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Trump’s Travel Ban Leaves Thousands of US Citizens Separated from Their Families

It has been two years since the Trump administration’s travel ban went into effect. Aside from multiple court challenges, the ban has largely disappeared from American headlines. And yet the ban continues to affect American families every single day. While this policy may be a quieter form of family separation than what has been seen […]

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Businesses Are Fighting Back Against USCIS’ Restrictive View of H-1B ‘Specialty Occupation’

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is making it more difficult to hire temporary foreign workers in a “specialty occupation.” American businesses are fighting back in order to keep their talent in increasingly competitive tech and science fields. Since June 2017, at least 14 lawsuits have been filed in federal courts across the country, challenging […]

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US Government to Force Migrants to Remain in Mexico and Await Their Immigration Court Hearings

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced plans to immediately launch a new policy to force asylum-seeking migrants to wait in Mexico for their immigration court hearing. Officially labeled the “Migrant Protection Protocols” but more commonly known as “Remain in Mexico,” this sweeping change to how people access the asylum process could lead to catastrophic […]

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Latin America, Caribbean no longer world’s fastest growing source of international migrants

The Pew Research Center - January 25, 2019 - 07:00

Growth in the number of emigrants from Latin America and the Caribbean has slowed – due in large part to a slowdown of people leaving Mexico.

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Department of Homeland Security Blocks H-2B Visas for Filipinos, Dominicans, and Ethiopians

Citing high rates of visa overstays, on January 18 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a new rule mostly barring nationals from the Dominican Republic, the Philippines, and Ethiopia from receiving certain temporary worker visas. The U.S. territory of Guam is likely to be most impacted as it relies on large numbers of Filipino workers. […]

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End the Shutdown and Secure the Border Act: What’s Wrong with the Trump-McConnell Bill

AILA Member Sabrina Damast highlights the damaging provisions in the bill supported by the administration to end the shutdown which would negatively impact Dreamers, TPS-recipients, and asylum seekers.

In 116th Congress, at least 13% of lawmakers are immigrants or the children of immigrants

The Pew Research Center - January 24, 2019 - 07:00

The 69 immigrants and children of immigrants in the 116th Congress claim heritage in 38 countries and are overwhelmingly Democrats.

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More People Overstay Their Visas Than Cross the Border Illegally – Our Immigration Laws Need to Address That

New estimates of the undocumented population in the United States confirm a trend that has been apparent for several years: the number of people who become undocumented each year by overstaying their visa now greatly exceeds the number who entered with no visa at all. This suggests that our immigration laws—and our immigration-enforcement mechanisms in […]

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Trump Administration’s Immigration Proposal Is Dead on Arrival

President Trump went in front of the public on Saturday and claimed he was going to propose a “compromise” to end the ongoing government shutdown. Instead of offering a bipartisan bill that would protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients from deportation, the 1300-page bill unveiled Monday night was […]

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Majority of U.S. Public Supports High-Skilled Immigration

The Pew Research Center - January 22, 2019 - 09:58

Many Americans support encouraging high-skilled immigration into the United States. But the U.S. trails other economically advanced nations in its share of immigrants with high skills.

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As One ‘Tent City’ for Immigrant Children Closes in Texas, Another Opens in Florida

Earlier this month, the Trump administration officially closed the doors of a “tent city” holding over 2,800 immigrant children in Tornillo, Texas. The closure comes after months of public pressure and local organizing. However, any celebration is short-lived. Just days after Tornillo’s closure, the administration announced its plan to increase bed space in another juvenile […]

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Promise to ‘Build the Wall’ Hurts Businesses and Residents Along the Border 

As the partial government shutdown stretches on, many individuals, families, and businesses around the country are struggling. At the heart of the shutdown and budget standoff is President Trump’s promise to “build the wall.” Yet for many people and businesses along the border, this is the last thing they want.   Ahead of President Trump’s visit to the U.S.-Mexico border last week, business owners and leaders […]

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Go to Tijuana. Go Now.

In this blog post, AILA members Kara Lynum and Christina Brown describe their experience volunteering at the border with asylum seekers and urge other AILA members and the public to take action as well!

The Trump Administration Loses Fight to Add Citizenship Question to the 2020 Census

A federal judge blocked the Trump administration’s plan to add a question on U.S. citizenship to the 2020 Census on Tuesday, ruling that the controversial move “violated the public trust” and would be damaging to immigrants. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced the administration’s intention to add the question – “Is this person a citizen […]

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How Rural Communities Are Embracing Immigrants and Thriving as a Result

Small and rural towns across America are increasingly faced with the opportunities and challenges that come with settling new immigrants. In nearly 3,000 rural American towns, the immigrant population grew by 130 percent since 1990. While immigrants are increasingly credited with bringing growth and stimulus to small town America, their arrival can also create tension […]

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As Shutdown Moves Into Fourth Week, Most Immigration Courts Remain Shuttered

With the government shutdown dragging into its fourth week—marking the longest shutdown in U.S. history—most of the nation’s immigration courts remain closed. The Trump administration decries immigration court backlogs and has implemented short cuts that limit and threaten due process to address the backlogs. Yet he has contributed to a shutdown that has led to […]

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Advocacy Groups Submit Comments Opposing Trump’s Asylum Ban

In November, President Trump took the unprecedented action of banning asylum for individuals who enter the United States between ports of entry. Although his actions were blocked in court only days later, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) continued forward with the process of formalizing rules to keep the asylum ban in place should the […]

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How Americans see illegal immigration, the border wall and political compromise

The Pew Research Center - January 11, 2019 - 15:04

As Trump and Democrats press their cases about ways to end the government shutdown, here’s a look at how Americans see illegal immigration.

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FOIA Lawsuit Seeks Names of CBP Officers Who Allegedly Abused Children

Lack of transparency has long dogged the enforcement branches of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), in particular, has been the subject of numerous requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) during the Trump administration and previous administrations. Records produced in response to FOIA requests demonstrate that […]

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