Immigration News Resources

Immigrant Mothers Are Suing the Government for Monetary Compensation in the Wake of Family Separation Crisis

In April 2018, the Trump administration officially rolled out its “zero tolerance” policy—a policy that has since been universally condemned for its cruel and unlawful practice of separating parents and children migrating to the United States. The policy has had widely documented traumatic and enduring effects on parents and their children. Immigration advocates filed six […]

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AILA Stands with Our Members Against Government Retaliation

In this blog post, AILA President-Elect Marketa Lindt and AILA Treasurer Jeremy McKinney describe recent troubling events which could impact access to counsel for asylum seekers at the border and avow "We stand with our members...We stand ready to fight."

Letter to Nielsen Shows Potential Catastrophic Impact of Migrant Protection Protocols

The Trump administration began implementing a deeply troubling new policy on January 28, 2019, the “Migrant Protection Protocols” (MPP). Under the MPP, the government prevents asylum seekers from entering the United States by forcing them to remain in Mexico pending their request for protection. Now, a new letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary […]

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Immigrants Have More Faith in American Institutions Than the Native-Born

Despite the fact that immigrants living in and arriving in the United States today are not exactly receiving a warm welcome by key government institutions, a recent poll by the Cato Institute shows that immigrants’ faith in America’s key political institutions is strong. In fact, stronger than that of the native-born. General attitudes among the […]

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Trump’s State of the Union Speech Reflects a Fundamental Misunderstanding of Immigration

Speaking before Congress and the nation Tuesday evening, President Trump once again promised bipartisanship and instead delivered division. When it came to immigration, the president neither offered an olive branch nor acknowledged the devastating effects of his administration’s actions to date. Rather than offer solutions to the actual problems facing immigrants across the country, his […]

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Agency Delays Enact the Administration’s Immigration Agenda

AILA Member Sandra Feist highlights another brick in the Trump administration's "invisible wall" relating to delays and obstacles to I-751 petitioners and the significant impact those delays can have on immigrants who "got in line" and their families as well.

How Trump Can Use Immigration to Make the State of the Union Stronger

Immigration will undoubtedly be a central issue during President Trump’s State of the Union address. However, it’s unlikely that any of the proposals the president advances will move us closer to a policy breakthrough. It’s more likely the president will propose ideas that make our immigration system less effective and do little to keep us […]

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Explore unauthorized immigration by state using our new interactive

The Pew Research Center - February 5, 2019 - 10:00

Unauthorized immigrants make up a quarter of all U.S. foreign-born residents. Our new interactive offers data on unauthorized immigrants by state.

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U.S. unauthorized immigrant population estimates by state, 2016

The Pew Research Center - February 5, 2019 - 09:57

Explore maps and tables showing detailed data on unauthorized immigrants by state.

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USCIS Processing Times Get Even Slower Under Trump

The Trump administration has slowed the processing of immigration benefit applications to a crawl, causing needless harm to immigrants, their families, and their employers. Under President Trump, the backlog of applications at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) doubled in the span of only one year. A recent analysis of USCIS data by the American […]

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USCIS Final Regulation Puts Registration On Hold, Changes Petition Selection Order

On January 31, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a final regulation that changes the process U.S employers will have to follow in order to hire foreign workers under the “H-1B” program. The rule applies to H-1B petitions subject to the statutory “cap” of 65,000 H-1B workers per fiscal year. Employers will be required […]

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4 paths highly educated immigrants take to study and work in the U.S.

The Pew Research Center - February 1, 2019 - 13:33

Here’s a brief overview of four paths that many highly educated immigrants take to study and work in the U.S.: the H-1B visa program, the F-1 visa program, the Optional Practical Training program and green cards.

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Matter of A-B-: Case Updates, Current Trends, and Suggested Strategies

AILA Asylum and Refugee Committee Chair Dree Collopy describes Matter of A-B- and its potential impact on asylum law and previews an upcoming webinar on the topic that is open to interested practitioners.

Government Quietly Increases ICE Detention to 48,000 Beds During the Shutdown

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) drastically expanded its network of immigration jails in the last month by a startling 7 percent. ICE now holds about 48,000 individuals in its jails and private prisons, even though Congress has only appropriated funds for them to detain 40,500 individuals on any given day. How can a government agency […]

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Paths to Citizenship Webinar Recap

    January 22 Webinar Recap In partnership with the New Americans Campaign, CSII presented a webinar on January 22nd, 2019 to release our Paths to Citizenship report and offer a live demonstration of CSII's new interactive data maps.

Majority of Americans continue to say immigrants strengthen the U.S.

The Pew Research Center - January 31, 2019 - 07:00

The American public’s views of the impact immigrants have on the country remain largely positive – and deeply partisan.

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Setting the Record Straight: Asylum Seekers Show Up for Court

Immigration restrictionists have often repeated a bold and erroneous claim: that there is a serious problem of asylum seekers who come to the U.S. border and disappear once released from detention. But both fact-checkers and independent studies show this is not true. In reality, the vast majority of asylum seekers diligently attend all of their […]

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International migrants by country

The Pew Research Center - January 30, 2019 - 14:03

Explore detailed tables on the number and share of immigrants and emigrants by country.

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Immigrant share in U.S. nears record high but remains below that of many other countries

The Pew Research Center - January 30, 2019 - 14:02

Nearly 14% of the U.S. population is foreign-born. That's the highest share of foreign-born people in the country since 1910, but it's far from the highest in the world.

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AILA Analysis Reveals Crisis-Level Delays in USCIS Case Processing

In this blog post, AILA Policy Counsel Jason Boyd shares key points from AILA's recent policy brief and explains how USCIS processing delays have reached crisis levels under the Trump administration.

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