

    Many asylum seekers who travel to the United States seeking protection often receive something much less—they are arrested by immigration officials and provided no meaningful way to challenge their deportation in federal court. Last week, in Thuraissigiam v. U.S. Department of Homeland […]

  • America’s Asylum System Must Ensure the Protection of LGBTQ People
    March 8, 2019

    A group of drag queens—clad in feathered boas and wigs—gathered at a stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas last week to protest construction of President Trump’s border wall. Lip-syncing to the tunes of Lady Gaga, they hoped to raise money in support of LGBTQ asylum seekers. […]

  • DHS Secretary Denies Responsibility for Family Separation, Asks Congress to Limit Asylum Protections
    March 7, 2019

    In a combative hearing before Congress on Wednesday, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen testified for the first time since Democrats became the majority in the House of Representatives. During the House Homeland Security Committee hearing, Nielsen refused to admit […]

  • Families Hit Hardest by State Department Visa Denial Uptick
    March 6, 2019

    Family reunification has long been the cornerstone of U.S. immigration policies. Yet, last year when the administration made changes to guidance around “public charge”—a policy that many consider an economic litmus test for who can come to or stay in the U.S.—advocates […]

  • The Demand for Highly-Skilled Foreign Workers Is Undeniable
    March 5, 2019

    There is little doubt that highly skilled natives and immigrants have worked together for years to drive innovation in a broad range of fields and to build America’s private sector. However, despite ample evidence of the complementary nature of the work done by highly skilled foreign-born […]

  • ICE Releases Infants in Its Custody Following Civil Rights Complaint
    March 4, 2019

    Nothing is more delicate or worthy of comprehensive care than a newborn. Yet, over the past several weeks, detention watchdogs and public health experts have noticed an alarming uptick in the number of infants—some as young as five months old—being held in prison-like […]

  • Number of Undocumented Immigrants in US at a 25-Year Low
    March 1, 2019

      Contrary to President Trump’s claim that “large-scale unlawful migration” across the southern border constitutes a “national emergency” that requires building a wall, research suggests that undocumented immigration across the U.S.-Mexico border is actually the […]

  • The Government Is Hiding Information About How It Deports People – This Lawsuit Seeks to Expose That
    February 28, 2019

    The Trump administration’s aggressive enforcement tactics have made immigrants with final removal orders more vulnerable. That’s why it is more important than ever to have basic due process safeguards and to understand how they are implemented. A stay of removal (temporary reprieve from […]

  • Government Officials Deflect Responsibility for Family Separation at Congressional Hearing
    February 27, 2019

    At an oversight hearing on family separation in front of the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, government officials from four different agencies dug in against criticisms and denied any accountability for the Trump administration’s family separation policy. All but one of the officials […]

  • Congress Members and Others Argue Against Turning Back Asylum Seekers
    February 26, 2019

    The Trump administration’s policy of turning back asylum seekers has been devastating, as vulnerable people are repeatedly denied access to the asylum process at ports of entry (POEs) along the U.S.-Mexico border. Now, Members of Congress, states, organizations, and law professors are […]

  • Immigration Courts’ Growing Reliance on Videoconference Hearings Is Being Challenged
    February 25, 2019

    In some parts of the country, it has long been the practice for detained immigrants to appear for their immigration court hearings via video teleconference (“VTC”), rather than in-person. This is especially the case for immigrants being held in remote detention centers, hours from the […]

  • 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 […]

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