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Why Biden’s Immigration Bill Is the Boldest in Decades

4 hours 11 min ago

During his campaign, President Biden promised that immigration reform would be one of his top priorities upon taking office. After unveiling the summary of a sweeping immigration reform bill on Inauguration Day, the Biden administration appears to have kept that promise. If passed, the bill will provide a pathway to legal status for most of […]

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New Leadership Strikes a New Tone for America

January 20, 2021 - 18:12

America turned a corner today. We not only installed new leadership, but these leaders set a distinctively new tone for the next four years. A president is a political and policy leader, but he or she is also our conductor-in-chief, coordinating the timing and performance of government agencies and setting the direction and tempo of […]

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Trump’s Drastic Immigration Court Fee Hikes Are Blocked in Court

January 19, 2021 - 18:16

The Trump administration has repeatedly tried to stop low-income immigrants from accessing protections and exercising their rights in the United States. Its last attempt—increasing immigration court fees by up to 800% through a new rule—was largely blocked in federal court on January 18, just hours before the rule was due to take effect. The new […]

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What You Need to Know About the Latest Changes to the H-1B Registration Process

January 14, 2021 - 18:52

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently issued a final rule changing the way U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) selects the registrations of U.S. employers that want to file H-1B petitions subject to the annual “cap.” The end result could dramatically reduce the number of recent foreign graduates who can work in the United […]

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‘Death to Asylum’ Rule Halted in the Last Days of the Trump Administration

January 14, 2021 - 12:28

A federal judge in California blocked a sweeping “death to asylum” rule on January 8, just three days before the rule was scheduled to take effect. The asylum rule is just one of many regulations attempting to limit access to asylum, but one of the Trump administration’s most expansive. The 419-page rule represents the most […]

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Court Blocks One of Trump’s Final Efforts to Keep Out Refugees

January 12, 2021 - 19:21

The Trump administration’s latest effort to prevent refugee resettlement in the United States was halted after a federal court ruled that the president’s order allowing state and localities to refuse to take in refugees is illegal. The January 8 ruling puts a stop to one of President Trump’s most blatant attacks on the country’s refugee […]

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Trump’s Presidency Begins and Ends With Demonizing Immigrants

January 11, 2021 - 18:59

Five years ago, Donald Trump descended an elevator and declared that Mexico was sending rapists and “bringing crime” across the border. Now, while America still reels from the deadly insurrectionist attack on the Capitol building, Trump is set to travel to Texas on January 12 to boast about the border wall. But rather than “highlight […]

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The United States Needs a New Approach to Visas and Immigration Benefits

January 8, 2021 - 18:31

The Biden administration faces a fundamental challenge in reforming the U.S. immigration system: making the United States more welcoming to immigrants. Part of this effort will involve overturning Trump-era bans on visa categories and immigration from certain parts of the world. But it will also involve reimagining how immigration benefits are provided to noncitizens already […]

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It’s Time to Fix the Immigration Court System

January 8, 2021 - 15:04

This article is part of the Moving Forward on Immigration series that explores the future of immigration in the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election.  The backbone of a functioning justice system is due process. Yet over 1.25 million immigrants are fighting for their right to survive in an immigration court system that is anything […]

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Why Immigrants With Strong Ties to the US Should Be Allowed to Stay

January 7, 2021 - 18:36

The Biden administration will soon lead a vibrant nation of immigrants—a nation that includes millions of noncitizens with deep ties to the United States who are at risk of deportation. This important and diverse population includes immigrants who have lived in the United States for many years, have close family in this country, and make […]

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How Biden Can Restore Humanitarian Protection at the Border

January 5, 2021 - 19:22

The United States has long been a place of refuge for those seeking protection. At least one million people have arrived at our southern border seeking such refuge since 2013. Unfortunately, both the Obama and Trump administrations have viewed asylum seekers as an immigration crisis to prevent and not a humanitarian challenge to solve. Now, […]

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How Biden Can Reform Immigration Enforcement and Detention

January 4, 2021 - 17:42

This article is part of the Moving Forward on Immigration series that explores the future of immigration in the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election.  When the Biden administration takes office on January 20, it will have both the opportunity and responsibility to begin the difficult work of reforming immigration enforcement in the United States. […]

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USCIS and ICE Must Give People Access to Their Immigration Files After Losing Lawsuit

December 18, 2020 - 17:20

People who need access to their government immigration records scored a huge victory in the Nightingale et al. v. USCIS case on December 17. A judge ruled that a nationwide class of individuals should have access to their immigration files—called A-Files—within the timeframes outlined in the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) statute. A-Files contain records […]

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TPS Extended Another 9 Months for Certain Countries, While Calls for Expanding Protection Increase

December 17, 2020 - 19:04

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued an important announcement on December 9 about the Temporary Protective Status (TPS) designations for people from El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Sudan. TPS recipients from these six countries received an additional nine-month permission to remain and work in the United States. There has also been increased […]

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Congressional Democrats Announce One of the Most Progressive Immigration Reform Plans in History

December 15, 2020 - 18:32

Progressive Democrats in the House of Representatives are gearing up to demand a comprehensive overhaul of the U.S. immigration system when the Biden administration and a new Congress are in place early next year. This reform effort will go beyond reversing the Trump administration’s extreme anti-immigrant policies, with the stated goal of “creating a fair […]

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Court Upholds Rushed Screening Process at the Border That Endangers Asylum Access

December 14, 2020 - 19:15

The Trump administration secretly implemented one of its most horrific attacks on America’s long tradition of asylum—holding asylum seekers in U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) custody during their initial asylum interview. The “Prompt Asylum Claim Review” and “Humanitarian Asylum Review Process,” (“PACR/HARP”) put in place in October 2019, marked the first time in American […]

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Your COVID-19 Vaccine Was Likely Made by an Immigrant

December 14, 2020 - 10:18

The development of a COVID-19 vaccine is a global endeavor. The scientists and entrepreneurs creating the vaccine are of many nationalities and immigration statuses—as are the millions of people impacted by the pandemic who are anxiously awaiting a vaccine. The three pharmaceutical companies with vaccines near-ready for distribution—BioNTech, Pfizer, and Moderna—were all founded by immigrants. […]

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Trump’s ‘Death to Asylum’ Rule Will Go Into Effect Days Before He Leaves Office

December 10, 2020 - 18:17

The Trump Administration has finalized a sweeping regulation that will effectively end asylum protection in the United States. The regulation, which was proposed in June, is set to go into effect on January 11—only nine days before President Trump leaves office. If implemented, it will mean that very few people fleeing persecution will be able […]

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Liberians Have Until December 20 to Apply for a Green Card Under the LRIF Program

December 9, 2020 - 19:23

Thousands of Liberians living lawfully in the United States run the risk of detention and deportation if they do not apply for the Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness program (LRIF) by the December 20 filing deadline. The LRIF program offers an estimated 10,300 Liberians who have lived in the United States since November 20, 2014 the […]

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What to Expect for the J-1 Exchange Program Under Biden

December 9, 2020 - 17:48

The Trump administration has used the COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse to curtail many immigrant and nonimmigrant visa programs, including J-1 cultural exchange visitors. But with vaccines on the immediate horizon and a new Biden administration soon to take office, what should we expect for programs like the J-1 visa? Many visa programs have faced […]

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