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Trump’s Latest Asylum Ban Goes Into Effect in Texas and New Mexico

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 states outside of the Ninth Circuit, it will not apply […]

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Federal Court Rules Detained Immigrant Children Must Receive Clean Water, Edible Food, and Soap

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 panel dismissed the Trump administration’s challenge of a lower […]

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USCIS Visa Petition Denials on the Rise

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 retain foreign-born workers who make vital contributions to companies, industries, and the U.S. economy. Yet U.S. […]

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State of Hate: Family Separation and Public Charge

August 16, 2019 The Trump administration continues to target and vilify immigrant communities via racist rhetoric and policy actions. The fear and “chilling effects” felt by immigrant communities have only been heightened as ICE continues to separate hundreds of refugee families and as USCIS targets low-income, immigrants under the final public charge rule, which seeks to prevent individuals from getting or renewing visas, or changing their immigration status if they ever used public services.

USCIS Announces 7 International Offices Will Remain Open Despite Overall Shutdown

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 Operations Division has a diverse mission, encompassing everything from processing urgent humanitarian […]

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Immigration Enforcement Expanding Its Use of Mass Surveillance

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 systems and recently put out a request for […]

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Mexicans in U.S. routinely confront legal abuse, racial profiling, ICE targeting and other civil rights violations

As part of our 2019 fall blog series, CSII is republishing an article co-authored by Prof. David FitzGerald, one of the featured panelists on our 9/26/19 event at USC, "If Walls Could Talk.

Ending Protections for World War II Veterans, What’s Next?

In this blog post, Alma Rosa Nieto, member of AILA's Media Advocacy Committee describes the Trump administration's announced termination of a parole program benefitting Filipino World War II veterans and writes, "If we are truly committed to honoring these brave veterans, then we must do all that we can to ensure that they are supported and cared for."

New Public Charge Rule Imposes Wealth Test on Newcomers

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 future. This would make it significantly harder […]

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Trump Administration Moves to ‘Disband and Destroy’ Immigration Judges Union

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 petition to the Federal Labor Relations Authority on Friday asking to revoke the National Association of Immigration […]

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Rushing Immigration Court Cases Through ‘Rocket Dockets’ Deprives Families of Due Process

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 American families from coming to the United States by quickly deporting those already here. But […]

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People around the world express more support for taking in refugees than immigrants

The Pew Research Center - August 9, 2019 - 11:01

People around the world are more accepting of refugees fleeing violence and war than they are of immigrants moving to their country.

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ICE Targets Mississippi Food Plants in Largest Set of Immigration Raids

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 small towns near Jackson, Mississippi. Poultry plants owned by […]

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Hispanic women no longer account for the majority of immigrant births in the U.S.

The Pew Research Center - August 8, 2019 - 13:00

Much of the downturn in the share of immigrant births to Hispanics has been driven by a decline in births among Mexican-origin women.

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Community Support Flows Into El Paso After Mass Shooting

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 are stepping up to help El Paso. Fellow Texans, community […]

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The uncontained violence against unaccompanied Central American minor migrants in the U.S.

The rise in unaccompanied minor migration in 2014 drew attention to the economic, political, and social conditions in children’s home countries that prompt their migration just as it did the generation before them.

Trump Administration’s Plan to Subject Hundreds of Thousands to Fast-Track Deportations Faces New Lawsuit

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 officers, with no opportunity to see a judge or talk to an attorney. […]

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Filipino WWII Veterans Are Prevented From Reuniting With Families After Trump Cuts Program

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 veterans who served during World War II to bring […]

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The Trump Administration’s Recent Efforts to Undermine Asylum, Explained

AILA member Catha (Nikki) Lyons describes how the administration's "Asylum Ban 2.0" is contrary to both domestic and international laws and encourages other lawyers to do their best to inform and educate the public about U.S. laws.

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