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Unpacking the Federal STEM Initiatives and Immigrants’ Role in the US Workforce

June 28, 2022 - 17:47

Demand for workers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) continues to grow in the United States. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the country will need about one million more workers for new STEM jobs between 2020 and 2030. Meanwhile, immigrants are playing an increasingly important role in filling these […]

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In Blow to Asylum, House Appropriations Committee Greenlights Title 42

June 27, 2022 - 16:32

The House Appropriations Committee on Friday passed the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding bill for Fiscal Year 2023, as part of the year-over-year process that Congress undertakes to fund the government. Although the bill contains several pro-immigrant measures, much of that progress was overshadowed by a successful last-minute amendment targeting asylum. The amendment would […]

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State Department Denies Substantial Percentage of Employer-Sponsored Immigrant Visas

June 24, 2022 - 17:17

Surprising data recently revealed that consular officers denied applicants for employer-sponsored immigrant visas at a far higher rate than U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officers denied green cards to employer-sponsored applicants. Data analyzed by the Cato Institute shows that since Fiscal Year 2008, USCIS denied about 8% of employer-sponsored immigrants while the average denial […]

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Biden Administration Expands Exemptions for Afghan Nationals Otherwise Inadmissible

June 22, 2022 - 17:26

Obtaining immigration benefits from the U.S. government is always difficult, but it is even harder for people who have ever had any interaction with an organization or government that is deemed to support terrorism. As thousands of Afghans apply for immigration benefits in the United States, many risk being denied due to interactions with the […]

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A Border Patrol Agent Assaulted a Citizen in His Own Home. The Supreme Court’s Ruling Lets the Agent Off.

June 10, 2022 - 17:37

The Supreme Court issued a decision on Wednesday barring a civil rights lawsuit against a U.S. Border Patrol agent for reportedly entering the property of a U.S. citizen without a warrant and assaulting him. The ruling in Egbert v. Boule emboldens Border Patrol agents to act without consequence, even if their actions may violate the […]

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New Fortune 500 List Shows America’s Economic Success Relies on Immigrants

June 9, 2022 - 14:00

America’s economic success is built on the world’s best and brightest coming to our shores bringing ingenuity, creativity, and determination. From Wall Street to Main Street, businesses started by immigrants have helped the U.S. economy enormously. The history of immigrant entrepreneurship stretches back to the country’s founding. Famously, the designer of the American financial system […]

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Hispanic Americans Are Helping Put the Rio Grande Valley on the Map

June 2, 2022 - 15:58

Located on the U.S.-Mexico border at the southern tip of Texas lies the Rio Grande Valley, or as Texans call it “the Valley” or “RGV.” While the RGV–made up of Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr, and Willacy counties–most recently made national news during Texas Governor Abbott’s anti-immigrant blockade, there is so much more to the region.   The […]

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Lawsuit Challenges Delays in U.S. Citizenship Application Processing Due to Cave-Stored Files

June 1, 2022 - 18:17

Thirteen U.S. lawful permanent residents filed a lawsuit to end the delay by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in processing their applications to become U.S. citizens. The excessive delays are now threatening their ability to vote in the November 2022 elections. The plaintiffs each filed their applications in 2020. Yet, they are still waiting […]

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Biden’s New Asylum Rules Go Into Effect On A Limited Basis

May 31, 2022 - 17:15

The Biden administration’s overhaul of the asylum system went into effect for the first time on May 31, but only a limited basis. According to guidance published by the Department of Homeland Security, the rule will initially be applied to several hundred asylum seekers per month. The rule will only be for those who are […]

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Mexico’s Supreme Court Declares Immigration Checkpoints Unconstitutional

May 25, 2022 - 17:16

Mexico’s Supreme Court released a decision on May 18 that struck down the policy of stopping and searching individuals to check their immigration status as racist and discriminatory—and therefore unconstitutional. Such searches have been part of Mexico’s broad attempt to crack down on migration through its territory, largely due to pressure from the United States […]

