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DHS’s Public Charge Final Rule Goes into Effect on Dec. 23

On Dec. 23, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Public Charge Ground of Inadmissibility final rule will go into effect.

Key facts about recent trends in global migration

The Pew Research Center - December 16, 2022 - 15:59

The number of international migrants grew to 281 million in 2020; 3.6% of the world’s people lived outside their country of birth that year.

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USCIS’ 2022 Progress Report Shows Promise, But Agency Still Has a Long Way to Go

From the displacement following the Russian invasion of Ukraine to migrant bussing across the United States, the immigration field has faced unique challenges this year while continuing to manage the ongoing COVID pandemic, backlog for legal immigration and asylum cases, and more. Last week, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released its Fiscal Year 2022 […]

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USCIS Announces Trial for Updates to the Naturalization Test

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today published a notice in the Federal Register announcing that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) plans to conduct a trial for updates to the current naturalization test.

ICE Makes Paying Bond Extremely Difficult. This Lawsuit Wants to Change That.

One might think that posting bond in the immigration system is a straightforward process. Immigration authorities set bond. A person pays the bond amount, and the incarcerated person is released. In reality, nothing could be farther from the truth. The process for posting bond is unclear across the board, resulting in confusion among those attempting […]

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U.S. Government Detention of Asylum Seekers Flouts International Human Rights Law

AILA Law Journal authors Curtis F.J. Doebbler and Elisa Fornalé shared some insights from their recent article, “International Human Rights Law and the Detention of Asylum Seekers” which focused on the U.S. practice of detaining asylum seekers and relevant international human rights obligations.

The post U.S. Government Detention of Asylum Seekers Flouts International Human Rights Law first appeared on Blog: Think Immigration.

DHS and DOL Announce Availability of Additional H-2B Visas for Fiscal Year 2023

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) are issuing a temporary final rule that makes available 64,716 additional H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker visas for fiscal year (FY) 2023.

With Greater Funding Must Come Great Accountability

AILA Policy Associate Paul Stern writes why Congress must provide greater funding and accountability for USCIS to continue addressing its backlogs and processing delays.

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Infamous Immigration Detention Center Closes, But More Work Needs to Be Done

After years of advocacy and widespread abuse, Berks County officials announced that the federal government was ending its contract for the Berks County detention center on January 31, 2023. Advocacy led by a group of organizations called the Shut Down Berks Coalition celebrated the news. Formally named the Berks County Residential Center, the Pennsylvania facility […]

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USCIS Updates Policy to Automatically Extend Green Cards for Naturalization Applicants

Effective Dec. 12, 2022, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is updating the USCIS Policy Manual to allow USCIS to automatically extend the validity of Permanent Resident Cards (commonly called Green Cards) for lawful permanent residents who have applied for naturalization.

The Death to Asylum Regulations Continue to Harm Asylum Seekers Even Though They Are Enjoined

AILA member Victoria Neilson writes about the “Death to Asylum” regulations and their continued impact on practitioners and asylum seekers ahead of the two-year anniversary of these Trump-era regulations being published on 12/11/20.

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DHS Announces Registration Process for Temporary Protected Status for Ethiopia

The Department of Homeland Security today posted a Federal Register notice on Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Ethiopia.

TPS Extension Offers Only a Temporary Fix

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for citizens of El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Nepal, Haiti, and Sudan in November. The extension lasts until June 30, 2024 and is the result of litigation filed after the Trump administration attempted to end TPS for those countries. To provide even […]

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Time Is Running Out for Congress to Act on Immigration This Year

Can immigration avoid a cold winter in Congress? That’s the question immigrants and their advocates are asking as time runs out on the current Congress. The fate of Afghan evacuees, Dreamers, farmworkers and others who are stuck in our outdated immigration system hinges in the short term on whether crucial legislation can be passed before […]

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USCIS Announces Important Filing Information for Upcoming FY 2023 H-2B Supplemental Cap Petitions

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is announcing important filing updates for petitioners who will be requesting additional H-2B workers for fiscal year 2023 under the upcoming temporary final rule.

USCIS Releases New Data on Effective Reduction of Backlogs, Support for Humanitarian Missions, and Fiscal Responsibility

Today, USCIS released its Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 progress report with new information demonstrating how it reduced backlogs in certain programs and supported humanitarian missions.

We Must Protect Children in Immigration Proceedings

AILA Law Journal authors Lory D. Rosenberg, Susan G. Roy, Paul Schmidt, and Rekha Sharma-Crawford share some insights about their article, “Time for a Child Welfare Approach to Cancellation of Removal” in which they focused on how the best interests of the child are routinely ignored.

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Secretary Mayorkas Extends and Redesignates Temporary Protected Status for Haiti for 18 Months

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas today announced the extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti for an additional 18 months, from February 4, 2023, through August 3, 2024, due to extraordinary and temporary conditions in Haiti.

After declining early in the COVID-19 outbreak, immigrant naturalizations in the U.S. are rising again

The Pew Research Center - December 1, 2022 - 15:02

An estimated 940,000 immigrants became U.S. citizens during the 2022 fiscal year. That annual total would be the third-highest on record.

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The Supreme Court Takes on Enforcement Priorities and Other Immigration Questions in Its 2022 – 2023 Term

The Supreme Court will tackle more hot button immigration issues in its 2022 – 2023 term. Front and center is the Biden administration’s effort to set immigration enforcement priorities. But the Court will also consider what a noncitizen must do to get federal court review of immigration court decisions. It may also accept review of […]

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