Immigration News Resources

TPS: Living in Between, Neither Here Nor There

Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration - February 27, 2019 - 12:40
  February 27, 2019   On June 24, 2019, nearly 9,000 U.S. residents with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) from Nepal will be losing their TPS status.

Congress Members and Others Argue Against Turning Back Asylum Seekers

The Trump administration’s policy of turning back asylum seekers has been devastating, as vulnerable people are repeatedly denied access to the asylum process at ports of entry (POEs) along the U.S.-Mexico border. Now, Members of Congress, states, organizations, and law professors are standing up to the administration by supporting a lawsuit that challenges the government’s […]

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Black Immigrant History is Part of Black History Month

In this blog post, part of the AILA Diversity & Inclusion series, AILA Second Vice President Allen Orr recognizes Black History Month, shares important research and analysis, and writes, "In the drive for immigration reform, black immigrants must not be forgotten or left out of the equation."

Immigration Courts’ Growing Reliance on Videoconference Hearings Is Being Challenged

In some parts of the country, it has long been the practice for detained immigrants to appear for their immigration court hearings via video teleconference (“VTC”), rather than in-person. This is especially the case for immigrants being held in remote detention centers, hours from the nearest immigration court. However, under the Trump administration, immigration courts […]

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Workers Detained in Massive Tennessee Immigration Raid Sue ICE

Workers who were detained during the first large-scale workplace immigration raid under the Trump administration filed a class action lawsuit against the government on Thursday. The raid, which took place in April 2018, decimated a meat processing plant in Bean Station, a rural community outside of Knoxville, Tennessee. The raid by U.S. Immigration and Customs […]

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Blueprint for Overhauling Immigration Courts Released Through FOIA

A FOIA request has forced the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) to produce its comprehensive plan for reducing the immigration court backlog. Though partially redacted, the aim of the October 2017 “Strategic Caseload Reduction Plan” is clear—to fundamentally alter the immigration court system under the guise of creating efficiencies. EOIR is already implementing this […]

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Shining Some FOIA Light on the Immigration Courts

AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch describes an EOIR memo, obtained via FOIA by AILA and the American Immigration Council, which lays out a plan, purportedly to lessen the immigration court backlog but which has done the opposite, bloating the backlog and undermining due process.

Many immigrants with Temporary Protected Status face uncertain future in U.S.

The Pew Research Center - February 21, 2019 - 14:00

Roughly 318,000 people have this protected status after fleeing dangerous conditions in their countries. Nearly all are expected to lose TPS this year or next.

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Risky ‘Remain in Mexico’ Policy Faces Legal Challenges

The Department of Homeland Security began implementing a dramatic new policy last month requiring asylum seekers to return to Mexico to await immigration court hearings. Many denounced the so-called “Migrant Protection Protocols,” (MPP) highlighting the extreme dangers that migrants in Mexico face when forced to remain on the southern side of the border. Last week, […]

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America’s Seasonal Worker Visa Program Desperately Needs an Update

In this blog post, AILA member Adam Greenberg explains the benefits of the H-2B visa program and the significant obstacles employers face trying to bring in seasonal workers, including artificially low caps on the number of visas, and technical problems like the iCERT system failing in early January.

Multiple Lawsuits Filed Against Trump’s National Emergency Declaration

Speaking from the Rose Garden on Friday, President Trump invoked the National Emergency Act after Congress refused to provide full funding for additions to the U.S.-Mexico border wall. By declaring a national emergency, the president could potentially bypass Congress and pull from Department of Defense military construction funds to build new wall. As the president […]

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Latinos have become less likely to say there are too many immigrants in U.S.

The Pew Research Center - February 19, 2019 - 13:32

The share of Latinos who say there are too many immigrants living in the United States has declined sharply since 2002.

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British attitudes on national identity and religious minorities not unique in EU

The Pew Research Center - February 19, 2019 - 10:00

On issues including national identity and religious minorities, views among UK adults align very closely to general opinion across the EU.

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Governing with Blinders On

AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson describes how the border security debate ignores how border enforcement "works in the real world" and highlights how our "immigration system is very much out of step with economic and social reality."

Trump Declares National Emergency to Fund His Border Wall

Following three weeks of spending negotiations, Congress passed a budget deal on Thursday to fund the federal government through the end of September. Even though it did not include the money President Trump demanded to build a border wall, he signed the deal and then immediately declared a national emergency in order to reprogram funding […]

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TPS Holders from Honduras and Nepal Sue the Trump Administration Over Terminations

With the fate of their Temporary Protected Status (TPS) in jeopardy, immigrants from Honduras and Nepal brought a class action lawsuit against the federal government this week to stop the Trump administration from ending TPS for their respective countries. The case’s plaintiffs—six adults with TPS and two of their U.S.-born children—maintain that the termination is […]

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4 Ways ICE Doesn’t Hold Immigration Detention Facilities Accountable

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its component agency U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have a long-standing and poor track record when it comes to transparency and accountability in immigration detention. A recent investigation from the DHS Office of the Inspector General (OIG) confirms these concerns and further exposes problems with ICE’s management […]

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Searching for Immigrant Data in an Unequal Society

Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration - February 13, 2019 - 12:38
Last September, the USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII) was privileged to co-host a campus event with USC’s Visions and Voices program.

Border Towns Are Among the Safest in the United States

On Monday evening in El Paso, Texas, two very different images of the U.S.-Mexico border emerged. President Trump held a rally to make the case for his border wall again, repeating his usual talking points on the supposed dangers lurking in the region. Just a block away, former Democratic Representative from El Paso, Texas Beto […]

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Tool Time: What You Need to Sue the Government

AILA member Lori Chesser describes how business immigration law experts may want to explore litigation as an option for clients and highlights her recent win along with some useful AILA resources.

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