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CBP’s Plan to Expand Data Collection of Individuals Before Arrival at the Border Leaves Questions Unanswered

November 30, 2021 - 17:59

U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) plan to collect information from more individuals before they arrive at the border has raised questions about how the agency will gather and use the information as well as privacy concerns. CBP’s proposal would broaden the category of individuals who may submit biographic and biometric information before appearing at […]

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Key Ingredients for a Civil Thanksgiving Dinner? Empathy and Active Listening

November 23, 2021 - 13:18

This Thanksgiving, it’s fair to say many of us are experiencing a nagging malaise or even an existential crisis. The future feels unpredictable, even precarious, and a cascade of environmental and human crises have left us shaken. At the same time, we are confronting the stark realities of persistent injustice and inequality and questioning whether […]

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Here Are the Immigration Cases Before the Supreme Court This Term

November 18, 2021 - 17:58

The United States Supreme Court will face challenging questions impacting immigration law as it begins considering cases in its October 2021 term. The Court’s decisions on these cases will impact access to: Federal court review over certain immigration judge decisions. Bond hearings for certain noncitizens who have spent months in detention. Personal liability and damages […]

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Apprehensions at the Border Dropped 15% This Fall, Highlighting Mexico’s Role in Stopping Migrants

November 18, 2021 - 17:39

Data released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) shows that the number of individuals apprehended by the Border Patrol at the U.S.-Mexico border fell by 15% from September to October, with the agency reporting nearly 27,000 fewer apprehensions than the previous month. October marks the third straight month of falling apprehensions, following a peak […]

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Family Separation Has Caused Life-Long Trauma Years Later

November 16, 2021 - 18:26

Four years ago, immigration lawyers and advocates began to see a disturbing practice emerge: the U.S. government began to forcibly separated children—some very young—from their parent at the border. Now, years later, some families are still separated. For those put back together, the scars of trauma are life-long and continue today Under the Trump administration’s […]

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Failure to Reauthorize Employment Harms Asylum Seekers and the U.S. Economy

November 12, 2021 - 17:05

U.S. workers are losing their jobs due to bureaucratic delays at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), despite an economy desperate for workers. Asylum seekers wanting to renew their employment authorization documents are often waiting for upwards of a year for renewal, resulting in job loss and associated benefits. On Wednesday, five workers filed a […]

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Department Of Justice Urges Immigration Courts to Help Make Pro Bono Representation Easier

November 11, 2021 - 18:20

Research has long shown that access to a lawyer is one of the most important factors that determines whether an immigrant in removal proceedings will be able to remain in the United States. A new policy from the Biden administration is aimed to increase access to counsel by making it easier for pro bono lawyers […]

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Groups Call for Transparency Regarding Abuse and Mistreatment of Black Immigrants in Detention

November 10, 2021 - 17:09

By Tsion Gurmu, Legal Manager and Staff Attorney at the Black Alliance for Just Immigration and Emily Creighton, Legal Director of Transparency The public watched in horror this September as U.S. Border Patrol agents on horses chased down Haitians and other Black migrants who were coming to the United States to seek protection. Despite outcry […]

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ICE Begins Mass Mailing Court Notices to Asylum Seekers Released at the Border

November 9, 2021 - 18:50

Since President Biden took office, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers have released over 250,000 people seeking asylum directly at the border. In nearly half of these cases, people were not released with a formal “Notice to Appear” in immigration court. Instead, officers gave them a “Notice to Report” that told them to go […]

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Changing Cut Off Dates Leave India EB-3 Applicants in an Immigration Limbo

November 5, 2021 - 18:26

Annual limits on immigrant visa numbers, combined with processing delays and wasted numbers, mean even longer waits for people to become U.S. permanent residents. In November, the “cut off” date for visa eligibility retrogressed (moved backward in time) for people born in India who are in the employment-based (EB) third preference category for skilled workers, […]

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$1/Day Labor Program for Immigrants in Detention Ruled Unlawful in Washington State

November 3, 2021 - 17:35

In a landmark court decision, Geo Group—one of the largest private prison companies that own and/or manage dozens of immigrant detention centers across the United States—was found to have violated Washington state’s minimum wage laws. The company has been ordered to pay over $23 million, $17.3 million of which will go directly to immigrants who […]

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ICE Makes It Impossible for Immigrants in Detention to Contact Lawyers

October 29, 2021 - 12:49

“Ben G.” is a 35-year-old veterinarian from Nicaragua who fled to the United States after he was beaten and tortured by police. When he crossed the border into the United States, he requested asylum. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) eventually transferred Ben to the Winn County Correctional Center, an ICE detention facility in rural […]

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Here’s How Americans Can Sponsor Afghan Refugees as They Resettle in US Communities

October 29, 2021 - 11:52

Since the last evacuation flights left Afghanistan, there have been over 68,000 Afghan allies housed on Department of Defense bases waiting for resettlement. The scope and size of the mission, designated as Operation Allies Welcome, is of historic proportions. It has brought together interagency governmental taskforces, refugee resettlement organizations, non-profits, national and local philanthropy, the […]

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DHS Issues New Memo Restricting Enforcement Activities in ‘Protected Areas’

October 28, 2021 - 18:01

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued “Guidelines for Enforcement Actions in or Near Protected Areas”—a new memo that provides a framework for when and where DHS law enforcement entities can conduct enforcement activities in sensitive locations. The memo applies to enforcement activities of both U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border […]

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Class Action Settlement Gives Second Chance to Qualifying US Employers for H-1B Petition Approval

October 27, 2021 - 19:13

A recent class action settlement is expected to result in U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) approving more market research analyst H-1B petitions. The lawsuit was filed by four U.S. employers whose H-1B petitions had been denied when USCIS determined that market research analysts were not a “specialty occupation” as required for an H-1B visa […]

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The Border Isn’t Open. Just 1 in 3 People at the Border Last Year Could Access the Asylum Process.

October 26, 2021 - 17:18

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published new data last week showing that over the past 12 months, the Border Patrol has carried out nearly 1.7 million apprehensions at the southern border—a record. Opponents of President Biden quickly jumped on the news to renew claims that the border is somehow open. But focusing only on […]

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Ninth Circuit Lifts Injunction Protecting People in ICE Detention from COVID-19

October 21, 2021 - 18:30

In a split decision, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on October 20 lifted a lower court’s protections for medically vulnerable people locked up in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The protections included requiring that ICE adhere to public health and safety protocols to reduce the risk of […]

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ICE Fails to Provide Basic Oversight of Solitary Confinement and Unlawfully Destroys Records

October 19, 2021 - 18:05

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has been known to improperly subject individuals in its custody to solitary confinement and has destroyed solitary confinement records in violation of a records retention schedule and an agreement to preserve records in a lawsuit. On October 13, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General […]

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Biden Administration Announces Plan for Reinstating the Migrant Protection Protocols

October 18, 2021 - 16:22

Two months after a federal court ordered the Biden administration to reinstate the so-called Migrant Protection Protocols (also known as “Remain in Mexico”), the administration announced that it will reinstate the program in mid-November if Mexico agrees. In response, some advocates staged a virtual walkout of a listening session held by the administration, refusing to […]

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USCIS Brings Back Family Reunification Programs for Haitians and Filipino Veterans

October 15, 2021 - 17:40

Two parole programs that were terminated under the Trump administration are getting a second life under President Biden. The Filipino World War II Veterans Parole (FWVP) program and The Haitian Family Reunification Parole (HFRP) program aim to reunite eligible U.S. citizens and residents with certain family members who live abroad and who are waiting in […]

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