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  • Foreign Student Visa Issuance Is Down Over 40 Percent
    August 21, 2019

    Recent government statistics indicate that the United States is becoming a less welcoming destination for foreign students. According to data from the State Department, the number of student visas issued annually for education in the United States fell from 677,928 in Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 to […]

  • Trump’s Latest Asylum Ban Goes Into Effect in Texas and New Mexico
    August 20, 2019

    The Trump administration’s latest asylum ban went into effect in New Mexico and Texas—but not California and Arizona—on Friday after a ruling from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The ruling amounts to a partial victory for President Trump. While the ban covers the border […]

  • Federal Court Rules Detained Immigrant Children Must Receive Clean Water, Edible Food, and Soap
    August 19, 2019

    A federal appeals court in California ruled on Thursday that immigrant children must receive edible food, clean water, soap, and toothpaste while being detained by U.S. immigration authorities. The decision came from a three-judge panel for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. The […]

  • USCIS Visa Petition Denials on the Rise
    August 16, 2019

    Legal immigration channels to the United States are continuing to suffer under the Trump administration. These restrictions are having an effect on employment-based immigration—particularly petitions for temporary foreign workers. American businesses file such petitions in order to hire and […]

  • USCIS Announces 7 International Offices Will Remain Open Despite Overall Shutdown
    August 15, 2019

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently released more details about its plan to close its international offices. In an August 9 memorandum, USCIS clarified that all but seven of its 23 international offices will be shuttered within the next year. USCIS’s International […]

  • Immigration Enforcement Expanding Its Use of Mass Surveillance
    August 14, 2019

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is preparing to expand its use of facial recognition technology to screen everyone entering the United States through borders and ports of entry. The border enforcement agency is searching for a private vendor to upgrade a sweeping range of its technological […]

  • New Public Charge Rule Imposes Wealth Test on Newcomers
    August 13, 2019

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published the final version of its new “public charge” regulation on Monday morning. The rule would make it easier for the government to deny a green card or visa to immigrants it believes are likely to receive certain public benefits in the […]

  • Trump Administration Moves to ‘Disband and Destroy’ Immigration Judges Union
    August 12, 2019

    Immigration judges around the country are denouncing the Trump administration’s latest move to “disband and destroy” their union. The judges’ union has been openly critical of the administration’s immigration enforcement agenda. The Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a […]

  • Rushing Immigration Court Cases Through ‘Rocket Dockets’ Deprives Families of Due Process
    August 9, 2019

    In an attempt to rush through immigrant families’ court cases, the government began implementing “rocket dockets” in September 2018 for parents and children who had recently entered the United States together without authorization. The program is intended to discourage Central […]

  • ICE Targets Mississippi Food Plants in Largest Set of Immigration Raids
    August 8, 2019

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) conducted coordinated raids in several small Mississippi towns on Wednesday. With reports of 680 arrests, the raids may be the largest ICE worksite crackdown in over a decade. More than 600 ICE agents raided seven food processing plants in several […]

  • Community Support Flows Into El Paso After Mass Shooting
    August 7, 2019

    El Paso, Texas suffered a horrific tragedy on Saturday when a gunman entered a local Walmart and opened fire. The gunman—who was emboldened by racist rhetoric to specifically target immigrants and Latinos—ultimately murdered 22 people and wounded 26. In the wake of this anguish, people […]

  • Trump Administration’s Plan to Subject Hundreds of Thousands to Fast-Track Deportations Faces New Lawsuit
    August 6, 2019

    The Trump administration recently announced it would start applying a fast-tracked deportation process known as “expedited removal” to hundreds of thousands more people than ever before. People across the United States could be deported within hours of being picked up by immigration […]

  • Filipino WWII Veterans Are Prevented From Reuniting With Families After Trump Cuts Program
    August 5, 2019

    The Trump administration announced on Friday that it is ending a family reunification program for Filipino World War II veterans. This places a needless burden on our country’s veterans, many of whom have been unable to reunite with their families for decades. The program allowed Filipino […]

  • Syria Is Not Redesignated for TPS, Despite Ongoing Armed Conflict 
    August 2, 2019

    After months of uncertainty, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced on Thursday that it will extend—but not redesignate—Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Syria. This life-saving humanitarian program protects foreign nationals from being deported back to a country that is […]

  • US Citizens Caught in Immigration Dragnet As Enforcement Gets More Aggressive
    August 1, 2019

    There is a disturbing trend in aggressive immigration enforcement that is appearing more and more recently: the detention of U.S. citizens. There are clear indications that U.S. immigration agents are locking up people they assume must be non-citizens, but who are in fact U.S. citizens. These […]

  • Attorney General Barr Rolls Back Asylum Protections for Families
    July 31, 2019

    Attorney General William Barr issued a decision that significantly restricts the ability of many current asylum seekers to win their cases on Monday. In Matter of L-E-A-, Barr issued a new immigration court decision that says people should generally not be granted asylum if they face persecution […]

  • Immigrants and Their Children Founded Almost Half of All US Fortune 500 Companies
    July 30, 2019

    From the highest levels of corporate America to virtually every level of the labor force, immigration creates new jobs in the U.S. economy. The businesses founded by immigrant entrepreneurs directly employ all types of workers. Immigrant workers also support the jobs of other workers through the […]

  • Why a Safe Third Country Agreement with Guatemala is Unsafe and Unworkable
    July 29, 2019

    The Trump administration signed an agreement with Guatemala last Friday that appears to allow the U.S. government to send certain asylum applicants to Guatemala, forcing them to seek asylum there. Framed by the president as a “Safe Third Country” agreement, this move will place […]

  • Appeals Court Decision Means Hundreds of Migrants Were Unlawfully Convicted
    July 26, 2019

    The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision clarifying limits on when federal prosecutors can charge immigrants with illegal entry and reentry into the United States this week.  Under this decision, it will be more difficult for the government to criminally charge immigrants who […]

  • California Judge Blocks Implementation of Trump’s New Asylum Rule
    July 25, 2019

    A federal judge in California blocked the implementation of a new rule yesterday that would have prevented most immigrants who arrive at the U.S. southern land border from qualifying for asylum in the United States. This decision came just hours after a D.C. court ruled in the opposite direction. […]

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