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US Visa Policies Prevent Tech Startups From Hiring Foreign Workers

Tech startups are engines of innovation, economic growth, and job creation. Yet U.S. visa policies may be preventing startups from hiring the highly skilled foreign professionals they need to succeed. A new study looks at foreign and U.S.-born workers who recently graduated from American universities. Researchers specifically wanted to see where foreign workers with a […]

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Key facts about U.S. Hispanics and their diverse heritage

The Pew Research Center - September 16, 2019 - 17:09

The U.S. Hispanic population is diverse. These nearly 60 million individuals trace their heritage to Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America and to Spain, each with distinct demographic and economic profiles. But as migration patterns from Latin America change, the origins of U.S. Hispanics are beginning to shift.

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A Firsthand Look at the Port Courts in Laredo and Brownsville

This week, AILA staff Laura Lynch and Leidy Perez-Davis are on the ground to observe and learn about the newly opened "port courts" which they are describing as a "Due process disaster in the making" - follow along all week for updates!

Welcoming Week 2019 Showcases America’s Inclusive Spirit

Welcoming Week 2019 has arrived. Communities around the nation are spending the week of September 13 – 22 bringing together immigrants, refugees, and longtime residents in a spirit of unity and celebration. Despite the daily news on immigration, Americans are far more welcoming than one might think. In fact, average Americans (the ones born here […]

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Trump Administration Considers Lowering the Refugee Cap to Zero

The Trump administration is considering decreasing the maximum number of refugees accepted into the United States to 10,000 and as possibly low as zero, administration officials confirmed last week. Each year, the president determines the refugee cap or ceiling, the maximum number of people who can be admitted under the United States Refugee Admission Program […]

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Key facts about refugees to the U.S.

The Pew Research Center - September 13, 2019 - 10:00

Following the signing of an executive order that suspends refugee admissions for 120 days, here are key facts about the refugees entering the United States.

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Supreme Court Allows Ban on Asylum Seekers at the Border to Take Effect

The Supreme Court issued an emergency ruling on Wednesday allowing the Trump administration to implement a ban on asylum seekers at the southern land border. The ban applies to people who transited through another country prior to arriving at the border. Although the ruling is a temporary development while litigation continues, the impact of the […]

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We All Need to #HoldUSCISAccountable

In this blog post, AILA Administrative Litigation Task Force leaders Tammy Fox-Isicoff and Ron Klasko urge everyone to do their part to hold USCIS accountable for the unprecedented inaction and delays in adjudications by utilizing resources AILA offers designed to move a case forward.

USCIS Wants to Make it Harder for Asylum Seekers to Get Work Permits

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently proposed a rule that will further delay asylum seekers’ ability to receive work authorization. Under current law, USCIS must grant or deny an initial asylum applicant’s employment authorization application within 30 days. Under the proposed rule, USCIS would have no time frame in which it must decide the […]

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Trump Administration Offers Contradicting Message on Whether Hurricane Dorian Survivors Are Welcome in the US

The strongest hurricane to ever hit the Bahamas ripped through the islands last week. In the wake of such devastation, it would not be unusual for the U.S. government to announce temporary immigration measures for Bahamians seeking shelter in the United States. Given its proximity to Florida, many Bahamians have long-standing ties to the state, […]

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Interview with Javier Hernandez: Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice

Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration - September 9, 2019 - 19:06
  Blanca Ramirez: Please introduce us to the Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice. Javier Hernandez: The coalition came together in 2006 because there were [immigration] raids happening in several corners of the Inland Empire.

Chaos and Dysfunction at the Border: The Remain in Mexico Program Firsthand

The first thing many people forcibly returned to Mexico tell you is that they’re afraid. Afraid of the cartels, afraid of Mexican immigration officials, and afraid of the months of uncertainty. This is what they’ve faced since the Trump administration sent them back to Mexico as part of the “Remain in Mexico” program—formally called the […]

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Which Military Construction Projects Are Losing Funds to Build Trump’s Wall?

The Trump administration is raiding the Department of Defense’s budget to fund construction of its border wall. According to Pentagon officials, 127 military construction projects will be canceled in order to free up $3.6 billion to build 175 miles of wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. President Trump previously said this would happen when he declared […]

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Life Happens – Making Accommodations for Your Caregiving Workforce

In this blog post, part of the Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce's blog post series, AILA member Ann Cun shares her personal family experience and how it shaped her understanding of the need to have flexible options for caregivers to meet personal and professional needs.

The Opportunity Immigration Presents to the Changing US Economy

The U.S. economy is changing—and immigration can play a major role in how it looks in the future. But how immigration shapes the future of the U.S. economy and its workforce is dependent on a variety of factors—including policymakers’ willingness to see immigration as an opportunity. The United States is in a period of dynamic […]

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FBI Called to Investigate as Medical Care for Detained Immigrant Children Worsens

Border Patrol agents placed a detained 9-year-old girl with a kidney disease at high risk of a urinary tract infection by not allowing her to shower or change her underwear for five days. Agents also denied a 3-year-old medical care after she vomited 10 times in an hour. Agents failed to schedule a doctor’s appointment […]

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Iraqi Interpreters Who Risked Their Lives Working With US Military Shut Out by Trump Administration

Iraqi interpreters who risked their lives to work with the American military have been effectively shut out from obtaining the special U.S. visa they were promised. The Trump administration issued only two visas to former Iraqi interpreters last year, according to Department of State data provided to Congress. The visas, now granted through the Direct […]

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ICE Continues to Manipulate the Appropriations Process to Increase the Mass Incarceration of Immigrants

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently notified Congress of its intent to pull $271 million dollars from FEMA, the Coast Guard, and TSA for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). DHS will use this money to increase immigration detention capacity and construct tent courthouses along the Texas border. The department is going through with this […]

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Tent Immigration Courthouses Are Being Built at the Texas Border

Immigration judges from across the country will soon be reassigned from their normal caseload to  preside over thousands of immigration cases along the U.S.-Mexico border, reportedly in an effort to speed up hearings under the controversial “Remain in Mexico” program. To handle the cases faster, the Trump administration is in the process of building makeshift […]

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Immigrant Children With Cancer, HIV, Cerebral Palsy Threatened With Deportation

Without so much as a formal announcement, the Trump administration sent letters to families of sick children containing a dire warning: leave the country in 33 days or face deportation and a years-long ban on returning. Many of those who received a letter last week are Boston-based immigrants whose children suffer from cancer, cystic fibrosis, […]

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