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Federal Judge Blocks Termination of Title 42: What You Need to Know

May 23, 2022 - 17:36

Just three days before Title 42 was set to end on May 23, a federal judge in Louisiana blocked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from ending the controversial policy. With the court order in place, Title 42 is unlikely to be lifted for months, possibly years. As a result, the border remains […]

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Utah Once Again Leads by Example on Immigrant Inclusion

May 18, 2022 - 18:35

As the politics and partisanship of a mid-term election year ramp up, Utah is proving that bipartisan and public-private collaboration is still possible. On May 3, public and private sector leaders came together to launch a New American Task Force to develop a comprehensive strategy to maximize opportunities for—and address some of the main barriers […]

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Supreme Court Rejects Review Over Factual Questions in Immigration Removal Proceedings

May 17, 2022 - 18:12

The Supreme Court issued a 5-4 decision on May 16 rejecting federal court review of fact-finding done by immigration courts. The Court’s reasoning could have wide-ranging impacts on many more types of immigration relief. The case—Patel v. Garland—centers around Pankajkumar Patel, a native of India, who erroneously checked a box on a Georgia drivers’ license […]

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The Supreme Court Overturning Roe v. Wade Could Have Harmful Ripple Effects for Immigrants

May 13, 2022 - 16:13

Justice Samuel Alito’s draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, which is poised to overturn Roe v. Wade, could have damaging effects to immigrant rights secured through the courts. The draft opinion—published last week in an unprecedented leak—is based in a legal concept known as “originalism,” which looks to the original text of the […]

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USCIS Lengthens Work Permit Automatic Extension Period to Address Adjudication Delays

May 11, 2022 - 17:45

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a temporary rule last week that automatically extends employment authorization for certain noncitizens waiting for USCIS to process their work permit renewal applications. As of December 2021, over 80,000 noncitizens had lost or would soon lose the right to work because of adjudication delays and a growing backlog. […]

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The Border Patrol Is Going to Eliminate Its Secretive Critical Incident Teams

May 10, 2022 - 17:36

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) announced in a May 6 memorandum that it would eliminate its Border Patrol Critical Incident Teams (BPCITs). The teams have faced criticism for their secretive role at the scenes of incidents involving Border Patrol agents in which someone has died or been seriously injured. BPCITs currently respond to critical […]

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Immigrants Will Be Vital in America’s Fastest Growing Jobs Through 2030

May 5, 2022 - 14:46

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted global supply chains and kept people from going back to work at a time when the demand for goods and labor is high. This has left America contending with a labor shortage while also experiencing high levels of inflation. To investigate further, the new report “Amid Rising Inflation, Immigrant Workers […]

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Local Communities Take the Lead in Welcoming All

May 3, 2022 - 18:36

Local communities across the country have long experienced the positive effects of growing immigrant and refugee communities.  As a result, many local governments, chambers of commerce, and nonprofits have been thinking proactively about how to create an environment that sends a message of inclusion and social cohesion, maximizes the contributions of all residents, and gives […]

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U.S. Census: A Closer Look at the Fastest Growing Minority Group in the United States

May 2, 2022 - 16:09

Data from the 2020 U.S. Census Bureau show that there are approximately 20.7 million Asian and Pacific Islanders in the United States—comprising 6.2 % of the U.S. population—that make up the fastest growing minority group in the United States. In the last decade, the U.S. Asian population grew by 35.5 %, reaching almost 20 million […]

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Federal Court Orders Biden Administration to Temporarily Halt Title 42 Wind Down

April 28, 2022 - 17:05

A federal court in Louisiana issued an order on Wednesday temporarily preventing the Biden administration from winding down Title 42, the controversial public health policy that allows immigration officials to rapidly expel asylum seekers and migrants from the border. The order is in effect for the next 14 days, with a hearing set for May […]

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