Immigration News Resources

Naturalized Citizens Make Up Record One-in-Ten U.S. Eligible Voters in 2020

The Pew Research Center - 2 hours 38 min ago

Since 2000, the size of the immigrant electorate has nearly doubled. More than 23 million U.S. immigrants will be eligible to vote in the 2020 presidential election.

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Greyhound Has a Long History of Racially Profiling Latino Passengers

The Greyhound bus company announced it will no longer allow Border Patrol agents to conduct warrantless checks for people in the country without authorization. This reverses the company’s policy of allowing agents to board its buses in search of undocumented passengers. The practice has been long been criticized as racial profiling. The announcement comes after […]

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Building Walls, Excluding People, and Terrorizing Minorities

Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration - February 25, 2020 - 13:05
  On August 3, 2019, a self-declared white nationalist drove from Dallas to El Paso, Texas, with the explicit purpose of killing Mexicans whom he saw as invading the country.

10 Lessons for L.A. County’s Immigrant Future

Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration - February 24, 2020 - 18:34
  Despite the Trump administration’s endless terror tactics against U.S. immigrants, resilient organizers, advocates, policy-makers, and researchers in Los Angeles maintain a united responsive front.

With Public Charge Rule Now in Effect, Trump Achieves One of the Largest Cuts to Legal Immigration

After months in the courts, the Trump administration declared victory and began enforcing its new “public charge” rule. The rule goes into effect on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, inside the United States and at consular posts across the world. Under the rule, immigration officials have far greater power to deny visas and green cards to […]

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The Bill That Would Guarantee Attorney-Client Access (But Wait, Don’t We Already Have That?)

In this blog post, AILA member Brent Renison describes why new legislation to allow access to counsel for immigrants placed into secondary or deferred inspection upon entry would "allow fairness to have jurisdiction at the borders."

The share of immigrant workers in high-skill jobs is rising in the U.S.

The Pew Research Center - February 24, 2020 - 11:00

The shift has been most notable in jobs that prioritize analytical skills, such as science and math, or fundamental skills, such as writing.

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Judge Stops DHS From Arresting US Citizens’ Foreign Spouses During Marriage Interviews in Maryland

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been targeting U.S. citizens’ foreign spouses when they apply for legal immigration status. Earlier this month, a federal judge in Maryland put a halt to this practice. For the past few years, couples attending interviews about their marriages sometimes faced a terrible surprise: DHS officers were waiting […]

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Defending Freedom Needs More Than Heroes – Governments Must Be Accountable

In this blog post, AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen calls for change as he describes the dichotomy with how the Venezuelan opposition leader was hailed at the State of the Union and how vulnerable Venezuelan asylum seekers are treated at the border.

How Will Conditions in Border Patrol Facilities Change Now That a Judge Has Ruled Them Unconstitutional?

A federal court found on Wednesday that U.S. Border Patrol may not detain migrants held in its facilities in Arizona’s Tucson Sector longer than 48 hours without providing for their “basic human needs.” This includes providing beds, blankets, food, water, personal hygiene, and medical care. Federal Judge Bury determined the current conditions in these Border […]

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The Fight to Stop ICE From Destroying Records About Deaths and Abuse in Its Custody

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) plans to destroy thousands of records documenting horrific treatment of immigrants in the agency’s custody. The records contain vital details about people’s experience in immigration detention. They include information about deaths in detention, investigations into sexual and physical abuse, and medical and civil rights complaints. In response to ICE’s […]

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Hundreds of county jails detained immigrants for ICE

Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration - February 19, 2020 - 11:34
This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.   Hundreds of county jails in the U.

The Trump Administration Is Sending SWAT Teams Into So-Called Sanctuary Jurisdictions

The Trump administration is continuing to wage an escalating war on so-called sanctuary jurisdictions across the country. This is part of an ongoing campaign to coerce state and local governments into enforcing federal immigration law. Many states, counties, and cities have adopted a variety of policies intended to serve and protect all of their residents, […]

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Customs and Border Protection Officials Are Allowed Full Anonymity Under FOIA—and That’s a Blow to Government Transparency

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)—the largest law enforcement agency within the Department of Homeland Security, with tens of thousands of officers charged with policing our borders—is becoming more secretive. In fact, according to recent reporting, the agency is skittish when it comes to revealing the names of its officers through the Freedom of Information […]

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These Humanitarian Aid Workers’ Convictions Were Overturned. Here’s How It Sets Precedent for Future Protection.

A federal judge in Arizona reversed convictions of four volunteers of the humanitarian aid group No More Deaths last week. No More Deaths is an Arizona-based group that works to end death and suffering for people crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. In the summer of 2017, the four women drove on a restricted access road in […]

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USCIS’ Change to How ‘Unlawful Presence’ Is Calculated Is Defeated in Court

A federal district court stopped U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) from drastically changing how the agency determines when a foreign student or exchange visitor is “unlawfully present” in the United States. “Unlawful presence” is defined by law as any time a foreign national spends in the United States after their authorized stay has ended. […]

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Path to legal status for the unauthorized is top immigration policy goal for Hispanics in U.S.

The Pew Research Center - February 11, 2020 - 16:00

54% of Hispanics in the U.S. say establishing a way for most unauthorized immigrants to stay in the country legally is very important.

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An Inside Look – Tips from a Clinical Social Worker Helping Asylum Seekers

Psychological evaluations can be hugely important for vulnerable clients' cases, but attorneys may have some questions about how best to approach having one done. In this blog post, Jocelyn Dyer shares helpful tips from Aimee Miller, a clinical social worker.

Trump Bars New Yorkers From Traveler Programs Over State’s Refusal to Cooperate With ICE

The Trump administration is cracking down on New York over its refusal to share residents’ driver’s license records with immigration authorities. Now, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has barred all New Yorkers from four of its five “trusted traveler” programs. New York residents can no longer enroll or re-enroll in the Global Entry, NEXUS, […]

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Diversity in Immigration Law Firms

In this post, part of the Diversity and Inclusion blog post series, AILA members John Pratt, David Calles Smith, and Elizabeth Montano highlight the myriad benefits of a diverse and inclusive immigration law firm.

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